Saturday, August 28, 2004

The Smoking Gun that May Take Bush Down....

Today Buzzflash has posted a movie clip of former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes admitting he pulled strings to get Bush and other "rich kids" into slots in the Texas Air Guard, forcing others to serve in Vietnam in their place, many of whom died.

Click here to see the clip (requires quicktime).

This is just one more piece in the puzzle that is George W. Bush's true identity: serial liar, sociopath and son of privilege. For the rest of the amazing story, check out The Goods on Bush by clicking here.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

We Lose Our Shit Online

After dealing with a half-dozen of the asshole contingent online we throw in the towel and give in to our baser instincts, engaging in a little online flaming:

Q: Do you think Kerry should condemn Moveon.org and George Soros? Seems to be playing the same game?

Funny you should ask that, because Kerry did condemn them MONTHS ago. Well the ads, anyway.

Soros, as a private citizen, can pretty much say whatever he wants. It being America and all, you know. Unless Bush steals a second term, people aren't jailed yet for speaking their minds.

But here's a nifty little update:
seems Kenneth Cordier who coordinated the Shifty Whores for the GOP, was also on the Bush campaign's veterans NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE. What do you know; now isn't that the most amazing little coinky-dinky?

Oh, and yet ANOTHER of the Not-so-Swift Coin-operated Lie Dispensers admits he was only relying on what he heard from a friend and wasn't even there. Being an assistant DA, he's in a heap of trouble now, needless to say.

Watch the video here:
yet another lying weasel bites the dust.

there ARE two very big differences:

1. The Bush camp -- as I show below -- is quite clearly connected to and funding the Not-so-Swift Coin-Operated Lie Dispensers, whereas the intensive documentation about Bush has been going on ever since he "took" office.

Conversely, Kerry has had not the slightest to do with the literally hundreds of thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and tv programs, movies and Internet stories that have firmly established that Bush DIDN't serve. And that's been well-documented for years now. Kerry couldn't have directed that mountain of years of research, even if he'd tried.

2. Bush has been hounded by the press because he DIDN'T have a military record.

BIIIGGG difference.

No semantic games can hide those very glaringly obvious facts.

***

(Numerous snotty Repugnican remarks not worth repeating)

But you know, you guys are TOTALLY right about the Cambodia thing.

With all the clearly illuminated roadsigns on the Bay Hap saying "Welcome to Cambodia -- Have a Nice Stay" and "This Side Viet Nam -- Last Gas for 20 Miles" how could he possibly have been confused?

Like it's even a marginally important point if he was on one side of the river or the other in the middle of the night, on Christmas, no less.

No, of far greater import was the fact he was THERE AT ALL. Unlike, well, kind of unlike BUSH.

Oh, and Cheney.

Oh, and Rumsfeld.

Oh, and Wolfowitz.

Oh, and virtually every member of the Bush Administration.

This is a decorated war hero who risked his life so you guys could pontificate and pretend to know what the fuck really went on there and fling mud at his good name.

All of the vets who died there, all those who served honorably deserve far greater respect than you're giving them here. You dishonor their sacrifice and should be ashamed of what you're doing. This is one fuck of a nasty charge to be levelling. Particularly without a single shred of proof.

Look, he rescued a Green Beret under fire. The vets who were actually THERE back him up on it, including the guy he rescued.

The Navy backs him up on it, in multiple documented accounts. Thompson, who WAS there -- unlike the others, has been PROVEN a liar when a FOI request obtained his Bronze Star citation -- no, NOT written by Kerry -- that's a moronicly transparent lie. Written by his commanding officer Elliot, who went on record multiple times commending Kerry's bravery, then 35 years later backpedalled, apologized for the backpedalling, then backpedalled again.

Kerry helped get their asses out of Vietnam. Are you trying to rewrite history and claim that Vietnam was a conflict we SHOULD have been fighting? The fact that he testified to war crimes is commendable. The ones who betrayed the Vietnam vets were the ones that perpetrated the war crimes. It's twisted to assert anything else.

It's like saying Germans who testified about and condemned the gassing of Jews committed treason because they didn't support Hitler.

When somebody (in this case the Not-so-Swift Coin-Operated Lie Dispensers) lies and slanders an honorable hero, they are commiting a crime -- a crime I'm pointing out. I've made no comment whatever on their sacrifices in Nam. I've only spoken out about the outrageous and deeply offensive lies they've been spreading.

Even, if through some magical flight of fancy these ridiculous assertions WERE true, in using them for political leverage you're STILL smearing shit on the valor of a war hero.

John Kerry was there. He and his crew piloted mine-infested waters to pull a Green Beret out of the water. Those on the scene and the official Navy reports written by his superior officer say it was under gunfire. Even if somehow, and for some insane Bizzaro-world reason they were ALL lying 35 years ago to "give John Kerry a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star he didn't deserve" he was still THERE, in the thick of it, risking his life.

And that makes him a hero.

You have no right to besmirch that honor with your wild and baseless speculations.

You should be ashamed of yourselves.

(more right-wing crap and babblespeak)

Your stupid monkey-faced cowardly, completely illiterate joke of a "President" is a such a farce to the educated people of the fucking planet -- a thieving, completely unprincipled rich-boy white-bread pussy they all recognize for the cowardly fuck who used daddy's name to avoid having to be a man.

You'll swallow every rotten-smelling turd that lying sack of cowpoke shit dumps in your mouth and open wide for more, even going so far as to spit on the name of the people who risked their very lives for you.

You have no honor, no shame, no capacity to logically distinguish the truth and no morals worth speaking of that you'd talk that way about someone willing to risk their life for your right to act ignorant in a public forum.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Setting the record straight....

USA Today has printed an article which reminds us that Bush's military records were never satisfactorily released. However, the reporters weren't quite on the money.

Today we sent the following correction:

Sirs:

With all due respect, when Dave Moniz and Jim Drinkard wrote their article "Questions about Bush's Guard service unanswered", they made a grave error I sincerely hope they will correct.

When they said the following question remained unresolved, it was quite demostrably untrue:

"Did Bush receive preferential treatment in getting into the Guard and securing a coveted pilot slot despite poor qualifying scores and arrests...?"

In fact, there is no longer any doubt about it:
http://aliberaldose.blogspot.com/2004/08/here-at-liberal-dose-we-have-been.html

"On May 27, 1968, 12 days before graduation – and the expiration of his student deferment – George W. Bush, son of a Houston Congressman, walked into the Ellington Field offices of the Texas Air National Guard and applied for pilot training.

This was the bloodiest era of the Vietnam War, a time when “…Americans were dying in combat at a rate of 350 a week”. (5)

Although he had only scored 25% on his pilot aptitude test and had a criminal record, Bush jumped to the top of a waiting list of 500 candidates and 18 months, and was sworn in as an airman the same day.

It was no accident:

In 1999, court documents were produced showing that Former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes had contacted General James Rose, the head of the Texas Air National Guard, asking that George W. Bush be given a slot in the Texas Air National Guard during the height of the Vietnam War. Barnes admitted it in court and the late Rose corroborated it, telling his friend and former legislator Jake Johnson "I got that Republican congressman's son from Houston into the Guard." (6)

We have the court document here that clearly states: “George Bush was placed ahead of thousands of young men, some of whom died in Vietnam at the time.”

Bush, however, attributed his fast track to an entirely different cause:
"They could sense I would be one of the great pilots of all time." He told the Houston Chronicle in August 1988. (7)

His application forms included the question as to whether or not the applicant wanted to go overseas. Bush checked the box that said: "do not volunteer."

