Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived

There is something to being a major player in the Republican party. In Scooter Libby’s case he committed treason and the president let him off. In the case of Bush buddy Ray L. Hunt you’re privy to inside information and contacts that enable you to make a big play for cash. Bush backer banks on Iraq’s failure

A Texas oil company whose CEO is a longtime confidant of President Bush with access to the most closely held US intelligence has entered into an agreement to explore for oil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The agreement shows that Dallas-based Hunt Oil Co. and its chief executive Ray L. Hunt are “effectively betting against the survival of Iraq as a nation,” argues New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

Hunt raised about $100,000 for Bush during the president’s 2000 campaign, and he serves on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which gives him access to some of the most exclusive data collected by US spy agencies.

“What’s interesting about this deal is the fact that Hunt, thanks to his policy position, is presumably as well-informed about the actual state of affairs in Iraq as anyone in the business world can be,” Krugman observers. “By putting his money into a deal with the Kurds, despite Baghdad’s disapproval, he’s essentially betting that the Iraqi government — which hasn’t met a single one of the major benchmarks Bush laid out in January — won’t get it’s act together.”

Bill Maher: 9/11 Truthers need professional help, not publicity

Bill Maher takes a jab at the 9/11 Truth movement in a recent “New Rules” segment.

“Crazy people who still think the government brought down the Twin Towers in a controlled explosion have to stop pretending that I’m the one who’s being naive,” says Maher.

How big a lunatic do you have to be to watch two giant airliners packed with jet fuel slam into buildings on live TV, igniting a massive inferno that burned for two hours, and then think ‘Well, if you believe that was the cause…’

These theories or whatever are probably a huge waste of time and energy. Better to concentrate on the fact that Bush, Cheney and Condi Rice were criminally negligent in carrying out their duties.

Greenspan Book -Criticizes Bush and Republicans,

Mr. Greenspan, who calls himself a “lifelong libertarian Republican,” writes that he advised the White House to veto some bills to curb “out-of-control” spending while the Republicans controlled Congress. He says President Bush’s failure to do so “was a major mistake.” Republicans in Congress, he writes, “swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose.”

Firedoglake was quick to note how these scoundrels leave the administration and then go write books that we’re supposed to swallow whole in which they deny any and all responsibility for the mess they either helped create or stood by and did nothing out of some warped sense of party loyalty. Economist’s View also notes that Greenspan don’t know squat about oil or foreign policy, “The Iraq War is Largely about Oil”

Walter Pincus has more evidence that General Petraeus was not as honorable as one would have a right to expect from an American general, ‘Help Wanted’ Ad Belies Report on Iraq Security

A week ago today, Gen. David H. Petraeus started his rounds on Capitol Hill, reporting that security in Iraq was improving to the point that a small number of troops could begin coming home by year’s end.

But 10 days ago, his commanders in Baghdad began advertising for private contractors to work in combat-supply warehouses on U.S. bases throughout Iraq because half the soldiers who had been working in the warehouses were needed for patrols, combat and protection of U.S. forces.

“With the increased insurgent activity, unit supply personnel must continue to pull force protection along with convoy escort and patrol duties,” according to a statement of work that accompanied the Sept. 7 request for bidders from Multi-National Force-Iraq.

These civilian contractors and the role they play in basic support and personal security for members of the Iraqi government are almost never mentioned by the administration when it comes to general force reduction. They are for all practical purposes military without rank and in many cases better paid.

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. ~Abraham Lincoln