Thursday, October 07, 2004

Twice the Cheney=2x the Evil


Bush=Farenheit 9/11, Cheney=Farenheit 451
WASHINGTON — The Education Department this summer destroyed more than 300,000 copies of a booklet designed for parents to help their children learn history after the office of Vice President Dick Cheney's wife complained that it mentioned the National Standards for History, which she has long opposed.


As the wife of the vice president, Cheney has no executive position in the federal government. But when her office spotted the references to the National Standards for History in the new edition of the history booklet, her staff communicated its displeasure to the Education Department.

Subsequently, the department decided it was necessary to kill the new edition and reprint it with references to the standards removed. Though about 61,000 copies of "Helping Your Child Learn History" had been distributed, the remaining 300,000-plus copies were destroyed. Asked about the decision, one department official said they had been "recycled."


Tricky, Orwellian Dick
Cheney: Weapons Report Justifies Iraq War

Thu Oct 7, 5:06 PM ET

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) asserted on Thursday that a finding by the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq (news - web sites) that Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s government produced no weapons of mass destruction after 1991 justifies rather than undermines President Bush (news - web sites)'s decision to go to war.

OK, Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, nor the ability to manufacture them, since 1991. They may have wished to assemble them when the UN weapons inspection regime came to an end.

Thanks for clearing this up for me, Dick. Now it all makes sense. All though Iraq didn´t have weapons of mass destruction (since 1991), nor the ability to manufacture them (since 1991), and although the rational for invading Iraq was that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (and was there some connection to Al Qaeda?), Saddam Hussein did, perhaps, have the desire to amass such weapons, and perhaps, several years down the road, if he was still in power, and still alive (unlike Mr. Cheney who, though he is running this country, I suspect died several years ago) and he still wanted to make weapons of mass destruction, might have been able to do so. This made him the biggest security risk to the United States in the world, and such a grave threat to the United States that it was worth sending 10 times as many troops to take him out as we had in Afghanistan looking for Osama bin Laden, who actually attacked the United States, and who we still have not found, for a military operation that is likely to last several years at the least and cost hundreds of billions of dollars, maybe trillions not to mention cost thousands of American and Iraqi lives.

Dick Cheney, as you like to remind us, as Vice President of the United States, you are the President of the Senate, and I advice you to take the advice you gave to Senator Pat Leahy in that capacity.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Quote of the day

"I heard Senator Kerry say that there was some kind of 'global test' that you ought to be able to pass to support preemption, and I don't understand what that means," Rice told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."

"I don't understand 'proving to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons,' " she said.
--Condoleeza Rice

Well that certainly explains a lot...

In 2002, at a crucial juncture on the path to war, senior members of the Bush administration gave a series of speeches and interviews in which they asserted that Saddam Hussein was rebuilding his nuclear weapons program. In a speech to veterans that August, Vice President Dick Cheney said Mr. Hussein could have an atomic bomb "fairly soon." President Bush, addressing the United Nations the next month, said there was "little doubt" about Mr. Hussein's appetite for nuclear arms.
The United States intelligence community had not yet concluded that Iraq was rebuilding its nuclear weapons program. But as the vice president told a group of Wyoming Republicans that September, the United States had "irrefutable evidence" - thousands of tubes made of high-strength aluminum, tubes that the Bush administration said were destined for clandestine Iraqi uranium centrifuges, before some were seized at the behest of the United States.

The tubes quickly became a critical exhibit in the administration's brief against Iraq. As the only physical evidence the United States of Mr. Hussein's revived nuclear ambitions, they gave credibility to the apocalyptic imagery invoked by President Bush and his advisers. The tubes were "only really suited for nuclear weapons programs," Condoleezza Rice, the president's national security adviser, asserted on CNN on Sept. 8, 2002. "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

But before Ms. Rice made those remarks, she was aware that the government's foremost nuclear experts had concluded that the tubes were most likely not for nuclear weapons at all, an examination by The New York Times has found. As early as 2001, her staff had been told that these experts, at the Energy Department, believed the tubes were probably intended for small artillery rockets, according to four officials at the Central Intelligence Agency and a senior administration official, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.