A former Air Guard personnel officer helpfully provided a signed statement in 2000 saying that since Bush "was applying for a specific position with the 147th Fighter Group, it would have been inappropriate for him to have volunteered for an overseas assignment and he probably was so advised by the military personnel clerk assisting him in completing the form." (5)

He was assigned to the 147th, a unit packed with celebrity sons, including those of Senators Bentsen and Towers, several oil tycoons, and seven members of the Dallas Cowboys, as well as Sid Adger’s own two sons. Retired Col. Rufus G. Martin, the personnel officer in charge of the unit, said it had a long waiting list. He said only four openings for pilots were available in the 147th that entire year, and Bush got the last one. (8)

After six weeks of basic airman training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Bush was given a special appointment as a second lieutenant, a commission that normally requires eight semesters of college ROTC training, completion of Officer Candidate School, or 18 months of military service. Such appointments were rare and difficult to obtain, and were usually reserved for applicants with exceptional experience or engineering, medical or aviation skills. (9)

Texas Air National Guard historian Tom Hail reviewed Bush’s Guard records after Bush became governor. In regard to Bush's direct appointment without special skills, Hail said, “I've never heard of that. Generally they did that for doctors only, mostly because we needed extra flight surgeons.” (10)

Two weeks after Bush’s special appointment, he was put on “inactive duty” status, giving him a two-month vacation to move to Florida for work on Republican senatorial candidate Edward J. Gurney’s campaign.

After the campaign, Bush attended one year of “Combat Crew Training School” at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., which his special appointment had qualified him for.

Although he was apparently quite skilled at flying the obsolete F-102 Delta Dagger (which was being phased out at the time, thus ensuring he would never see combat), what really caught the attention of fellow airmen was when President Richard M. Nixon sent a plane to fetch Bush for a date with daughter Tricia Nixon."


I sincerely hope you will print a correction ASAP.

cordially,
Eric A. Smith
Tokyo


Here's hoping.

Then again, we won't be holding our breath.

Quote of the Day:"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything."
- Malcolm X

Monday, August 23, 2004

Sinking the not so swift veterans...

The New York Times weighs in:



And then the Chicago Tribune, with a statement from the only other officer present (besides Kerry) at the Bay Hap River.

Turns out that not only was Kerry's account true, but some of the "Swift Boat Vets" weren't even THERE

Also see this.

Should you still harbor doubts about the true version of events, here are the official documents from 35 years ago:





Quote oif the Day: "People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction."
- James Baldwin

Friday, August 20, 2004

Why we KNOW Thompson is lying....

If Kerry FLED, he'd have to be one HELL of a liar to maintain that he stayed and rescued someone under GUNFIRE.

Nah; a person cowardly enough to flee under those circumstances would stay in character. They wouldn't stick their neck out with an outrageous lie they knew would face the highly public scrutiny of dozens of other witnesses. They would duck down and hope nobody ever mentioned it.

So either Kerry's a brazen, brash guy who fearlessly lies outrageously in the face of the scrutiny of millions for years or he's chicken and abandons his comrades-in-arms when there's no hostile fire around. It's one or the other.

Simple logic.

Even through the "I want Bush to win because only he can save us from the evil Dr. Doom and his legions of Al Qaeda" haze of fear the right-wingers must be able to see that glaringly obvious inconsistency.

Next, there's Rassmann's own testimnoy that Kerry rescued him under gunfire from both sides of the riverbank.

He broke down in tears of emotion at their reunion, no less.

What possible motive could this guy have for lying?

You think it would be pleasant to say "I fucked up and got knocked into the water, so several of my comrades had to risk their lives to bail me out?

No, it's humiliating and requires guts. Why on EARTH would he MAKE it UP?!?

(shakes head)

You know too, if you're WRONG about this (and you are) you're saying the most horrible things about some very noble and courageous people, right?

Think about the charges you're leveling here.

At the very least, just BEING there means the guy is due SOME respect.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Smells like Vindication....

We love the smell of truth in the morning. Smells like >sniff< vindication.

Seems like the central charges of the Shifty Veterans for Expedient Half-Truths have just been proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, to be, in the immortal words of George Carlin "fullashit!"

This morning the Washington Post reported on the group, which has cashed in on half a million bucks over the last two weeks by plunging a knife in the back of the man who was covering theirs in the Mekong Delta.

For a brief summary of the extraordinary original story read here about the reunion of Kerry and the Green Beret whose life he saved -- while injured and under gunfire and after an explosion had thrown the man overboard into the Bay Hap River:

click me

Kerry was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism that day.

The hatchet job in question is being led by Larry Thurlow, a skipper who was there piloting another boat alongside Kerry's.

Thurlow said last month that Kerry was "not under fire" when he pulled Lt. James Rassmann out of the water. He described Kerry's Bronze Star citation, which listed "small arms and automatic weapons fire," as "totally fabricated."

"I never heard a shot," Thurlow said in a sworn affidavit, which was released by Swift Boats Veterans for Truth.

Well, turns out Thurlow was also awarded the Broze Star for the same events, but had refused to release his own military records. Hmm...

Says the Post:
Thurlow's military records, portions of which were released yesterday to The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, contain several references to "enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire" directed at "all units" of the five-boat flotilla. Thurlow won his own Bronze Star that day, and the citation praises him for providing assistance to a damaged Swift boat "despite enemy bullets flying about him."

Oops.

Quote of the Day: "Information wants to be Free"
Bruce Sterling

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Here's where to call for Overseas Voting....

To say this election's an important one would be one hell of an understatement.

Here are tollfree numbers for the Federal Voter Assistance Program offices in Washington DC from 64 countries:

http://www.fvap.gov/services/tollfree.html

For the Record...

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peace,
New American Patriot

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Goods on Bush: What We Can Prove

Note: You might have to hit the refresh button on your browser to actually view some of the documents linked to herein -- but they are still online.

Here at A Liberal Dose we have been truly busy little beavers as of late, working round-the-clock on the following story. What we found as we dug progressively deeper, to put it mildly, scared the Hell out of us. If you've got a pulse, it's going to do the same to you too. Trust us.

THE GOODS ON BUSH: WHAT WE CAN PROVE

Sure he’s a smug, amoral, hypocritical, self-serving, wealthy opportunist who is antithetical to virtually everything we believe in, but what precisely has Bush done that we can PROVE?

Well, a lot actually. In fact, we were astonished at how easy the answer to that question is. What follows are statements we can say definitively about Bush. There is no speculation in the following; everything that follows has been well documented – and we will provide you with the documents to prove it.


Alcoholism
There is certainly no shortage of documented information about Bush’s alcoholism, drunk driving and public drunkenness:

“On September 4, 1976, a state trooper saw Bush's car swerve onto the shoulder, then back onto the road. Bush failed a road sobriety test and blew a .10 blood alcohol, pled guilty, and was fined and had his driver's license suspended. His spokesman says that he had drunk "several beers" at a local bar before the arrest. Bush was 30 at the time. He now says that he stopped drinking when he turned 40 because it was a problem.”(1)


USA Today and others revealed two earlier arrests for theft, disorderly conduct and vandalism in 1966 and 1967 while Bush was at Yale (2)

In “First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty”, Dallas Morning News reporter Bill Minutaglio tells the detailed story of Bush’s drunk driving in 1972 with 16-yr-old brother Marvin in the car.

