16.10.04

The New York Times endorses John Kerry for President

The New York Times > Opinion > John Kerry for President

A stunningly accurate portrait of Bush & Co....

"There is no denying that this race is mainly about Mr. Bush's disastrous tenure. Nearly four years ago, after the Supreme Court awarded him the presidency, Mr. Bush came into office amid popular expectation that he would acknowledge his lack of a mandate by sticking close to the center. Instead, he turned the government over to the radical right.

Mr. Bush installed John Ashcroft, a favorite of the far right with a history of insensitivity to civil liberties, as attorney general. He sent the Senate one ideological, activist judicial nominee after another. He moved quickly to implement a far-reaching anti-choice agenda including censorship of government Web sites and a clampdown on embryonic stem cell research. He threw the government's weight against efforts by the University of Michigan to give minority students an edge in admission, as it did for students from rural areas or the offspring of alumni.

When the nation fell into recession, the president remained fixated not on generating jobs but rather on fighting the right wing's war against taxing the wealthy. As a result, money that could have been used to strengthen Social Security evaporated, as did the chance to provide adequate funding for programs the president himself had backed. No Child Left Behind, his signature domestic program, imposed higher standards on local school systems without providing enough money to meet them.

If Mr. Bush had wanted to make a mark on an issue on which Republicans and Democrats have long made common cause, he could have picked the environment. Christie Whitman, the former New Jersey governor chosen to run the Environmental Protection Agency, came from that bipartisan tradition. Yet she left after three years of futile struggle against the ideologues and industry lobbyists Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney had installed in every other important environmental post. The result has been a systematic weakening of regulatory safeguards across the entire spectrum of environmental issues, from clean air to wilderness protection.


The president who lost the popular vote got a real mandate on Sept. 11, 2001. With the grieving country united behind him, Mr. Bush had an unparalleled opportunity to ask for almost any shared sacrifice. The only limit was his imagination.

He asked for another tax cut and the war against Iraq."

A Nice Little War To Fill The Coffers

Revealed: the meeting that could have changed the history of Iraq

Revealed: the meeting that could have changed the history of Iraq
When six of the country's leading experts on Iraq went to Downing Street in November 2002 , they sought to warn Tony Blair about the dangerous consequences of his actions. In this extraordinary account of that meeting, they reveal for the first time their shock at his response, offering a unique insight into the mind of a Prime Minister determined upon war


"But others felt the Prime Minister was not really listening. 'He was dismissive of our arguments,' said one, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'It seemed as if he was just going through the motions. I think he'd made up his mind already.'

Another said: 'I was staggered at Blair's apparent naivety, at his inability to engage with the complexities. For him, it seemed to be highly personal: an evil Saddam versus Blair-Bush. He didn't seem to have a perception of Iraq as a complex country.' He recalled that the Prime Minister had interjected only occasionally and cryptically. At one point he had exclaimed: 'But he [Saddam] is evil, isn't he?' Later Mr Blair said of Saddam: 'But he's got choices [over being good or evil], hasn't he?'"

'They want Zarqawi. They can't kill him so they're killing us'

'They want Zarqawi. They can't kill him so they're killing us': "'The Americans have created a bogeyman in Zarqawi. We haven't seen him. They can't kill him, so they kill us. We are just waiting for the big attack."

UK troops to Baghdad warning

UK troops to Baghdad warning

Bush & Co. has no shame...the British know it; why doesn't America???


"Tony Blair was last night accused of conspiring to use British troops in Iraq as a 'political gesture' to boost George Bush's campaign in the US presidential elections."

"Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, urged Mr Blair to reject the American request yesterday, warning that it could associate all British troops with aggressive US methods: "The last time US forces attacked Fallujah they left 1,000 civilians dead and uproar across Iraq at their heavy-handed tactics ... If Britain frees up US forces for the next assault we may be held equally responsible by Iraqis."

Arrest of a militant suspected to be Zarqawi - Iraqi security source ‏

Arrest of a militant suspected to be Zarqawi - Iraqi security source

Ah, the Bush & Co. pre-election surprise! They couldn't get Osama; they got Saddam and it didn't matter; they constructed Zarqawi out of a CIA photo and duct tape, killed hundreds of Fallujan's, captured their terrorist d'jour, and, it looks like they will tell the world about it just before the election....

Bush & Co. is a horrible killing machine; murdering civilians, fearing no retribution...But, I am guessing that will be their November surprise....

15.10.04

Why is war-torn Iraq giving $190,000 to Toys R Us?

Why is war-torn Iraq giving $190,000 to Toys R Us?

Is anything 'unbelievable' with these bastards?

"Here is a small sample of who has been getting 'reparation' awards from Iraq: Halliburton ($18m), Bechtel ($7m), Mobil ($2.3m), Shell ($1.6m), Nestl� ($2.6m), Pepsi ($3.8m), Philip Morris ($1.3m), Sheraton ($11m), Kentucky Fried Chicken ($321,000) and Toys R Us ($189,449). In the vast majority of cases, these corporations did not claim that Saddam's forces damaged their property in Kuwait - only that they 'lost profits' or, in the case of American Express, experienced a 'decline in business' because of the invasion and occupation of Kuwait. One of the biggest winners has been Texaco, which was awarded $505m in 1999. According to a UNCC spokesperson, only 12% of that reparation award has been paid, which means hundreds of millions more will have to come out of the coffers of post-Saddam Iraq."

Review Finds More Bush Military Records

Review Finds More Bush Military Records

"Weeks after Texas National Guard officials signed an oath swearing they had turned over all of President Bush's military records, independent examiners found more than two dozen pages of previously unreleased documents about Bush."

the monkey's records are here

Polish Leader Holds Post After Vowing to Pull Iraq Troops

Polish Leader Holds Post After Vowing to Pull Iraq Troops

"Poland will reduce its contingent from the start of 2005 and will discuss subsequent reductions," Mr. Belka said in a speech to the lawmakers.

Government officials said that Mr. Belka's speech to the lower house of Parliament, the Sejm, could be an acute embarrassment to President Bush."

Gee, that would be too bad...

The making of the terror myth

The making of the terror myth BBC documentary on the twisted spinning of Bush & Co. as they create a threat, for political gains and to justify their occupation and the murdering of civilians in Iraq. Acturally, the occupation is cohesing anti-imperialist groups to remove the occupiers by any means necessary. Oops...

"The Power of Nightmares seeks to overturn much of what is widely believed about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. The latter, it argues, is not an organised international network. It does not have members or a leader. It does not have 'sleeper cells'. It does not have an overall strategy. In fact, it barely exists at all, except as an idea about cleansing a corrupt world through religious violence.

Curtis' evidence for these assertions is not easily dismissed. He tells the story of Islamism, or the desire to establish Islam as an unbreakable political framework, as half a century of mostly failed, short-lived revolutions and spectacular but politically ineffective terrorism. Curtis points out that al-Qaida did not even have a name until early 2001, when the American government decided to prosecute Bin Laden in his absence and had to use anti-Mafia laws that required the existence of a named criminal organisation."

Fallujah Scholars Warn against Massive US Onslaught

Fallujah Scholars Warn against Massive US Onslaught

"Zarqawi is like the weapons of mass destruction that America invaded Iraq for,” Maddab was quoted by Reuters as saying, alluding to Iraq’s arsenal of banned arms that proved not to exist.

"We hear about that name (Zarqawi), but he is not here. More than 20 or 30 homes have been bombarded because of this Zarqawi and his followers but only women, children and the elderly have been affected, " the negotiator added.

14.10.04

Zarqawi - Bush's man for all seasons

Zarqawi - Bush's man for all seasons On Bush & Co.'s treachery regarding the creation of a personality that may be almost completely contrived...

"Zarqawi was extremely useful to defuse attention from the Abu Ghraib scandal: the Berg video showed up at the height of Abu Ghraib. The 'Zarqawi' in the video does not speak Arabic with a Jordanian accent. His legs seem pretty normal. And crucially, he wears a golden ring, which for an authentic jihadi would be the ultimate affront.

...

So the world should expect more "Zarqawi" merchandise - emails, threats, communiques, grisly videos. "Zarqawi" lives. What a legend. He's unstoppable. And he votes Bush."

International poll: The world opposes Bush, except Israel

Iran's nukes: Israel's on the case

Iran's nukes: Israel's on the case As predicted, the Israeli's fully intend to use the gifted US bombs on Iran....oh, but, after the US election, of course....

"In an interview in an Israeli newspaper this week, Giora Eiland, Israel's national security adviser, made a startling statement: November will be the "point of no return" for taking out the Iranian nuclear program."

Six American Killed As Resistance Is Expected to Rise During Ramadan

Six American Killed As Resistance Is Expected to Rise During Ramadan

"As Ramadan begins tomorrow, Iraqis are braced for an upsurge of attacks and so-called spectacular attacks worldwide can not be ruled out."

Send letters of thanks to the White House...

Probe of Afghan deaths names 28 U.S. soldiers

Death Toll from Israel's Gaza Offensive Rises to 100

13.10.04

Afghan warlords poised to take up power

Afghan warlords poised to take up power Bush & Co.'s motley Afghani crew...

"The United States-based group has conducted detailed research into the darkest periods in recent Afghan history - the wars between 1978 and 2001 - and accuses some of the most powerful men in the country of involvement in murders, mass rapes, summary executions and indiscriminate rocketing and bombing of civilians.

It also calls on the Western powers backing the Kabul government to apply pressure against warlords, and accuses the US of helping discredited figures back into power and re-arming them as allies in its fight against al-Qa'ida."

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

----Mohammed Fahim

A Northern Alliance leader. His forces are accused of summary executions and rapes in Kabul in 1993

----Abdul Rasul Sayyaff

Radical Islamist who opposed the Taliban. His forces, accused of civil war atrocities, are serving in Kabul's 10th division

----Yunus Qanooni

Presidential candidate linked to Northern Alliance warlords, but there are no claims he was involved in atrocities

----Abdul Rashid Dostum

Warlord who ended election boycott yesterday. His militias are accused of rape and murdering Taliban prisoners"

Army plays honorable role in Islamic culture: Supreme Leader

Army plays honorable role in Islamic culture: Supreme Leader

"Over the past 25 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has stood against the hegemony of foreign powers and resisted efforts to impose foreign domination. Thank God, Iran has become stronger than before due to national resolve, bravery, and the initiative and innovation of the country’s younger generation," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Security Scholars for a Sensible Foreign Policy - Open Letter

Security Scholars for a Sensible Foreign Policy - Open Letter

"Even on moral grounds, the case for war was dubious: the war itself has killed over a thousand Americans and unknown thousands of Iraqis, and if the threat of civil war becomes reality, ordinary Iraqis could be even worse off than they were under Saddam Hussein. The Administration knew most of these facts and risks before the war, and could have discovered the others, but instead it played down, concealed or misrepresented them."

US Forces Attack Mosques in Ramadi, Iraqis Fuming

US Forces Attack Mosques in Ramadi, Iraqis Fuming

“This cowboy behavior cannot be accepted,” Abdullah Abu Omar of the Ramadi mosque told the Associated Press.

“The Americans seem to have lost their senses and have gone out of control.”

Fox News' O'Reilly Hit With Sex Harass Suit

O'Reilly Hit With Sex Harass Suit Bush & Co. seems to have a bit of a perverted beast as a mouth-piece.... Wonder how that will play with the right wing catlickers?

WSJ reporter Fassihi's e-mail to friends

WSJ reporter Fassihi's e-mail to friends The email to friends telling them how things REALLY are in Iraq...

"I heard an educated Iraqi say today that if Saddam Hussein were allowed to run for elections he would get the majority of the vote."

Saddam 2005!

CIA using Jordan as torture base

James Baker's Double Life

James Baker's Double Life More on the filthy blackmailing bastard...

"The Nation has obtained a copy of the confidential sixty-five-page "Proposal to Assist the Government of Kuwait in Protecting and Realizing Claims Against Iraq," sent in January from the consortium to Kuwait's foreign ministry, as well as letters back and forth between the two parties. In a letter dated August 6, 2004, the consortium informed Kuwait's foreign ministry that the country's unpaid debts from Iraq "are in imminent jeopardy." World opinion is turning in favor of debt forgiveness, another letter warned, as evidenced by "President Bush's appointment...of former Secretary of State James Baker as his envoy to negotiate Iraqi debt relief." The consortium's proposal spells out the threat: Not only is Kuwait unlikely to see any of its $30 billion from Iraq in sovereign debt, but the $27 billion in war reparations that Iraq owes to Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion "may well be a casualty of this U.S. [debt relief] effort.""

12.10.04

Cheney's Halliburton Helped Saddam Siphon UN $Bns

Cheney's Halliburton Helped Saddam Siphon UN $Bns The bald evil beast rises, again:

"The oil-for-food program was supervised by the U.N. and ran from 1996 until the war started in Iraq last year. It was designed to alleviate the effects sanctions had on Iraqi citizens by allowing limited quantities of oil to be sold to buy food and medicine.

But the one company that helped Saddam exploit the oil-for-food program in the mid-1990s that wasn't identified in Duelfer's report was Halliburton, and the person at the helm of Halliburton at the time of the scheme was Vice President Dick Cheney. Halliburton and its subsidiaries were one of several American and foreign oil supply companies that helped Iraq increase its crude exports from $4 billion in 1997 to nearly $18 billion in 2000 by skirting U.S. laws and selling Iraq spare parts so it could repair its oil fields and pump more oil. Since the oil-for-food program began, Iraq has sold $40 billion worth of oil. U.S. and European officials have long argued that the increase in Iraq's oil production also expanded Saddam's ability to use some of that money for weapons, luxury goods and palaces. Security Council diplomats estimate that Iraq was skimming off as much as 10 percent of the proceeds from the oil-for-food program thanks to companies like Halliburton and former executives such as Cheney."

Nuclear material 'has gone missing' since war

Nuclear material 'has gone missing' since war Oops!!!

"An alarming report that nuclear material had disappeared from Iraq under the noses of the US-led Allies and Iraqi authorities yesterday prompted calls for the return of UN weapons inspectors."

However, the oilwells are very well-guarded, thank you....

How a sensational claim exploded in the face of the Government

How a sensational claim exploded in the face of the Government

LIES LIES LIES This time, of the UK flavour...

Bush special envoy embroiled in controversy over Iraq debt

Bush special envoy embroiled in controversy over Iraq debt The filthy bastards--this one is about James Baker, of Baker & Botts, of the First Bush War, and of the Carlyle Group.

"President Bush's special envoy, James Baker, who has been trying to persuade the world to forgive Iraq's crushing debts, is simultaneously working for a commercial concern that is trying to recover money from Iraq, according to confidential documents.

Mr Baker's Carlyle Group is in a consortium secretly proposing to try to collect $27bn (£15bn) on behalf of Kuwait, one of Iraq's biggest creditors, by using high-level political influence. It claims Mr Baker will not benefit personally, but the consortium could make millions in fees, retainers and commission as a result.

Other countries, including Britain, have been urged by Mr Baker to relieve the new Iraq regime of its $200bn debt burden. Iraq owes Britain approximately $1bn.

One international lawyer described the consortium's scheme as "influence peddling of the crassest kind"."


This is EXACTLY Bush & Co.'s style. When will it end?

11.10.04

US in violation of international law

BBC NEWS | Americas | US tackled on al-Qaeda suspects Bush & Co. leaving a stench on the United States...

Human Rights Watch "highlights a number of areas in which the US appears to be violating international legal standards:

* International treaties ratified by the US prohibit holding prisoners incommunicado and in secret locations

* The Geneva Conventions require that the International Committee of the Red Cross has access to all detainees and that information on them be provided to their relatives

* Under international human rights law, detainees must be held in recognised places of detention and be able to communicate with lawyers and family members."

The full report is available here.

Exiting Iraq Is The Only Solution

Exiting Iraq Is The Only Solution If Bush & Co. steal the election again, 'duck and cover'...

The blood of 15,000 Iraqi and Afghani civilians will be confirmed to be on this country's hands... This editorial suggests that forgiveness is the right of the invaded; so is retribution.

Arab European League: Open Letter to President Georges W. Bush

Open Letter to President Georges W. Bush: If only he could read...

"Mr. President, we are a peaceful people, we do not attack unless we are attacked, we do not kill unless we are killed, and we do not aggress, we defend. If you want peace, you and your people, there is only one way, and that is the way out of our land."

American Ballots and Israeli Bullets

American Ballots and Israeli Bullets
"Every presidential election is cause for spilling Palestinian blood. America’s blood stained ballots are purchased at the cost of planting Israeli bullets in some refugee’s skull."