Camas Prairie Landscape Idaho wallpaper, Conservative’s National Security Reputation Coming Undone

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Contrary to conventional wisdom there is never going to be a deadline reached at which the legacy of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should be forgotten. Not because some of us might justifiably have a grudge. But because their legacy lives on with real life consequences. George and Dick were sold to us as the A-Team. They knew what was best for the economy, their stellar national security and foreign policy expertise were the standard by which all future policies would be measured. Even given the span of two terms Bush and Cheney’s policies, trumpeted regularly by his supporters on TV and in print, turned out to be dismal failures. Then and now Dick Cheney, who has the gull to pop up occasionally and offer up his expertise, was a former Secretary of Defense under Reagan ( where he cut ten divisions from the armed forces) was always cast as the national security expert. On that basis, or that continued misplaced perception, many conservatives would like to see him as president in 2012. Out of office in 2009 Dick Cheney said this about President Obama’s national security policies,

As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. [. . .] He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda trained terrorists still there, we won’t be at war.

For seven years Cheney and like-minded sycophants used similar language to attack anyone that dared disagree with the mighty voice of right-wing authority on all things pertaining to terrorism. Critics of the Bush administration were more than wrong they were terrorist sympathizers. There was always that arrogance of absolute tactical and moral authority. To their credit it was a clever tactic. Stick to a message that appealed to the base fears of much of the public and repeat daily. Silencing the Lawyers

A total of 779 prisoners have been held in Guantánamo in connection with the war on terror. Five hundred seventy-nine were released, most by the Bush Administration, a quiet recognition of errors made in the decisions to detain them. A large number of those still detained are contesting their imprisonment through habeas corpus—under which the government must make a minimal showing that it has a reasonable basis for holding the prisoner. In roughly three-quarters of these cases so far (36 out of 50 decided), which are being heard before largely Republican-appointed, conservative federal judges in Washington, the court has found that the United States has no reason to hold the prisoner.

[   ]…What happened to the 600–800 Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders for whom the prison was originally conceived? We now have a pretty good idea. In the late fall of 2001, military operations in Afghanistan were successful, and Taliban and Al Qaeda leadership figures had fled to two last redoubts—the city of Kunduz in the northeast, and the Tora Bora region along the Pakistani frontier. But for reasons known only to him, Vice President Dick Cheney ordered a halt to the bombardment of Kunduz and opened an air corridor to allow the Pakistani military to airlift the Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders out of Kunduz. The maneuver was ridiculed by one U.S. military official present at the time as “Operation Evil Airlift.” The United States quickly moved to fill Gitmo with nobodies.

The Conservative A-Team of terror fighting let Bin Laden get away at Tora Bora, squandered victory in Afghanistan and assisted Al Qaeda. To shore up their reputations as the national security pros the Bush administration threw a combination of predominately low-level stooges and innocent bystanders into Gitmo. Some lawyers have been successful at pushing the cases of those detainees for whom the reasons for detainment are dubious. The mythical legacy of Bush-Cheney and the conservative movement as the Gurus of national security has and continues to come undone. What can conservatives do to stop the ever widening erosion of their national security credentials. They can persecute the lawyers, who are proving to Bush appointed judges no less, for exposing the ineptitude and lawlessness of the Bush administration’s actions in the “war on terror”.

Instead, influential Republicans in Congress are crying out for an investigation of the lawyers. Florida Republican Jeff Miller has secured a provision in the current defense appropriations act (PDF) requiring that the Defense Department’s inspector general “conduct an investigation of the conduct and practices of lawyers” who represent clients at Guantánamo if there is some reason to believe that they “interfered with the operations” at Gitmo or “violated any applicable policy of the Department.” Of course, as Steven Vladeck has explained, in the thinking of the Bush era, prisoners were to be held at Gitmo without access to attorneys or the ability to make legal arguments, so everything that the defense counsel did amounted to “interference with the operations”–starting with securing a series of Supreme Court decisions holding that those operations were illegal.

The defense counsel working at Guantánamo have been subjected to a barrage of officially sponsored indignities. They have been tarred with ethnic slurs and accusations of homosexuality, accused of undermining national security, subjected to continual petty harassment. They have also had their livelihoods threatened through appeals to their paying clients. These events have been reported as separate incidents in the press, but this conduct results from a carefully orchestrated Bush Administration policy that goes under the rubric of “lawfare.” With the Bush Administration out of power, these efforts have been taken up by former Vice President Dick Cheney, his daughter, and a collection of Republican hacks. There’s nothing remotely “disgraceful” about the efforts of defense counsel to identify witnesses and collect evidence, and to prove torture if indeed torture was used. That’s the essence of justice. Congressman Miller is afraid that the truth of what happened to these prisoners will be fully exposed and that they may be proven innocent.

In the land of Wingnuttia McCain Doesn’t Know Bush and the Rest of us Have Been Hypnotized

Cheney endorses His buddy McBush

Dick Cheney emerges from his bunker to help out his old pal, John McBush pretends like they were  never clowns in the same circus,

Obama’s really more like Cheney than McCain, they argued, and referenced something Obama used to joke about, the discovery that Obama’s and Cheney’s family trees are distantly linked. “Barack Obama and Dick Cheney aren’t just cousins, they’ve shared support for the Bush energy policy and the out-of-control spending that John McCain has fought to oppose,” said the response from McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds

We’ve been down this road countless times. McCain voted with Bush the vast majority of the time. Absurdly some McCain supporters are trying to make the case that since Bush signed off the three bills that Obama got enacted, Obama thus voted with Bush 100% of the time. Since its beyond doubt that Obama never sponsored a bill pushed by the opposition party’s administration, its more like Bush approved of Obama’s bills 100% of the time.

