The end of bad governance in Washington, D.C.?

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The end of bad governance in Washington, D.C.?

Post by Guysanto » Fri May 18, 2007 10:50 am

Latest news: One of Bush's bosom buddies is leaving his post as head of the World Bank at the end of June. There will be a month long goodbye party, at which each attendee will be encouraged to bring both a parting gift for Wolfie and a consolation gift for Shaha. Please drop a line if you intend to attend.

Poor Bush. He is getting increasingly isolated. Nearly all of his best friends are jumping ship. Consider (warning, all quotes are approximate) :

- Tony Blair
Better known as "The Lost Boy of Labour". Well, he does not reside in D.C. but, with new immigration laws on the horizon, may seek residence there soon. After all, he'd been Clinton's best friend, though Clinton has not heard from him since January 20, 2001. On that day, Tony found a new "best friend", curiously enough at the same residence. More than just "best friends", the boys looked like they fell in love hard (googoo eyes and everything), and they fancied playing with each other's toys of deception. Favorite wargame: "Me cowboy, you pretty boy, no You cowboy, me pretty boy... ok, ok, let's drop bombs on Iraqis and weapons of mass distraction on the world." The fun lasted long enough...


- Richard Perle
Better known as "The Pearly Gate of Iraq", he was one of the chief architects of the War on the Iraqis, which predictably went horribly wrong. He now faults the "dysfunction" in the Bush administration for the failures. "At the end of the day, you have to hold the president responsible." (exact quote) His job was to advise the President in virtual reality, not to take a bullet nor the blame for the President's factual mistakes. "That's Libby's job."


- Donald Rumsfeld
Better known as "The Butcher of Baghdad", sorry...wrong man, I meant "The Butcher of the National Language", whatever that is. Not being a native speaker, I would not know. Never could tell... did anyone?


- John Bolton
Better known as "Mister Moustache". As United States Undersecretary of Arms Control, he got busy funneling arms all over the world. Some even found their way to Haiti's freedom fighters via the Dominican Republic. But he saved his best ammunition for Iraq and the United Nations. "If I were to remake the UN Security Council, it'd have only one permanent member [the United States], as it is the only superpower. No need for such a tall building, anyway. It's a magnet for terrorists." And if others don't like it, "they can all suck [my] hair".


- Paul Wolfowitz
Better known as "Wolfie Shaho Rizo". Author of "The Plan for a New American Century, with fuel provided by a New Iraq". He is the World Bank's high priest of good old white boy bad governance, neocon-style: "All corrupt African dictators should be made to give a raise to my girlfriend." If the staff does not like it, they can... wait, no need to suck his hair, it's already spit-combed for adoring audiences.


- Alberto Gonzalez
Better known as "Gonzo". He's off to see the Wizard. If only he had a brain... he'd remember which U.S. Attorneys he gave order to hire or fire, and why. If only he had the dough... he'd build Guantanamos (or is that "guacamole") along the Alaskan pipeline and in remote, desertic areas of Texas and New Mexico. If he were Verizon, if only for a day... he'd tap every phone in America. If he had a real vacation... he'd shoot quail with "the Wizard" and try his hand at waterboarding. If only he could bend a little more, he'd get down and dance the limbo whenever W opened his legs.

A la tuhuelpa legria macarena
Que tuhuelce paralla legria cosabuena
A la tuhuelpa legria karlrovera
Eeeh, busherena


Still to come:

- Dick Cheney
Better known as "Dick Vader" (a much tougher variant of Tricky Dick) or "the puppet master". This one has everything, or nearly so... Not just ambidextrous, ambicerebral to the point of being the most powerful VP the world has ever known and still head Halliburton. Not one, but two Iraq wars on his list of accomplishments. Likes Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and secret jails in former Soviet Republics, and elsewhere (still undiscovered) on the planet. Backs Mission to Mars and the dark side of the Moon, as "plenty of prisons can be built there". Not reluctant to use profanity on the Senate floor, you would not want your kids to use in your kitchen. Shoots quail, with amazing accuracy. Shoots trial lawyers too. Gets Secret Service detail ahead of the President. He's got the power, he knows how to aim... duck, everyone!

What doesn't he have? Hmm... hard to say, but wait! If only he had a heart, he would stop inventing reasons to bomb the Iraqis. If only he had charisma, he'd succeed in blowing smoke in your eyes and make you believe anew lies, discredited long ago. "If only he was the President...," sighs John Bolton's mustache, while he sleeps.

What's this we hear in the distance?

A la tuhuelpa legria macarena
Que tuhuelce paralla legria cosabuena
A la tuhuelpa legria karlrovera
Eeeh, busherena

Better change the tune.

We're off to see the Wizard,
the Wonderful Dickard of OZ.


- And finally, George Bush
Better known as "Bring them on", "Mission Accomplished", "He tried to Kill my Daddy... showed him!", "Tony Blair's (new) best friend", "Condoleezza Rice's best pupil", "Karl Rove's electoral miracle redux", or just "W".

