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Friday, February 9

A Badly Conducted War and More To Come

From Foreign Policy: Matthew Yglesias outlines one scenario that could lead to war [on Iran] without Congressional authorization:
"Say Israel bombs Natanz and Bush supports the Israelis diplomatically and warns Iran against retaliating. Then in Iraq there's some dramatic attack against US forces. In response, the President proclaims that the attacks were organized by Iran and orders, without first asking congress, a retaliatory bombing of Revolutionary Guard facilities. The military is going to obey that order, right? And congress isn't going to impeach and convict Bush, thus removing him from office, replacing him with Dick Cheney, right?"
Ex-Rice Aide: Memory Lapse on Iran "Really Quite Curious"
No one "remembers" the document from Iran in 2003 offering comprehensive talks with the US. How convenient.

It's kind of like no one remembering that Saddam did offer to leave Iraq after he was threatened with shock and awe. Well that's all water under the bridge, isn't it?

We don't have military interpreters because we fired them.
Duh. And Condi didn't even know that.

After hearing Condosleeza emphasizing the importance of recruiting qualified language experts to work in the agency, Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) brought up something we've blogged about quite a bit here but was ignored by the liberal media: Why not hire back all the gay linguists and translators who were fired because of their sexual orientation? Well Condosleeza didn't know about that:

From Frontlines: Service Members Legal Defense Networks
"I'm not aware of the availability of people, but I certainly will look [at] what we are doing right now," Rice responded.

"But maybe you might find some of those competent people among those who are recently unemployed," Ackerman replied.

But it was the Congressman's clear disguist for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military ban that led to those dismissals, that has everyone in Washington buzzing:

"Well, it seems that the military has gone around and fired a whole bunch of people who speak foreign languages — Farsi and Arabic, etc.," Ackerman said. "For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are against terrorists, but they're very brave with the terrorists. ... If the terrorists ever got a hold of this information, they'd get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad."

Perhaps it is the United States that needs the platoon of lesbians, however, given recruiting problems, retention problems and mounting concerns about meeting calls for an even bigger military in the year ahead."
How come I knew about all the firings of gay translators and she didn't? And why isn't this story in the liberal media? Oh that's right, a famous white woman died.

Surprise Surprise

And this morning's WaPo offers a story that we already knew but bears repeating:
Official's Key Report On Iraq Is Faulted 'Dubious' Intelligence Fueled Push for War

Intelligence provided by former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq included "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community, according to a report by the Pentagon's inspector general.

Feith's office "was predisposed to finding a significant relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda," according to portions of the report, released yesterday by Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.). The inspector general described Feith's activities as "an alternative intelligence assessment process."
...and as we all know, there was no relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.

I'm sorry folks, but this war and the future war against Iran are really getting to me. One of the first things that the new Democratic congress ought to do is something about the media. We need a fair and regulated median so that corporate shills for this administration no longer run the show.

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