We also have a copy of Bush’s September 4, 1976 Kennebunkport DUI arrest record, although the record of his November 2, 2000 driver’s license suspension we used to have a copy of is no longer available as the webhost shut down permanently. This, of course, distinguishes him as the only President ever appointed after being convicted of a crime.

USA Today recounts two additional minor traffic accidents and speeding citations, although alcohol is not specifically mentioned. (3)

But while Bush claimed to have quit drinking in 1986, when he found salvation through Christ, here we have a film clip of him getting smashed in 1992. Watch the clip’s end in particular.

In the 2000 election, Bush was captured on camera blatantly lying about his arrest record to the press. (4)

Nor was this his first – or last – significant lie, as we shall soon see.

Military Service – Or Lack Thereof
On May 27, 1968, 12 days before graduation – and the expiration of his student deferment – George W. Bush, son of a Houston Congressman, walked into the Ellington Field offices of the Texas Air National Guard and applied for pilot training.

This was the bloodiest era of the Vietnam War, a time when “…Americans were dying in combat at a rate of 350 a week”. (5)

Although he had only scored 25% on his pilot aptitude test and had a criminal record, Bush jumped to the top of a waiting list of 500 candidates and 18 months, and was sworn in as an airman the same day.

It was no accident:

In 1999, court documents were produced showing that Former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes had contacted General James Rose, the head of the Texas Air National Guard, asking that George W. Bush be given a slot in the Texas Air National Guard during the height of the Vietnam War. Barnes admitted it in court and the late Rose corroborated it, telling his friend and former legislator Jake Johnson "I got that Republican congressman's son from Houston into the Guard." (6)

Also vanished from the web is the court document that clearly stated: “George Bush was placed ahead of thousands of young men, some of whom died in Vietnam at the time.”

Bush, however, attributed his fast track to an entirely different cause:
"They could sense I would be one of the great pilots of all time." He told the Houston Chronicle in August 1988. (7)

His application forms included the question as to whether or not the applicant wanted to go overseas. Bush checked the box that said: "do not volunteer."

A former Air Guard personnel officer helpfully provided a signed statement in 2000 saying that since Bush "was applying for a specific position with the 147th Fighter Group, it would have been inappropriate for him to have volunteered for an overseas assignment and he probably was so advised by the military personnel clerk assisting him in completing the form." (5)

He was assigned to the 147th, a unit packed with celebrity sons, including those of Senators Bentsen and Towers, several oil tycoons, and seven members of the Dallas Cowboys, as well as Sid Adger’s own two sons. Retired Col. Rufus G. Martin, the personnel officer in charge of the unit, said it had a long waiting list. He said only four openings for pilots were available in the 147th that entire year, and Bush got the last one. (8)

After six weeks of basic airman training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Bush was given a special appointment as a second lieutenant, a commission that normally requires eight semesters of college ROTC training, completion of Officer Candidate School, or 18 months of military service. Such appointments were rare and difficult to obtain, and were usually reserved for applicants with exceptional experience or engineering, medical or aviation skills. (9)

Texas Air National Guard historian Tom Hail reviewed Bush’s Guard records after Bush became governor. In regard to Bush's direct appointment without special skills, Hail said, “I've never heard of that. Generally they did that for doctors only, mostly because we needed extra flight surgeons.” (10)

Two weeks after Bush’s special appointment, he was put on “inactive duty” status, giving him a two-month vacation to move to Florida for work on Republican senatorial candidate Edward J. Gurney’s campaign.

After the campaign, Bush attended one year of “Combat Crew Training School” at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., which his special appointment had qualified him for.

Although he was apparently quite skilled at flying the obsolete F-102 Delta Dagger (which was being phased out at the time, thus ensuring he would never see combat), what really caught the attention of fellow airmen was when President Richard M. Nixon sent a plane to fetch Bush for a date with daughter Tricia Nixon.

Bush finished flight school on June 23, 1970, having performed two years of “active duty” and was given first lieutenant rank. One week after he finished his training, on June 30, 1970, the Air Force ordered all overseas F-102 units shut down. Since he was trained to fly the F-102, Bush could never be called up to fly in Vietnam. (5)

Throughout 1971, Bush met his requirements to attend weekend drills and alerts at Ellington Field. During the week, he worked for his father’s former partner at Stratford of Texas. The Houston-based company dealt in agricultural products, from cattle and chickens to tropical plants. George's job was to travel around the United States and Central America looking for plant nurseries his company might want to acquire. (11)

Bush even showed a remarkable inventiveness in using a National Guard F-102 to shuttle tropical plants from Central America to Florida, according to State Department records. (12)

And while the enterprising young Bush earned spare cash serving the ever-thriving Texas tropical plant market by transporting rare tropical vines and orchards from Central America into Miami in the cockpit of a F-102 fighter, interestingly enough, the US Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs had coincidentally just added over 25 new agents to fight the recent flood of cocaine from Central America into Miami.

It seems that at the time, one kilogram of cocaine (slightly larger than a softball) could be purchased for as little as $3,000. After importation, each gram of pure cocaine could be diluted or "cut" to produce 16 kilograms of "street" cocaine. The street cocaine would then be sold for $50 a gram.

Thus a single kilogram of pure cocaine smuggled into the United States at the time could be converted into 16 million grams of street cocaine worth an eye-popping total of $8 million for an initial outlay of $3,000, according to Bureau of Customs figures from the time. (13)

Not, of course, that any conclusions can be drawn about such a remarkable coincidence.

Cocaine Use
On April 21, 1998, Houston Public News reporter Toby Rogers taped an explosive interview with former White House Chief of Staff Michael Dannenhauer, who revealed:

George W. Bush “was out of control since college. There was cocaine use, lots of women, but drinking was the worst” and that Bush had experienced some “lost weekends in Mexico”.


Dannenhauer initially denied the interview had occurred, but when The Greenwich Village Gazette produced this picture of him entering a restaurant with Rogers on the day of the interview, he reluctantly admitted they had met:

“We just met for lunch. I’m drawing a blank. I met him when he was not… he was working for a local paper. I don’t even remember the name of the…. It wasn’t even a… it is not one of the major… I can’t remember the name… I don’t remember the name. I don’t know what you would call it. Or what it was. I would say I’m limited in my knowledge. But that is a total lie.” (14)


A more extensive account was captured in J.H. Hatfield’s 1999 Bush biography “Fortunate Son”. Hatfield based the book on interviews with Bush minister Rev. Jim Mayfield, Bush’s lifelong friend and schoolmate Clay Johnson (currently White House director of Presidential personnel) and senior White House Advisor Karl Rove.

Hatfield was particularly specific about a weekend he spent bass fishing with Rove at Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma on June 26 and 27, 1999:

"We met at an abandoned movie theater parking lot…. I was with him Saturday afternoon from 2:00 or 3:00 or so to dark, all day Sunday and then we went out Monday a.m. for a couple of hours." Later, Hatfield called Rove to follow up on his story.


