Chimpy’s Great Adventure, Cont.

Famous comb-licking war criminal Paul Wolfowitz weighs in on the new turmoil in Iraq:

When asked his thoughts about the current situation in Iraq and whether the war was a mistake, Wolfowitz replied, “We have won it — in 2009.”

First, he needs his meds upped. Second, why is anyone asking Wolfowitz anything except for what the inseam should be on his prison uniform?

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

“This president is an utter disgrace. He’s got a situation where, as your last two reports showed, you’ve got crises erupting around the world. And he is expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes, CIA officers and others who kept us safe after 9/11.”

“He’s lying about what they did, he’s slandering them, he went to Cairo and did it in 2009. Today he did it from the podium of the Oval Office. It’s a disgrace. It’s despicable.”

–The most important Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in our nation’s history, maybe ever Liz Cheney , daughter of War Criminal (unindicted) Dick Cheney, who quite literally cannot probably cannot leave North America without being arrested.

Anyway, her quibble seems to be with semantics, not with actual deeds and actions.

Torture

what-is-waterboarding.jpgI just want to get this right:

Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. I understand why it happened. I think it’s important when we look back to recall how afraid people were after the twin towers fell and the Pentagon had been hit and the plane in Pennsylvania had fallen and people did not know whether more attacks were imminent and there was enormous pressure on our law enforcement and our national security teams to try to deal with this. And, you know, it’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots, but having said all that, we did some things that were wrong. And that’s what that report reflects.”

And then President Obama told us that he has full confidence in John Brennan, who, not to mince words, was part of Team Torture and who found no qualms in spying on the Senate.   The only confidence that I have in the CIA or John Brennan is that they are professional liars, they lie for a living and they will lie to us again.

Sure, Obama used the forbidden word torture but he didn’t follow it up with the word indictments. The Bush junta are not patriots, they are war criminals, and they tortured people in our names, which makes all of us accessories to war crimes.

The Wrath of Blam-Blam

Blam-Blam and his little Squirt, the most important Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in our nation’s history, maybe ever Liz Cheney wrote an editorial: here’s an excerpt –

Those who say the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a mistake are essentially saying we would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still in power. That’s a difficult position to sustain. It is undisputed, and has been confirmed repeatedly in Iraqi government documents captured after the invasion, that Saddam had deep, longstanding, far-reaching relationships with terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and its affiliates. It is undisputed that Saddam’s Iraq was a state based on terror, overseeing a coordinated program to support global jihadist terrorist organizations. Ansar al Islam, an al Qaeda-linked organization, operated training camps in northern Iraq before the invasion. Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the future leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, funneled weapons and fighters into these camps, before the invasion, from his location in Baghdad. We also know, again confirmed in documents captured after the war, that Saddam provided funding, training, and other support to numerous terrorist organizations and individuals over decades, including to Ayman al Zawahiri, the man who leads al Qaeda today.

It is also undisputed that Saddam Hussein had the technology, equipment, facilities, and scientists in place to construct the world’s worst weapons. We know he intended to reconstitute these programs as soon as the international sanctions regime collapsed. He had an advanced nuclear program in place prior to Operation Desert Storm in 1991. In 1998, he kicked the international weapons inspectors out of Iraq. He violated every one of the 17 U.N. Security Council Resolutions passed against him.

Gape in awe at the entire thing.

The Beast Re-Assembles Itself

blam-blam rides again

Somewhere, Dick Cheney is smiling. And probably eating kitten-la-bobs with his follow neocons.

BAGHDAD — He took millions of dollars from the C.I.A., founded and was accused of defrauding the second-biggest bank in Jordan and sold the Bush administration a bill of goods on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

At first championed by the Bush administration’s neoconservatives as a potential leader of Iraq, Ahmad Chalabi ended up persona non grata, effectively barred from the wartime American Embassy here. Now, in an improbable twist of fate, Mr. Chalabi is being talked about as a serious candidate for prime minister. He has also been back to the embassy.

(NYTimes)

Poor Grandpa Walnuts…

…he still thinks he won:

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Yelling at the clouds:

“Everybody in his national security team, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ought to be replaced,” the Arizona Republican told reporters ahead of a classified Senate Armed Services Committee briefing on the deteriorating situation in Iraq. “It’s a colossal failure of American security policy.”

As opposed to getting lied into a war for oil and a decade long cluster*ck, eh Walnuts?

War Criminal Declines Commencement Speech

condi-gagging

Former secretary of state and unindicted Iraq war criminal Condoleeza Rice has declined to give the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey:

“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Rice said. “Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”

Let’s just say that the students and faculty at the school led some very successful protests to keep Mistress Condi off campus, as it should be.

It’s amazing to me that anyone would think of inviting one of the architects of the biggest foreign policy blunder in the history of the country to do anything, other than to apologize to the world for her part in crimes against humanity.

UPDATE 1: I comment on this over at Liberaland, thanks to a remark from Scissorhead Roket for opening my eyes a bit more.

In Which ex-CIA Director Hayden Mansplains The Skirts To Us

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Former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden suggested Sunday that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) might have compromised the objectivity of a report on CIA interrogation techniques because she personally wants to change them.

On “Fox News Sunday,” Hayden cited comments Feinstein made last month in which she said declassifying the report would “ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted.”

Hayden suggested Feinstein feels too strongly about the issue on an “emotional” level.

“That sentence — that motivation for the report — may show deep, emotional feeling on the part of the senator, but I don’t think it leads you to an objective report,” Hayden said.

I dislike Dianne Feinstein, she’s an unrepentant hawk who supported every military weapon program and was unwavering in her support of Chimpy’s Great Adventure.

But there’s one thing I do know about her: she’s tough as nails. There is nothing emotional about her. I suspect that she pushed her kids out of the nest with gusto and relish, and so I doubt very much that her emotions have ever gotten the better of her.

So besides the obvious sexism here—and it doesn’t get much more obvious than this—it makes me wonder what is in this report that Egghead Hayden really doesn’t want released? That’s a pretty desperate fourth and forty play.

Could it be… torture? Let’s call it by its real name, not some weasel-speak harsh interrogation technique. It was the policy of the United States to torture prisoners of war in off-shore gulags beyond the reach of our own laws. Blam-blam and Chimpy broke every last shred of decency we had in the world’s eyes, and they continue to walk the earth free.

(WaPo via Crooks and Liars)