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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Lots of Stuff

Alright.

Lots of stuff today.
DUDE - I, the royal we, you know, the editorial -- I dropped off the money, exactly as per -- Look, I've got certain INFORMATION, certain things have come to light, and uh, has it ever occurred to you, man, that given the nature of all this new shit, that, uh, instead of running around blaming me, that this whole thing might just be, not, you know, not just such a simple, but uh--you know?

LEBOWSKI - What in God's holy name are you blathering about?

DUDE - I'll tell you what I'm blathering about! I got information -- NEW SHIT HAS COME TO LIGHT and--shit, man!
Gonna beg you to take a few minutes to read some of this "NEW SHIT" re: "The Downing Street Memo" and other British documents which prove that the Bushies were planning to attack Iraq long before they bothered to tell the people who were gonna, uh, pay for that attack (i.e., the Americn Taxpayers).

Because our "press" ain't talking about it. You know, because of all the 'portant stuff goin' on here in 'Merica; the Runaway Bride, Britney & Kevin, Brad & Angelina, yada yada.

Here we go.

First, a phenomenal piece on the Daily Kos this morning.

A Kos reader (Apian) has posted some of new BBC transcripts which spread out the following case:
The Downing Street minutes are only one of a set of documents leaked to the BBC, (British Broadcasting Corporation) in late March.  A careful reading of the following will reveal seven different memorandum, and includes references with direct quotations taken from the Downing Street war council minutes.  This is further documentary evidence that the Iraq war was planned well in advance of 2002, that INTELLIGENCE WAS FIXED, that the UK knowingly entered into an illegal war with Iraq, and that Washington pressured, or forced, Goldsmith to reverse his opinion that the Iraq war is illegal.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read the whole thing.

You will not see this stuff on FOXCNNMSNBCNBCABCCBS.

Second, a fantastic article from Juan Cole re: the Downing Street Memo on Salon.

(Yes, getting the "day pass" from Salon is a big pain in the ass, but it's well worth it today.)

Excerpts:
Going to war is the most serious decision a president can make. It should never be approached in a cavalier fashion. American lives, the prestige and influence of the country, international relations, the health of its defenses, and the future of the next generation are at stake. Yet every single piece of evidence we now have confirms that George W. Bush, who was obsessed with unseating Saddam Hussein even before 9/11, recklessly used the opportunity presented by the terror attacks to march the country to war, fixing the intelligence to justify his decision, and lying to the American people about the reasons for the war. In other times, this might have been an impeachable offense.

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The Bush administration, and some credulous or loyal members of the press, have long tried to blame U.S. intelligence services for exaggerating the Iraq threat and thus misleading the president into going to war. That position was always weak, and it is now revealed as laughable. President Bush was not misled by shoddy intelligence. Rather, HE INSISTED ON GETTING THE INTELLIGENCE THAT WOULD SUPPORT THE WAR ON WHICH HE HAD ALREADY DECIDED. A good half of Americans, opinion polls show, now believe that the president actively lied to them about Iraq. In another, less cynical, flag-waving and intimidated age, this conclusion would provoke a scandal. The question would be, What did George W. Bush decide about Iraq, and WHEN DID HE DECIDE IT?
Indeed.

Where to begin?
DUDE - Well, okay, you're not privy to all the new shit, so uh, you know, but that's what you pay me for. Speaking of which, would it be possible for me to get my $20,000 in cash?
Finally, a great quote from Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (D-Vegas-land) re: the fight in the Senate over Bush's push for turbo-conservative federal judges:
"Right now, the only check on President Bush is the Democrats' ability to voice their concern in the Senate."

"If Republicans roll back our rights in this chamber, there will be no check on their power. The radical right wing will be free to pursue any agenda they want. And not just on judges. Their power will be unchecked on Supreme Court nominees, the president's nominees in general and legislation like Social Security privatization."
Again -- that's not a Chomsky quote. It's Harry Reid -- a moderate Senator from Nevada --and a Mormon -- fighting back in a way that Tom Daschle never would.

Awesome.

Your comments, please.

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