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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

"If you continue to do as you've always done, you'll continue to get what you've always gotten."

A couple of things:

Excellent article on Custer Battles, the"US contracting firm" currently under investigation for shenanigans in Iraq. You know, for shooting Iraqi civilians, overcharging Uncle Sam, and generally acting like a bunch of, uh, "defense contractors."
Custer Battles security guards have also been accused of firing at unarmed civilians. They have been accused of crushing a car filled with Iraqi children and adults. They have been accused of unleashing a hail of bullets in a Baghdad hotel, only to discover, when the dust literally settled, that they had been shooting at each other.

The company is under investigation by the Department of Defense for allegedly overcharging the government millions by making up invoices for work never done, equipment never received, and guards who didn't exist.

In September 2004, the company was banned from receiving government contracts after Air Force investigators determined it "conspired to defraud the CPA," the Coalition Provisional Authority.
You can read the rest of the article here.

Hey...speaking of Iraq:

Blair hit by new leak of secret war plan

Uh oh:
A SECRET document from the heart of government reveals today that Tony Blair privately committed Britain to war with Iraq and then set out to lure Saddam Hussein into providing the legal justification.

The Downing Street minutes, headed “Secret and strictly personal — UK eyes only”, detail one of the most important meetings ahead of the invasion.

It was chaired by the prime minister and attended by his inner circle. The document reveals Blair backed “regime change” by force from the outset, despite warnings from Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, that such action could be illegal.

The minutes, published by The Sunday Times today, begins with the warning: “This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. The paper should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know.” It records a meeting in JULY 2002, attended by military and intelligence chiefs, at which Blair discussed military options having already committed himself to supporting President George Bush’s plans for ousting Saddam.
Here's the key sentence again:
It records a meeting in JULY 2002, attended by military and intelligence chiefs, at which Blair discussed military options having already committed himself to SUPPORTING President George BUSH'S PLANS for ousting Saddam.
JULY 2002, people. JULY, 2002. Bush already had a least as early as the summer of 2002.
(Blair) had not revealed to MPs or the public that in April 2002 he had told Bush “the UK would support US military action to bring about regime change”, as recorded in the Foreign Office briefing paper.
Oh, SPRING, 2002. Just seven months after 9/11.


Anyone remember what the Bushies were telling us in the spring of 2002?

"No. We don't."

Well, ONE quick Google search (White House, plans, Iraq, Hussein, 2002) gives you this CNN article from July 5, 2002:

White House downplays Iraq invasion report

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (CNN) -- The Bush administration refused comment Friday on a reported preliminary plan to attack Iraq, saying it never comments on military plans.

"We don't comment on military plans or military planning," a senior administration official told CNN.

According to a report in Friday's New York Times, the U.S. military has put together a preliminary planning document that calls for air, land and sea-based forces to attack Iraq. The assault would involve tens of thousands of U.S. Marines and soldiers, the newspaper reported.


About three weeks ago, BUSH REPEATED HE HAD NO WAR PLANS ON HIS DESK. The senior aide said that remains the case today.
Okay. There were no war plans on his desk.

There were war plans on the couch, on the filing cabinet, and on Bush's Lifecycle, but they weren't on his desk.

Glad we finally cleared that up.


Another key passage from the Blair article:
“IF THE POLITICAL CONTEXT WERE RIGHT, people would support regime change,” said Blair. He added that the key issues were “whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan space to work”.

The political STRATEGY proved to be ARGUING Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) posed such a threat that military action had to be taken.
In otherwords...if the political context is not "right?"

"You make it right."


More later...

Oh, hey, the "runaway bride" showed up in Albuquerque. Hope she had a meal at the Frontier. That's where I'd like to be on this gorgeous Sunday morning...



  • I'm hoping the title of this post is meant to be a takeoff of a Tegan and Sara song. If so, I love you, this Brendan I've never met.... ;)

    By Anonymous Tangy Bee, at 12:05 PM  

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