Excerpt: Two-and-a-half years ago at another "turning
point" in the Iraq War, columnists at the WaHoPo
and other leading American newspapers were ecstatic
over how the Iraqi national election was
finally fulfilling the neoconservative dream
of remaking the Muslim world.
But remember back to those happy days in winter
2005 when Bush was the toast of Washington
after his Second Inaugural Address that used
the words "freedom" and "liberty" a staggering 42 times.
Just 10 days later, U.S. commentators cheered
themselves hoarse over the "purple-finger" election in Iraq.
Now, however, some of the same columnists who
praised the Jan. 30, 2005, election are denouncing it
as a failure that must be undone so Bush's newest
"turning point" - the "surge" - can achieve its fullest potential.
I saw some Pentagon Monkey say yesterday that "the
next six months will be decisive." Haven't we been told "the next six months" ad nauseum?
Bush needs another 17 months of soldiers dying so he can blame Hillary
for his quagmire.
Excerpt: The threshold question in any war is: What are
we fighting for? Our troops deserve a convincing answer.
In Iraq, the list of missions that were tried
on but didn't fit includes: protection from weapons of mass destruction,
creating a model democracy in the Arab world,
punishing those responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks and
stopping terrorists from catching the next plane
to New York. The latest mission, linked to the "surge" of troops
this year, was to give Iraqi leaders the security
and maneuvering room needed to make stabilizing political
arrangements -- which they have thus far shown
little interest in doing.
A cynic might suggest that the military's real
mission is to enable Bush
to continue denying that his invasion has evolved
Where are the military families?
When this war is over, they're going to ask for
our help and our money.
Why are they refusing to help the blind and ignorant
fools currently enlisting?
How many deaths and amputations could they prevent
by speaking out NOW?
Why are they silent?
Why are the families of the dead soldiers silent?
What are they waiting for?
"Bush asks everyone to wait for the Petraeus
report, but then he goes on about the surge's progress and how it would be a mistake to pull
out. The wait-and-see admonition doesn't apply to him?"
-- Howard Kurtz, (R-Whore) who gets things right once a decade, Link
Excerpt: It's odd to think of Bill Clinton as relatively
muted, but then, he's an elder statesman now.
He trods across the landscape a bit like Keith
Richards or Sting: a world figure, an icon of sorts,
but not so much a rock star anymore.
On a recent trip to Africa, he told Letterman,
"I saw female lions go after warthogs while
the male lions just lay there and watched. Which
I thought was good preparation for my future."
I have no idea what this idiot is trying to say
- do you?
It reads like Jonanne Weiss's editor told her
to write something snarky about Hillary
and she was out of time so she just strung a
bunch of half-assed sentences together.
Tell us what the hell the point of this column
Does she like the Clintons? Does she hate Hillary?
What was the point? What was the column's focus?
Did she say anything, or was she just handing
in a column under deadline?
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My name's Jenny and I was a good friend of Robert's.
I know he loved this place.
I'm very sorry to inform you that yesterday I
got an e-mail from his sister-in-law stating that
he'd died in his trailer around 8-25 and was
found September 1st. That's all I know now
- waiting and hoping to receive more explanation.
I'll pass it along if you'd like.
I'm sure you'll miss him, too. He was really
one of a kind.
We were friends for 15 years and I'd have to
say he was my best friend, ever.
Jenny in New York
Jenny, thanks for that.
The last time I heard from Robert was August 2 this year - he wrote:
Bart, I cannot say with a 100% certainty there
is no god, but I can say with a 100% that no one knows.
Thanks for letting us know.
Robert was 86 - I assume he lived a full life.
Excerpt: The National Coalition of American Nuns is impelled
by conscience to call you to act promptly
to impeach Bush and Cheney for high crimes and
misdemeanors for their deceiving the public
under the false pretense that Iraq possessed
weapons of mass destruction" and "destroying"
the reputation of the United States and the good
will of other nations.
"The pattern is now clear: Demand that everyone
else withhold judgment on Iraq until some new assessment arrives, announce that you're doing
whatever you want to do no matter what, declare the ensuing debate to be too late, and then
start the whole process over again six or nine months down the road by demanding that everyone withhold
judgment again. It may not be any way to wage a war, but Bush's political tactics --
and the deaths of a few hundred more American soldiers in the meantime -- seem certain to buy him
enough time to kick the problem to his successor." -- Tim Grieve, Link
What I don't get about all of this Hillary hatred
is why our own side is so intent on destroying her
and shooting ourselves in the foot come election
day. If you don't like Hillary, fine, vote for Obama,
John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich or whoever, but
don't go around calling her the friend of Bush or Hitler
or any other despot before we even see what she
has planned to do should she be elected.
