In a Time of Universal Deceit, Telling the Truth is Revolutionary.
Friday, June 21, 2024

When under fire, hire lobbyists

The killer mercenaries at Blackwater may be experts at gunning down civilians from helicopters circling over Baghdad but their MP-5s and rocket launchers are ineffective in the urban jungle of Washington.

So they hired their own mercenaries…otherwise known as lobbyists.

Like the killers they represent, Washington lobbyists have their own scorched earth policy and they don’t take prisoners.

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Mercenaries wanted: Apply to Pentagon

As reports of murder and mayhem by American mercenaries in Iraq increase, a new report says the overstretched and overburdened Army needs more mercenaries to fight George W. Bush’s war.

Yep. The Army is looking for not just a few, but a lot, of good killers.

Just apply at Pentagon, USA. And bring you own weapons.

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Mission unaccomplished

George Bush put top adviser Karen Hughes in the State Department with a mission to bolster America’s image with its allies.

Didn’t work.

Even a political magician like Hughes could not undo the damage inflicted on U.S. foreign policy by her bumbling boss.

Karen Hughes to leave job as booster of U.S. image abroad – President Bush’s longtime adviser Karen Hughes is stepping down as undersecretary of state in mid-December, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday.

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Hillary fights back

Democratic Presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton, coming off her worst debate performance to date, is striking back at her rivals.

Her advisers tell her she should not get into a name-calling contest because it might backfire.

But Hillary is not known for taking the advice of others.

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Another bloody day in Baghdad

With all the hoopla from the Presidential campaign for an election that is still more than a year away, we need to remember that people die every day from violent acts in Iraq.

Another 16 lost their lives today at the hands of bombers in Baghdad.

More blood for the tarnished legacy of George W. Bush.

Bombs kill 16 around Baghdad

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The ‘Darth Vader’ of GOP politics

President George W. Bush joked Wednesday that Vice President Dick Cheney, sometimes caricatured as Darth Vader, did not need a costume to play the sinister “Star Wars” villain for Halloween.

Bush’s jibe came as some of the candidates vying to succeed him as president put their own spin on Halloween, and a Senate Foreign Relations hearing was spooked by a “double” of chairman Senator Joseph Biden.

The President enjoyed his jibe at Cheney, who is derided by critics as a malevolent behind-the-scenes influence in US politics.

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GOP right wing wants a 3rd party

White evangelical Protestants, a key support base for the Republican Party, still have not united behind a single candidate for the 2008 White House race, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

The poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson each drew about 20 percent of the support from this group. Giuliani was on top with 23 percent, followed by Thompson with 21 percent.

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Hillary’s risky evasions

It could be a long two months for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton if she continues to sidestep questions on big issues.

With just seven weeks to go until the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the New York senator has become the target for her Democratic rivals, especially Barack Obama and John Edwards, who are openly questioning her candor, integrity and electability.

Clinton has fought back using a classic front-runner’s playbook, trying to avoid direct confrontations with the other Democrats while taking her fight to Republicans, especially President Bush.

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The cost of intelligence

One of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission was that the figure for overall U.S. spending on intelligence should be made public annually.

A law enacted this summer required that the Bureau of National Intelligence produce that number 30 days after the end of the federal fiscal year. That was Sept. 30, and Tuesday, 30 days later, came the figure — $43.5 billion for fiscal 2007.

If there is a surprise, it is that the total is lower than most outside experts had estimated. They put it at around $45 billion.

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All the news that’s fit to twist

Mark Twain famously said that “if you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed — if you do read the newspapers you are misinformed.” Today, those who rely on the elite media for news of Iraq suffer from both disabilities.

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