Twinkle, twinkle, little Surge! How I wonder what you’re at

McCain major gaffes might be coming faster and faster to keep with with that legendary temper, Anbar Sheik Cited By McCain Was Assassinated Last Year

On Tuesday evening, McCain falsely claimed that the downturn in violence in Iraq’s Anbar province was a result of the surge, when in fact the surge began months afterward. Moreover, he said, if it weren’t for the work of U.S. forces, the major Sunni figure leading that awakening wouldn’t have had the protection he needed.

“Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks,” said the Senator. “Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening.”

The Arizona Republican’s campaign went further the next day, claiming that the major figures that turned around Anbar province would have been killed had the surge policy not been in place. “If Barack Obama had had his way, the Sheiks who started the Awakening would have been murdered at the hands of al Qaeda,” said spokesman Tucker Bounds.

Sadly, that murder took place even with the surge underway. In September 2007, Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, the sheik widely credited with persuading Sunni leaders to turn against al Qaeda in Iraq, died in a bomb attack in Anbar. His work, prior to then, was held as a major effort in transforming the province from one of Iraq’s deadliest areas into one of its safest.

A couple important dates. In August of 2006 the vast majority of the 31 tribes that resided in Anbar came together and created the the Anbar Salvation Front to band together to fight foreign fighters from several Middle-Eastern countries that were calling themselves al-Qaeda. In January 2007 Bush’s Surge begins – troop levels at 132,000. In September of 2007 according to the Whitehouse full “surge” levels were meet – number of U.S. troops at 168,000. McCain’s assertion is not a little flub of the day, but a major misrepresentation of fact. Worded in a way to create an impression much like the Bush administration used when they used words like “urgent” and “weapons of mass murder” to describe the “threat” from Iraq. Unless we’ve all been transported into an episode of Dr. Who it is incumbent on someone that wants to be the next commander-in-chief to realize that our time, or time in the reality based community is linear. Events can happen simultaneously or they can happen in succession, but events are not game pieces that can be picked up and moved around at random. A real leader would acknowledge that fact. McCain also seems to have Orwellian tendencies with words and meanings. Defining words to suit McCain’s surreal concept of time, Fun With Definitions: John McCain-style

The Arizona senator told reporters Wednesday afternoon that when he refers to the surge, it encompasses not just the January 2007 increase in troop levels but also the counter-insurgency that started in Iraq’s Al Anbar province months prior.

“A surge is really a counter-insurgency strategy, and it’s made up of a number of components,” McCain said. “This counter-insurgency was initiated to some degree by Colonel McFarland in Anbar province, relatively on his own.” (McCain)

It’s amazing that a guy whose entire campaign revolves around his supposed foreign policy expertise and his support for “the surge” specifically could manage to make himself look this foolish.

First, to state the obvious, the word “surge” is not a term of art with some agreed-upon military definition.  It’s a political term that was coined to describe a plan to send more troops to Iraq.

Now McCain and his apologists are all over what the surge meant or means or will mean. As the Anonymous Liberal points out the term “surge” wasn’t even part of the military’s lexicon until the American Enterprise Institute and Bush invented it (a search of military terms at FAS turns up no listing for the word “surge”). The word could mean almost anything. One Conservative today has specially defined it as method of counter-terrorism. Convenient, but not supported by anything but the usual arrogant bluster. How did the Whitehouse define its own policy with the word they invented to describe it, from a July 2007 Whitehouse press briefing.

A surge, by definition, is temporary in nature. You don’t surge on a permanent basis. So the question is, will the surge be successful, and can we take that success and move on to the next stage.

Q Tony, what’s the definition of success of the surge? And what’s the next stage if the surge is not successful?

MR. FRATTO: The definition of success of the surge is that there is a sufficient amount of breathing space. And by that, we mean basic security and basic delivery of services in Iraq; that the political leadership can make the reforms that they need to make in order to move Iraq to a more functioning society.

