Some of the neocon dead enders like Charles Krauthammer and Fred Kagan have taken to writing and rewriting, what is basically the same column over and over again, all together they are the never ending Ode to the Iraq Cluster F*uck . The most recent rewrite, not just of recent Iraq history, but basic facts on the ground in Iraq comes courtesy the right-wing professor of the flying pigs myth, Chuckie Krauthammer – Milestone in Baghdad
The barbarism in Mumbai and the economic crisis at home have largely overshadowed an otherwise singular event: the ratification of military and strategic cooperation agreements between Iraq and the United States.
They must not pass unnoted. They were certainly noted by Iran, which fought fiercely to undermine the agreements. Tehran understood how a formal U.S.-Iraqi alliance endorsed by a broad Iraqi consensus expressed in a freely elected parliament changes the strategic balance in the region.
Other then the inclusion of a few current events, the same column that Kagan wrote in June of 2008. Imagine Chuckie and Fred standing in front of a bloody multi-car pile up. As they’re talking the viewer can clearly see bodies being carried off, but Chuck and Fred are looking into the camera swearing there is nothing here but a field of flowers and children playing. The neocons are playing the same twisted reality game with Iraq. Iran played a major role in facilitating the deescalation of violence in Sadr City and Basra. Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s political coalition has been backed by Tehran and Iran has strong diplomatic and some economic ties with Iraq. Removing Saddam was a gift to Iran – he was their enemy and supported by the Reagan administration in the 80s. As far as the details are known, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) contains a clause, much lobbied by Iran, that American forces may not launch attacks against its neighbors (Iran) from Iraq. The dead enders like Chuck think these security agreements spell victory. A crude way of trying rehabilitate the original and false reasons that America went into Iraq – don’t look at the reality of over 4 thousand American dead and counting, don’t look at 4 million Iraqis that were displaced or became refugees and don’t look at the hundreds of thousands to perhaps millions of Iraqi killed or maimed and don’t look at what might turn out, at a trillion dollars, to be the most expensive foreign policy debacle in our history. By the way, Chuck Krauthammer and Fred Kagan are ‘intellectuals’.
GOP Senator Wants More God In Government Visitor Center. From almost day one in 1776 E pluribus unum, Latin for “Out of Many, One,” was on the great seal of the U.S. Congress never adopted an official motto for the country, but that phrase, over the next hundred and eighty years came to be thought of as our national motto. The first 180 years of our history, our national spirit was based on that motto, so it is is a significant part of our history and who we are. In 1956 Congress passed H.J. Resolution 396 which officially made ‘In God We Trust” the official motto. So that motto as such has been around for the last 52 years. The Capitol Visitor Center has the first motto, the one we started the country with – it also happens to be more inclusive and less derisive then our recently adopted motto. Doesn’t matter to a couple of far Right senators. They want and apparently will have “E. Pluribus Unum” plastered over and “In God We Trust”. Since it it the lawfully passed official motto of the U.S. one can see including it, but since the other is of substantial historical importance, why aren’t both included in a Capitol Visitor Center which is designed inform visitors about our actual history, not the slightly revised one the Right would like to tell.
Employers Shedding Jobs As Recession Deepens
Skittish employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, dramatic proof the country is careening deeper into recession.
The new figures, released by the Labor Department Friday, showed the crucial employment market deteriorating at an alarmingly rapid clip, and handed Americans some more grim news right before the holidays.
As companies throttled back hiring, the unemployment rate bolted from 6.5 percent in October to 6.7 percent last month, a 15-year high.
Too bad we can’t plaster over the Republican economic policies that have lead to real problems.
How often have we heard the childish claim that the guy reading My Pet Goat on 9-11-2001 has kept America safe. Kinda depends on how one defines safe, Feds Set to Eliminate Water Regulations for Neurotoxin
Among the Bush administration’s final environmental legacies will be a decision to exempt perchlorate, a known neurotoxin found at unsafe levels in the drinking water of millions of Americans, from federal regulation.
The ruling, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in October, was supposed to be formalized on Monday. That deadline passed, but the agency expects to announce its decision by the year’s end, before president-elect Barack Obama takes office. It could take years to reverse.