Category Archives: We Have Met The Enemy

Uninvited Guests

One can only imagine the contortions America will have to go through if the same situation develops in Saudi Arabia.

As Gaddafi’s troops assaulted opposition forces, US and European leaders were weighing the use of NATO air power to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to stop Gaddafi from using air strikes against his own people.

Puppets, puppets everywhere and not a string to pull.

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It’s Not Like He Wasn’t Told

Asked by ABC’s Diane Sawyer Monday morning whether the “the situation in Afghanistan in precarious and urgent,” McCain responded:

“I think it’s serious. . . . It’s a serious situation, but there’s a lot of things we need to do. We have a lot of work to do and I’m afraid it’s a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border,” said McCain, R-Ariz., said on “Good Morning America.”

Well, well, no wonder McBush hates the blogs, just last Wednesday,

Straight Talk Express Weaving In Traffic

Maybe McCain ought to take his own advice and visit Afghanistan, (next between to Pakistan and Iran, John,) before talking about stratee-gees.

edited for poor cut and pasting

Massive Fertilizer Spill Reported In Politico

How Hoyer got the deal done

What a crock. Steny Hoyer and the Congressional Democrats are just a bunch of piss pants afraid of losing their lucre and new found pow-wer on K Street.

via via

“You can take a position and be a purist and sort of sit around yelling at each [other] across the [political] divide and nothing gets done,” Hoyer said. “The American people, they want us to get this done. That’s the whole thing to me.”

I had not heard of any clamoring from the American people on this. AFA.

Update: Given the level of corruption in DC, it may well be that Congressional Democrats are as up to their ears as the Republicans in it and the Republicans own the DoJ.

Pretty much what Hoover was doing when he was gamboling around in his fishnet hose in the sixties and seventies, except Hoover was ambidextrous.

But that is pretty much conjecture on my part because the press hasn’t actually reported on that story, like the Broder deal, because no one is getting drunk and talking to out of Villagers.

There Isn’t Any Energy Crisis

There is a price of energy crisis.

In the spring of 2002, under order from a federal judge, the U.S. Department of Energy released to NRDC roughly 13,500 pages relating to previously secret proceedings of the Bush administration’s energy task force. (President Bush formed the task force in early 2001 to develop a national energy policy, with Vice President Cheney at the helm.) Even though the government heavily censored the documents before supplying them to NRDC, they reveal that Bush administration officials sought extensive advice from utility companies and the oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy industries, and incorporated their recommendations, often word for word, into the energy plan.

There is a lot of background to this current story that is just not being brought into focus for the public.

If the media would get out of the tank on this,(Results 1 – 10 of about 2,060,000 for Energy Task Force. (0.08 seconds,) we could use the space for energy.

Are Those Official Jackboots Senator?

UPDATE III:

This article from Dow Jones, celebrating that the telecom industry is completely off the hook as a result of this bill, has the full quote from Sen. Bond, which is even better (h/t C_O):

“I’m not here to say that the government is always right, but when the government tells you to do something, I’m sure you would all agree that I think you all recognize that is something you need to do,” Bond said.

So you believe in de ja vu

FROST: So what in a sense, you’re saying is that there are certain situations, and the Huston Plan or that part of it was one of them, where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation or something, and do something illegal.

NIXON: Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal.

FROST: By definition.

NIXON: Exactly. Exactly. If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security, or in this case because of a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude, then the president’s decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law. Otherwise they’re in an impossible position.

FROST: So, that in other words, really you were saying in that answer, really, between the burglary and murder, again, there’s no subtle way to say that there was murder of a dissenter in this country because I don’t know any evidence to that effect at all. But, the point is: just the dividing line, is that in fact, the dividing line is the president’s judgment?

NIXON: Yes, and the dividing line and, just so that one does not get the impression, that a president can run amok in this country and get away with it, we have to have in mind that a president has to come up before the electorate. We also have to have in mind, that a president has to get appropriations from the Congress. We have to have in mind, for example, that as far as the CIA’s covert operations are concerned, as far as the FBI’s covert operations are concerned, through the years, they have been disclosed on a very, very limited basis to trusted members of Congress. I don’t know whether it can be done today or not.

Richard Nixon, remarks to reporters, 19 June 1969:

Mr. Hoover does enjoy my complete confidence, and there has been no discussion with regard to his tenure as far as the future is concerned.

