Integrity is the essence of everything successful

The Pentagon’s $1 Trillion Problem

For the first three quarters of 2007, $1.1 trillion in Army accounting entries hadn’t been properly reviewed and substantiated, according to the Department of Defense’s inspector general. In 2006, $258.2 billion of recorded withdrawals and payments from the Army’s main account were unsupported. It’s as if the Army had submitted multibillion-dollar expense reports without any receipts.

The myths as we know them: Republicans are fiscally responsible, Republicans are for small government, Republicans are ethical and Republicans are competent. The government of King George, the president that the New York Times columnists Bill Kristol swears will be vindicated and hailed as a courageous visionary, couldn’t possibility loose a trillion dollars could he. Main and Central has some ideas about what America could have spent a trillion dollars on, Brother, can you spare a Trillion bucks?

American Wheat wallpaper

Right-wing blogger The Strata-Sphere about two and a half weeks ago, Posted by AJStrata on Sunday, March 30th, 2008 at 9:10 am,

Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called off his militia in southern Iraq and submitted his terms for his forces to stop fighting (terms for their surrender):

[ ]…Sadr must be a democrat at heart for the way he tries to spin a loss into a position from which he can dictate any terms. The fact is his forces were taken a beating and he had no broad support, so he capitulated and all we are discussing how to give him some face saving for the surrender. This is a huge success for Iraq, who has now defeated both al-Qaeda and al-Sadr, the two largest threats to their nation. Now onto the October elections. (emphasis mine)

A Republican blogger wouldn’t be blowing smoke up his reader’s backside now would he. Sadr is hard headed, lives in an ideological bubble and doesn’t care to be too bothered with facts; Sadr sounds more like Strata and George Bush then the average Democrat. Al-Sadr Tightens the Screws – Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2008

Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr threw down yet another challenge to the Iraqi government, demanding that policemen and soldiers Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fired for refusing to fight al-Sadr’s militia be reinstated “after honoring them.” On Sunday, Maliki’s government announced the dismissal of more than 1,300 security personnel who deserted last month when fighting broke out between Iraqi government forces and the Mahdi Army in Basra. Sadr reacted swiftly to the news by issuing a statement from the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf Monday that said those who refused to take up arms against his militia were only doing their religious duty.

“Our brothers in the army or police who gave up their weapons to their brothers were only obeying their grand religious leaders,” declared Sadr’s statement. “So I call on the official authorities to reconsider their termination order.” Sadr’s exact whereabouts remain unclear, though he is rumored to have recently returned to Najaf after spending the past several months undertaking intensive religious studies in Iran.

The demand, which came before another burst of Sunni insurgent violence north and west of Baghdad, is unlikely to be heeded by Maliki. Still, it underscored the political weight of Sadr’s voice. Sadr’s Mahdi Army has effectively stopped an advance by U.S. and Iraqi forces into its strongholds in Baghdad and Basra after weeks of fighting. On Monday Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, the commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, said American troops operating at the edge of Sadr City in support of Iraqi troops would not press deeper into the area. That means any decisive push into the heart of the Mahdi Army stronghold in east Baghdad would be left to Iraqi security forces, which so far have been unable to deal any meaningful blows against the militia.

Like most Republican dead-enders Strata doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in Iraq, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t stop to throw up some meaningless crap on the “internets”. We’re up to about 12 billion dollars a month on Iraq and the Bushies can’t get the Iraqi army trained and willing to fight. We could well stay in Iraq for a hundred years and the fundamentals won’t change. That we cannot win by military force alone. Meanwhile, remember 9-11 and the master mind behind that attack that is still running around the hills of northern Pakistan. AS badly as Bush has done by creating a failed state of perpetual chaos in Iraq, he has also left Afghanistan to a resurgent Taliban and AQ, Rising Afghan violence leaves U.S. scrambling for troops

WASHINGTON – While America’s attention remains focused on Iraq, violence is escalating in Afghanistan, worrying senior U.S. defense officials and commanders who are struggling to find some 7,000 more American and European troops to combat resurgent Taliban and al-Qaida forces.

There are indications that Islamic militants may have adopted a new strategy of avoiding U.S and NATO forces and staging attacks in provinces that haven’t seen major unrest and on easy targets such as aid organizations and poorly trained Afghan police.

The daily reminder that if Bush and Conservatives had been in charge of WW II we’d all have funny mustaches by now. For people that pretend to be the know-it-alls of winning its tragically ironic that they can’t even manage a status quo.

Lieberman willing to star at Republican convention

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Democratic Party’s 2000 vice presidential nominee, is leaving open the possibility of giving a keynote address on behalf of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) at the Republican National Convention in September.

Republicans close to the McCain campaign say Lieberman’s appearance at the convention, possibly before a national primetime audience, could help make the case that the presumptive GOP nominee has a record of crossing the aisle. That could appeal to much-needed independent voters.

If Lieberman is willing to let it be publicly known that he would go so far as to join with Republicans at their convention then he should be honorable enough now to show his true colors and stop caucusing with Democrats in the Senate. One assumes that he will not do so because integrity has become excess baggage for Joe.

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller