Let's caaalll out his name
David Kaye, David Kaye
David Kaye is OK
David Kaye, David Kaye
(This is an homage to a very well-known Irish song by the Saw Doctors, so there.)
Man, ratting out the Bushies makes all of these wonks seem almost hot.
David Kaye, former advisor to the CIA director, resigned on Friday. Since then, he's been chatting up a storm about how the inspections team had evidence that Hussein's weapons and "program related activities" had been destroyed or ceased before we invaded.
...Kay...said in an interview yesterday that inspectors recovered only partial records detailing the destruction of some of Iraq's forbidden weapons. But he said that while the full truth may not be known for years, if ever, that ambiguity should not be used to delay an examination of why the allegations about Hussein's weapons were wrong.
"If the weapons programs existed on the scale we anticipated," Kay said, "we would have found something that leads to that conclusion. Instead, we found other evidence that points to something else."
So, Bush et al said they had evidence that there were WMDs. Turns out, not only was there no evidencethat there were WMDs, there was evidence that WMDs had been destroyed. No way Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc didn't know about that.
Ooh, I want this book. This article is in Salon, which means you have to watch the ad to see it, but I'll excerpt some...
...What's sinister to Phillips is the way the Bush family, using that vast network of business, intelligence and government connections, managed to elect not just one president against all political odds (George H.W. Bush lost two Texas Senate races, only to be saved by Nixon with appointments as ambassador to China and then CIA director) but an incredible two. Given the size of the first Bush loss to Bill Clinton in 1992, as well as the mediocrity of the son who aspired to succeed him, Phillips finds it astonishing that the family was able to use its vast web of shadowy and sunshiny connections again to "restore" the Bush dynasty in the White House -- "a turn that would have surprised and presumably appalled the founding fathers," he writes...
...Phillips is at his best showing how the sins of the first George Bush continue to plague the U.S... Clearly we're still living with the consequences of so many Reagan-Bush foreign policy bungles today: backing the mujahedin in Afghanistan against the Soviets, which gave rise to the al-Qaida-sheltering Taliban; arming Saddam to fight Iran during the Iran-Iraq war; playing games with Iran, too, first through the 1980 "October surprise" (there's strong evidence that Bush, along with Reagan campaign manager Bill Casey, another spymaster, played a role in reaching out to Iran's leaders to prevent a pre-election release of the U.S. hostages that might have helped Jimmy Carter), then with the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal at the end of Reagan's term...
...American Dynasty" makes you realize...why Bush is the ideal Christian-right president. He fits the Fundamentalist Project's criteria for the type of person who's attracted to this rigid brand of Christianity: He was a rootless (albeit wealthy) ne'er-do-well who couldn't quite find his way in business, fought a drinking problem and then turned his life around, with the help of Billy Graham, when he adopted a fundamentalist approach to Christianity. He was almost literally saved by Jesus, and where fundamentalists and Southerners never trusted his father, they embrace George W. as one of them. He repays them with coded biblical imagery in his speeches, from his constant references to "evil" to his public reliance on the power of prayer, plus a Middle East policy that seems tailor-made to Christian right "end times" dogma...
...Both Christian fundamentalists and ultra-Zionists believe Israel is meant to inhabit the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria -- the Christians because that will supposedly trigger Armageddon, the battle between Christ and the Antichrist. Phillips gets up to his elbows in creepy "end times" activism -- Christian Southerners funding Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories, Texas cattlemen breeding the mythic "red heifer," whose appearance is supposed to signal Israelis to rebuild the old temple in Jerusalem and usher in Armageddon. He also cites polls showing that fully 45 percent of American Christians see the world ending with an apocalyptic battle. You start to wonder if somehow Bush really was destined to play this role -- and if there's a safe place anywhere on earth to sit out the cataclysm that, between his religion and his foreign policy, he seems capable of provoking...
That last bit gave me goosebumps.
There's also stuff in there about the Bushes' connections to the House of Saud, which are also detailed in Michael Moore's book. Did you know, for instance, that during the lockdown of all U.S. airspace in the days after 9/11, the Saudi royal family was allowed to fly their jet all over the US, picking up family members? They were then allowed to leave without being questioned, over the loud protestation of the F.B.I. How come that wasn't more widely reported?
I try not to veer into the "Vince Foster is but one of a trail of murders" school of conspiracy theory, but in the case of the Bushes it's hard not to be paranoid. I'm on pins and needles to see what happens in New Hampshire today. I'm hoping for a close race, so that no clear leader emerges. The Bushies will have to wait to launch their attack until a frontrunner has been established, and the longer they have to wait, the better.
This article cracks me up. I love the idea of the candidates delivering fiery stump speeches in mangled Spanish. And I speak enthusiastic, terrible Spanish, so I know what I'm talking about. Viva chutzpah, indeed.
How scary is it that the President of the United States can't pronounce NUCLEAR?
I had to watch the State of the Union address, which is painful enough these last few years, at my mom's house. On FOX. With my stepdad in the peanut gallery. How I wished I were in my own house, where I can yell and point and throw things and call people and pace like I normally do when that fucking buffoon is talking.
But, at least he finally spoke up about the terrible toll that steroid use in professional sports is taking on the life of the Average American. I've been waiting and waiting for him to speak out on that one.
Note that he didn't mention Osama either; I'd say he forgot how to pronounce it, but that's obviously no impediment for him.
I'm so happy about this. I think that really, with all of the problems facing this great nation, now is the time to spend $1.5 billion promoting healthy marriages. Especially for poor people, who might otherwise be entitled to federal aid. And hey, if we can bolster hetero marriage, doesn't that automatically hurt the cause of gay marriage? No? What about that whole sanctity thing--oh? Britney screwed that up a little? Well, if not, then at least this money is one more thing we can keep away from the gays!
Is January National Appeasement month or something? First there was the thinly--veeerrry thinly--veiled attempt to get Hispanic voters with the guest worker program, and now this bone to the "traditional values" set...I'm not exactly sure who the "manned mission to Mars" announcement was meant to appease...are Trekkies a valued voting bloc? I bet whatever is next has something to do with beef.
This is fun. Nader came in first for me, but I know that if there had been more third party candidates available my top pick would have been some socialist-utopian-libertarian-humanist. Bush and Cheney were both last for me.
What did you get? Any surprises?
Dean was the very lowest Dem in my list. I didn't expect that.