“Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong”

This is why conservatives cannot be trusted with fighting al-Queda or getting the U.S. out of the Iraq quagmire, Cheney: Congress undermining U.S. troops

“When members of Congress pursue an anti-war strategy that’s been called ‘slow bleeding,’ they are not supporting the troops, they are undermining them,” Cheney said in a speech to the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Cheney spoke at the start of a week in which the House plans to begin work on legislation providing nearly $100 billion for the rest of this year’s costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
President Bush’s full request for funds.

“Anyone can say they support the troops and we should take them at their word, but the proof will come when it’s time to provide the money,” Cheney said.

Anyone that keeps equating Iraq with some nebulous war on terrorism doesn’t understand the difference between Iraq and al-Queda ( here it is four years after the 9-11 report that found Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11 and Cheney and his supporters are still treating them as one and the same) or they know there is a difference between Iraq and al-Queda, but keep them together rhetorically because they know that it it is the only way they can try and con the American people and Congress to continue to support an indefinite presence in Iraq that is having no impact at all on jihaist terrorism. If the Iraq invasion was about showing our military strength and thus intimidate all jihadists sympathizers that has been something of a failure. Even though the body count of Iraqis continues to escalate Muslim extremists in the middle-east do not seem the least bit impressed. Its like performing a cancer operation that is supposed to impress the gallery of observers, only you botch the operation turn take a bow and ask that the gallery of observers donate more money so you can continue your great work and if you don’t you support cancer. Cheney, Bush and the right-wing are the inept surgeons that want America to believe that if you keep allowing them to operate that somehow they’ll eventually revive the patient. Watching Cheney has even me feeling embarrassed for the guy. It is like watching Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg’s break down on the stand in The Caine Mutiny – though of Lt. Cmdr. Queeg we can at least say that at one time he was a brave and honorable man, the same cannot be said of our twin national embarrassments Cheney and Bush. Cheney’s speech where he once again whips out that beaten rag doll of supporting the troops as he continues to abuse them comes on the same day that Halliburton, the company from which Cheney still receives s salary is moving to Dubai, Halliburton moving headquarters to Dubai

Halliburton Co., the energy services giant and controversial defense contractor, said Sunday it is opening a new corporate headquarters in Dubai in the Middle East.

The change from Houston to the United Arab Emirates by the world’s second largest oil-field services provider was announced by Chief Executive Dave Lesar at an energy conference in neighboring Bahrain.

[ ]…The lobbyist, who requested anonymity so he would not jeopardize relationships with his clients, said the move raises several questions, among them how much did Halliburton receive in incentives to move to Dubai and what does it do to the company’s tax structure.

“If there’s a huge tax shift, then it’s taking money from U.S. taxpayers while they’re taking no-bid contracts,” the lobbyist said.

There are a few soldiers that would probably like to have a word with the VP and those right-wing pundits that continue to drink his special brand of kool-aid such as Master Sgt. Jenkins,

A copy of Jenkins’ profile written after that Feb. 15 meeting and signed by Capt. Starbuck, the brigade surgeon, shows a healthier soldier than the profile of Jenkins written by another doctor just late last year, though Jenkins says his condition is unchanged. Other soldiers’ documents show the same pattern.One female soldier with psychiatric issues and a spine problem has been in the Army for nearly 20 years. “My [health] is deteriorating,” she said over dinner at a restaurant near Fort Benning. “My spine is separating. I can’t carry gear.” Her medical records include the note “unable to deploy overseas.” Her status was also reviewed on Feb. 15. And she has been ordered to Iraq this week.”

The captain interviewed by Salon also requested anonymity because he fears retribution. He suffered a back injury during a previous deployment to Iraq as an infantry platoon leader. A Humvee accident “corkscrewed my spine,” he explained. Like the female soldier, he is unable to wear his protective gear, and like her he too was ordered to Iraq after his meeting with the division surgeon and brigade surgeon on Feb. 15. He is still at Fort Benning and is fighting the decision to send him to Baghdad. “It is a numbers issue with this whole troop surge,” he claimed. “They are just trying to get those numbers.”

What do you do when Generals who are obviously administration lackies have the same view of supporting the military as George Bush and Darth Cheney, BREAKING: Kiley Resigns

Some highlights of his tenure uncovered over the past few weeks:

– Kiley allowed a wounded soldier to sleep in his own urine even though he was begged to do something about it by a congressman’s wife.

– Kiley blamed the Walter Reed conditions on “a failure of leadership at the junior level in that building.”

– Kiley ripped the Washington Post’s revelation of the squalor at Walter Reed as “yellow journalism.”

Again we have a conservative who was more then willing to whip out his pom poms and be a shrill cheerleader for the Bush Cult, all too willing to put party politics above doing what was right for the common enlisted personnel and the country. Another day and more proof that the administration and its followers are not like criminals, no smilies required, they are criminals, GOP Sen. to Block Attorney Bill?

Last Thursday, the administration abruptly dropped its opposition to a bill that would require Senate confirmation for U.S. attorney replacements. But Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) “still intends to object,” Roll Call reports

And the media, not all, but way too many have been willing to play along with the rabid Right’s spin, Won’t get fooled again???

… much has changed since the summer of 2003 in the delicate dance between reporters and sources. Both are under intense new pressure to show their work — to explain what is a fact and what is an assumption or an extrapolation. It is a pressure that is building on government officials who once sat at lunch dropping a knowing line like, “I can’t go into the details, but the Iranians are building….”

And more than ever it is building on reporters whose job it is to go beyond reporting the latest conclusions of a secret National Intelligence Estimate and explain to their readers whether those conclusions — and the always-murky data attached to them — are reasonable, or being twisted to fit a policy agenda.

. . . A military show-and-tell last month about Iran’s role in Iraq illustrated the new imperatives for the government: to demonstrate a bit more evidence, and to backtrack when the evidence doesn’t support the contentions. After weeks of promises from American officials in Baghdad and Washington to prove their case of Iranian meddling, American military and intelligence officials in Baghdad finally showed their evidence in February, laying out components for assembling deadly new varieties of roadside bombs. They showed off serial numbers and other evidence that they argued linked the weapons to Iranian arms factories.

Partly because it took the military so long to get its presentation together, the news coverage was skeptical. . . .

And two weeks ago American intelligence officials were scrambling to explain their doubts, as well as their conclusions, about the extent of progress North Korea has made in enriching uranium, a different pathway to a bomb from the one used for the North’s nuclear test last year.

The big question is how long this flirtation with openness will last, and how long journalists will remember the bitter lessons that arose from their inability (critics would say unwillingness) to insist that the government talk not only about its conclusions, but about its logic.

. . . Nicholas Lemann, the dean of Columbia Journalism School, teaches a course called “Evidence and Inference,” and says he is now “hammering into the head of everyone around here that when someone tells you something, you have to say, ‘Walk me through how you came to your conclusion.’”

“It’s an ethos issue,” he said. Whether the new ethos proves lasting depends on how many in Washington — the spooks, the policymakers, the reporters — learned the real lessons of Iraq, and of the cascade of events that led to Mr. Libby’s troubles.

“Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong” – Thomas Jefferson