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Cutting thru the Propaganda
Hall of Shame
Evil GOP Bastard of the Month
James Inhofe
US Senator (R-OK)
Mr. Inhofe is outraged at the outrage over the Iraq prison abuse scandal. "I would 
Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of plutocratic and corporate interests, and absolutist religious groups. 

Why? Because they're evil GOP bastards!
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guess," he said, "that these prisoners wake up every morning thanking Allah that Saddam Hussein is not in charge of these prisoners."  Somehow, we're not comforted by his comparison of US abuses to those of Saddam. And frankly, we're outraged by his outrage at the civilized world's outrage.  MORE
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Bush administration pursues double
standard in war on terror

In another example of the incoherence in Bush foreign policy, a Justice Department memo proposes that the United States hold other nations accountable to international laws on detainees -- but that the United States was not bound by those laws. 

British foreign minister condemns
US "heavy handed" tactics in Iraq

A leaked memo from the office of UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw decries the use of heavy-handed US tactics that jeopardize the success of the Coalition's mission in Iraq. "We should not underestimate the present difficulties," the document states, in a section headed 'Problems.' "Heavy-handed US military tactics in Fallujah and Najaf some weeks ago have fuelled both Sunni and Shi'ite opposition to the Coalition and lost us much public support inside Iraq."  The memo, reported in the Sunday Times, adds: "The scandal of the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib [prison] has sapped the moral authority of the Coalition, inside Iraq and internationally." 

AP report verifies wedding attack massacre

The Associated Press has received a video of the wedding party attacked by US forces which resulted in the deaths of 45 Iraqis, including women and children. The Pentagon denied the target was a civilian wedding party, but added that even "terrorists get married." 

5,500 Iraqis killed in occupation
More than 5,500 Iraqis died violently in just Baghdad and three provinces in the first 12 months of the occupation, an Associated Press survey found. The toll from both criminal and political violence ran dramatically higher than violent deaths before the war, according to statistics from morgues. There are no reliable figures for places like Fallujah and Najaf that have seen surges in fighting since early April. 

Bush White House coordinating
Mid-East policy with Christian extremists

Former Iran-Contra felon and current National Security Council staffer Elliott Abrams briefed the Apostolic Congress regarding Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. The Apostolic Congress, which in the past has posted billboards urging people to "Pray that President Bush honors God's covenant with Israel," feared that the establishment of a Palestinian state would prevent the fulfillment of biblical prophesy.  Abrams was sent to reassure them that Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip would not forestall Armageddon and the return of Jesus Christ, and also flogged Bush's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Ashcroft duped on terror warnings
In another signal of the escalating meltdown of the Bush administration, Attorney General John Ashcroft held a breathless press conference last week warning of an imminent terrorist attack. In a sign of just how disorganized and incoherent the Bush administration's war on terror is, putative Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge was unaware of this threat, and has publicly downplayed the sense of urgency. Apparently, Ashcroft overreacted to postings on the website of Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, described as an organization consisting of "one man with a fax machine."  

White House trumpets programs it tried to cut
Like many of its predecessors, the Bush White House has used the machinery of government to promote the re-election of the president by awarding federal grants to strategically important states. But in a twist this election season, many administration officials are taking credit for spreading largess through programs that President Bush tried to eliminate or to cut sharply.

Bush attack ads misleading

Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented -- both in speeches and in advertising. 

Cheryl Seal on the myths of US health care
The US has the newest medicines in world, spends more of GDP on medicine than any other nation, and yet has the highest rates for at least 10 cancer types and the highest infant mortality rate of all developed nations. The conservative politicians say socialized medicine is bad because you might have to wait your turn for some non-emergency services, up to a few months. Why is that such a bad deal when 42.6 million Americans face an even longer wait than that for all services because they have no insurance? That's the highest percentage of people without access to medical care in the world. We also have the highest number of uninsured of any developed nation, currently 42.6 million. 
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It's the stupidity, stupid!
If there was any question as to the folly of the Bush administration's policy of pre-emptive war in Iraq, recent revelations should erase all doubt. Not only has the casus belli of the war -- weapons of mass destruction -- proved to be non-
existent, we now learn that this fiasco was apparently the result of a covert Iranian intelligence operation. In a nutshell, the government of the United States of America was suc-
cessfully manipulated by the Iranians to destroy their hated enemy and set the stage for the establishment of a Shiite satellite
of Iran.