Although Rove, Johnson and Mayfield later denied speaking with Hatfield, phone records show that on September 2, 1999, Hatfield did in fact speak with Mayfield for six minutes at 4:56 p.m., with Johnson for four minutes at 4:45 p.m., and with Rove for two minutes at 5:10 p.m. (15)

Sander Hicks, founder of Soft Skull Press, was kind enough to provide us with complete copies of Hatfield’s Lake Eufaula receipts and September 2 cell phone records, along with this detailed chronology of the telephone conversations indicated in his cell phone record here:

http://www.sanderhicks.com/phonerecords.html

Hatfield said the three gave independent, detailed accounts of George W. Bush’s 1972 arrest and brief interment in Harris County Jail for cocaine possession. They said Bush avoided jail time or formal charges by agreeing to perform community service in a local charity organization chaired by his father. All three confirmed that a judge had expunged Bush's case and sentenced him to a year’s community service as a favor to Bush, Sr. -- Nixon’s UN ambassador at the time. (Ibid)

The program, Professionals United for Leadership League, was for troubled minority children at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in a warehouse on McGowen Street in Houston’s “dirt-poor” Third Ward. Muriel Simmons Henderson, P.U.L.L.'s senior counselor said Bush and brother Marvin, the only Caucasians in the program, “stuck out like sore thumbs”. She also confirmed that Bush Sr. had asked program founder John White to get his sons into the program. (5)

The charity work was certainly out of character for Bush, a wealthy, connected Ivy League student notorious for loafing, partying and womanizing. Nor has he been involved in any major charity work before or since.

Weeks before this charity assignment, Bush had been suspended from flying in the Texas Air National Guard for mysteriously failing to complete a medical exam – in fact he had quit attending altogether in May, one month after the Pentagon began mandatory drug testing. (16)

The annual medical exam included an analysis of urine and the nasal cavities (for cocaine use) along with specific questions about drug abuse. Bush’s had an exam scheduled for August 1972, the standard month after a serviceman's birthday. He was suspended a month later.

Bush campaign official Dan Bartlett said quite bluntly that Bush knew he would be suspended for skipping the exam: "It was just a question of following the bureaucratic procedure of the time," he said. "He knew the suspension would have to take place." (17)

Training George W. Bush to fly the F-102 cost between one-half to one million dollars, but he never flew for the National Guard again. The only barrier to his flying was his failure to pass a medical exam. (18)

His expensive absence and mysterious flight suspension – during wartime – were never penalized. A Flight Inquiry Board would normally have to be convened for such a severe disciplinary measure, and records of it would reveal exactly why he was suspended, but no records have been produced — a glaring singularity, according to Air Force veterans. (9)

Hatfield’s revelations rocketed his book onto the bestseller list. Within 72 hours of its publication, it sold 90,000 copies and was at #8 in the Amazon Top 100 and #30 on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction bestseller list. Then something extraordinary occurred:

The Dallas Morning News suddenly received stunning information that twelve years earlier Hatfield had passed on a payment of $5,000 for a hit man to kill his ex-boss’s partner and lover. The intended victim had escaped unharmed, but Hatfield served five years in a Texas prison for his role in the crime. (14)

Media inquiries into Bush's drug history were completely eclipsed by the revelations about Hatfield's past.

The book itself was never actually discredited; Editor Barry Neville and others confirmed the book had been reviewed by both the publisher’s in-house counsel and St Martin’s outside legal firm, Levine Sullivan & Koch of Washington, D.C., which specializes in vetting biographies for publishing houses. And prior to its publication, representatives had said it was "carefully fact-checked and scrutinized by lawyers” A press release also noted it had been “scrupulously corroborated and sourced”. (14)

Immediately after the book’s publication, Bush’s lawyers threatened a ruinous lawsuit. And three days after its stellar debut in multiple bestseller lists, St. Martin’s took the unprecedented step of halting the book’s publication and destroying the remaining 70,000 copies. Finally, the editor-in-chief suddenly resigned his post.

The press turned on Hatfield, while Bush skated handily past the issue for the remainder of his Presidential campaign. The book was reissued two years later by a small New York publisher called Soft Skull Press (15)

Upon the book’s relaunch, Hatfield said he called Clay Johnson to gloat. He added that Johnson replied with the following chilling threat:
“He says, ‘Well, the second thing we're gonna do is, you need to really think about the safety of your wife and newborn child’—which, he called her Haley—he called them by their names.” (19)


Hatfield stood by his account until his suicide by an overdose of pills in a Day's Inn on July 18, 2001 in Springdale, Arkansas. (20, 21)

A year later, the documentary 'Horns and Halos', which chronicled the author’s uncannily serendipitous defamation and death, won Best Documentary of 2002 at both the New York Underground Film Festival and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. (22)

Interestingly, Bush never denied the allegations. In fact, when asked about cocaine use in 1994, he said flippantly, "Maybe I did, maybe I didn't. What's the relevance?" (23)

During his first Presidential campaign, he refused for months to answer questions about his alleged drug use. However, federal policy requires US officeholders to undergo a standard FBI background check that includes questions about drug use. Here was what Bush said about it:

“As I understand it, the current form asks the question, ‘Did somebody use drugs within the last seven years?’ and I will be glad to answer that question, and the answer is ‘No.’” (Dallas Morning News, August, 1999).


The seven-year qualification was an interesting one.

He elaborated: “…some people may have made mistakes when they were younger, and the question the president must ask is did they learn from those mistakes and will they not repeat them again.”

He has also said in response to questions about drug use: “When I was young and irresponsible, I behaved young and irresponsibly…. I made some mistakes years ago.” (24)

One might well ask: So what’s changed?

Sources:
1) “Bush campaign fends off truthfulness questions after DUI disclosure”
http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/11/03/bush.dui/

2) “Ex-officer: Bush file's details caused concern”
Dave Moniz & Jim Drinkard, USA TODAY 2/11/2004
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-11-bush-guard-usat_x.htm

3) “Bush’s Driving Records Disclosed”
Dave Moniz & Jim Drinkard, USA TODAY 2/13/2004
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-12-bush-records_x.htm

4) “Bush lied about his arrest, a reporter says”
Jake Tapper, Salon.com November 03, 2000
http://dir.salon.com/politics/feature/2000/11/03/lie/index.html

5) “At Height of Vietnam, Bush Picks Guard”
George Lardner Jr. & Lois Romano Washington Post, 07/28/99; Page A1
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/wh2000/stories/bush072899.htm

6) “Bush's Life of Deception”
Sam Parry, Consortium News, November 4, 2002
http://www.consortiumnews.com/Print/110402a.html

“Barnes says he urged Guard slot for Bush”
Dallas Morning News, September 9, 1999
(story removed. Quote “AUSTIN - Former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes confirmed Monday that he recommended Gov. George W. Bush for a slot in the Texas Air National Guard during the height of the Vietnam War, at the request of a Bush family friend.”) http://www.dallasnews.com/specials/bush_campaign/controversies/0928bush9guard.htm

7) “We were Soldiers Once?”
Mother Jones Online, Jan/Feb 2003
http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/01/ma_217_01.html

8) “2 Democrats: Bush Let Guard Down” – George Lardner Jr.& Howard Kurtz
Washington Post, November 2, 2000; Page A22
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4291-2000Nov2.html

9) “Bush's Military Record Reveals Grounding and Absence for Two Full Years”
Robert A. Rogers (USAF - Ret), Progressive Trail, 01/24/04
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5577.htm

10) “Bush says he's 'proud' of Vietnam-era National Guard service”
Staff and wire reports, CNN, July 4, 1999
http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1999/07/04/bush.02/

11) Biography of President-Elect George W. Bush
US State Department, December 15, 2000
http://usembassy.state.gov/posts/pk1/wwwh00121503.html

12) “Brothers In Arms?”
Mother Jones Online, February 8, 2004
http://www.mojones.com/news/update/2004/02/02_400.html