"W" will hang on long enough to see his reputation restored by an aberrant press (though he and Dick may be the only ones left in the sinking ship).

Will a new comprehensive immigration reform bill erase from memory the worst military and humanitarian blunder of the 21st century (so far) ? That's a sure bet. Millions of born-again Christians are ready to forgive him anyway, and I can hear the refrain from Haitian immigrants (the few or many who'd benefit from such a law: "Well, Ton Guy, the Lord works in mysterious ways.")

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Begging His Pardon

Post by Guysanto » Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:58 am

Begging His Pardon
By Bill Moyers
t r u t h o u t | Guest Columnist

Friday 15 June 2007

We have yet another remarkable revelation of the mindset of Washington's ruling clique of neoconservative elites - the people who took us to war from the safety of their Beltway bunkers. Even as Iraq grows bloodier by the day, their passion of the week is to keep one of their own from going to jail.

It is well-known that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby - once Vice President Cheney's most trusted adviser - has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for perjury. Lying. Not a white lie, mind you. A killer lie. Scooter Libby deliberately poured poison into the drinking water of democracy by lying to federal investigators, for the purpose of obstructing justice.

Attempting to trash critics of the war, Libby and his pals in high places - including his boss Dick Cheney - outed a covert CIA agent. Libby then lied to cover their tracks. To throw investigators off the trail, he kicked sand into the eyes of truth. "Libby lied about nearly everything that mattered," wrote the chief prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald. The jury agreed and found him guilty on four felony counts. Judge Reggie B. Walton - a no-nonsense, lock-em-up-and-toss-away-the-key type, appointed to the bench by none other than George W. Bush - called the evidence "overwhelming" and threw the book at Libby.

You would have thought their man had been ordered to Guantanamo, so intense was the reaction from his cheerleaders. They flooded the judge's chambers with letters of support for their comrade and took to the airwaves in a campaign to "free Scooter."

Vice President Cheney issued a statement praising Libby as "a man ... of personal integrity" - without even a hint of irony about their collusion to browbeat the CIA into mangling intelligence about Iraq in order to justify the invasion.

"A patriot, a dedicated public servant, a strong family man, and a tireless, honorable, selfless human being," said Donald Rumsfeld - the very same Rumsfeld who had claimed to know the whereabouts of weapons of mass destruction and who boasted of "bulletproof" evidence linking Saddam to 9/11. "A good person" and "decent man," said one-time Pentagon adviser Kenneth Adelman, who had predicted the war in Iraq would be a "cakewalk." Paul Wolfowitz wrote a four-page letter to praise "the noblest spirit of selfless service" that he knew motivated his friend Scooter. Yes, that Paul Wolfowitz, who had claimed Iraqis would "greet us as liberators" and that Iraq would "finance its own reconstruction." The same Paul Wolfowitz who had to resign recently as president of the World Bank for using his office to show favoritism to his girlfriend. Paul Wolfowitz turned character witness.

The praise kept coming: from Douglas Feith, who ran the Pentagon factory of disinformation that Cheney and Libby used to brainwash the press; from Richard Perle, as cocksure about Libby's "honesty, integrity, fairness and balance" as he had been about the success of the war; and from William Kristol, who had primed the pump of the propaganda machine at The Weekly Standard and has led the call for a presidential pardon. "The case was such a farce, in my view," he said. "I'm for pardon on the merits."

One Beltway insider reports that the entire community is grieving - "weighted down by the sheer, glaring unfairness" of Libby's sentence.

And there's the rub.

None seem the least weighted down by the sheer, glaring unfairness of sentencing soldiers to repeated and longer tours of duty in a war induced by deception. It was left to the hawkish academic Fouad Ajami to state the matter baldly. In a piece published on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, Ajami pleaded with Bush to pardon Libby. For believing "in the nobility of this war," wrote Ajami, Scooter Libby had himself become a "casualty" - a fallen soldier the president dare not leave behind on the Beltway battlefield.

Not a word in the entire article about the real fallen soldiers. The honest-to-God dead, and dying, and wounded. Not a word about the chaos or the cost. Even as the calamity they created worsens, all they can muster is a cry for leniency for one of their own who lied to cover their tracks.

There are contrarian voices: "This is an open-and-shut case of perjury and obstruction of justice," said Pat Buchanan. "The Republican Party stands for the idea that high officials should not be lying to special investigators." From the former governor of Virginia, James Gilmore, a staunch conservative, comes this verdict: "If the public believes there's one law for a certain group of people in high places and another law for regular people, then you will destroy the law and destroy the system."

So it may well be, as The Hartford Courant said editorially, that Mr Libby is "a nice guy, a loyal and devoted patriot ... but none of that excuses perjury or obstruction of justice. If it did, truth wouldn't matter much."

Bill Moyers is managing editor of the weekly public affairs program "Bill Moyers Journal," which airs Friday nights on PBS. This essay appears on tonight's program.

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