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Archive for June, 2005

New Zogby poll

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

No Bounce

President Bush’s televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to 43%, in the latest Zogby International poll. And, in a sign of continuing polarization, more than two-in-five voters (42%) say they would favor impeachment proceedings if it is found the President misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq.

Yeah, read that last bit again. Nearly half the nation would be ok with impeachment. We’re getting somewhere…

Silent troops

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Troops’ Silence at Fort Bragg Starts a Debate All Its Own


So what happened to the applause?

When President Bush visits military bases, he invariably receives a foot-stomping, loud ovation at every applause line. At bases like Fort Bragg – the backdrop for his Tuesday night speech on Iraq – the clapping is often interspersed with calls of “Hoo-ah,” the military’s all-purpose, spirited response to, well, almost anything.

So the silence during his speech was more than a little noticeable, both on television and in the hall. On Wednesday, as Mr. Bush’s repeated use of the imagery of the Sept. 11 attacks drew bitter criticism from Congressional Democrats, there was a parallel debate under way about whether the troops sat on their hands because they were not impressed, or because they thought that was their orders.

Some on the right wing are saying this was due to “White House directives”. BS. These folks are tired of getting stuck paying the cost for Bush to be the boss.

Libertarian exit plan for Iraq

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

The libertarian party has outlined their exit strategy for Iraq, which would have the bulk of US troops out in a year. It’s worth a read here.

TTP gets a new look

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

As you can tell, Truth to Power (and the other Ink 19 blogs) has gotten a new look. I haven’t had the time to play around with it yet, but if anyone has comments, let me know.

Nifty logo thing in the upper right corner, huh?

Now, you didn’t forget about

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

The entire Plame affair, did you?

Will Time Inc. Hand Over Documents and Keep Cooper Out of Jail?
By Joe Strupp

NEW YORK When Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times return late Wednesday afternoon to face the federal judge who ordered them to jail last fall for refusing to reveal confidential sources, two different outcomes may emerge.

While New York Times officials have maintained that Miller will not reveal the source who leaked to her the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, a source close to Time Inc. told E&P that the company is considering handing over documents that would reveal the source.

Ah, if I was Scooter Libby, Big Dick Cheney, or Rove, I’d be sweatin’ about now.

If it clucks like a chickenhawk…

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Generation Chickenhawk
Max Blumenthal

The Nation attends the College Republicans National Convention.

Munching on a chicken quesadilla at a table nearby was Edward Hauser, a senior at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas–a liberal school in a liberal town in the ultimate red state of Texas. “Austin is ninety square miles insulated from reality,” Hauser said. When I broached the issue of Iraq, he replied, “I support our country. I support our troops.” So why isn’t he there?

“I know that I’m going to be better staying here and working to convince people why we’re there [in Iraq],” Hauser explained, pausing in thought. “I’m a fighter, but with words.”

No, you’re a liar.

Everybody watch the speech?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Me either. Had reality to enjoy, instead.

But since the message seemed to be, as always, “Stay the course, we will prevail” yada yada, I doubt we missed much. Here are some things I imagine the Crawford Emperor neglected to mention:

Veterans Affairs coping with $1 billion shortfall as demand for services grows

By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Wednesday, June 29, 2005

WASHINGTON — Facing a $1 billion deficit in this year’s budget, Department of Veterans Affairs officials will raid operations and maintenance accounts to help pay for veterans’ basic medical care.

Oh yeah, support those troops. Attaboy, fearless leader.

Or this from the WSJ:

Bush admin “stopped the military from attacking” Zarqawi before the start of the Iraq war

[Retired] Gen. [John M.] Keane [then-U.S. Army vice chief of staff] characterized the [Zarqawi’s] camp “as one of the best targets we ever had,” and questioned the decision not to attack it.

Yup, the supposed mastermind behind the insurgents was able to be captured, but Bush held off, since it would remove a large reason for the war in Iraq.

The unofficial war: U.S., Britain led massive secret bombing campaign before Iraq war was declared
Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne

A U.S. general who commanded the U.S. allied air forces in Iraq has confirmed that the U.S. and Britain conducted a massive secret bombing campaign before the U.S. actually declared war on Iraq.

Ah yes, who can forget the hundreds of illegal bombs dropped BEFORE the “start” of the war in Iraq.

Who can forget? Evidently our president, our media, and about half of our fellow citizens. Shameful.

Read this while watching the (p)resident tonight…

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

U.S. headed for disaster when efforts in Iraq collapse

Red flags flapping sharply in the wind signal our country is on the verge of a major political – and economic – setback.

We may now be only weeks away from a complete collapse of the Iraqi army and the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq in the face of overwhelming public pressure on Tony Blair.

That is a realistic projection based on the reports of two Washington Post reporters, whose dispatches from inside Iraqi Army units and U.S. units assigned to train and work with the Iraqi military have just been published.

What the Post reporters found was massive disenchantment on both sides: American forces bitterly disappointed with the Iraqi government forces, and Iraqi troops harboring similar feelings toward their American counterparts. Only a small percentage of all Iraqi troops are now estimated to be adequately trained to take over the defense of their country. Desertions are widespread.

So when Bush appears on your TV tonight (sure as hell won’t be on mine…) and does his impression of Baghdad Bob (“We’ve turned a corner! Freedom on the march! Mission Accomplished!”), read this and get a fuller image of what’s going on in your name.

Next, you?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Justice Department Misused Material Witness Law in Counterterrorism Efforts

NEW YORK — Operating behind a wall of secrecy, the U.S. Department of Justice thrust scores of Muslim men living in the United States into a Kafkaesque world of indefinite detention without charge and baseless accusations of terrorist links, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released today.

Following the September 11 attacks, the Justice Department held the 70 men — all but one Muslim — under a narrow federal law that permits the arrest and brief detention of “material witnesses” who have important information about a crime, if they might otherwise flee to avoid testifying before a grand jury or in court. Although federal officials suspected the men of involvement in terrorism, it held them as material witnesses, not criminal suspects.

And we’re worried about Bush

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

picking a Supreme Court justice? After the rulings recently (the medical weed case, seizure of private property to make a Walmart, and this nonsense about the 10 commandments) what the f?

Go ahead, let Bush pick one. The dems will tie it up so long, it will make our little resident look even more impotent, while the current court seems to goosestep us closer to socialism everyday. Yippee.