13) “Back to Cocaine Again”
Schaffer Library of Drug Policy
http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/studies/cu/CU41.html

14) Who Is George W. Bush?
Toby Rogers and Nick Mamatas, Albion Monitor, January 30, 2000
http://www.monitor.net/monitor/0001a/fortunateson.html

15) “Fortunate Son: The Making of An American President”
JH Hatfield, Soft Skull Press, 2000
http://www.softskull.com/detailedbook.php?isbn=1-887128-84-0

16) http://users.cis.net/coldfeet/grounded.gif
http://users.cis.net/coldfeet/doc10.gif
http://users.cis.net/coldfeet/doc9.gif

17) BUSH FLIES INTO AN AIR FORCE COCAINE CLOUD
Tom Rhodes, UK Times, June 18, 2000
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n828/a06.html

18) “One Year Gap In Bush’s National Guard Duty”
Walter V. Robinson, Boston Globe, 5/23/2000
http://web.archive.org/web/20000619121358/

19) Preface to the 3rd Edition of Fortunate Son
Mark Crispin Miller, December 18, 2002
http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/2002/12/18_Fortunate.html

20) Audio Interview with James Hatfield
Amy Goodman, 2003 -- Democracy Now!
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4422.htm

21) “The Death of Jim Hatfield”
preface to the 3rd edition of Fortunate Son, David Cogswell, May 15, 2003
http://www.davidcogswell.com/Essays/DeathHatfield.html

22) “Horns and Halos – A War of Words”
A documentary by Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky,
http://www.hornsandhalos.com/

23) “The underestimated politician”
Excerpt from a CNN Special Report, October 29, 2001
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/democracy/bush/stories/bush/index2.html

24) “Bush Alters Answer on Drug Question”
Dan Balz & Paul Duggan, Washington Post, August 19, 1999; Page A13
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/wh2000/stories/bush081999.htm

Part II, forthcoming, will explore some of the nastier (and thoroughly documented) aspects of Bush’s >cough!< “business” dealings


Quote of the Day: ""Of the tyrant, spies and informers are the principal instruments. War is his favorite occupation, for the sake of engrossing the attention of the people, and making himself necessary to them as their leader."
- Aristotle


Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Krugman vs. O'Lie-ly



Tim Russert hosted NY Times columnist Paul Krugman in a jaw-dropping "debate" with FOX's Bill O'Reilly. The transcript can be found here.

Krugman was RIGHT -- O'Reilly DID lie -- quite blatantly and repeatedly, first when he claimed Krugman said Bush's tax cuts would cause a recession.

Krugman's column doesn't say that ANYWHERE. Krugman DID say it was an ineffective pretense at "creating" jobs that would be horribly unsuccessful and drag down the quality of life for Americans, specifically in healthcare, education and social security.

And what do you know? News flash! He was bang on! O'Reilly even had the balls to DENY it! Saying Krugman was "wrong" about the job losses.

And why was it a "cheap shot" for Krugman to mention O'Reilly's cutting the mic on his guests? It's TRUE! Or at least it has been 33 times -- and counting

And, well, the "gay guy out-of-context quote" thing? A lie.

Next O'Reilly LIES in saying the economy is in trouble because of "government handouts to the kids". In fact, THIS is what the 2004 budget consisted of:

http://www.cbpp.org/3-12-03bud2-pr.htm

"The budget plan passed by the House on March 21 contains deep and widespread cuts in basic domestic programs such as Medicaid, veterans programs, student loans, school lunches, child care, food stamps, cash assistance for the elderly and disabled poor, and many other programs. (See the appendix for an explanation of the calculations used in this paper.)

The budget would require Congressional committees to cut “mandatory” programs by $265 billion over the next ten years.

The Nussle budget also would cut “discretionary” or non-entitlement programs (other than defense spending) well below the President’s request. Non-defense discretionary programs would be cut $200 billion over ten years below the Congressional Budget Office baseline, which equals the 2003 levels for these programs, adjusted for inflation. These cuts could affect a wide variety of programs from education programs to environmental protection programs to programs for poor children.

While requiring deep cuts in domestic programs, the budget makes room for most of the President’s large tax-cut package, including $1.4 trillion in tax cuts through 2013. The tax cuts in the President’s “growth” package alone, all of which are included in the Nussle budget, would cost $726 billion over ten years and would, according to the Tax Policy Center, result in tax reductions averaging $90,000 each in 2003 for those Americans who have incomes of more than $1 million.

“Class warfare turns out to be alive,” Center director Robert Greenstein commented. “It is a centerpiece of the House-passed budget, with deep budget cuts that could harshly affect the poor, the vulnerable, and many middle-class Americans, alongside lavish tax cuts for the nation’s richest individuals. With this budget, we would be marching down the path toward a new Gilded Age.”

“The House budget serves one very useful purpose.” Greenstein added. “It shows that these large tax cuts aren’t free, and that at bottom, the issue is one of national priorities. This ought to trigger a national debate. Are tax cuts averaging $90,000 a year for millionaires so high a priority that we should cut health care programs, increase the ranks of the uninsured, reduce the cost or limit the availability of student loans, and increase hardship among the disabled, poor children, and others to free up room for massive tax cuts?”


Then O'Reilly credits REAGAN for the economic boom of the 90s -- 18 years after he left office. (At least he had the sense to not claim it was Bush SR's handiwork.... LOL)

Next he claims these "entitlement programs" are paid for by the GOVERNMENT (handily ignoring the role of taxpayers).

He asks if Krugman thinks Bush lied about the WMD. Unfortunately, Krugman didn't have the stones to say "of course" because WE KNOW FOR A FACT BUSH LIED ABOUT THEM.

Nor does O'Reilly know a damned thing about smallpox and anthrax, which cannot effectively "wipe out hundreds of thousands of people" let alone dozens.

O'Reilly next mentions Iraq's 17 UN violations -- a paltry figure compared to Israel's flagrant 68 (and counting)

O'Reilly goes on to defend Ahmad Chalabi's intel -- intel from the same guy currently being charged with fraud, with trading US state secrets to Iran, and who was already been convicted for embezzling millions in Jordan just prior to his fleeing that country:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5042327

http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?fact/040607fa_fact1

On April 9, 1992, a military tribunal in Jordan delivered a two-hundred-and-twenty-three-page verdict, which concluded that Chalabi was guilty of thirty-one charges, including embezzlement, theft, forgery, currency speculation, making false statements, and making bad loans to himself, to his friends, and to his family’s other financial enterprises, in Lebanon and Switzerland. The Jordanian docket shows that Chalabi was sentenced to serve twenty-two years of hard labor, and to pay back two hundred and thirty million dollars in embezzled funds. An Arthur Andersen audit commissioned by Jordanian authorities found that the bank had overstated its assets by more than three hundred million dollars. In addition, a hundred and fifty-eight million dollars had disappeared from its accounts, apparently as a result of transactions involving people linked to the former management. (Swiss documents obtained by the Newsweek correspondent Mark Hosenball show that Socofi, an investment firm in Switzerland run by the Chalabi family, also collapsed under suspicious circumstances, leading to pleas of no contest by two of Chalabi’s brothers, Jawad and Hazam, in 2000.)


And then there was THIS little laughable part:

Mr. O'REILLY: You're appearing with Stuart Smalley, the biggest character assassinator in the country.

Prof. KRUGMAN: That guy you compared to Goebbels?