The neocon political appointees of the Bush administration were played for fools by agents of the Iranian ayatollahs through the machinations of
Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi exile who was convicted by a Jordanian court of massive bank fraud. Consid-
er the shocking combination of arrogance and stupidity required
for this to have occurred.

In order to justify the war in Iraq, the analyses of the national-security experts in the CIA, the State Department, the Army
War College and the Pentagon had to be com-
pletely disregarded.  The unanimous opinion shared by the professionals in each of these agencies was that Chalabi was a con artist not to be trusted. The Bush administration not only placed their trust in this convict-
ed criminal, but subsidized his org-
anization, the Iraqi National Con-
gress, with untold millions of US-taxpayer dollars.

Chalabi was the principal source for "intelligence" indicating that Hussein had reconstituted his nuclear wea-
pons program. He knew what the neocon cabal was shopping for -- justifications for war -- that served the neocons' goal of toppling Saddam Hussein and occupying
Iraq, and eagerly provided what
they wanted.  Additionally and all-too-obviously, Chalabi had his own political interests at stake; he'd never be able to take power in Iraq as long as Saddam and his sons were around.

Some of the "evidence" proffered by Chalabi and his associates (most notably Khadir Hamza, who is now on the rube circuit and Fox News describing his role as "Saddam's bomb-maker") were obvious fakes, including one document wherein the Iranian spooks failed to translate a technical term from Farsi into Arab-
ic. This was a red flag to US intel-
ligence professionals, but was con-
veniently ignored by the neocons in VP Cheney's independent intel-
ligence operation in the Office of Special Plans. Why let an obvious forgery interfere with their war plans?

Octogenarian Adnan Pachachi, who served as Iraqi foreign minister 40 years ago in the government of General Abdul Karim Qassim, and is now considered a leading contender for the Iraqi presidency after June 30, described Chalabi as "too clever by half." What does it tell us about our own government when a convicted con man was able to dupe the Bush administration into expending over 800 American lives and hundreds of billions of dollars -- while alienating most of our allies in the legitimate war on terror -- just to accom-
plish the strategic goals of Iran?

Chalabi's star seems to have finally faded among the Busheviks. His offices in Baghdad
have been raided, and the CIA has requested that the FBI investigate how classified documents found their way to Tehran via our (former) man in Baghdad. Expect indictments on this one. In the meantime, Chalabi's son has been designated to oversee the trial of Saddam Hussein. MORE

Army, CIA, GOP Senators at war with Bush White House
The pattern of the latest wave of revelations is clear: They are coming from significant numbers of senior figures in both the U.S. military and intelligence services. They reflect the disgust and contempt widely felt in both communities at the excesses; and at long last, they are being listened to seriously by senior Re-
publican, as well as Democratic, senators on Capitol Hill.

General Anthony Zinni on Bush's Iraq war: "They screwed up!"
In his upcoming book, "Battle Ready," written with Tom Clancy, Zinni writes of the poor planning in harsh terms. "In the lead-up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw, at minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility; at worst, lying, incompetence and corruption."  

Seymore Hersh's expose of Iraq prisoner abuses confirmed by Newsweek
Sy Hersh's
explosive expose of Iraq prisoner abuse in The New Yorker has been confirmed by Newsweek. All evidence points to the inescapable conclusion that these abuses were approved at the very top levels in the Pentagon. Most notably, General William Boykin, who sparked a controversy by declaring before religious groups that "God installed George W. Bush as president" and that "Our God is better than their god," has been implicated in the approval of the policies that encouraged prisoner abuse. MORE

Red Cross: 70-90% of Iraqi
prisoners innocent
A Red Cross report disclosed that coalition intelligence officers estimated that 70-90 percent of Iraqi detainees were arrested by mistake and said Red Cross observers witnessed U.S. officers mistreating Abu Ghraib prisoners by keeping them naked in total darkness in empty cells. The report by the International Committee of the Red Cross supports its allegations that abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers was broad and "not indivi-
dual acts" -- contrary to President Bush's contention that the mistreat-
ment "was the wrongdoing of a few."

Rumsfeld reacts to
Iraqi prison abuses

Revealing his own priorities in dealing with the Iraq prison abuse scandal, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has reacted to widely distributed photos of mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by banning the use of camera phones by US servicemen in Iraq.
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