that just couldn’t be so…
- Bush reaming himself as the PEACE PRESIDENT!
- Rice gets daily reports of successful torture to cheer her up?
- Silvio Berlusconi rings every cell phone in Italy,
and no one appreciates it.
- Rush Limbaugh continues to challenge is six million fans.
Just to keep the pot properly
In Monday’s Time Magazine John Dickerson offered
this: A Peace President?
To cut to the chase:
Indeed, the President is privately telling aides that after leading the nation to war in his first
term, he wants to spend his next four years being "a peace President." Officials in the Administration contend he has more
credibility as a diplomat now that he has shown a willingness to use force to back his principles. "The reason diplomacy will be effective in a second term is because of the use of the military,"
says a senior Administration official. Doubters suspect the shift is aimed at
coaxing other nations to help rescue his failing Iraq policy — and to present a less warlike face to voters. Bush campaign advisers concede as much. "It may help overseas,
yes," says a top Bush campaign adviser, "but if nothing else, it gives us ammunition to push back against Kerry."
Oh yeah, that’ll
One commentator calls this lunacy. But qualified lunacy.
I don't mean lunacy in a "mental illness" way, I mean in a completely detached from reality kind
of way. The reality is unimportant, only the label and perception that matters. Standard fare in politics, until the candidate and his people are unable to distinguish
between the two.
Maybe so. Will people buy the sizzle and not the steak? If the most
powerful man in the world says something is so, is it so?
see about that.
The ongoing prisoner abuse scandal – none dare call it torture? –
is just a problem with a few bad apples (a silly metaphor)? Yeah, right.
This from the Washington Post:
Soldier Described White House Interest
Staff Requested Data From Abu Ghraib, Probers Told
Smith, Washington Post Staff Writer, Wednesday, June 9, 2004; Page A03
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice had no idea
such awful things were afoot?
The head of the interrogation center at the
Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq told an Army investigator in February that he understood some of the information being collected
from prisoners there had been requested by "White House staff," according to an account of his statement obtained by The Washington
Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, an Army reservist who took control of
the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center on Sept. 17, 2003, said a superior
military intelligence officer told him the requested information concerned "any anti-coalition issues, foreign fighters, and
The Army investigator, Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, asked Jordan whether it concerned "sensitive
issues," and Jordan said, "Very sensitive. Yes, sir," according to the account,
which was provided by a government official.
The reference by Jordan
to a White House link with the military's scandal-plagued intelligence-gathering effort at the prison was not explored further
by Taguba, whose primary goal at that time was to assess the scope of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. The White House was unable to provide an immediate explanation.
All the memos advising
how to avoid being charged with ware crimes like torture being revealed in the press, all the photos, and all the recently
opened investigations of homicide (of these damned wimp prisoners who had the nerve to die on us – starting at
thirty-two open investigations and now in the low eighties) – and now this.
It is hard to fight a war on terror when everyone is on your case about your methods.
Hey, if all this went to the very top, including daily reports to Condoleezza on how firm
we were being with those we detained, wouldn’t we all agree what our government actually does, even at the highest levels,
doesn’t matter as long as we’re safe. And the Rice woman needs something
to make her smile each day.
When you control the media, you get what
As Kevin Drum points out - “Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi thinks a big turnout in Sunday's election will help his party. So, since ownership of half the media in the country apparently wasn't enough to get
the word out, he decided to send text messages to all 56 million cell phones in the country.”
you can read all about it in The Guardian (UK) here. The idea didn’t work out so well in practice:
Many of the messages arrived in the night, activating the alarms of hundreds of thousands of mobiles
and waking their owners.
....Italian law authorises the government to
carry out mass texting "in cases of disaster or natural calamities" and "for reasons of public order or public health and
Mr Berlusconi's supporters argued that a decree authorising
the move, signed by the interior minister, Giuseppe Pisanu, on Thursday, complied with the law because the messages would
ensure a steadier flow of voters and thus avert any threat to public order.
Silvio Berlusconi must
have the same lawyers as Rumsfeld.
The law can be a flexible thing, open
One hopes Colin Powell’s son Michael, the fellow
who heads the FCC, isn’t getting ideas.
From the Associated Press: Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh announced
Friday that he and his wife, Marta, were divorcing. That’s here. Add your own sarcastic comments if you wish about how this sort of thing is
bound to happen when gay couples are allowed to marry – which is what Limbaugh likes to claim on the air. Gay marriage will destroy convention marriage.
Perhaps. If you read the AP item you will see this was Limbaugh’s third marriage. Rush hammers the “drug culture” and it turns out he has a serious addiction
problem himself. He rants about family values and that sort of thing, as his
third marriage falls apart. And his six million fans love him anyway. No one is perfect and his opinions are still correct.