Friday, May 27, 2005
"We come as liberators, not occupiers...."
Except for in Afghanistan, that is....
"Ministers have been warned they face a "complete strategic failure" of the effort to rebuild Afghanistan and that 5,500 extra troops will be needed within months if the situation continues to deteriorate.From Political Animal.
An explosive cocktail of feuding tribal warlords, insurgents, the remnants of the Taliban, and under-performing Afghan institutions has left the fledgling democracy on the verge of disintegration, according to analysts and senior officers."
While in Iraq: "We were squandering the money we were entrusted to handle...."
And, most likely in violation of the Geneva Convention, the US military gave the pics (seen in the post below) to the Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun.
The "WTF?" story in a week that had way too many to pick from:
"In coordinated broadsides from London and Washington, Amnesty International accused the Bush administration on Wednesday of condoning "atrocious" human rights violations, thereby diminishing its moral authority and setting a global example encouraging abuse by other nations."Full article "U.S. 'Thumbs Its Nose' at Rights, Amnesty Says" about the "American Gulag" at Gitmo. (from The New York Times)
I was looking forward to posting this link with a gloating comment like Bush's "domino theory" of spreading democracy in the Middle East at work, but then this story broke. Oh well...
Although this prospect means we all still need to be sweating unless "Old Europe" has managed to save the day.
And here's a ridiculous diversion from the real news. Don't get "Swift-Boated" again, y'all.
Or consider this:
"It is offensive to see the Bush administration use this case for political purposes, and ludicrous for spokesmen for this White House and Defense Department to offer pious declarations about accountability, openness and concern for America's image abroad.From a May 18th New York Times editorial.
It took Newsweek about two weeks to retract its report. It has been a year since the very real problem behind the article - the systematic abuse and deliberate humiliation of mainly Muslim prisoners - came to light through the Abu Ghraib disaster. And the Bush administration has not come close to either openness or accountability. The White House and the Pentagon have refused to begin any serious examination of the policymaking that led to the abuse, humiliation, torture and even killing of prisoners taken during antiterrorist operations and the invasion of Iraq. Meanwhile, the administration has stonewalled outside efforts to accomplish that task. No senior officer or civilian official has been held accountable for policies that put every American soldier at greater risk. The men who wrote the memos on legalized torture and evading the Geneva Conventions have been promoted...."
While Pat Tillman's family puts the US military on blast.
And during the arcane and virtually incomprehensible Senate filibuster/"nuclear option" debate over the past few weeks, the GOP Offensively Invokes Nazis...Again.
Yo for real, I really can't keep up any more. Click here, here and here for the updates. Meanwhile, let me get back to posting about the ig'nance like telling you yet again to vote for my sneaker....