“It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world,”
Sounds nice doesn’t it. Makes a great sound bite. Those words would have had both depth and resonance if they would have been spoken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt or William J. Clinton, but they weren’t. Neocons in Cheney’s Office Fund al Qaeda-Tied Groups … and No One Cares?
2. Jihadis as Proxies: Using jihadis as American proxies in a struggle to rollback Iran — with the help of the Saudis — should have rung a few bells somewhere in American memory as another been-there, done-that moment. In the 1980s — on the theory that my enemy’s enemy is my friend — the fundamentalist Catholic CIA Director William Casey came to believe that Islamic fundamentalists could prove tight and trustworthy allies in rolling back the Soviet Union. In Afghanistan, as a result, the CIA, backed by the Saudis royals, who themselves represented an extremist form of Sunni Islam, regularly favored and funded the most extreme of the mujahedeen ready to fight the Soviets.
3. Congress in the Dark: Hersh claims that, with the help of Saudi National Security Adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan (buddy to the Bushes and Dick Cheney’s close comrade-in-arms), the people running the black-ops programs out of Cheney’s office have managed to run circles around any possibility of Congressional oversight, leaving the institution completely “in the dark,” which is undoubtedly exactly where Congress wanted to be for the last six years. Is this still true? The non-reaction to the Hersh piece isn’t exactly encouraging.
A few bloggers posted about this story, but other then that it has almost disappeared. I wrote before that Bush supporters could claim this was a brilliant idea – let the radical Sunnis and Shia associated with Iran kill each other off. Only if we’re dialing down to the reality – Bush is giving, even though somewhat indirectly funding to people that are sympathetic to those that attacked America on 9-11. Morally convenient, strategically convient or not Bush and his Saudi friends don’t mind sleeping with dogs and using tour taxpayer dollars to do so. Whatever this is it is not spreading democracy and is yet another nail in the coffin of the we’re in Iraq to save the Iraqi people argument. When these brilliant neocons decided to put boots on the ground in Iraq that was also the same day they gave Iran more influence in the middle-east then the Iranians ever dreamed of. According to this article in the Washington Post there are at least some veterans that support the same administration that is aiding and abetting jidahists because someone put a tiara on a statue. The power of denial seems to align perfectly with a stunning lack of priorities in some people. The mechanizations of the Bushies makes the comic absurdity of movies like Wag the Dog seem tame and almost sane by comparison. here’s another Republican supporting the spread of democracy, Another Big GOP Supporter Funding Terrorists?
Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine after admitting it paid a Colombian terrorist group for protection in a volatile farming region.
The settlement resolves a lengthy Justice Department investigation into the company’s financial dealings with terrorist organizations in Colombia.
In court documents filed Wednesday, federal prosecutors said several unnamed high-ranking corporate officers at the Cincinnati-based company paid about $1.7 million between 1997 and 2004 to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, known as AUC for its Spanish initials.
A close ally of George W. Bush, Lindner secured the use of Great American Ballpark for the Bush’s re-election campaign on October 31, 2004, a few days before the 2004 Presidential Election.
One could say and rightfully so that politicians generally do not run background checks on all their donors and cannot be held responsible for the behavior of every donor. The problem here isn’t that Mr. Banana Man Lindner who has since left Chiquita, was just some Joe Sixpack Republican sending in a few bucks, he was a well known Republican player. Well OK, but to do business in Columbia you have to pay off somebody. You could call it the hard nosed realist world view or incredibly cynical. There is always the option of staying out of the fray. Don’t do business with the far left or the far right. Excuse my Frank Capra take on things, but corruption and pay offs to militaristic extremists are not going to push Columbia closer to liberal democracy. If the Right enjoys feeding that small band of conspiracy affectionados on the far left propaganda it seems a strange hobby at best and prolongs the strife that keeps extremists organizations like United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia going.
Initially, the dispute centered on the Justice Department, Gonzales and his top aides. But documents released last week suggested that Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers were also involved in the decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys after the 2004 election. That brought the issue to the threshold of the Oval Office and prompted reporters to ask whether Bush had been involved.
“I want you to be clear here: Don’t go dropping it at the president’s door,” White House spokesman Tony Snow said Friday when asked about Bush’s involvement.
So The Decider who can decide what wars to lie us into, what laws he’ll ignore and that the constitution doesn’t apply to him shouldn’t in any way be responsible for what his chief law enforcement crony does. Tony Snow just moved his puppet show from Fox to Pennsylvania Ave. Schumer: It’s ‘highly unlikely’ Alberto Gonzales stays attorney general
On NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) discussed the US attorney firing scandal with host Tim Russert.
“I think it’s highly unlikely [Alberto Gonzales] survives. I wouldn’t be surprised if, a week from now, he is no longer attorney general,” said Schumer.
Gonzales “miscast his role” as attorney general, said Schumer. Rather than be the “the chief law enforcement officer of the land,” Schumer said that Gonzales has instead acted as “the president’s lawyer who rubber stamps everything the White House wants.”
Hume said Plame’s testimony “flies in the face of the evidence” adduced by the “bipartisan” Senate Intelligence Committee, which said that “she very much did have something to do with it, that she recommended him and that she put it in a memo.”
REP. VAN HOLLEN: So, just so I understand, Mr. Chairman, if I could — so, there was a memo written by the [Counterproliferation Division] officer, upon whose alleged testimony the Senate wrote its report that contradicts the conclusions –
MS. PLAME WILSON: Absolutely.
REP. VAN HOLLEN: — contradicts the conclusions from that report.
MS. PLAME WILSON: Yes, sir.
Fox is a legitimate news network in the same way that daily sunburns are good for your skin.
” The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.” Alexis de Tocqueville: