Scott Ritter in a very long winded article doesn’t confirn Ron Suskind’s account of the Whitehouse falsifying information that was supposed to cofirm an operational link between Saddam and al Qaeda, and the continuation of a WMD program that had long been suspended. What he does do is explain that there were many front line Iraqi scientists and technicians that knew there was no active WMD program. Furthermore that Iraqi Intelligence, the Mukhabarat knew months in advance of the March 2003 invasion that the occupation of Iraq was a done deal regardless of what U.N. inspectors found or didn’t find. ‘Where Are the Weapons of Mass Destruction?’
In my extensive dealings with him, Mohammed has never lied to me or exaggerated about events he was personally involved in. His story establishes a pattern of behavior which shows how the Bush administration, especially when operating in the form of small, ideologically motivated teams functioning outside the norms and conventions of the mainstream, was able to consider (in Mohammed’s case) manufacturing data and circumstances to bolster its false case for invading Iraq, and (per author Ron Suskind) actually manufacture such data and circumstances. I trust Mohammed. And so I am willing to believe Suskind and his sources about similar cases of fraud, this time in the form of the CIA’s manufactured Mukhabarat document.
Even though I understand that Georgia made the first and clearly provocative move toward South Ossetia I still admit to a my bias in favor of a country that was steadily moving toward western style democracy. But I’m just a blogger. The media on the other hand is supposed to either be balanced or put their stories on the op-ed page. With that in mind one take on the implications of the Georgia-Russia conflict, The South Ossetian War: Some thoughts
Well, perhaps inside the NYT bubble things look like that. (“Harsh Russian aggressors! Poor, long-suffering Georgian victims!”) But in the rest of the world– and almost certainly within Russia itself — they probably look very different, or perhaps even the reverse of that. There have certainly been civilian victims of Georgian military power within South Ossetia, and Georgian civilian victims of Russian military power within Georgia.
The link is to another blog which in turn links to another blog. The first link-blogger flat out condemns the idea that any war can be considered a “humanitarian” intervention. While I can’t go quite that far this does seem a case where armed aggressive intervention would do more harm then good both in the immediate future and the broader implications of a large U.S. or NATO force battling with Russia. Are the proponents of such intervention, a repeat of Iraq, saying that another five years of fighting with something that looks a like like small scale genocide and a few million refugees is a humanitarian action. Then after five years, probably thousands more American causalities then Iraq we can have another surge and declare victory.
Good old Glenn Beck. He’s more fun then a five day old barrel of dead fish, CNN’s Beck inflated estimated ANWR oil production by nearly 7,000 percent
Glenn Beck falsely claimed that “drilling in ANWR alone would yield 100 million barrels a day.” In fact, according to Energy Department researchers, if the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is opened for drilling for oil in 2008, the estimated peak production would yield, at most, 1.45 million barrels a day in 2028.