A man’s errors are his portals of discovery

Fox News as ad agency for whatever the Right is selling this week, How FOX News Hides Truth About Iraq War in Leadup to Petraeus Report. Part of the Bush legacy will be how he disbanded the Iraqi army while claiming concern about the sectarian strife (i.e. civil war) and allowed the ethnic cleansing of Baghdad. That doesn’t keep Bush and his dead end supporters from claiming we can’t leave because there might be some degree of genocide. That genocide has happened while Bush watched, a Republican Nero that fiddled while Baghdad burned. Democrats Step Up Criticism of Iraq Findings

“This president has no plan how to win and/or how to leave,” said Mr. Biden, before whose committee General Petraeus and Mr. Crocker will testify on Tuesday. He accused Mr. Bush of putting American troops “into the middle of a civil war to maintain the status quo,” adding, “that is unconscionable, and he’s wrong.”

Sure our continued presence is “unconscionable”, but that would never stop the Pretend Values Party from continuing their cycle of failure. In browsing through some blog comments over the last few days the shrillness level from the Right is at fever speech. The Nero crowd might try taking a deep breath and relax. We’ll be in Iraq for years. This gives the key broad warriors and Republican pundits plenty more time to list all the ways they martyred themselves by proxy in the great war to save western civilization. Republicans are a strange lot. If you were president or speaker of the house for a day and made a mental list of issues where you thought you would find some common ground with Republicans you might put at the top of your list that we all regardless of party affiliation find mass murder a morally reprehensible act and those that commit such acts deserve the highest priority in being brought to justice. Well you would have made another wrong assumption about Republicans, U.S. official calls bin Laden ‘virtually impotent’

“This is a man on the run in a cave who is virtually impotent other than his ability to get these messages out,” Townsend said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” “It is propaganda.

“Based on our experience, we have never seen bin Laden use a tape to trigger any operational activity.”

Yea sure he was the mastermind behind 9-11, but we made him live in a cave so there’s no real urgency in bringing him to justice. Actually not much has changed, OBL lived in a cave six years ago. Another “mission accomplished”. Much like Iraq, the Right has allowed OBL to be a recruiting tool for the next generation of terrorists. There’s no shadowy conspiracy going on here the Right is on some level enjoying this. They love their boogie men. It the psychological cousin to the child abuser standing over their battered child in an emergency room swearing to the police they love their child.

There is some kind of interior mental wall that keeps Conservatives some assimilating reality and making healthy productive adjustments to that reality, Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain

Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times as likely as conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with conflicts, and 2.2 times as likely to score in the top half of the distribution for accuracy.

Sulloway said the results could explain why President Bush demonstrated a single-minded commitment to the Iraq war and why some people perceived Sen. John F. Kerry, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat who opposed Bush in the 2004 presidential race, as a flip-flopper for changing his mind about the conflict.

Based on the results, he said, liberals could be expected to more readily accept new social, scientific or religious ideas.

“There is ample data from the history of science showing that social and political liberals indeed do tend to support major revolutions in science,” said Sulloway, who has written about the history of science and has studied behavioral differences between conservatives and liberals.

Talking out of two faces does not count as a healthy mental adjustment. Such as the myth that Republicans have ever made government smaller, are actually for small government, or consistently embrace anything that might be considered a value, “The Great Iraq Swindle”

Because contractors were paid on cost-plus arrangements, they had a powerful incentive to spend to the hilt. The undisputed master of milking the system is KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary so ubiquitous in Iraq that soldiers even encounter its customer-survey sheets in outhouses. The company has been exposed by whistle-blowers in numerous Senate hearings for everything from double-charging taxpayers for $617,000 worth of sodas to overcharging the government 600 percent for fuel shipments. When things went wrong, KBR simply scrapped expensive gear: The company dumped 50,000 pounds of nails in the desert because they were too short, and left the Army no choice but to set fire to a supply truck that had a flat tire. “They did not have the proper wrench to change the tire,” an Iraq vet named Richard Murphy told investigators, “so the decision was made to torch the truck.”

In perhaps the ultimate example of military capitalism, KBR reportedly ran convoys of empty trucks back and forth across the insurgent-laden desert, pointlessly risking the lives of soldiers and drivers so the company could charge the taxpayer for its phantom deliveries. Truckers for KBR, knowing full well that the trips were bullshit, derisively referred to their cargo as “sailboat fuel.”

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” – James Joyce