Mr. O'REILLY: You are in with the most vile form of defamation in this country.


Apparently O'Reilly hasn't been able to swallow his bile from when he was publicly trounced by Al Franken, a man with double his vocabulary and wit.

His mention of Clarke's "repudiation" of the entire film Farenheit 9-11 is disingenuous; in fact Clarke said he "agreed with almost everything Moore said in the film". And while the White House may have indeed approved the flights and the FBI "vetted" the Bin Laden family members (there are agents who say otherwise on the record), it begs the question, "Why then did they officially deny it for the last three years?"

O'Reilly's contention that FOX airs more liberals than conservatives is just plain laughable. And there most certainly ARE memos telling FOX journalists how to slant their stories. You can read 33 of them here, written by FOX News Senior Vice President, News Editorial John Moody and Los Angeles Bureau Chief Ken LaCoste in the spring of 2003 and 2004, written and quoted verbatim:
http://mediamatters.org/items/200407140002

And surely not even a staunch conservative can take seriously O'Reilly's comparison of the journalistic standards of FOX "News" and the NY Times LOL....

Finally in the last 60 seconds or so, O'Reilly starts shouting out a string of abusive hyperbole that makes him sound like a second grader, with such gems of wisdom as:

"Mr. Propaganda" "throwing out left-wing garbage" for "folks."

"baloney"

"You are about the most unobjective person on the face of the [planet?]"

"Why don't you just call Fidel?"

"Why don't I call the Ku Klux Klan?"

"What a bunch of garbage."

"Hezbollah feels the same way that you do."

"You call the left-wing hate groups up to get your
propaganda."

"You ought to be ashamed of yourself."


The really astounding thing is that O'Reilly has gotten away with his shit for so long without having been punched solidly in the mouth even once.

Fuck O'Reilly.

Of Oil, Meds and Expedient Mass Killings....

Are we the only ones finding it a little... well... odd that the Secretary of Defense has been negotiating terms of oil production in Georgia?

Aw, who the fuck are we kidding; we don't find it odd at all -- it's just one more embarassingly blatant indicator of the real reasons the neocons have brought us to the brink of World War Three.

But seriously, isn't Rumsfeld's job to like, carry a musket in the king's honor or defend the Reich to the death or some crazy shit like that?

On a lighter note, Monkeyboy was roundly laughed at by members of the UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention this morning as he desperately pretended to understand what the fuck an attendee asked him. Fortunately, we have preserved the wincingly embarassing soundclip for you here.

We don't normally condone laughing at the mentally handicapped, but Saturday Night Live veteran Will Ferrell has certainly given us reason to here.

Meanwhile, the non-partisan "On the Issues" have offered a bold and highly plausible theory for our Monkey-in-Chief's perpetual confusion, albeit apparently by mistake.

Still, there is allegedly a White House mole who swears it's true. Please note we cannot vouch for the authenticity of the source.

But here's a true hero, who quite possibly may single-handedly save our country:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/08/opinion/08sun3.html?th

We have the deepest respect for Ms. Harris, who has shown a courage and single-mindedness of purpose that our national "representatives" (snicker) would do well to emulate.

Quote of the Day:"It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes." - Karl Marx

Monday, August 09, 2004

God, Blair and the Bomb: A tentative search for moral clarity

Note: the following was actually written in May. I'm posting it in lieu of writing a new piece out of sheer laziness. So sue me.

Well, now it's official.

Blair has joined Bush in declaring their mutual global campaign a 'war on evil', thus officially designating our bombs holy and the enemy's evil, should we have harbored any doubts.

So while we poison civilians with depleted uranium for the "greater good", our enemies are using (or were maybe perhaps planning to someday use)exclusively evil weapons of mass destruction.

Whoops, wait a minute; since Rumsfeld, Cheney, Reagan and Bush senior SUPPLIED Hussein with Anthrax, Botulism, Cholera, Bubonic Plague, Gas Gangrene and nuclear detonators in the first place, were THOSE WMD "holy" until they arrived in Iraq, at which time they became tools of Satan? And would that then make Rumsfeld, et al, "Satan's suppliers"?

This raises other important moral issues, for example, at which point do these weapons cross the line of sanctity? As soon as the sales receipts are obtained? As they're loaded onto our transport planes? After America's neocons have been paid?

The import of these answers far outweigh those of the "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" or the "if you listen to Stairway to Heaven backwards does it really say 'Satan hump me gently'" arguments.

And, hypothetically, if the Pope were to bless our "bunker buster" nukes, would they become permanently holy? Would they not then be endowed with a sort of teflon-esque holiness? If these papally-blessed nukes were then delivered to, oh I don't know, IRAQ, would they not then RETAIN their holy essence? And would that holiness be violated if they were sold to a Saddam-like dictator instead of merely detonated upon the heathen heads of the enemy's civilians?

God -- and now perhaps Blair and Bush -- only knows.

References:
Senator Robert C. Byrd -- Senate Remarks: "Providing a Cookbook for Iraqi Biological Weapons" -- September 26, 2002 http://byrd.senate.gov/byrd_issues/byrd_iraqi_bioweapons/byrd_sept262002/byrd_sept262002.html

Wikipedia -- the free internet Encyclopedia -- entry "Halliburton"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halliburton

Global Policy Forum:
"Pentagon Iraq Contractor Has History Of Supporting Terrorist Regimes"
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/after/2003/0416pentagoncontract.htm


Quote of the Day:,"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power."
- Benito Mussolini

Thursday, August 05, 2004

How we Came to Own Iraq

This week marks a departure from our usual lighthearted yet charming rhetorical style as we present a meticulously documented expose that won't fail to shock and frighten even the most jaded among you. Remember, everything you are about to read has been fully documented and can be publicly verified.

A preliminary warning: fasten your seatbelts - this is one hell of a scary ride.


An Historic Meeting
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On the morning of December 10, 1983, Searle Drugs CEO Donald Rumsfeld flew into Baghdad for an historic meeting with Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein. He was acting as a special envoy under the orders of President Reagan, who two weeks earlier had initiated policy aimed at preventing Iraq from losing its war with Iran, citing the need to protect America’s Persian Gulf oil interests and regional military strength. (1)

Rumsfeld was no stranger to diplomacy; he'd been Secretary of Defense under Gerald Ford and was an Illinois Congressional Representative from 1962 to 1969. However, this was the first time a White House representative would meet with Hussein.(2)

The flamboyant Hussein was characteristically warm, articulate and charming, though by then it was well-known that he had been engaging in “almost daily use of CW [chemical weapons]”. (3)

The two discussed the Iran-Iraq war and the U.S.'s efforts to find alternative oil transportation routes; its Persian Gulf facilities had been shut down by Iran, and Syria, Iran’s ally, had cut off a pipeline transporting Iraqi oil through its territory.

They also touched upon Lebanon, strengthening Egyptian-Iraqi ties, and, what would prove to be the crowning irony “…the threat of terrorism, which targets both countries.” (4)

It was Rumsfeld’s task to ensure the dictator had whatever it took to defeat Iran. This opened the door to some of the most breathtakingly amoral, politically expedient alliances, black-market deals and betrayals ever documented in modern history.

It’s almost impossible to conceive of a nastier set of transactions than the backroom funneling of weapons, money and military support to the regime of Saddam Hussein, not to mention his subsequent betrayal for possessing precisely the same weapons and money.

In his 1995 affidavit, National Security Council official Howard Teicher relates in general terms of how Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., Donald Rumsfeld and CIA director William Casey provided billions in US aid to Hussein, along with cluster bombs and other “unspecified munitions”. (5)

Fortunately, with a little digging, we can get much more specific than Teicher:

Throughout the early 1980s, the National Security Council, CIA and other government agencies approved loans of more than $5 billion to Iraq through the Atlanta branch of the Italian Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL).

“About half of the money allegedly went to finance the purchase of US farm products, including $900 million guaranteed by the Agriculture Department’s Commodity Credit Corp., but investigators said much of the rest had helped fuel Iraq’s military buildup,” wrote George Lardner in the Washington Post on 22 March 1992. He was citing information provided by chairman of the House Banking Committee Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez. (6)

Hussein used the remaining funds to buy “…computer-controlled machine tools, computers, scientific instruments, special alloy steel and aluminum, chemicals, and other industrial goods for Iraq’s missile, chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs.” Then in 1982, Reagan authorized direct military assistance to Iraq:

"…This resulted in more than a billion dollars in military-related exports. According to Kenneth R. Timmerman (author of The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq) the US government under Reagan and Bush sold Iraq 60 Hughes MD 500 “Defender” helicopters, eight Bell Textron AB 212 military helicopters equipped for anti-submarine warfare, 48 Bell Textron 214 ST utility helicopters (sold for “recreational” purposes), and US military infra-red sensors and thermal imaging scanners (sold illegally to Iraq through a Dutch company). After the Gulf War, the International Atomic Energy Agency found the following US equipment in Iraq: spectrometers, oscilloscopes, neutron initiators, high-speed switches for nuclear detonation, and other tools used to develop and manufacture nuclear weapons."(7)

By this time, it had largely become George Bush, Sr’s. game. As Ted Koppel explained in June, 1990, “…George Bush [Sr.], operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam’s Iraq into the aggressive power that the United States ultimately had to destroy.”(8)

Most of the documentation has since been declassified, disclosing specific sales of helicopters to the Iraqi ministry of defense (9), heavy trucks for military purposes (10) and so-called “dual-use” hardware, including materials for the manufacture of nuclear weapons (11)

Nor, according to the NY Times, was the White House content with just giving Hussein special gifts:

“…60 officers of the Defense Intelligence Agency were secretly providing detailed information on Iranian deployments, tactical planning for battles, plans for airstrikes and bomb-damage assessments for Iraq.” (12)

Then, in 1985, they stepped up the pace; the US Commerce Department licensed the first of 70 shipments of bioweapons to Iraq. What Senator Robert Byrd characterized as a “toxic brew” of the world’s deadliest agents were delivered to the Hussein regime. They included botulinum toxin -- according to the American Medical Association the deadliest substance known to man -- 21 lethal strains of anthrax, and a gaseous form of gangrene, the deadly flesh-rotting disease. Complete detailed catalogs survive of the chilling arsenal with which the Reagan and Bush Administrations armed Hussein.(13)

Flash forward 17 years; On December 7, 2002, in the leadup to the Iraq invasion, Hussein’s government released its 12,000-page weapons-program dossier to the UN Security Council.

The Bush Administration seized the dossier and censored 8,000 pages, much to the public’s shock and puzzlement. The reasons were quickly made apparent, however, when the original dossier was leaked to the German daily Die Tageszeitung:

24 US firms had been named as suppliers of WMD technology to Iraq, along with the ministries of defence, energy, trade and agriculture and the Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

Hewlett-Packard, Dupont and Eastman Kodak had been specifically named, along with ‘50 subsidiaries of foreign enterprises [who] conducted their arms business with Iraq from the US’ (14)

All 24 can be found at the link below, along with a list of their specific “contributions” to the people of Iraq and Iran. (15)

But in all fairness, it isn’t just America’s right-wing fruitbats who betrayed the security and trust of their citizens and millions around the globe; 17 British companies were also fingered for supplying Hussein with nuclear, biochem, rocket and conventional weapons technology. And five permanent members of the security council -- Britain, France, Russia, America and China -- were also involved, as were Japan, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Germany.

Still, one cannot help but experience a special inner glow when hearing of the role played by our friend and ever-staunch ally, Israel:

“Shortly after the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. embassy in Ankara reports that Turkish ports have a backlog of goods awaiting transshipment to Iraq, and that a substantial amount of Israeli goods transit Turkey for “Islamic belligerents,” including Israeli chemical products for Iran. It remarks on “Israeli acumen” in selling to both Iran and Iraq.” (16)

1. National Security Decision Directive 114: “U.S. Policy toward the Iran-Iraq War,” November 26, 1983
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq26.pdf

2. Video clip: December 20, 1983 -- Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld in Baghdad
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/shakinghands_high.wmv

3. National Security Archive: declassified State Department Telegram
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq29.pdf

4. National Security Archive: declassified State Department Telegram
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq29.pdf

5. National Security Council agent Howard Teicher’s sworn affidiavit:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1413.htm

6. George Lardner, Washington Post, March 22, 1992

7. Kurt Nimmo, “Bush Senior: Hating Saddam, Selling Him Weapons” AlterNet, September 23, 2002
http://www.alternet.org/story/14160

8. Ted Koppel, “Nightline”, ABC News, June 9

9. National Security Archive: declassified State Department Telegram
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq55.pdf

10. National Security Archive: declassified State Department memo
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq44.pdf

11. National Security Archive: declassified State Department memos
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq38.pdf
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq57.pdf

12. “Officers Say U.S. Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas", Patrick E. Tyler, NY Times, Aug 18, 2002
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0818-02.htm

13. “U.S. Exports of Biological Materials to Iraq” - Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr., Chairman Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs report to Congress, May 25, 1994
http://www.newsmakingnews.com/artwestnilereigle.htm

“A U.S. Gift to Iraq: Deadly Viruses” Business Week, September 20, 2002
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/sep2002/nf20020920_3025.htm

14. “Revealed: 17 British firms armed Saddam with his weapons”, Neil Mackay, Sunday Herald, Feb. 23, 2003
http://www.sundayherald.com/np/Neil-Mackay.shtml

15. http://www.thememoryhole.org/corp/iraq-suppliers.htm
(Note particularly the presence of Bechtel, which the astute reader will recognize is STILL providing “services” to Iraq during the current conflict.)

16. National Security Archive: declassified State Department Telegram
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq01.pdf

Quote of the Day: "Sometimes to be silent is to lie."
- Miguel Unamuno

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

A Salute to America's big Dick....

He's been called "evil bastard", "war profiteer" "traitor to his country" and even "Antichrist". And while he is indeed all that and more, the true identity of "Dick" Cheney has, until this very moment, remained shrouded in great secrecy.

Here at A Liberal Dose, our intrepid reporters are proud to bring you this world exclusive: Dick Cheney is REALLY -- wait for it -- MR. BURNS!!!

We, know, we know; how did he keep it secret all these years; but folks the proof is right here before you:

Here we have Mr. Burns in disguise

And here's Dicky

Just add glasses and the obligatory GOP man-makeup -- rouge, lipstick and, for that final touch, undead pallor pancake makeup -- and presto:

One big smilin' Dick.

Should you still harbor doubts this chilling candid will quickly put them to rest.

Note the identical amoral, rapacious glint of unslakeable greed in the eyes; the same disdainful sneer, even the same spineless stance.

Can there any longer be any doubt?

We think not.

Quote of the Day: "People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.... All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked and denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
- Herman Goering, the Nuremberg trials

All About Face

Bush's man: Give up "Delusional hope of Iraq WMD"
Yahoo News, 29/07/04 -- US officials should give up the "delusional hope" that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction so they can move forward with reform, David Kay, who led the U.S. hunt for banned weapons, said on Wednesday. "I think it's most important that the president of the United States recognizes that in fact the weapons are not there," Kay told reporters after speaking at The Government Security Expo and Conference.

"It's because until you do that you will not take this fundamental reorganization of the intel community on board," he said. Officials such as acting CIA (news - web sites) Director John McLaughlin "hold out the delusional hope that eventually you'll find weapons," Kay said. Kay stepped down from the CIA-appointed position of chief U.S. weapons hunter in January, and said he did not believe Iraq had banned weapons when the United States invaded. The United States justified the invasion by saying Baghdad posed a threat because it had biological and chemical weapons and was reviving its nuclear weapons program. No stockpiles of banned weapons have been found.


Gee, almost makes one ask, what the fuck are our men and women still dying for over there then?

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Seriously though, perhaps Kay came to his conclusions after he saw this little 2001 video snippet and just popped over to have a word with the honorable Rice and Powell: Say WHAT?!?
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Could've saved a whole lotta hassle if those three had just let THESE guys in on the secret:

George Bush
"The Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency." (10/2/02)

"This man poses a much graver threat than anybody could have possibly imagined." (9/26/02)

"The dictator of Iraq and his weapons of mass destruction are a threat to the security of free nations." (3/16/03)

"There are many dangers in the world, the threat from Iraq stands alone because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place. Iraq could decide on any given day to provide a biological or chemical weapon to a terrorist group or individual terrorists." (10/7/02)


Dick Cheney
Iraq is "a serious threat to our country, to our friends and to our allies." (1/31/03)

Iraq poses "terrible threats to the civilized world."(1/30/03)

Iraq "threatens the United States of America." (1/30/03)


"Iraq is busy enhancing its capabilities in the field of chemical and biological agents, and they continue to pursue an aggressive nuclear weapons program. These are offensive weapons for the purpose of inflicting death on a massive scale, developed so that Saddam Hussein can hold the threat over the head of any one he chooses. What we must not do in the face of this mortal threat is to give in to wishful thinking or to willful blindness." (8/29/02)

"Saddam Hussein possesses chemical and biological weapons. Iraq poses a threat to the security of our people and to the stability of the world that is distinct from any other. It's a danger to its neighbors, to the United States, to the Middle East and to the international peace and stability. It's a danger we cannot ignore. Iraq and North Korea are both repressive dictatorships to be sure and both pose threats. But Iraq is unique. In both word and deed, Iraq has demonstrated that it is seeking the means to strike the United States and our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction." (1/20/03)


Donald Rumsfeld
"No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq." (9/19/02)

"Some have argued that the nuclear threat from Iraq is not imminent - that Saddam is at least 5-7 years away from having nuclear weapons. I would not be so certain. And we should be just as concerned about the immediate threat from biological weapons. Iraq has these weapons." (9/18/02)

"Iraq poses a serious and mounting threat to our country. His regime has the design for a nuclear weapon, was working on several different methods of enriching uranium, and recently was discovered seeking significant quantities of uranium from Africa." (1/29/03)

"The threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction will be removed." (3/25/03)


White House spokesman Scott McClellan
"This is about imminent threat." (2/10/03)

Iraq was "the most dangerous threat of our time." (7/17/03)


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Well, at least we have Rumsfeld's tearful apology to America's fallen soldiers in CBS's "Face the Nation" (March 14, 2004):

SCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction... why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country?

Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, you're the--you and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase `immediate threat.' I didn't. The president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's--that's what's happened. The president went...

SCHIEFFER: You're saying that nobody in the administration said that.

Sec. RUMSFELD: I--I can't speak for nobody--everybody in the administration and say nobody said that.

SCHIEFFER: Vice president didn't say that? The...

Sec. RUMSFELD: Not--if--if you have any citations, I'd like to see 'em.

Mr. FRIEDMAN: We have one here. It says `some have argued that the nu'--this is you speaking--`that the nuclear threat from Iraq is not imminent, that Saddam is at least five to seven years away from having nuclear weapons. I would not be so certain.'

Sec. RUMSFELD: And--and...

Mr. FRIEDMAN: It was close to imminent.

Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, I've--I've tried to be precise, and I've tried to be accurate. I'm s--suppose I've...

Mr. FRIEDMAN: `No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world and the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.'

Sec. RUMSFELD: Mm-hmm. It--my view of--of the situation was that he--he had--we--we believe, the best intelligence that we had and other countries had and that--that we believed and we still do not know--we will know.

Transcript here:
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/face_031404.pdf


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As they say in the funny papers (shrug) "who knew?"

Monday, August 02, 2004

GOP Ain't Gonna Take any Moore....

Oh. My. God.

The Republicans have nailed him. They have the goods on him. It's all over but the shoutin', as they say in tobaccy-spittin' country.

You see, apparently one of Moore's production assistants enlarged the headline of a letter to the editor about Gore's 2000 presidential election win.

Quick! Declare him an enemy combatant and jam a glowstick up his ass in the name of fighting terrorism and spreading democracy!

Or not.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Wait -- is this a trick question?

Oooh... the emails I get.

This, from Anne in Oakland:

Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 6:45 PM
Who would you rather be in a foxhole with, Bush or Kerry?


Umm, let's see: while Kerry was in Viet Nam getting shot at and returning fire, saving his fellow soldiers under machinegun fire, Bush was drinking with his frat buddies, occasionally showing up on weekends to fly planes in the safe stateside gig daddy got for him -- a gig his GPA didn't qualify him for.

And on that fateful morning of September 11th, 2001, when the White House Chief of Staff came and whispered in his ear "The second plane has hit the second tower. America is under attack", what did Bush do?

Well, let's see;

he um... froze.

For seven critical, life-or-death minutes.

Don't believe me? Watch the footage for yourself, courtesy of one of about twenty major network affiliates that were there at the time, recording every wincingly embarrassing second:

a moving portrait of courage

Now Anne, any hard questions?

Quote of the Day: "When you can't say 'fuck,' you can't say 'fuck the government.'"
- Lenny Bruce

Halliburton, honey, what have you done for me lately?

Note to conservatives:

If you REALLY support the troops, these facts will piss you off just as much as they do me (click links)

Soldiers die as vital equipment money is taken by Halliburton

Halliburton charges millions to move empty trucks

--and steals food money from soldiers


Base pay for a private: $15,480 after one year
Base pay for a corporal: $19,980 after three years
Base pay for commissioned officers: $26,200
Base pay for a movie usher: $14,144,



Base pay for private security personnel in Iraq: $130,000 to $390,000


Base pay for Cheney from Halliburton: $150,000 (deferred compensation)
+ tax deferments from 433,333 Halliburton stock options



Base pay for Cheney from taxpayers: $202,900 + $10,000 for expenses



Base pay for Halliburton corporation from YOU:$4,000


$1.3 billion/month -- 1/3 of Iraq costs -- pays contractors


Bush cut Vet programs by $4 billion, has drafted plans for $910 million more


A serious question to ponder: Do you think they break out in guffaws of laughter as they plan the next outrageousness they're about to shove up America's ass?

Quote of the Day:"When you can't say 'fuck,' you can't say 'fuck the government.'"
- Lenny Bruce