I should add, further, that with regard to the controversy on electronic surveillance, that I checked personally into the matter as to whether or not that surveillance which had been discussed had been conducted by him and the FBI, by themselves, or whether it had been, as is supposed to be the case, always approved by the Attorney General.

I found that it had always been approved by the Attorney General, as Mr. Hoover testified in 1964 and 1965. As far as this administration is concerned, our attitude toward electronic surveillance is that it should be used very sparingly, very carefully, having in mind the Fights of those who might be involved, but very effectively to protect the internal and external security of the United States.

Trust us, we’re professionals!

Cash and Carry

Hoyer’s Bad Bill

This is what his local news has to say on the FISA bill he engineered:

Proponents of the surveillance program say it is in response to the attacks on 9/11 and necessary to combat terrorism. However, the Washington Post reported on Oct. 13, 2007 that former Qwest executive Joseph Nacchio said in court papers, “the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”

Qwest is the one telecommunications company who reportedly refused to cooperate with the NSA on the grounds they believed doing so would have been illegal.

Maybe if the Congress creeps returned all the telco money…

Why Tim Russert Is Being Deified

Enough Already!

Enough already with the encomiums to Tim Russert, whose untimely death has sparked a veritable chorus of eulogies depicting him as the epitome of objectivity and the greatest of journalists. This is all coming, quite naturally, from his fellow journalists and intellectual gatekeepers, who share his prejudices, his politics, and – alas! – his shortcomings. It’s time for a little Russert revisionism.

Funerals have always been for the living.

AP to meet with blogging group to form guidelines

By SETH SUTEL AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press, following criticism from bloggers over an AP assertion of copyright, plans to meet this week with a bloggers’ group to help form guidelines under which AP news stories could be quoted online.

Jim Kennedy, the AP’s director of strategic planning, said Monday that he planned to meet Thursday with Robert Cox, president of the Media Bloggers Association, as part of an effort to create standards for online use of AP stories by bloggers that would protect AP content without discouraging bloggers from legitimately quoting from it.

That is all.

Republicans: Agents of Chump Change

Last I looked oil was fungible. If it is parked in tankers waiting to be refined, the problem is not in producing oil from the ground, but in refining it into gasoline and plasic garbage bags.

Ridin That Train, High On … What Again Mr. Ambassador?

Government criticised as second batch of top secret documents found on train

The government is facing fresh criticism today over another embarrassing lapse in security after a second batch of secret official files were found left on a train.

The papers, which cover the UK’s policies on fighting global terrorist funding, drugs trafficking and money laundering were handed to The Independent on Sunday.

Fortunately for military intelligence terrorists are blowing up trains.

The Other Army Goes Home Too

Return of the Jihadi (reg. req.)

Of course, it takes at least two sides to have a war. Yet nowhere are policymakers seriously considering where the other side’s soldiers go when the war is over. While we shouldn’t be too concerned for our adversaries’ health and well-being, it nevertheless has security implications when considering what comes after a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Accordingly, we need to ask what happens when Omar comes marching home. What will the foreign jihadists do? Where will they go? And what should we do about them?

Which is a pretty good question, as noted here,

Of particular interest to Londonstani was Ex’s observation that “the obvious solution is to assist the security services in the affected countries” but that “would mean supporting illiberal regimes”. Now, of course being a good military sort, Ex has more than an ideological reservation to that idea. He quotes terrorism expert Jessica Stern saying; “allowing allies to practice torture and human rights abuses in their fight against Islamists may unintentionally feed both the Islamist narrative of victimisation and lead to the replacement of U.S.-allied regimes with regimes led by the Islamists themselves.”

The bold part highlighted for the purpose of noting this little gem of American National Security brilliance,

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government has photographic evidence that a Guantanamo Bay inmate was tortured with a knife after being taken to Morocco by U.S. forces, a British human rights group said Tuesday.

Reprieve said their client, Binyam Mohamed, had his genitals slashed repeatedly with a doctor’s scalpel while in custody in Morocco after he was flown there from Pakistan by American officials in 2002. It also said his U.S. captors later took pictures of the abuse to show authorities that his wounds were healing.

that Atrios pointed out.

Kinda negates Scalia arguments.