If the surge was as McCain and his defenders are now claiming was a counter-terrorism tactic then the Whitehouse was only going to fight terrorism in Iraq temporarily. Defining the surge as an escalation of troops with the general goal of better policing seems like a more real world definition. Previous to that press briefing the Whitehouse described the surge like this, 7 July 7 2007,

The term “surge” has been used in relation to increasing U.S. troop levels, and an increase certainly will take place. But what is really going on, and what is going to take place, is a surge across all lines of operations — military and non-military, Iraqi and coalition. The President’s plan has Iraqis in the lead and seeks a better balance of U.S. military and non-military efforts than was the case in the past. We cannot succeed in Iraq without the important non-military elements Secretary Rice just mentioned.

The Iraqis feel, contrary to Senator McCain and his entourage of excuse makers that the military and “non-military elements” are far enough along that the U.S. should start making plans to leave. The Right claimed that we had to escalate troop levels to decrease violence. The causality count went up. Violence eventually went down because of several factors. The Right claims they were correct about the surge even though it made political reconciliation take longer and more difficult – a problem that still exists. Surge, no surge, what is a surge, Iraqis fighting and winning their own battles, time warps; none of it seems to matter. McCain and the Right’s answer to Iraq is always stay.

Iraq Veteran Takes On McCain In New Ad

The independent group, VoteVets, will begin running a new television ad this week that features an Iraq war veteran who asserts that if elected, Senator John McCain “would occupy Iraq indefinitely,” against the wishes of the Iraqi people.

The veteran, Brandon Woods of New York, says in the ad: “What did we fight for in Iraq? I have some idea. I fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom. And ‘freedom’ means when the Iraqi people and their Prime Minister ask us to make a plan to leave, we do.”

In a statement the chairman of VoteVets, Jon Soltz – also an Iraq war veteran – noted that Mr. McCain once said that the United States should pull troops out of Iraq if asked to do so by the Iraqis

Things have changed. McCain can’t win without the vote of those lizard brained dead enders who keep trying to define Iraq in terms of winning and losing as though it was the Invasion of Normandy.

Source: Novak’s Victim Worse Than First Thought

The victim, a 66-year-old man, appeared somewhat incoherent, said the source who had seen the victim. The man appeared to have casts on his neck and back. The victim was X-rayed and a surgical team plans to evaluate him, the source said.

[ ]…”I see something of an older gentleman in the crosswalk get hit. The black Corvette convertible take a right turn onto the K Street service road; the pedestrian rolls off to the left and the car speeds away,” he said.

The alleged hit and run driver was that stalwart Conservative propagandist of the highest values and stellar morals one Bob Novak. When he’s not plating grab ass with the Bushies helping to expose the identity of CIA NOC agents he can be found speeding through cross walks in his black Corvette.

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.- The Hatter, Alice in Wonderland

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Vote for McCain get more of the same

Senator McCain might be a maverick after all. His propensity for doing a double back flip and shot himself every forty eight hours seems to be picking up pace. He and his campaign staff seem to want to do one a day, kind of like vitamins, McCain Gets History Of The Surge Wrong, CBS Doesn’t Air Footage

During a CBS interview on Tuesday, John McCain made a stone cold error on a subject about which he claims expert knowledge: the “surge” strategy in Iraq. In an interview with anchor Katie Couric, the Arizona Republican said, inaccurately, that the surge strategy was responsible for the much-touted “Anbar Awakening,” in which Sunni sheiks turned against Al Qaeda, helping in turn to reduce violence in the country.

From the transcript:

Katie Couric: Senator McCain, Senator Obama says, while the increased number of US troops contributed to increased security in Iraq, he also credits the Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after militias. And says that there might have been improved security even without the surge. What’s your response to that?

McCain: I don’t know how you respond to something that is as– such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that’s just a matter of history.

In fact, as Spencer Ackerman and Ilan Goldenberg have reported, the record firmly establishes the opposite: instead of being caused by the surge, the key signs of the Anbar Awakening occurred not only before that strategy was implemented, but before it was ever conceived.

