Cheney, Still Without Proof Of A Saddam-Al Qaeda Connection, Blames
He goes further and reintroduces the red herring that it was possible
that Saddam had something to do with 9/11. And he did this last
night, like a drunk who can't quit the bottle.
Putin Says Russia Warned U.S. on Saddam:
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in comments sure to help President
Bush, declared Friday that Russia knew Iraq's Saddam Hussein had
planned terror attacks on U.S. soil and had warned Washington.
Russia 'Warning' on Saddam Puzzles U.S. :
Putin's remarks looked certain to help President Bush, but officials
at the State Department expressed bafflement, saying they knew of no
such information from Russia.
Ray McGovern: Consequential Lies:
As the notion evaporates that the United States could implant
democracy in Iraq at gunpoint or that "weapons of mass destruction"
will ever be found, the Bush administration has resurrected the
argument that Saddam Hussein had longstanding ties to Al Qaeda.
The big lie:
What jumped out at me was that the war had little to do with weapons
of mass destruction and almost nothing to do with al-Qaeda. We were
on the cusp of waging an unjustified war on the basis of a
preposterous lie. Blair and Howard knowingly recycled the US's case
for invading Iraq so as to stay in step with Bush. They understood
the broader US agenda and were sympathetic to much of it.
Robert Fisk: Iraq, 1917 :
There are no kings to impose on Iraq today, so we have installed Iyad
Allawi, the former CIA "asset", as prime minister in the hope that he
can provide the same sovereign wallpaper as Faisal once did. Our
soldiers can hide out in the desert, hopefully unattacked, unless
they are needed to shore up the tottering power of our present-
Blood of Victory :
George W. Bush has accomplished exactly what he set out to do in
launching his aggression: the installation -- of a client state in
Iraq, led by a strongman who will facilitate the Bush Regime's long-
term (and long-declared) strategic goal of establishing a permanent
military "footprint" in the key oil state, while also guaranteeing
the short-term goal of opening the country to exploitation by Bush
cronies and favored foreign interests.
Charley Reese: Hypocrisy:
The biggest single problem the federal government has is its
hypocrisy. It talks one way and acts another. It talks of spreading
democracy while supporting dictators; it blathers about human rights
while violating them; and it claims to promote the rule of law while
scoffing at laws it considers inconvenient.
Iraq: "A World of Shit"
June 17, 2004
A remarkable briefing yesterday at the Middle East Institute by Ahmed
S. Hashim, a Naval War College professor just returned from Iraq,
painted in broad outlines the potentially catastrophic situation that
the Bush administration faces in Iraq the next few months. With
polls showing that just two percent of Iraqis view the United States
as "liberators," Hashim's report was sobering indeed. Making it clear
that he was speaking only for himself, and not for any U.S.
government body, Hashim said, "We went into Iraq with ideological
lenses." U.S. war planners avoided thinking about the worst that
could happen, he said. "If you start with a rosy scenario and work
backward, you're in a world of shit. And that's where we are."
The subject of Hashim's report was the evolving resistance in Iraq .
He's an expert on the subject, having penned an article on the Sunni
insurgency last year, which you can read by clicking here. And
earlier this year, serving as an adviser to the U.S. military in
Iraq, he spent weeks (under fire) gathering information on the Iraqi
insurgency in B aghdad, Basra and many other Iraqi cities.
The resistance, he reports, in highly organized. "They have web
sites, both the Baathists and the Islamists. It's an incredibly
sophisticated outreach program." The organizational infrastructure
for the resistance is not visible to U.S. counterinsurgency teams.
Why? It's in the mosques. "The mosques are organizational centers."
Across Iraq, people are reverting to the mosque for leadership, and a
country that was heavily secular for decades is drifting deeply into
the religious, Islamic fundamentalist campboth Sunni and Shia.
In Fallujah and Ramadi, strongholds of former Saddam loyalists and
Sunnis, former Iraqi army officers are increasingly reverting to the
Islamic camp, abandoning their secular, pro-Baathist ways. "They've
gone back to religion," said Hashim. At the same time, they've held
on to the fierce Iraqi nationalism that they've imbibed over the past
Hashim predicted the growth of what he calls a "complex warfare
pattern" over the next few months. The insurgency will grow. Iraqi
organized crime is expanding by leaps and bounds, tied to drug lords
in Iran and Afghanistan. "They've coalesced into a kind of Iraqi
mafia." Communal tensions between Sunni and Shia will get worse, but
Hashim also predicted intra-communal warfare among various factions
of Kurds, Sunni and Shia. "The idea that the Kurds, or the Sunni, or
the Shia are monolithic is absurd," he said. Even sheer greed plays a
role, said Hashim: The sabotage and disruptions of pipelines
throughout Iraq is being caused by tribal militias who were paid by
Saddam's government for oil security, and were then cut off by the
U.S. forcesand are so taking their revenge.
So, he expects things to get worse, with ethnic cleansing in some
areas, the spread of what he calls "incipient civil war," and the
looming threat of "massive national resistance."
Sounds like a fine backdrop for the November election.
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