We should have handed political authority in Iraq to an interim Iraqi government the day Baghdad fell. With the best of intentions, though, we embarked on an ill-conceived and catastrophically flawed occupation aimed at bringing a decent, representative government to the long-suffering Iraqis.
We didn’t know how to do that. By trying, and failing, we unwittingly provided the ground for a horrific insurgency which began to develop after several months of occupation.
Here we see Perle admitting that he, and the current administration, are clueless, and are apt to making bad decisions.
We did not go into Iraq to impose representative government on the Iraqis. We went there to manage a threat to our own safety. But now that we are there we are trying to help an elected government achieve a level of safety for its citizens that will allow to function.
Here we see Perle demonstrating he is a Liar! The Prince of Darkness is a Liar! Of course most informed people know the real reason you went illegally into Iraq, and it wasn’t to “impose representative government”, or to “manage a threat to our own safety” for that matter.
For Perle, it seems, war is something that happens to other people. It is also a condition about which ordinary mortals – those not privy to classified reports and reliant on newspapers and television for information – may not necessarily be qualified to hold an opinion.
Would that a war would happen to Richard Perle. Couldn’t somebody offer this fine example of humanity an all-expenses paid trip to Baghdad?
After absolving the intellectuals who planted the seeds of war, and the civilians who were instrumental in its planning, Perle turns his ire on General Tommy Franks, the former commander of forces in Iraq. Among Franks’s greatest blunders, Perle says, was his failure to stop the looting that erupted the day the regime fell. “The looting was just a serious and inexplicable mistake, made I believe principally by Franks and the military on the ground,” he says. “I have, I concede, a low regard for Franks. I think he is a fool, and I thought that the first time I met him.”
I really enjoy seeing these neocon intellectuals (an oxymoron?) fall over themselves to wash their hands of this nightmare they have created. A great idea, but poorly executed, they claim. Or “It was all General Tommy Franks’ fault” in the case of Perle. Contrary to their belief, they cannot absolve themselves of responsibility of this catastrophe. Just as the Democrats, elected on an anti-war ticket, cannot now claim the ongoing illegal occupation of Iraq isn’t their’s (as much as Bush’s), having become it’s facilitator / financier. Just as the American people cannot pass the buck and shirk responsibility for the actions of their democratically elected government. Because the American people did not do enough to end this global nightmare. I can see an “I was only following orders” moment in the not-to-distant future.
The con in neocon is short for convict.
Another report here;
In comments reminiscent of criticism by the late U.S. evangelist Jerry Falwell, she was quoted as saying: “I noticed (Tinky Winky) has a lady’s purse, but I didn’t realize he’s a boy.””At first I thought the purse would be a burden for this Teletubby … Later I learned that this may have a homosexual undertone.”
Poland’s rightist government has upset human rights groups and drawn criticism within the European Union by apparent discrimination against homosexuals.
and more here;
Just two weeks ago, Sowinksa was at the World Congress of Families, an international gathering that brought stars of the American Christian right together with leading Polish politicians, Vatican officials and sundry other crusaders from all over the US, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Ellen Sauerbrey, US assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, was there to lend the imprimatur of the Bush White House.
For three days, in the monumental Palace of Science and Culture that Stalin built in the center of Warsaw, many of the frauds and canards of the American religious right – that homosexuality is a curable disorder; that abortion causes breast cancer and birth control pills cause abortion; that sex education leads children to debauchery – were translated into many languages and transmitted to politicians, pundits and preachers who will carry them, virus like, to their own countries.
A senior Polish official has ordered psychologists to investigate whether the popular BBC TV show Teletubbies promotes a homosexual lifestyle.
The spokesperson for children’s rights in Poland, Ewa Sowinska, singled out Tinky Winky, the purple character with a triangular aerial on his head.
“I noticed he was carrying a woman’s handbag,” she told a magazine. “At first, I didn’t realise he was a boy.”
EU officials have criticised Polish government policy towards homosexuals.
“We tried to move to the other side in order to approach the Palestinian and foreign demonstrators. One of the security guards began shouting and firing directly at us. He did not warn us first, he just opened fire. His friends also fired in the air. We shouted to them, ‘We are journalists, are you crazy?’ But they continued to fire for about 10 minutes. There were four security guards and they were standing about 7 meters (22.96 feet) away from us when they started firing with live ammunition. Only when one of them came down to us, the gunshots stopped. We felt the bullets pass 20 centimeters away from us. We told him, ‘If you want to kill us, kill us.’ Ten minutes later, the army arrived. We told them, ‘There are crazy people here firing at us,’ but they didn’t seem to care. The contractor building the fence came down later and told us, ‘If I were here instead of the security guards, I would also have fired at you.‘”
My new favourite site on the internets (with thanks to the incomparable Wonkette).
Greatest country in the world, gawd demmit!
The latest American big budget comedy to hit our shores;
A panel of executives at the World Bank says its President Paul Wolfowitz broke bank rules in awarding a substantial pay rise to his girlfriend.
I see. What say you Mr. Wolfowitz? How do you answer the charges?
An angry and bitter Paul Wolfowitz poured abuse and threatened retaliations on senior World Bank staff if his orders for pay rises and promotions for his partner were revealed, according to new details published last night.
“poured abuse and threatened retaliations” is, I’m sure, putting it mildly. From another report;
The World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz said today a report declaring that he broke bank rules to arrange a huge compensation package for his girlfriend was “unfair and unwarranted”.