Yes, Hillary was "born a po' black chile."
What power did she have to vote against a war?
There you go again - nobody said she was powerless
Well, I suppose the same power that freshman NY
Senator Bobby Kennedy had
when he voted against Vietnam time and again.
Gees, that was before my time, Gramps.
But then, Bobby was a leader and not just interested
in covering his political ass.
Hillary's crime: She's not a martyred Kennedy.
Also, nobody had to deal with the "he was for
it before he was against it" argument more than Bobby did.
He was Attorney General when his brother started
increasing the troop levels to begin with.
Please, Bart. This is the age of the internet.
American history is right at everybody's fingertips.
You and O'Reilly (not that I'm comparing you)
seem to forget that. O'Reilly does it when he says that he's
always argued a particular point of view, but
there are You-tube clips everywhere of him arguing the opposite.
You do it when Hillary votes with corporatists
and war mongers, and you tell us
that her political position is different from
anyone else who ever lived.
Her political position is different.
Do you see anyone else getting pummeled by both
Com'on! Enough with the "a freshman senator
from NY has no power" bullshit.
Again, nobody said she was powerless.
I said she was the new kid in town, why call her instead of Shane?
Excerpt: After months of nipping at the heels of John
Edwards among likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers,
Hillary has made a move to the top of the heap
in the race for her party's presidential nomination,
a new NewsMax/Zogby telephone poll shows.
Clinton's move up in Iowa replicates what she
has done nationally, building a powerhouse campaign
and benefiting in part from the positive opinions
of her husband, the survey shows.
Clinton leads with 30%, followed by Edwards at
23% and Obama at 19%.
Excerpt: After today's Republican policy lunch ... you
should see the Republicans repeat that this is a done deal
and that we expect a new senator from Idaho very
soon. The White House is not going to change its tune either,"
said a senior GOP leadership aide whose White
House reference suggests a coordinated message.
Said another top GOP Senate aide: "This could
very well be the story that never was. Craig has given himself
a September 30 deadline to clear an ethics committee
that likely hasn't started its investigation, reverse an
adjudicated crime, and assemble a jury and retry
the matter - to the extent that it is even an option.
It's hard to imagine any, let alone all, of those
items can be done in that time frame."
All this for a misdemeanor?
Can't they just accept that the GOP is a bunch of confused, gay-hating
I think old Larry should stay.
These so called police sting operations, which
are all too common all over this country and many others
are an absolutely disgraceful waste of
our tax-payer dollar. Don't the police have anything better to do
than sit in mens-room stalls waiting to be approached/hit-on
by some sad closeted homosexual ?
Where is the victim in this "crime". So,
what if somebody is tapping his foot in the stall next to you?
Maybe he's got his iPod cranking out his
favorite Streisand song ? Who knows ? What you do
in such a situation is ignore the tapping, go
about your business and leave. End of story.
I also think that old Larry should fight this
bum rap (pardon the pun!) and end his ugly career
finally doing some good by exposing these
sexually-repressed, over-zealous, toilet-lurking cops.
You go, Larry ! The gays are behind you
all the way on this one !
Colum in San Diego
Actually, we don't know the circumstances, do
If that cop was just using the rest room and
Larry kept bothering him, the bust was legit.
But if the cop stayed in there for 45 minutes,
maybe others might think he was broadcasting.
It's no surprise we can't get the facts from the
Sidebar: I wonder if our gay brothers and sisters are weirding
out about all the "perv" talk?
On people writing about their candidates on the blog - they need to
register at the blog
("Register" under the "Meta"
category in the right column) then send email@example.com their registered screen name so we can allow them to post (unless the
post is unacceptable.)
You don't actually get a password - you just get permission to post
once you are registered.
Excerpt: On Sept. 18, 2002, Tenet told Bush in the Oval
Office that Saddam did not have WMDs, according to
two former senior CIA officers. Bush dismissed
as worthless this information from the Iraqi foreign minister,
a member of Saddam's inner circle, although it
turned out to be accurate in every detail. Tenet never brought it up again.
The next day, Tenet briefed Bush on Sabri. "Tenet
told me he briefed the president personally," said a CIA officer.
According to Tenet, Bush's response was to call
the information "the same old thing." Bush insisted it was simply
what Saddam wanted him to think. "The president
had no interest in the intelligence," said the CIA officer.
