Light blogging today
Busy with work.
Have a good weekend...
As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."
I'm no doomsday prophet, and I don't see prosecution in the future for any member of this administration (although, you know, take your pick of lawbreakers). But clearly the winds are swirling in Washington. Today's resignation by CIA director George Tenet should come as no surprise. It means Tenet's record for the longest string of ineptitude by an intelligence-gathering organization in world history can remain unchallenged. From failing to connect the dots on 9-11, to describing the presence of WMD in Iraq as a "slam-dunk," to arresting a Portland lawyer in connection with March's Madrid train bombing based on a photocopied fingerprint, Tenet made Chief Wiggum look competent. But of course, the Prez was sure to pat him on the back on the way out the door:
To the anniversary of D-Day (this Sunday, June 6) for giving me about 75% of the total hits to this site over the past week or so. I'd better change the name to VE-Day in time for next year.
Does it bother anyone else that in addition to our President being a simp and a liar, he's also a fetishist?
"The woman who ran this gallery is a brave and honorable woman. ... She is a true American and a real patriot." So writes an anonymous wellwisher, in a note included with a bouquet of flowers. Why? Well, perhaps it would be easier to explain if you decode the statement into its true meaning: "Me know Americans not permit dissent or uncomfortable truth. Me do whatever you want- what everybody want. Please don't kill me or friend."
Bush at today's Rose Garden press conference, about his relationship with Ahmad Chalabi: "First of all, I don't know Ahmad Chalabi very well. I guess I met with him at the State of the Union, but we spoke very briefly." And, "I don't think anyone ever walked into my office and said, "Here's what Chalabi is saying about what's going on in Iraq."
On the heels of last week's five-point plan for Iraq put forth by the Bush Administration, recent events have cast doubt on its efficacy. First of all, this notion that on June 30 we will- presto!- grant full sovereignty to Iraq is hopelessly misguided. Today's news that the US and UN are trying to block the Governing Council's choice for the largely symbolic post of President makes that clear. We're so paranoid about losing our grip on this puppet government we're creating that we're trying to block a symbolic post. Actually, I think it's that we're absolutely petrified of the IGC choice, Ghazi Yamar, because he's a tribal and religious leader, and God forbid we put a religious face on this government (it's OK on our own soil, I guess, but not in Iraq). But what's more troubling is that the two alternatives for this position, Yawar and Adnan Pachachi (US and UN choice), are both IGC members. The Governing Council, known to everyday Iraqis by the sobriquet "The Governed Council," was supposed to have no impact on the interim sovereign government. This was one of UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's first priorities, to find nonpartisan "technocrats" to lead the country into the election process. This is why Ahmad Chalabi was so angry, so much so that he decided (allegedly) to go to Iran with secrets about US troop movements and the like.
100 years ago, at the St. Louis World's Fair, event organizers put about a thousand Filipinos on display as a "living exhibit" of the spoils of victory from the Spanish-American War. Today, were there still World's Fairs, we'd have two living exhibits, though it's likely they'd be a village of Afghan heroin-growing warlords, and a bombed-out village of angry and desperate Iraqis. On Memorial Day, some disturbing news reports have made the views of these two exhibits even dimmer. Let's start with Exhibit A.