“There’s something screwy around here”

The thing about high ranking government officials lying is that besides knowing better it and being arrogant enough to think they shouldn’t be held accountable when caught, is that it speaks to their agenda. The agenda can’t be something ripped from the pages of Thomas Jefferson’s guide to good government or they wouldn’t have to lie. Documents show Gonzales approved firings

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in a November meeting, according to documents released Friday that contradict earlier claims that he was not closely involved in the dismissals.

If what you and your party stand for is something loosely described as values then lying becomes an anachronism. The merits of what you do and believe would stand on their merits regardless of criticism. Alberto’s ease at falsifying, twisting, distorting and generally shirking responsibility comes easily. After all he has had plenty of practice at the side of Bush and Rove. It has taken what seems an excruciatingly long time, but the public is catching on to these scoundrels that hide their fake values and fake patriotism behind a constant barrage of double-talk, Fewer pledge allegiance to the GOP

Public allegiance to the Republican Party has plunged during George W. Bush’s presidency, as attitudes have edged away from some of the conservative values that fueled GOP political victories, a major survey has found.

The survey, by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, found a “dramatic shift” in political party identification since 2002, when Republicans and Democrats were at rough parity. Now, 50% of those surveyed identified with or leaned toward Democrats, whereas 35% aligned with Republicans.

So while there is plenty of reason to be angry at Bush and conservatives for what they have done to America there is also reason to thank them.

The current gap between Republican and Democratic identification — which Pew measured by counting people who said they leaned toward a party as well as those with firm allegiances — is the widest since the group began collecting data on party allegiance in 1990.

As recently as 2002, the two parties were tied, with each drawing support from 43% of those surveyed. But Democrats have gained an advantage over Republicans almost every year since.

Since the Right suffers from O.J. syndrome and loves to repeat the same lies over and over again it doesn’t hurt to repeat the truth once in a while, Novak’s Denial You blew a CIA employee’s cover, Bob. Live with it.
Novak and the rightie pundits still like to pretend they did nothing wrong because according to them and their superhuman x-ray like insights into the inner workings of the CIA Valerie (Plame) Wilson wasn’t covert,

I have met with—personally with General [Michael] Hayden, the head of the CIA, to discuss what I can and cannot say about Ms. Wilson’s service. And I want to thank him for his cooperation and help in guiding us along these lines. … During her employment at the CIA, Ms. Wilson was undercover. Her employment status with the CIA was classified information, prohibited from disclosure under Executive Order 12958. At the time of the publication of Robert Novak’s column on July 14, 2003, Ms. Wilson’s CIA employment status was covert. This was classified information.

So what is the kool-aid kids response to that – General Hayden, a Bush appointee to head the CIA is a Democratic mole. This is the kind of response you would expect from a petulant nine year old, not the political movement that claims to own the copyright on values and truth. If that particular right-wing lie doesn’t fly, that’s OK they have a couple more: the Russians blew Wilson’s cover years ago and then the Cubans did too,

That’s far from clear. According to an October 2003 column by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, the CIA “suspected” Plame was one of the agents whose identity was exposed by American double agent Aldrich Ames, and brought her home after Ames was arrested in 1994. But at the hearing, Plame testified that “[i]n the run-up to the war with Iraq,” she “traveled to foreign countries on secret missions.” Obviously, the CIA either concluded that Ames hadn’t compromised Plame or that the damage was minimal.

the variation of the Russian story that includes Cuba,

A variation on this story by Bill Gertz of the Washington Times was published in July 2004. According to Gertz, Plame’s identity “was first disclosed to Russia in the mid-1990s by a Moscow spy,” whom Gertz does not name, and later, inadvertently, in a document sent to the Swiss embassy in Havana and intercepted by the Cuban government. If the first disclosure occurred in the mid-1990s, as Gertz claims, then it couldn’t have come, as Novak writes, from a “Soviet agent,” because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991. Again, whatever damage these disclosures may have caused do not appear to have prevented Plame from traveling abroad “on secret missions” a few years later.

It looks like another case of the right-wing fax machine getting special inside information beamed down from aliens with special knowledge of CIA activities and alien calendar dating where only the finely tuned antenna of Rightie tin-foil is able to get the proper reception and no one but them is allowed access. One would think they would have been shouting from the roof tops in the “mid-1990s” if they knew that one our most valuable intelligence assets had been compromised – or at the very least in 2000, or maybe even 2001. Why did the Right supposedly know all about M’s Wilson’s being endangered and her effectiveness as an agent compromised yet waited until Bush administration officials were put under scrutiny by a grand jury before they spoke up.

No wonder the same people that betrayed America and twist themselves into pretzels denying it think that Iraq is paradise, but the big bad liberal media just doesn’t want anyone to know – Iraqi medical crisis as doctors flee

The ordeal continues for victims of Iraq’s violence when they are taken to hospital.

Most of the best medical staff have left after being targeted by insurgents. Many have fled the country just in the last few months.

Drugs and equipment are almost non-existent. The notorious militias target patients inside hospitals, and doctors inside the health ministry.

All this in a country that used to pride itself on the best medical services in the Middle East.

Many of the doctors have gone to neighbouring Jordan. There seem to be many thousands here, all with graphic tales of the horrors they have witnessed.

How the Right loves the military and cares about the Iraqis Part XXII – GAO Faults U.S. Military Over Munitions in Iraq

The U.S. military’s faulty war plans and insufficient troops in Iraq left thousands and possibly millions of tons of conventional munitions unsecured or in the hands of insurgent groups after the 2003 invasion — allowing widespread looting of weapons and explosives used to make roadside bombs that cause the bulk of U.S. casualties, according to a government report released yesterday.

Some weapons sites remained vulnerable as recently as October 2006, according to the Government Accountability Office report, which said the unguarded sites “will likely continue to support terrorist attacks throughout the region.” For example, it said hundreds of tons of explosives at the Al Qa Qaa facility in Iraq that had been documented by the International Atomic Energy Agency were lost to theft and looting after April 9, 2003.

You’re in some kind of trouble – you’re lost in a desert, you’re being held hostage, you’re stranded on a desert island and the Bushies offer to come help you. You had been asking yourself – could things get any worse – yes they can. I’m still waiting for the YouTube video – shot of America – voice over “this is America. Camera shifts to frying pan – America sizzles in pan – voice over “This is America on Conservatism”.

“There’s something screwy around here” – Elmer Fudd