Yet McCain’s error was not seen by any CBS Evening News viewers. As MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann noted (video below), “CBS curiously, to say the least, left it on the edit room floor. It aired Katie Couric’s question, but in response, it aired part of McCain’s answer to the other question instead.” (Ironically, this edit came on the same day that McCain’s campaign released a video mocking the media’s “love affair” with Obama.)

As HuffPo notes CBS has since put the entire interview on-line. For a foreign policy guru that belongs to the supposed political party of foriegn policy gurus if serious deceptions like this this one were felonies they’d all be in jail, but hey its just politics mixed with a little life and death, right. McCain has an uncanny ability not realized before his current presidential run that he is his own best proof that is he not only unqualified to be president, but has no business being a U.S. Senator. This latest inability to understand what is happening on the ground in Iraq points to another problem for the Right who have becoming increasing shrill over the claim that the “surge” worked. Much of the violence in Iraq subsided for several reasons. Many tribal leaders like those in Anbar formed alliances for their own reasons and while they struck back against foriegn fighters from North Africa, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan they still see American troops as occupiers. Between the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis that have been killed and the two million Iraqi refugees there is literally fewer people to engage in sectarian violence. The “surge” is only one of the contributing factors to the down turn in violence. If the Right, like McCain wants to screw around with the facts, create a narrative that provides yet more cover for lying us into an unnecessary war, well that is what we have come to expect.

Joe Klein at Time  must be taking his meds. In a moment of pure sanity he sees what many of us have already seen, McCain Meltdown

John McCain said this today in Rochester, New Hampshire:

This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.

This is the ninth presidential campaign I’ve covered. I can’t remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation. It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency. How sad.

Sure its sad as Klein says, but its more then that. Its where a sense of entitlement meets unhinged anger. McCain some years ago did some honorable service for his country and suffered during the course of it. Now he’s married to a millionaire, he’s kissed Karl Rove’s ass, he’s a “staright talker”, and he’s a Republican damnit; no intelligent upstart with actual ideas and leadership skills has the right to McCain’s presidency.

I don’t do concern trolling so when I hear McCain surrogates talk about experience as being the end all of qualifications for president, I have two words for them, George Bush. Jus keep talking about experience and where people like George, Dick and McCain have gotten us. Here’s a slogan they can use, Vote for McCain get more of the same.

In sports they say that making the other guy play your game is the path to victory. Obama’s Iraq Trip Changes McCain’s Position On Iraq

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Conservatives encourage reprehensible preemptive pardons

That Bush is getting a record number of requests for pardons isn’t all that news worthy. What did the country expects after Bush commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence for being convicted of four felonies including perjury and obstruction of justice. By that action and others Bush has given hope to some of America’s worse criminals. That he is being encouraged to issue what would be preemptive pardons by Conservative legal consultants for crimes that were probably committed by operatives and political cronies is reprehensible, Think Progress notes,

Such a pardon would reduce the risk that a future administration might undertake a criminal investigation of operatives or policy makers involved in programs that administration lawyers have said were legal but that critics say violated laws regarding torture and surveillance.

Some legal analysts said Mr. Bush might be reluctant to issue such pardons because they could be construed as an implicit admission of guilt. […]

“The president should pre-empt any long-term investigations,” said Victoria Toensing, who was a Justice Department counterterrorism official in the Reagan administration. “If we don’t protect these people who are proceeding in good faith, no one will ever take chances.”

The argument among some will be the inevitable this is all for the best. Any attempt to punish those would be perceived as a partisan witch hunt. President Ford made that argument when pardoning Nixon and we’ve paid for that mistake. The current administration seems to have looked back at Nixon and rather then learn to govern under the rule of law have based thier eight year tenure on loyality to extremist ideology to the detriment of American values and tradition. Whatever the issue or policy the Bushies are determined to  lie, distort and obfuscate to their last day. They have simply refused to answer Congressionalsupenas claiming king like privileges that have no basis in law. Considering the possibility of these preemptive pardons how can Congress not consider impeachment and investigation of war crimes, Nine Reasons to Investigate War Crimes Now

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Another crony in McCain camp, British back Obama, Victor David Hanson lies for the cause

Included in Stephen Payne’s ( the lobbyist and all around GOP water carrier who was selling Whitehouse access for cash payments) web of friends includes Randy Scheunemann.  Scheunemann is chief foreign policy and national security adviser to John McCain. President Bush lobbyist Stephen Payne in ‘bribes’ row quits

In a further link, Randy Scheunemann, chief foreign policy and national security adviser to John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, was listed in the WSE brochure as part of its executive team. Scheunemann and Associates, his lobbying firm, is reported as having represented the Caspian Alliance in 2005.

