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.‘”