Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Will "Scooter" have to scoot?

Word is that he MAY be the leaker.
Innocent 'til proven guilty, of course.

Get to know your neo-Cons.

People ask...Who is Scooter Libby?

Heeeeeeeere's Scooter....

Q: Does he look like a leaker to you?
A: Depends....

Credit: Get Your War On

Bush hopes says leaker won't be found


Bush hopes says leaker won't be found

"This is a town where a lot of people leak, and I've constantly expressed my displeasure with leaks, particularly of classified information. I hope we can get this investigation done in a thorough way, as quickly as possible."
George W Bush today, answering press questions after a Cabinet meeting.

Bush turned the questions on reporters at the end of the Cabinet meeting:
"You tell me: how many sources have you had that's leaked information, that you've exposed or had been exposed? Probably none......
I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official," Bush said. "I don't have any idea. I'd like to. I want to know the truth."

But, Bush said,
"This is a large administration and there's a lot of senior officials."

"I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is, partially because, in all due respect to your profession, you do a very good job of protecting the leakers," Bush told journalists.

Adding a note of optimism, Bush said, "But we'll find out."

Ex-Minister Says Blair Knew Iraq Had No Banned Arms

Ex-Minister Says Blair Knew Iraq Had No Banned Arms
By Warren Hoge
New York Times
Sunday 05 October 2003

Observer Why isn't the truth out there?

The willingness of journalists to accepts the establishment's view of the events of, and after, 9/11 is truly staggering, says Paul Donovan
Sunday October 5, 2003

"....One of the major weaknesses of journalism today is how easily some are seduced by power. The premier role of the journalist should be as a check on power, however, many seem to turn this dictum on its head and get greater job satisfaction as parrots of the official truth..."

"....It is sad that people had to wait for { Michael } Meacher to put together the strands of 9/11 and where were those expensively paid New York based correspondents on the public health and firefighter stories. The job of the journalist demands more than simply parroting official truths, the public deserve and should get better..."

FAIR GAME- William Rivers Pitt

Fair Game
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 6 October 2003

".....the wives of Bush administration critics are fair game. CIA operatives are likewise fair game. If said CIA operative is working to defend our national security by keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists, that does not matter, because they are fair game. Also, front companies used to protect the identities of CIA operatives working to defend our national security, and by proxy all of the agents whose lives are protected by that cover, are fair game as well.
Seeing as how this is the case, that the barest standards and principles no longer have a place within this administration, that the national security of the United States can be sacrificed for low-rent political retribution, that George W. Bush and his people have been exposed as the rankest and bloodiest hypocrites in the history of American government, that everything is now fair game, I say let’s have at it. If politics is now nothing more than a WWF cage match, I want in. I have a fighter in my corner who also believes in the idea that everything is fair game.

My fighter is an independent counsel...."

Afghanistan-Taliban's Back / Pakistan- The Grand U.S. Hypocrisy

Afghanistan-Taliban's Back /
Pakistan- The Grand U.S. Hypocrisy

I made these observations from recent readings on Stratfor.com:


My Question: Isn't it incredibly, incredibly hypocritical and morally twisted that we know Pakistan is supporting terror and testing nuclear weaponry...yet we sell them F16s and pay them off for troops that we cannot get by international consensus?

This is basically what Stratfor.com is telling us:

There is some evidence that the Pakistani government has supported militant groups that cross the borders into Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Washington does not yet have Islamabad's cooperation in surveillance and shutting down the border crossings.

Direct quotes from Stratfor:

"U.S. troops operating in Afghanistan have been unable to chase militant suspects across the border into Pakistan -- and although it would be unpopular to publicly grant them permission to do so, Musharraf could accede to U.S. wishes, provided operations were conducted quietly and perhaps clandestinely.

Debt forgiveness { in the billions } will not be all that U.S. leaders agree to: According to a June 13 report by Defense and Foreign Affairs Daily, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Indian Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani earlier this month that Washington will resume F-16 sales to Islamabad. (They carry nuclear devices).

News of F-16 sales to Pakistan would raise tensions in India."



My Question: Here we are--two years after 9-11...and here is Hamid Karzai, in his position of need to incorporate the Taliban into his nation's political order....
I ask you...how will this move NOT prove a massive failure in the U.S. war on terror? Consider the American lives lost on 9-11. During the Republican National Convention in NYC, you will hear 9-11 used and abused ad nauseum for political gain. Think about that..while you think about Taliban moving into political rule in Afghanistan once again.....are you sick yet????

From Stratfor:

"Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently hinted that he wants to integrate the Taliban into the country's future political order. If true, this would be an about-face from his earlier stance toward the Islamist movement. The contradiction reflects a realization that the Taliban cannot be overlooked in the construction of the new constitutional framework. If he pursues his apparent strategy, Karzai risks getting caught in the cross-fire between the Taliban, his government partners from the Tajik, Uzbek, Hazara and Turkmen tribes and his main supporter, the United States -- with virtually no gains to show for it."