At the undercover meeting last week, Payne said Scheunemann had been “working with me on my payroll for five of the last eight years”. When confronted over the link to KMG, Payne declined to comment.

McCain multiple ties with powerful lobbyist, besides making his claims of being a maverick look sillier by the day also give another black eye to Republican brain trust and New York Times columnist Bill Kristol another notch on his Kristol Ball – Bill has previously suggested that McCain run as a “reformist” for “the whole U.S. government.“ Difficult to run as a reformer when you’re running around with the same cronies that America is fed up with. More here on Randy Scheunemann and McCain, McCain’s senior foreign policy advisor tied to global petro-influence peddling

Just to briefly revisit this, Iraqi Prime Minister Backs Obama Troop Exit Plan

A number of media outlets likewise professed to being confused by the statement from Maliki’s office. The New York Times pointed out that al-Dabbagh’s statement “did not address a specific error.” CBS likewise expressed disbelief pointing out that Maliki mentions a timeframe for withdrawal three times in the interview and then asks, “how likely is it that SPIEGEL mistranslated three separate comments? Matthew Yglesias, a blogger for the Atlantic Monthly, was astonished by “how little effort was made” to make the Baghdad denial convincing. And the influential blog IraqSlogger also pointed out the lack of specifics in the government statement.

SPIEGEL sticks to its version of the conversation.

Is it likely that Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki might be playing politics, playing Senator Obama’s remarks off Bush’s attempt to have an ill defined permanent military presence in Iraq. I’m not sure that matters as much as the substance of the implication that Iraqs want us out. They don’t see the American military in its current deployment status as necessary for Iraqi security. British Prime Minister Brown seems to agree, Brown plans to withdraw troops as he backs Obama over ‘war on terror’

Gordon Brown prepared the ground for a historic realignment in the “war on terror” yesterday by setting out a four-point plan for withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by the end of next year.

Although he is refusing to set a detailed timetable for withdrawal, it is clear Mr Brown is in agreement with the US presidential candidate Barack Obama on the need for military action in Afghanistan to take priority. Both appear to be working to a 16-month timetable.

McCain was on all three network news programs this morning trying desparety to have something relevant to say about Iraq and Afghanistan. I almost felt sorry for him.

What A Difference A Day Makes, neocon grand chef of hypocrisy Jennifer Rubin  states on 07-18-2008 that Senator Obama should make his trip to the Middle-East with an open mind and ask questions. On 07-19-2008 says that Senator Obama is asking too many questions on his trip.

Victor David Hanson is another Conservative brain trust. An historian and intellectual. More Iraqi Ironies
Our short memories.

We were paralyzed for a year over Ambassador Joe Wilson’s carnival-like mission, in part due to the prompt of his wife at the CIA Valerie Plame, to find out whether Niger sold, or tried to sell, yellowcake to Saddam. Meanwhile unmentioned is the fact that all the time 1.2 million pounds of yellowcake continued to sit in a warehouse in pre- and postwar Iraq. We chose a special prosecutor to find the culprit who, in some sort of supposed conspiratorial retaliation to Wilson’s flamboyant but erroneous claims, divulged the employment status of his wife. The result is that the special prosecutor found the culpable party, but ensured that he is free from indictment, and indicted and convicted the person who, we know, did not first divulge Ms. Plame’s identity — the object of the original inquiry

