Friday, July 16, 2004

Newsmax Entertains VP Replacements for Cheney

Newsmax Entertains VP Replacements for Cheney
"I know you'll have fun at my farewell party; I know you'll be glad when I'm gone "
--Singer/Songwriter Gene Watson

At Newsmax today, we can see there is grave doubt about VP Dick Cheney remaining on the GOP ticket for this November's presidential election. They throw around statements such as "the situation is fluid", calling this "the most volatile of campaigns".

Go and see some of their suggested replacements for Cheney

I wonder what Cheney thinks of Newsmax preparing for his farewell party?

But he's so decisive!

But he's so decisive!


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Allawi to be shown as brutal leader

Allawi to be shown as brutal leader
Apparently we'll soon be learning of how the new Iraq prime minister Iyad Allawi executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station at the end of June. They were allegedly handcuffed and blindfolded, lined up against a courtyard wall and shot by the Iraqi Prime Minister. Prime Minister Allawi has flatly denied this story.  There are allegedly two very solid eyewitness accounts.  The witnesses were both guaranteed anonymity. Writer Paul McGeogh says he won't be making his sources available to any other journalists.
I've blogged about some of the truth about Mr. Allawi's past previously on Iddybud. How different does this sound from the tactics of Saddam Hussein?

I still believe Joe Wilson- Part III

I still believe Joe Wilson-
Part III

"It is essential that the errors and distortions in the additional comments be corrected for the public record. Nothing could be more important for the American people than to have an accurate picture of the events that led to the decision to bring the United States into war in Iraq."
-Joseph C. Wilson 4th to the Senate Intelligence Committee 


In a article titled "Joseph Wilson vs. the right-wing conspiracy", Mark Jacoby explains how " gleeful conservatives insist the Senate Intelligence Committee report impeached the former ambassador's claims about Iraq and uranium. But Wilson is firing back."
To read the article in its entirety, you'll need either a subscription or a one-day free pass. It will be well worth your while, because also at, there's a copy of Joseph Wilson's entire six-page rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee to set the record straight.
Excerpt from Mr. Wilson's rebuttal:

"My article in the New York Times makes clear that I attributed to myself "a small role in the effort to verify information about Africa's suspected link to Iraq's nonconventional weapons programs." After it became public that there were then-Ambassador to Niger Barbro Owens-Kirkpatrick's report and the report from a four-star Marine Corps general, Carleton Fulford, in the files of the U.S. government, I went to great lengths to point out that mine was but one of three reports on the subject. I never claimed to have "debunked" the allegation that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa. I claimed only that the transaction described in the documents that turned out to be forgeries could not have occurred and did not occur. I did not speak out on the subject until several months after it became evident that what underpinned the assertion in the State of the Union address were those documents, reports of which had sparked Vice President Cheney's original question that led to my trip. The White House must have agreed. The day after my article appeared in the Times a spokesman for the president told the Washington Post that "the sixteen words did not rise to the level of inclusion in the State of the Union."

I have been very careful to say that while I believe that the use of the 16 words in the State of the Union address was a deliberate attempt to deceive the Congress of the United States, I do not know what role the president may have had other than he has accepted responsibility for the words he spoke. I have also said on many occasions that I believe the president has proven to be far more protective of his senior staff than they have been to him."


Bush's Crumbling Credibility

Bush's Crumbling Credibility

Chris Farrell, a former Army intelligence officer, writes:

Monkeying with elections is very dangerous business for any administration. In the midst of our bloodiest war, the fratricide of the Civil War, Mr. Lincoln managed to get reelected. The “Greatest Generation” made it through WWII without having to alter the traditional, scheduled, legal election process. Throughout the Cold War we teetered on the brink of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union – yet we somehow maintained the regular, constitutionally mandated requirements of our republic. Nineteen hijackers, however, have turned the entire federal government inside-out (i.e. the creation of the Department of Homeland Security – the largest reorganization of the government since the Defense Department was created in 1948); suspended some of our civil liberties (i.e. the USA PATRIOT Act); and opened the door to the Trotskyite “creative destruction” embraced by the neocon chickenhawks who started whispering into President Bush’s ear by midday on Sept. 11th.


U.S. Senate Candidate: "Bring Troops Home"

"We support our brave servicemen and women," U.S. Senate candidate (and Miami-Dade mayor) Alex Penelas said during a recent debate in Tallahassee, Florida. "Enough is enough. It is time to make the right decision about this war. We need to stop justifying the unjustifiable; ladies and gentlemen, it is time to bring our troops home." His statement drew scattered applause from the crowd of about 200.

What was he thinking?

What was he thinking? 

A True Dumbass Story: Erik Hobbie thought of a unique way to propose to his girl – he’d take her fishing and pull from the water a line on which he’d attached his grandma’s heirloom diamond ring. It was a dumb idea – when he made his big move, the ring had fallen off. “He just looked at the hook in horror,” said girlfriend Pamela Gahr.

Buh-bye, Philippines

Buh-bye, Philippines

The Philippines began to pull out troops from Iraq today to save the life of their one Filipino hostage. Surprise! They've been accused of giving in to militants. Manila's relations with Washington will be strained for certain. But then again, doesn't it seem that Washington is alienating just about everyone these days? Our 34-nation 'coalition of the willing' is now whittled down to a the 29-nation 'coalition of the willing'. Yet, the U.S. government insists they have strong world support. (After all, they still have Mongolia.) Australia's Prime Minister John Howard told Manila their retreat wouldn't make them immune to a terror attack. Say! What's making America immune from a terror attack? We're being "soberly" warned about a big one to possibly come to our shores quite soon, and we haven't retreated from Iraq.

House gets cheap chance to rage against Saudis

House gets cheap chance to rage against Saudis
Lawmakers allegedly cheered as the House of Representatives voted yesterday to "strip financial assistance" for Saudi Arabia from a foreign aid bill because of criticism that the country has not been sufficiently cooperative in the U.S. war on terror.

But that was only to remove $25,000 in the $19.4 billion 2005 foreign aid bill earmarked for Saudi Arabia. When you think about Saudi Arabia's riches....will the Saudis really miss 25,000 measly bucks? I doubt it. This sounds more like a (literally) cheap political stunt by the House than a substantial withholding from the Saudis.

Ask the world's poorest what they think about the fact that the same legislation also cuts U.S. funding to the World Bank's lending arm for the poorest countries by $90 million from last year.