Monthly Archives: July 2003

Bush’s lies are catching up to him

“The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

— From Bush’s 2003 State of the Union Address
Liars
“It is unfortunate that this one sentence, these 16 words, remained in the State of the Union, but this in no way has any effect on the president’s larger case about Iraqi efforts to reconstitute the nuclear program, and most importantly in the bigger picture of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.” –Condoleezza Rice
“The president of the United States did not go to war because of a question of whether or not Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa.” — national security adviser Condoleezza Rice

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Going, going, gone?

Steve Gilliard has yet again nailed it on the head: Time to admit the obvious: there are no WMD


Ok, let’s go through this simply:

No units have found any stores of shells, rockets or any production facilities that could be used to convert them into chemical weapons. Despite months of scouring Iraq during and after the war, despite special operators running around Iraq, not one chemical shell has been found. Not one chemical rocket has been found.

So, the question: Is there a deadline for finding the so called Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? I can see the headlines now: Bagdad, Iraq – AP – January 1, 2019, George W. Bush, former President of the United States, continued his search today for the long lost WMD…

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U.S. Troops Vandalize

U.S. troops vandalized and looted the Iraqi airport and now we get to pay for it. Not only was it a needless waste of millions of dollars, but it’s probably not the only example of U.S. troops behaving disrespectfully. Of course disrespecting an airport and it’s contents is just the icing on the cake of U.S. aggression.


“I don’t want to detract from all the great work that’s going into getting the airport running again,” says Lieut. John Welsh, the Army civil-affairs officer charged with bringing the airport back into operation. “But you’ve got to ask, If this could have been avoided, did we shoot ourselves in the foot here?”

What was then called Saddam International Airport fell to soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division on April 3. For the next two weeks, airport workers say, soldiers sleeping in the airport’s main terminal helped
themselves to items in the duty-free shop, including alcohol, cassettes, perfume, cigarettes and expensive watches. Welsh, who arrived in Iraq in late April, was so alarmed by the thievery that he rounded up a group of Iraqi airport employees to help him clean out the shop and its storage area.

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Watching the Government

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.” – James Madison (Fourth Presidentof the United States)

Thanks to some folks at MIT we now have Government Information Awarness. Their Mission:

To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America.

To allow citizens to submit intelligence about government-related issues, while maintaining their anonymity. To allow members of the government a chance to participate in the process.

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Presidential manipulation

A couple days ago I mentioned this story over at The Nation in which Renana Brooks offers an analysis of Bush’s use of language.

Given the manipulative content of Bush’s speeches on the 4th, it seems like a good time to reflect on his words. Emma over at Notes on the Atrocities also takes a look at Bush’s speech.


“By killing innocent Americans, our enemies made their intentions clear to us,” Bush said from a red-white-and-blue-bedecked stage set up on a sun-soaked field. “And since that September day, we have made our own intentions clear to them.”

Who killed innocent Americans? Not Iraqis. Bush has provided zero, zilch, nada in the way of evidence which might link Iraq to 9/11. He’s mixing the shit here.


The United States, Bush said, “will not stand by and wait for another attack, or trust in the restraint and good intentions of evil men.”

Who’s good and evil? Are Iraqi civilians evil? Were they deserving of 3/12/03? What about 3/15/03? Maybe they deserved 3/17 or 3/19? Just what was the threat posed by Saddam? Where are the chemical and nuclear weapons? The constant repetition of these accusations does not make them true.


“We will act whenever it is necessary to protect the lives and the liberty of the American people.”

“Without America’s active involvement in the world, the ambitions of tyrants would go unopposed and millions would live at the mercy of terrorists,” he said. “With Americans’ active involvement in the world, tyrants learn to fear and terrorists are on the run.”

What in the hell is he saying here? The “ambitions of tyrants”? Please, tell me, what had Saddam done to us? What has he ever done to the U.S.? Bush is fond of talking terrorism, of bringing up 9/11 and suggesting that we should live in fear, afraid for our lives. From the perspective of an Iraqi it is the U.S. and George Bush that is the terrorist. It’s currently estimated that 6,000 – 7,000 Iraqi civilians died as a result of our recent aggression. That does not count the thousands who were injured, many maimed for the rest of their lives. Does this not far outweigh the pain and suffering of 9/11? Just in pure numbers it does. So, tell me again, who is the terrorist? George Bush, you are a piece of shit.

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Remember this?

The Declaration of Independence

Watch out, some folks might label you a traitor or subversive for reading such radical propaganda:


When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

Thanks to Cory at Boing Boing for posting it there.

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Remember this?

The Declaration of Independence

Watch out, some folks might label you a traitor or subversive for reading such radical propaganda:


When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

Thanks to Cory at Boing Boing for posting it there.

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What a nightmare

bush golfs

Steve Gilliard over at the Daily Kos has written an excellent summary of the current situation in Iraq.


The look on Donald Rumsfeld’s face lately has not been a happy one. As the Bush Administration and its defenders try to pretend that the war in Iraq is not going badly, the reality is that things are getting worse with little hope for a solution in the near future.

Viceroy Jerry has asked for 50,000 troops to maintain his rule. There’s one small problem with that. There aren’t 50K to give. The US military is nearly at the end of it’s deployable strength and needs to withdraw the 3ID as soon as possible.

Each day that passes get’s uglier and uglier. Bush apparently does not know who’s in charge of finding the WMD. Saddam is still on the loose. Resistance to U.S. occupation grows each day. Back on the ranch Cowboy George is inviting attacks on the U.S. troops.

Of course I’m just looking at it from the point of view of a citizen in this country. I have no idea what it must be like over there. As if the Iraqi’s were devastated enough by 10+ years of economic sanctions we pounded their country with Gulf War 2. They didn’t ask for Saddam, nor did they ask for Bush. Why does the U.S. constantly interfere in the affairs of so many countries? Never forget that Rumsfeld was shaking hands with Saddam in the 1980’s.

Today we celebrate Independence day. I wonder, what does that mean?

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Cost of the war

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

An ongoing tally of the cost of the war in Iraq
The tally updates every second and I’ll tell ya, it’s scary to watch. We’re spending about $2,000 every second.

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