Sloppy work for a historian. Dick Cheney was the one that asked the CIA to send someone to Niger. The same Dick Cheney who was SOD during Bush One’s administartion and knew that Saddam already had that yellowcake in country. He had a say in leaving it there. Knowing that Iraq had yellowcake in country what did it matter whether they had made recent attempts to purchase more. There are a couple of choices to explain Cheney’s move. One he conviently forgot what he did as Secretary of Defense in 1991. The other is that he planned to distort anything the CIA found to his own purposes. Bush ended up using the infamous 16 words. Very clever wording, laying the claim that Saddam had recently tried to acquire yellowcake at the door step of the British giving himself some plausible deniability. Bush accomplished his goal of planting in the mind of the American people that Saddam was actively restarting his nuclear program, which was known then and remains a lie. As Bush made that speech Dick Cheney and Bush had to know that Saddam had tons of yellowcake under IAEA seal for years. The administartion lied and made selective leaks to the press. The object of the original inquiry was to find the leaker/s. Scooter was in the loop with Dick Cheney. That is why Scooter Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing justice – he lied to protect his masters. Yes Victor there is some irony here. That a historian and intellectual would be so blinded by partisan loyality that he’d sell his integrity for a little nod of approval from his fellow zealots.

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Kilmeade on NY Times report of American deaths in Iraq due to faulty wiring: “They had to find the negative story in Iraq?”

In its July 18 article, the Times reported that “[s]hoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents. … The Army report said KBR, the Houston-based company that is responsible for providing basic services for American troops in Iraq, including housing, did its own study and found a ‘systemic problem’ with electrical work.”

Imagine you’re loved one goes off to do their duty. They fight in a war that was based on nonsense about WMD, “urgent” threats, and mutiple implications that Iraq was somehow connected to the events of 9-11. You’re spouse, brother or friend doesn’t die killing terrorists, but dies because of the shoddy work done by a contractor with Whitehouse connections. In Kilmeade’s world and most Conservatives inconvenient deaths should be kept a secret because, well its makes them look bad. Brian is a little upset and embarrassed that the corrupt and ideologically extreme cronies (KBR) that he hand his network have been genuflecting apologists for have been caught being negligent. Death by cronyism doesn’t phase the Right, but the press reporting it does. Nice to know that Republicans still have their values and priorities straight.

Remember the GOP lobbyists and Department of Homeland Security advisor Stephen Payne that was doing some influence peddling in return for cash and Whitehouse access. It turns out he has close ties with Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Payne has suddenly become remarkably unremarkable. Though he was Vive-Chairman of Hutchinson’s campaigns in 2000 and 2006 and did a little ghost writing for  Hutchinson for one of Payne’s lobbying clients the nation of  Azerbaijan, a Hutchinson spokesman says nobody remembers him. Hutchinson has been known to flip-flop on some issues like perjury and obstruction, sometimes its important and sometimes its not.

The recent hearings on torture brought up yet again claims that it has probably saved lives, The Truth Is Out on CIA and Torture

Throughout this ugly drama, U.S. leaders have assured the public that the extreme interrogation measures used on detainees have thwarted acts of terrorist and saved thousands of American lives. The trouble with such claims is that professionals who know something of interrogation or intelligence don’t believe them. This is not just because the old hands overwhelmingly believe that torture doesn’t work – it doesn’t – but also because they know that torture creates more terrorists and fosters more acts of terror than it could possibly neutralize.

The administration’s claims of having “saved thousands of Americans” can be dismissed out of hand because credible evidence has never been offered – not even an authoritative leak of any major terrorist operation interdicted based on information gathered from these interrogations in the past seven years.

It is more then odd that after the 9-11 attacks the administration felt it had to torture people to prevent another attack, but would not allow the FBI to question the one suspect they had immediately taken into custody, Justifying’ Torture: Two Big Lies

But once the attacks took place on 9-11, confirming the Minneapolis FBI unit’s worst fears and finally overcoming FBI Headquarters’ reluctance to conduct further searches of Moussaoui’s belongings, there was still little sense of urgency.

At that point, Moussaoui sat atop the list of prime sources for information about any “second wave” of attacks. But the Justice Department persisted in its refusal to allow agents to attempt to interview Moussaoui even after the attacks.

