Victory Means Exit Strategy

Is there any issue that Republicans won’t cover with astro-turf, Veteran to urge Congress to back wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

Applequist’s one-day lobbying trip to Washington with a Republican-tinged advocacy group called Vets for Freedom coincides with high-profile congressional hearings. Every side is sending reinforcements.

“Tinged” is that another way of saying that their advisory board is riddled with neocons like kool-aid addict Max Boot or Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bush boot licker Senator Joe Lieberman. Its clever of them to try and make it look as though Democrats don’t support the mission in Afghanistan. The biggest critism from Democrats of the mission in Afghanistan is that while we’ve spent hundreds of billions on an optional side trip into nation building in Iraq the master mind behind 9-11 still roams free. The mission in Afghanistan hasn’t been supported by the Whitehouse, but this astro-turf Vets for Freedom isn’t going to be lobbying the Whitehouse precisely because its purpose is not about supporting the troops it is about promoting a partisan agenda. Let’s put aside for the moment that supporting the troops in the best way possible would be not letting them die to help the Republican party save face over their disastrous decisions, let’s follow the advice of a former Republican candidate for president who once said, “Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is.” – Governor George W. Bush (R-TX).

With apologies to amateur magicians, much like George “Exit strategy” Bush’s 180 degrees of hypocrisy there is very little about Republicans and their bizarre notions of what constitutes a pro-America foreign policy that isn’t like some bumbling magicians cheesy trick, look at the plastic rabbit in the the hat, don’t look at the terrorist that helped BushCo get the recent violence in Iraq under control, Iranian who brokered Iraqi peace is on U.S. terrorist watch list

The Iranian general who helped broker an end to nearly a week of fighting between Iraqi government forces and Shiite Muslim militiamen in southern Iraq is an unlikely peacemaker.

Brig. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, who helped U.S.-backed Iraqi leaders negotiate a deal with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to stop the fighting in Iraq’s largely Shiite south, is named on U.S. Treasury Department and U.N. Security Council watch lists for alleged involvement in terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear and missile technology.

[ ]…A White House spokeswoman declined to comment, referring questions to the State Department and the U.S. military.

Report: Security in Iraq Is Improving

In a departure from the January and August 2007 intelligence estimates, the intelligence agencies have declined to release an unclassified summary of its key points.

For any American to pause and entertain the possibility that the Bushies are hiding something isn’t cheap cynicism. America’s experience with these “crooks and liars” shows that they’re always hiding something. As Senators Levin and Kennedy have stated there is no plausible reason for an unclassified version of the report not to be released,

The Honorable John M. McConnell
Director of National Intelligence
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Washington, DC 20511

Dear Director McConnell:

We are writing to ask you to release an unclassified summary of the key conclusions and judgments in the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq.

This information is critical to the public debate in the coming weeks and months. Without a current unclassified assessment of the situation in Iraq, Congress and the American people will not have the essential information needed for an informed public debate.

There is no compelling reason not to release an unclassified version of this latest NIE that summarizes the major conclusions and judgments of the classified report, while still protecting the sources and methods of our intelligence community. Recent NIE’s on Iraq have included unclassified versions that were released to the public, and we urge you to continue this established practice.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter, and we look forward to the release of an unclassified NIE on Iraq before General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testify to the Congress.

With respect and appreciation,

Sincerely,

Edward M. Kennedy
Carl Levin

If the Senate has a copy of the report it could do something wild and crazy like use it to ask General Petraeus informed questions. Gee, why would anyone want to prevent that from happening.

Some other news, Ex-Navy officer Matthew Diaz gambled everything to uphold the rights of prisoners at Guantánamo. Now he may lose his law license.

Interview with The New York Times’ Eric Lichtblau

The NSA, since shortly after 9/11, ran a massive data mining operation that involved both domestic and international data. That data comes from information collected by the Departments of Justice (the FBI, via things like National Security Letters), Homeland Security and Treasury. That massive NSA database produced leads, which were investigated by the FBI, but it also led to wiretapping done without warrants, bypassing the FISA court.