McCain’s Magic Show and Norm Coleman’s Mindless Leadership

Claims on Iraq come back to haunt

Claims by United States President George W Bush and other top administration officials before the 2003 invasion of Iraq regarding Baghdad’s ties to al-Qaeda and its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs were generally not supported by the evidence that the US intelligence community had at the time, according to a major new report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee released on Thursday.

Far from doing the Republican whiners a favor in regards to yet more evidence that when the nation needed honest leadership the Bush cabal failed lets acknowledge that some Republicans thought the Democrats were being mean and unfair since Democrats in 2003 echoed some of the same sentiments as the administration. There is a small naugget of truth in that, but those Americans that don’t have their lips glued to the Bush Cult’s posterior know that Democrats did not have access to the depth of intell that Bush did. Bush was caught peddling that outrageous lie back in 2005. Another astute observation in this article is that Senator John “straight shooter” McCain was wearing some of the biggest poms poms when it came to cheering on and perpetuating Bush’s fairy tales about Iraq,

Obama now faces Republican Senator John McCain, who, as honorary chairman of the Committee to Liberate Iraq in the run-up to the invasion, not only endorsed the claims that were being made by Bush and Cheney at the time, but also helped to propagate them.

The McMagic Show, the same, but different.

Despite Concerns, Democrats in Minnesota Back Franken

Republicans have criticized Mr. Franken for months on some of the more controversial comments and writings from his years as a comedian, as well as problems with his personal finances. They have promised to keep up the criticism now that he is the official candidate of the Democrats.

Mr. Coleman’s campaign manager, Cullen Sheehan, attacked Mr. Franken as “unqualified, unfit and unprepared to be a United States senator.” He said the campaign would employ old Franken material.

Republicans who always claim they’re against political correctness when hurling crude epitaphs at the opposition find some of Franken’s humor offensive and plan to use it against him. Minnesota voters already need some fishing waders to get through all the BS. By all means bring up Coleman’s record. There are a couple of sure ways to get into the good graces of the rabid Right. One is to claim that the federal government is the best entity to exert control over a woman’s body. One other is to go off on some weird tirade against the U.N. Norm Coleman was all over that food for oil scandal, but its not a mysterious coincidence that he’s taken the rhetoric down a bit, Report claims blind eye was turned to sanctions busting by American firms

The United States administration turned a blind eye to extensive sanctions-busting in the prewar sale of Iraqi oil, according to a new Senate investigation.

A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush administration was made aware of illegal oil sales and kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime but did nothing to stop them.

[  ]…..Yesterday’s report makes two principal allegations against the Bush administration. Firstly, it found the US treasury failed to take action against a Texas oil company, Bayoil, which facilitated payment of “at least $37m in illegal surcharges to the Hussein regime”.

The surcharges were a violation of the UN Oil For Food programme, by which Iraq was allowed to sell heavily discounted oil to raise money for food and humanitarian supplies. However, Saddam was allowed to choose which companies were given the highly lucrative oil contracts. Between September 2000 and September 2002 (when the practice was stopped) the regime demanded kickbacks of 10 to 30 US cents a barrel in return for oil allocations.

In its second main finding, the report said the US military and the state department gave a tacit green light for shipments of nearly 8m barrels of oil bought by Jordan, a vital American ally, entirely outside the UN-monitored Oil For Food system. Jordan was permitted to buy some oil directly under strict conditions but these purchases appeared to be under the counter.

Jordan is a near essential clearing house for Middle-East intelligence supplied to the U.S. Bayoil(Texas) was among several American businesses (Odin Marine Inc) and individuals found with less then clean hands in the oil for food scandal. Coleman looked for appearances sake at least  like the right-wing superhero in calling for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to resign. Norm shows up at a street corner with a dozen people throwing rocks and picks out a relatively innocent bystander to take the blame. Real proud times for Norm. Norm Coleman is a shameless reactionary when it comes to directing and deflecting blame where it belongs,  Norm Coleman’s Shame

In late October The Daily Outrage detailed the right-wing media’s selective and misplaced reporting on the UN’s handling of Iraq’s oil-for-food (OFF) program. Joy Gordon followed-up recently in a Nation article which countered conservative claims regarding the extent of alleged corruption and showed that, far from giving Saddam a free hand, OFF actually required considerable monitoring. Now the Right’s fury has reached a crescendo with a Wall Street Journal Op-ed by Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota.

“It’s time for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to resign,” Coleman begins, before overstating the amount of reported bribes, ignoring the effectiveness of UN sanctions in disarming Saddam Hussein, and accusing the relief plan of funding the Iraqi insurgency.

Coleman was far more charitable toward his own government last April, after Condeeleza Rice revealed that Bush had received a memo titled “Bin Laden determined to strike in US,” a month before 9/11, Coleman defended Rice by saying: “We’ve got to get away from finger pointing and the blame game.”

A month later, Coleman echoed GOP talking points by blaming the torture at Abu Ghraib on a “small group of soldiers.” He called Donald Rumsfeld’s Senate testimony “contrite, candid and thorough,” and trusted Bush would properly hold high-ranking officers accountable. (Bush hasn’t dismissed anyone over the scandal to date.) “This is not a time for critics,” Coleman said. His subsequent silence on this issue has been deafening.

The real shame here is that Coleman was once a moderate Democrat and has veered so far Right he has assumed all the Right’s worse traits from mindless witch hunts , to fact fumbling to genuflecting apologist for all things Bush.

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