During the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, the acting U.S. Attorney denied the unit permission to interview Moussaoui.

Rowley — having seen what just had transpired due, at least in part, to the FBI unit having accepted No for an answer in August — decided to go a rung higher by calling Justice officials in the FBI’s Command Post in Washington on the morning of Sept. 12.

In that conversation, Rowley repeatedly drew attention to the Supreme Court decision (New York v Quarles, 467 U.S. 649, 1984) granting an “exigent-circumstances” exception to the Miranda rule in cases where an interview is judged necessary to protect public safety.

Rowley was told by Justice Department officials that “no such public emergency existed.” This is what Rowley encountered on 9/11 and 9/12.

Moussaoui remained the only al-Qaeda terrorist in custody for many months, but the Justice Department’s ban on interviewing him remained in place — at huge potential cost by forfeiting the possibility of acquiring information on other terrorist activities about which Moussaoui was very probably aware.

This is not merely theoretical. It appears that Moussaoui almost certainly was acquainted with Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” who on Dec. 22, 2001, almost succeeded in blowing up American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami with nearly 200 people aboard.

So, in Rowley’s May 21, 2002, letter to FBI Director Mueller, she reminded him that if, as he claimed, priority was now being given to prevention over prosecution, the FBI needed to explore how to apply the Quarles “public safety” exception.

Rowley also reminded Mueller that Minneapolis had not only been prevented from further investigation of Moussaoui before 9/11 but also was prohibited from interviewing him after the attacks on that day.

Ironic considering these recent excuses for torture,

– On May 22, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice publicly discussed the use of enhanced interrogation techniques: “After Sept. 11, whatever was legal in the face of not just the attacks of Sept. 11, but the anthrax attacks that happened, we were in an environment in which saving America from the next attack was paramount.”

– On June 5, 2008, CIA Director Michael Hayden told Jim Angle of Fox News that it was fear of an imminent attack that led to the controversial interrogation practices – including waterboarding, which Hayden referred to as a “high-end interrogation technique.”

Maybe former FBI agent Coleen Rowley should have asked the Justice Department if she could torture Moussaoui rather then question him. She probably would have gotten immediate approval.

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people

Like Bush, McCain Said Capturing Bin Laden Isn’t ‘ that important’

2002: McCain said capturing Osama Bin Laden Isn’t “‘That Important.” [CBS, “Face the Nation,” 3/2/02]

Rushing into Iraq and losing 4000 American lives over WMD and terrorist connection that didn’t exist according to the commander-in-chief wannbe was more important then capturing the mastermind behind 9-11.

Pundit and Republican model of patriotism Michael Savage thinks that kids with autism are little fakers and their parents are to blame.

Ashcroft: Waterboarding is not torture.

“I believe a report of waterboarding would be serious, but I do not believe it would define torture,” Ashcroft said.

This guy used to be the Attorney General of the United States of America. It makes you wonder if he didn’t get his law degree by way of a correspondence school off a matchbook cover, Waterboarding Used to Be a Crime

After World War II, we convicted several Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American and Allied prisoners of war. At the trial of his captors, then-Lt. Chase J. Nielsen, one of the 1942 Army Air Forces officers who flew in the Doolittle Raid and was captured by the Japanese, testified: “I was given several types of torture. . . . I was given what they call the water cure.” He was asked what he felt when the Japanese soldiers poured the water. “Well, I felt more or less like I was drowning,” he replied, “just gasping between life and death.”

Nielsen’s experience was not unique. Nor was the prosecution of his captors. After Japan surrendered, the United States organized and participated in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, generally called the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. Leading members of Japan’s military and government elite were charged, among their many other crimes, with torturing Allied military personnel and civilians. The principal proof upon which their torture convictions were based was conduct that we would now call waterboarding.

Bush’s Pakistan-Afganistan-Iran “legacy”

I think the White House has finally become seriously spooked about Pakistan. When Benazir was assassinated, they lost Plan A and there never was a Plan B. They’ve been treading water while watching things go from bad to worse in both Pakistan’s domestic political chaos and in the border areas with Afghanistan. The US doesn’t have more troops to put in, and even if there were a few more brigades available, everybody (except Mr “I authored the Surge(TM)” McCain) seems to realize that the military isn’t going to solve this problem, it’s only a finger in the dike.