Part of Senator Obama’s reply,

I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.

But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?

Glenn Greenwald takes a look at the Right’s upper escalon pundits and their attempts to portray Senator Obama as a Muslim without actually saying the M word. Which in today’s political climate is the same as trying to otherize Obama.

This came on the heels of one of the tough-guy Powerline warriors deciding (with National Review cheering) that the politician to whom Obama bears the closest substantive resemblance is Rep. Keith Ellison, an African-American who is also the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress.  This tactic is more pathetically desperate than it is anything else — it hasn’t worked yet and isn’t likely to

Maybe it is working with some low information voters – Barack Obama warns of last ditch ‘dirty tricks campaign’ to scare away supporters – on the other hand the Right might have reached its smear saturation point. Everyone that wants to believe Obama is whatever – fill in the blank – they are not going to convert anyone new to their flat earth-like theories at this point. One of the Conservative anti-Obama messages floating around the net is that Obama can’t get a security clearance because of his alleged radical associations. I guess that Bush and Cheney are in on the plot to cover up Obama’s Manchurian status, Obama receiving intel briefings

Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell told a public symposium in Nashville on Oct. 30 that the intelligence briefings for Sens. John McCain, R-AZ, and Barack Obama, D-Ill, have been part of an official transition process approved by the Bush administration that has also included briefings for their campaigns.

Should Senator Obama be declared president elect in a couple of days – which seems likely, Senator Obama will start to get excatly the same high level President’s Daily Briefing that Bush gets everyday. Hasn’t Bush heard that Obama has a fake birth certiftcate and pals around with terrorists.

From the experts on national security at the Republican site The Free Republic,

Barack Obama Denied National Security Clearance
Oct 2, 2008 … Barack Obama Denied National Security Clearance Aug.20, 2008 in General Barack Obama cannot be Trusted with Classified Information…

The always reliable American Spectator, who back in the 90s was big on the Clintons murdered Vince Foster conspiracy theory,

The American Spectator: Obama Couldn’t Be Cleared
Considering Barack Obama as a candidate for a top secret security clearance status with a full array of compartmented clearances, one has to be cognizant of …

When you worship at the alter of gutter politics you’re bound to get some major information wrong. While there are too still many people that buy into this stuff, the Right might have put on its Chicken-Little act one too many times. Latest GOP smear plot revealed: Professor paid to try to tie Ayers to Obama biography

The brother of a Republican congressman and a Republican businessman attempted to pay an professor in Oxford to use software he designed to “prove” that 1960s radical William Ayers helped write Sen. Barack Obama’s biography.

The professor, Dr. Peter Millican, teaches philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford. His software is designed to detect when works are by the same authors by comparing the use of similar words and phrases.

The offer was revealed Sunday in a British newspaper.

“He was entirely upfront about this,” the professor said of the Republican businessman (Robert Fox, a California GOP businessman) who made the offer. “He offered me $10,000 and sent me electronic versions of the text from both books.”

Millican said he took a preliminary look and found the charges that Ayers had had a hand in ghostwriting Obama’s book “very implausible.” A deal was agreed for “more detailed research,” the paper said, but when Millican “said the results had to be made public, even if no link to Ayers was proved, interest waned.”

The Republicans sought to allege similarities between Obama’s Dreams of My Father and Ayers’ Fugitive Days.

Que the Two Stooges, The GOP businessman Robert Fox is now trying to lay blame on his brother-in-law, Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) who in turn is saying it was all Fox’s idea.

McCain’s campaign manager claims the race isn’t close. Nope McBush has made a comeback that will make the history books, John McCain: The Comeback Very Old Kid

“We believe, with the combination of our base states and the states we’ve been able to put into play this week, we can achieve 270.”

McCain would have to win every non-decided voter plus a few Democrats to win. He has a 2.8% chance of winning. I think, or hope this comment at the link is satire,

Obama’s use of hypnosis in speeches is why:
-nothing sticks to him
-the huge crowds
-the huge money contributions
-the mesmerized effect, especially in young people, who, because of their imaginations are more susceptible to hypnosis (read the document)
-the exorbitant election fraud, rule-breaking and bias in the media
-he gets away with changing every position
-people are calling him the “greatest leader of a generation” with no accomplishments

You have to read this document to understand how his hypnosis works. Logically and rationally, why not get to know this guy a little more before handing the world over to him? Why not wait?

The Mass Hypnosis Axiom. In the Netherland of Wingnuttia that probably does warrant further research. Notice that in keeping with the Axiom, Conservative tin-foil hats with the fold down visors would make them imperious to the Mass Hypnosis.

Obama is having a tough time getting the Jewish vote? Not really, Former World Jewish Congress chairman Edgar Bronfman endorses “tough idealist” Obama

Bronfman, a former head of the World Jewish Congress, wrote in the piece titled “Israel’s Best Interest is a Morally Strong America” that an honest broker was needed to push Israelis and Palestinians toward a two-state solution.

He said the Illinois senator could fill this role, being “a tough idealist who has the courage to imagine an America that may inspire hope, not fear, in the Middle East and around the world.”

Conversely, Bronfman scathingly criticized President George W. Bush’s policies in the region, which he said McCain would continue, as only increasing the dangers Israel faces from its enemies. The philanthropist said the most immediate of them was from a nuclear Iran, adding that, “Under the Bush administration, conversations with the Iranians began only at the end of May 2007 and have been badly mishandled.”