The other officer said, "Bush didn't give
a fuck about the intelligence. He had his mind made up."
And what was the result of Bush's hardon for Iraq's oil?
Hi Bart, I do not know if you have seen Obama's
op ed piece in today's Daily News.
Its incredible, this (man)
that has been screaming that he would have never committed the same mistake
Hillary did if he had been in the Senate at the
time is now falling for the same propaganda Hillary did
and is advocating action against Iran.
Oh yeah, we can all see how much smarter he
is now. We always knew he was a lightweight and minor
league, but now we have the proof.
I still do not forgive Hillary, though I will
vote for her if she is the candidate, but I certainly
will not be voting for Obama in the primaries.
He is just as full of shit as all other pretenders.
Really pathetic. Please save us Al.
Did anyone else see where the Supreme Handjob Ayatolah has cut back
The Ayatollah took out Ahmahandjob's Karl Rove and his Cheney, putting
moderates there, instead.
Maybe the Ayatollahs are the sane people in Iran?
Iran needs to be stopped before they get nukes, but Bush ain't the guy
to do it.
Bush attacking Iran will be seen as just another anti-Muslim oil snatch
- and who needs that?
Visit Bartcop Hotties ever day -
longer. Do it for your family, the kids, the grandkids.
Subject: You're Right - It's
A [Political] Knife Fight
When the stakes are this high and the money involved
is this great, how can we be so naive as Democrats
to think that we can win without a defense that
is up to the task? Actually, I think many moderate Repubs
would respect Dems more if they saw that we were
willing to actually fight for what we believe in.
I'm all for taking the high road and dignity but
if some bully-ass, chickenshit, insane mutha is coming at me
with a knife I'm going to take the necessary
defensive actions and not just stand there hoping I don't bleed
too much when they're done cutting me.
CY in PA
CY, if you believe in defending yourself, you must be pro-torture.
Excerpt: Is Bush able to distinguish truth from falsehood?
Is he too caught up in spin master double-talk to grasp the difference?
After reading his talk to the VFW last week,
I think that at this stage of his presidency he is utterly incapable of
communication with the rest of the country.
Objectively, his claim that the United States
can win in Iraq and his history of the Vietnam War go far beyond the
boundaries of truth. It follows logically from
all the falsehoods going back to Iraq's WMDs. It is contradicted by the
intelligence estimate released the same day by
the director of National Intelligence. The killing continues, the Iraq
government is not improving, the war continues.
Why does the president continue to deny the obvious,
even when his own intelligence agency affirms it?
"Bush is, when he's not fucking up the country,
the kind of guy you'd like to have a near-beer with. Fuck that. Relativism is for pussies.
Bush is the kind of man who would finger bang a man's wife and then giggle when he gives that
man a shake with his unwashed hand."
-- Rude Pundit, sent in by Carl, not the balloon face Karl
Excerpt: Supporters of Sen. Larry Craig with the American
Land Rights Association are calling for
a boycott of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport.
They say airport police who arrested the senator
in a men's room sex sting are responsible
for weakening private property rights in the
West. The association says the airport should
apologize to Craig for what it calls "ambushing"
How dare they trick Craig into bumping shoes with an undercover cop!
How dare they force Craig to wave his hands under the other guy's stall!
Excerpt: Kathleen Willey claims a burglar nabbed one of
two manuscripts for her upcoming book about the Clintons.
The theft of the manuscript early Saturday morning
was suspicious, coming only days after the first mainstream
media mention of her upcoming book.
A friend, a former private investigator, advised
her to look in the woods around her house.
There she found her purse, with the credit cards
inside and only the cash, a small amount, missing.
If I was Kathleen Willey, I'd buy a burglar alarm
and use it every night.
If you open a window to Casa de Bart at
night, an unbelievably-loud alarm shreiks
and an old, grumpy bastard with bad knees appears
with a Glock in each hand.
Excerpt: Not another warning about war with Iran! Well,
suck it up. Bush's speech Tuesday makes clear
his plan to attack Iran, and how the intelligence,
like with Iraq, is being "fixed around the policy."
It's not about putative Iranian "WMDs" - not
even ostensibly. It is about the requirement for a scapegoat
for U.S. reverses in Iraq, and the felt need
to create a casus belli by provoking Iran in such a way as to
"justify" armed retaliation - perhaps extending
to an attempt to destroy its nuclear-related facilities.
Does the average Israeli on the street want a wider war in his backyard?
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