Whoever is the new President come January, US-Pakistan policies are going to have to be reworked entirely. The Biden-Lugar economic aid package, which Obama is sponsoring, is just the first step.

Not Conservatives, but the reality based community knows that Bush squandered victory in Afghanistan in order to protect us from Iraq. What often goes over looked is that Iran had helped organize the anti-Taliban Northen Alliance in Afghanistan and had offered to continue to help the U.S. in getting rid of them and al-Qaeda. One can’t help but wonder how many lives could have been saved in Afghanistan and Iraq if the Bushies had not let their hubris get in the way of working with Iran against the Taliban.

McCain’s humor often backfires. Most of the examples of McCain’s humor is defensible, free speech and all. The purported rape joke is the deal breaker. Not surprising that the Republicans in the comment section defend McCain -” It also shows that McCain is down to Earth at least.” Rape jokes manage two things at once and showing how someone is down to earth is not even close, they’re tasteless and cruel. That is what sets them apart from jokes about cigarettes and someones looks. They’re a little window into the dark side of the person telling them.

Faux News had been echoing McCain’s inane criticism that Senator Obama had not been to Iraq enough. Now that he is going again they’re crying that he’s getting too much media coverage.

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Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people. ~ John Adams

McCain can’t hide his record

Bush: Iraq had WMD.  McCain claimed Iraq had WMD and was a threat to the U.S. – “now, with more than 200,000 American and British troops at his doorstep, Saddam Hussein still refuses to give up his weapons of mass destruction.” McCain asserted that we had no other choice even as weapons inspectors were finding absolutely nothing and Bush was deciding to kick them out. Bush and McCain both claimed that they had no choice but to invade. Bush: deciminated false, distorted and incomplete intelligence to the media and the America. McCain was one of the leading proponents of creating a special intelligence unit that would, remarkably come up with information that supported the Bush administration’s agenda. Bush and McCain’s little unit produced information that was contrary to the intell produced by analysts at the State Department , the CIA and the International Atomic Energy Agency. McCain like Bush and Cheney has on multiple occasions conflated al-Qaeda, a radical Sunni organization with Iran, an overwhelmingly Shiia country, as is Iraq. In doing so he has equated Iran and Iraq with those that attacked the World Trade Center. Pure disinformation. Disinformation that creates the impression that Iraq had to be attacked in revenge for something it had nothing to do with. As he runs for president Mccain claims he is not George W. Bush. If integreity and “straight talk” is one of the qualifications for being the next commander-in-chief McCain has failed miserabily. If he were a private citizen his lies and distortions would be bad enough, but he is a U.S. Senator. A post in itself that McCain has proved himself unworthy of holding and now he wants a promotion. The ultimate perverse application of the Peter Principle, McCain thinks his ineptitude and treachery should be rewarded. The irony is piling on as McCain pretends to be the new improved version 2.0. Nope he is not Bush redux, Senator Obama is according to a Mccain spokesman,

I think the American people have had enough of inflexibility and stubbornness in national security policy…We cannot afford to replace one administration that refused for too long to acknowledge failure in Iraq with a candidate that refuses to acknowledge success in Iraq.

Bush and McBush both claimed Iraq had WMD and connections to al-Qaeda, not Senator Obama. Thus making Iraq the artificial front in the war on terror that had to be won. Just like Bush and the neocons McCain has a tendency to try and create his own fabulistic world rather then the reality that most Americans live in, After Voting For Education Cuts, McCain Touts Education Reform At NAACP. It probably doesn’t even cross McBush’s mind that his lies are insulting to others.

The U.S. is not the highest taxed country in the world, The U.S. Tax Burden Is Low Relative to Other OECD Countries

Researchers generate hydrogen without the carbon footprint

Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) is exactly the kind of do nothing know nothing arrogant obstructionist assclown that has turned off so many people about politics.