I was making it clear it was an independent judgment, because what they basically came to the conclusion of, is that he’s trying—you know, this is a way to make sure that all options aren’t on the table. So I defended our intelligence services, but made it clear that they’re an independent agency; that they come to conclusions separate from what I may or may not want.
The quote Timothy Noah at Slate uses to describe Bush’s attitude about the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. As has usually been the case Bush like so many Republicans have this remarkable ability to ignore facts that get in the way of their preconceived notions about just everything under the sun. Politics aside how sad that we have about a president that apparently gets his own personal intelligence information beamed into his head from sources unknown.
Bloody Reality Bears No Relation to the Delusions of This President
As a bomb explodes in Beirut and Israel kills 19 in Gaza raids, Bush takes his Middle East peace mission to Saudi Arabia (and signs off $20bn weapons deal with repressive regime)
The difference between reality and the dream-world of the US government could hardly have been more savagely illustrated. After promising the Palestinians a “sovereign and contiguous state” before the end of the year, and pledging “security” to Israel – though not, Arabs noted, security for “Palestine” – Mr Bush had arrived in the Gulf to terrify the kings and oligarchs of the oil-soaked kingdoms of the danger of Iranian aggression. As usual, he came armed with the usual American offers of vast weapons sales to protect these largely undemocratic and police state regimes from potentially the most powerful nation in the ” axis of evil”.
Like his concept of national intelligence Bush’s concept of spreading democracy matches no earthly known definition of those terms.
So George Bush wants a legacy. Maybe precipitous economic decline, the widest gulf between the poor and the rich since the Great Depression and war without end don’t feel like a legacy to him. But his term as president didn’t just involve destroying our economy and waging unwinnable wars. None of that would have been possible without rampant corruption, a Congress that resembles a National Geographic special on jelly fish, and lots and lots of secrecy.No if there’s one thing this administration has: it’s legacy.
You know fifty years from now when Iraq is rebuilt there’ll be a right-wing revisionist hawking another book destined for the clearance sale table that will claim ya see everything turned out for the best. The dead of course will not be able to offer a rebuttal and by then even most of the maimed and crippled will be dead so the next generation of Wingnuttia can live in yet another bubble where the Right is never wrong.
No, let’s start with his abandonment of the weakest among us; his failure to protect us, our families and the law enforcement professionals that serve as first responders against domestic violence.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee explained it succinctly, “The Bush Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2007 … calls for deep cuts in crime-prevention programs that state and local police and sheriff’s departments have long relied upon, including key Justice Department efforts such as Byrne Grants, the Crime Victims Fund, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Act and the Violence Against Women Act Programs.”
update: I forgot to post this story from BradBlog about Sibel Edmonds, UK Sunday Times Confirms FBI Cover Up of Documents in Sibel Edmonds Nuke Secrets Case
London’s Sunday Times has just published a follow-up to their explosive front-pager from two weeks ago which described allegations by former FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.
The paper now reports that they are able to corroborate an apparent FBI cover up of documents detailing an investigation of the theft and sale of nuclear secrets to agents working for Turkey and Israel who in turn shared the secrets with Pakistan, who in turn may have shared those secrets with Iran, North Korea, Libya and possibly even al-Qaeda
We don’t need any conspiracy theories about jet fuel and what temperature melts steel, much of the criminal negligence of which the Bush administration is guilty is out in the open for anyone that cares to take a few minutes to read. In every case in which a whistle blower has come forward to speak out attempts have been made by the administration and the Right to either silence, punish or discredit them.