Everything is complicated

Darn how did this happen another “family values” “patriot” indicted, Charges filed against former top CIA official, contractor

A federal grand jury returned 11 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering against Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, executive director of the CIA until he resigned in May, and contractor Brent Wilkes. The charges grew from the bribery scandal that landed former U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham(R) in prison.

Foggo is the highest-ranking CIA officer to be charged with crimes allegedly committed while working for the agency.

Foggo was probably on a mission from God to to what was right for the country regardless of the law. There is a pretty consistent pattern in Foggo’s and Cunningham’s behavior in regards to Republicans and values. Values become a club to try and beat Democrats over the head with, values in fact are to be only actually practiced by conservatives when it doesn’t interfere with money grubbing and influence pedaling.

A rather long look at the release of the newest National Intelligence Estimate, A sucker’s guide to unclassified reports and a few things that are not explicit as they should be,

Social stability

* that unemployment in Iraq continues to be obscenely high
* that many or most small businesses in Baghdad have been shuttered
* that formerly middle-class families have been impoverished
* that many families have split up or sent children abroad to avoid sectarian violence
* that electricity and essential services are in such short supply that much of daily life in Baghdad centers on meeting basic needs (even buying bread is now difficult)
* that schools and universities are closing down because of threats
* that Baghdad has been carved up into many small fiefdoms

Weapons making their way from Iran to Iraq isn’t really news. What is news is where they actually originate inside Iran ( as yet no one knows if they are being sent to Iraq with the explicit help of the Iranian government), but that some of those weapons are going to a group that Bush has supported isn’t playing at all in the mainstream media, Bush-Backed Shiite Group Receiving Weapons Shipments From Iran

However, in this particular case, what they are talking about is this confirmation, by the government of Iraq, of the supply of weapons not to Muqtada’s faction, but to, arguably, the most powerful political faction within this government. That is the SCIRI political party.

SCIRI = Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, President Bush Meets with His Eminence Abdul-Aziz Al-Hakim, Leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq

We talked about a lot of important issues. I appreciate so very much His Eminence’s commitment to a unity government. I assured him the United States supports his work and the work of the Prime Minister to unify the country. Part of unifying Iraq is for the elected leaders and society leaders to reject the extremists that are trying to stop the advance of this young democracy. I appreciated very much His Eminence’s strong position against the murder of innocent life.

Maybe Hakim is committed to being one of the more moderate factors in Iraq’s sectarian strife, but he is being a moderate with Iranian supplied weapons. Weapons that Bush and the usual cast of right-wing pundits are trying to use to justify a war against Iran through Iraq. The twists and turns to the Iran story would give most Americans pause to at  consider that as usual over the last forty years nothing that what conservatives say shouldn’t be questioned – they have special super human knowledge and they’re the deciders; that almost never are the facts and issues as black and white and as they paint them. Glenn Reynolds isn’t the least bit fazed by the fact that Iran is actually supporting one of the Bush teams guys in Iraq he wants the murdering to begin and begin today, (Updated) Assassination R U.S.?

Every administration, Democratic and Republican, have agreed that creating death squads and engaging in extra-judicial assassinations is so repugnant to our political values and so destructive to our moral credibility around the world that an absolute ban is necessary — including at the height of the Cold War… .
And what is most striking is that these anti-assassination prohibitions apply (a) to wartime and (b) even to foreign leaders of nations who are at war. But here, Reynolds is actually advocating that we murder scientists and religious figures who are “radical,” whatever that might happen to mean in the unchecked mind of George Bush.

If we are to be a country that now sends death squads into nations with whom we are not at war to slaughter civilians — scientists and religious figures — what don’t we do?

Yesterday, the popular Republican blog Red State advocated war with Iran and embraced having it spread throughout the Middle East.

In the middle-east we have a circle of bizarre hypocrisy, small lies, and political framing by Bush and the usual shrill hateful suspects like Reynolds and Red State. The Right continues its deep embrace of values by offering us two wonderful options: war or murder. This is a little odd in light of recent developments in North Korea. Bush Channels Bill The new North Korea deal is surprisingly Clintonian.

President George W. Bush finally got a nuclear deal with North Korea because he finally started negotiating like Bill Clinton.

A constant mantra for the past dozen years—chanted by Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on several occasions—is that the Agreed Framework, which the Clinton administration signed with North Korea in 1994, was a naive and disastrous failure.

And yet the deal that Bush’s diplomats just negotiated is very similar to Clinton’s accord in substance—and nearly identical in its approach to arms control.

The Right will no doubt make some comical excuses as to why it was OK for Bush to work out this re-invented Clinton Framework after six years all the while letting North Korea develop and test a nuclear weapon. But it highlights another issue. That North Korea a certified member of the “axis of evil” has the world’s fourth largest army, a nuclear device and Bush did not invade them. While a day late and a dollar short he finally came to a negotiated settlement. The Right has one standard for a powerful North Korea and another standard for a non-nuclear Iran. Iran is willing to talk, Bush has accepted their help The redacted Iran op-ed revealed

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Things went a little sour after Bush included them in his infamous axis speech.

Right-Wing Attack Puts Bloggers’ Lives in Danger

The ramifications of Bill Donohue and the Catholic League’s reckless rhetoric has materialized in the form of death threats to bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan. This is what happens when the ultra-right wing is given the megaphone of mainstream media. It is also a complete break down in the responsibility that the media has in vetting those who are given a platform to spread a message.

“Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.” – Wallace Stevens