The Wolf answers the charges by claiming they are “unfair and unwarranted”. He answers the charges by dismissing them. Of course he has no charge to answer. He’s an American, gawd demmit! Or to put it another way;
Sounding more like a cast member of the Sopranos than an international leader, in testimony by one key witness Mr Wolfowitz declares: “If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too.”
So it would seem Wolfowitz went to the same finishing school as Dick Cheney. A true statesman in the great American tradition. So what’s all the brouhaha over?
The special panel concluded that Wolfowitz’s involvement in the details of the package “went beyond the informal advice” given by the bank’s ethics committee and that he “engaged in a de facto conflict of interest“, the report stated.
A conflict of interest? Surely he’d have to have done something pretty egregious, such as getting involved in the terms and details of his girlfriend’s assignment and pay package…
Wolfowitz “placed himself in a conflict of interest situation” when he became involved in the terms and details of Riza’s assignment and pay package and “he should have withdrawn from any decision- making in the matter”, the panel said.
Say it ain’t so Wolfy! And you were doing so well… Your conservative agenda on reproductive health was beginning to…
Wolfowitz, who said he acted in good faith in arranging his girlfriend Shaha Riza’s pay package, has accused his critics of launching a “smear campaign” against him.
Just as the good ol’ U S of A acted in good faith when they invaded, occupied, murdered, tortured, raped, etc. Iraq in the name of Democracy. I’m sure Wolfy expected to be greeted by fellow World Bank staffers with flowers and garlands. Imagine his disappointment. Next he’ll be accusing his critics of antisemitism.
The former Pentagon number two and chief architect of the US-led war on Iraq lashed out after the bank’s special panel said the situation had caused a “crisis in the leadership” at the institution, according to its report released in the early hours of today.
He lashed out rather than take responsibility, or even make an attempt to atone, for what he had done.
In addition, the panel said it was of the view that the controversy “has had a dramatic negative effect on the reputation and credibility” of the bank, had raised “serious questions” about the bank’s governance and ability to carry out its mission and was contributing to “erosion in the operational effectiveness” of the bank.
I begin to wonder was this part of a planned strategy? “OK boys, I want Bolton at the UN, and Wolfowitz at the World Bank, we’ve got to break down these institutions, bend them to our will, leave them in disarray, just do your worst…”
“We’ve made clear that we support Paul Wolfowitz”, said spokesman Tony Snow, who added that the bank’s “best interests” also had to be served.
That puts you in a difficult position. You support this Wolf-man, yet you admit that the bank’s best interests have to be served… what to do… what to do… oh right! You were trying to be funny!
Mr Snow denied that the White House was trying to send “a wink, wink, nudge, nudge signal” by supporting Mr Wolfowitz while at the same time stressing the World Bank’s interests.
My mistake, you weren’t trying to be funny (phew!).
“A clear reading of the facts in this report demonstrates that this was a unique situation, missteps occurred on all sides and communication may not have been clear enough,” said US Treasury spokesman Brookly McLaughlin.
On all sides of what? All sides of Paul Wolfowitz? The many sides of Paul Wolfowitz… Damn you communication for not being clear enough! Damn you to hell! Meanwhile, lets blame the innocents for the crimes of the guilty. It’s the American way, gawd demmit!
“The facts reveal that President Wolfowitz acted to find a pragmatic solution and to carry out the direction he received from the ethics committee. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson spoke to some of his colleagues today from other countries and expressed that he does not think the facts merit dismissal.“
He also went on to say “These are not the droids you are looking for!”. What difference does it make what Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson thinks? And while you’re at it, who the hell is Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson? What about an opinion from someone with a higher profile… someone with a bit more political clout… someone, say, with a penchant for shooting his friends in the face…
Yesterday vice president Dick Cheney defended Mr Wolfowitz, saying: “Paul is one of the most able public servants I’ve ever known …. I think he’s a very good president of the World Bank, and I hope he will be able to continue.”
Praise from Caesar for a man who has difficulty managing his socks.
One of the comments from the above article;
There’s plenty of Anti-Americanism in America too, particularly south of the Rio Grande, where the historic memory isn’t exactly one of Uncle Sam riding down to get rid of those pesky tyrants and spread the good lord’s words about ‘democracy’… but rather setting up such tyrants in the first place, along with military training schools to teach their soldiers and henchmen about the right place on people’s bodies to connect electrodes, or how long a man’s head can be held under water without killing him, or the joys of gang raping, and how whole populations can be terrorised into due submissiveness and subservience. A neocon’s dream, so to speak.
However, if we really wish to understand the inherent violence and reactionary culture of the United States, we need look no further than Europe itself, for it was from these lands than most of its powerful elite originally descended, and it would seem to have been the most perverse and backward part of European mentality that crossed the Atlantic and fostered what has since become the most vicious, egocentric and sexually perverted society the planet has ever witnessed. This is not to say that all US citizens are ‘evil doers’ – but certainly the dominant trend is not a healthy one, and serves more than anything to underline that old maxim about the corruption of power.
Indeed it does.
“We have no problem with Arabs living in their own neighborhoods, but they’d better stay out of our neighborhood,” one of the residents told Ynet, “this is their way to slowly kick us out of the city by taking over Jewish neighborhoods. Just like we don’t go live in their neighborhoods, they shouldn’t come live in our neighborhoods.”