Cheney’s Monarchial Makeover of Government and the Ongoing Politics of Fear

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A government that spies on its citizens, on Americans, without oversight is not democracy; it is tyranny. And yet this is what the Bush administration continues to try and do.
In yet another installment of high-fear politicking, Vice President Richard Cheney, lobbying for the passage of new FISA legislation, spoke at the Heritage Foundation today — obviously speaking to a room filled with folks who mostly agree with him rather than venturing forth to talk to those who don’t.
From Cheney’s speech:

Under President Bush’s leadership, after September 11th, the government made some difficult choices.
One of these was to stop treating terrorist attacks as criminal matters — where you find out what happened, arrest the bad guys, put them in jail, and move on. The world changed when a coordinated attack ended the lives of 3,000 Americans and turned 16 acres of New York City to ashes. As the President has made clear many times, we are dealing with a strategic threat to the United States. We are at war with an enemy that wants to cause mass death inside the United States. And we must act systematically and decisively until this enemy is destroyed.
The terrorists waging war against this country don’t fight according to the rules of warfare, or international law, or moral standards, or basic humanity. And we have to be clear-eyed about the character and objective of these adversaries. They have a strategic goal to recreate the old seventh-century caliphate — an empire stretching from Europe through the Middle East, all the way around to Southeast Asia. They want to arm themselves with chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons — and they would not hesitate to use such weapons.
Their tactics, of course, are familiar to all the world: hijackings like those of 9/11, suicide attacks, car bombs, beheadings, messages of violence and hatred on the Internet. Their method is plain; is to plan in secret, and to proceed by stealth, so that we won’t know what they’re up to until a moment of sudden, catastrophic violence.
To wage this fight we have to marshal our resources to go after the terrorists, to shut down their training camps, to take down their networks, deny them sanctuary, disrupt their funding sources, and bring them to justice. We’ve taken necessary steps, as well, to go after the sponsors of terror, and to confront those who might provide these killers with more deadly capabilities. And because some of the early battlefields of the war have been right here in the United States, we have taken vital actions to defend the homeland against future attacks.
Among the most effective weapons against terrorism is good intelligence — information that helps us figure out the movements of the enemy, the extent of their operation, the location of their cells, the plans that they’re making, the methods they use, and the targets that they want to strike. Information of this kind is also the very hardest to obtain. But it’s worth the effort in terms of the plots that are averted and the lives that are saved.
The best source of that information is, of course, the terrorists themselves. So our government has taken careful but urgent steps to monitor the communications of enemies at large, and to get information out of the ones that we’ve captured. The military has interrogated terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay. In addition, a small number of terrorists, high-value targets held overseas, have gone through a tougher interrogation program run by the CIA. These include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11.

The Soviet Union used the threat of internal sedition to justify all kinds of horrendous big brother strategies for spying on its people and justifying abusive government power. Cheney is doing the same and calling it patriotism.
As my Japanese politics professor, Hans Baerwald, taught me long ago — the norms of a political system can’t really be assessed without observing that system under shock, or under stress. And America has been under stress — not only from 9/11 but from the purposeful manipulation of the country in a high-fear politics used to justify anything the Executive Branch wants.
And overall, America is not doing well on the issue of showing that democratic norms and America’s system of justice, liberty, and checks and balance can weather shocks and stress.
Cheney wryly notes in his speech that Benjamin Franklin “believed that the vice presidency was entirely unnecessary” and that “[Franklin] said that if the office were to be created, anyone who served as Vice President should be addressed as ‘Your Superfluous Excellency.'”
Dick Cheney has made the Vice President’s office structurally powerful — and the next holder of that position will be endowed with legal powers and tools that Cheney’s predecessors did not have — and thus Franklin’s assessment of the office has been over taken by events and the challenges of American government today.
However, it is also important to note that Benjamin Franklin, after leaving Philadelphia’s Independence Hall after signing the Constitution, was asked by a citizen:

“Dr. Franklin, what kind of government did you give us? A monarchy or a republic?” Franklin’s response was: “A republic, if you can keep it!”

I wonder what Cheney would say leaving the Heritage Foundation today, if he were to give an honest assessment. . .”Vice President Cheney — what have you wrought? A monarchy or a republic?”
More later.
— Steve Clemons

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42 comments on “Cheney’s Monarchial Makeover of Government and the Ongoing Politics of Fear

  1. pauline says:

    Cheney and Giuliani’s annihilated candidacy
    War games in NYC in September, 2001, apparently “fooled” NORAD, FAA and the so-called “official” 9/11 Commission. The foolery also worked on millions glued to their TVs in the days and weeks and months that followed.
    I work with many area medical doctors. Family members are constantly asking me for my medical opinions, and as a nurse, my license allows me to treat disease and conditions with a doctor’s written order, talk about disease and conditions, but I must never offer patients or their family members medical advice/opinions, other than “talk to your doctor” or on some rare occasions, “if that’s what you’re thinking/wondering, go get a second doctor’s opinion.”
    I took the Florence Nightingale’s Pledge when I received my license, which is known as the “nurses’ oath” and I try 110% of the time to live up to that oath.
    “I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”
    Big Dick was playing those war games hours and minutes up to 9/11, and yet the morning of 9/11 he hunckered down in a deep DC basement giving “stand down” orders to a young military guard when asked about the incoming flight of something? approaching the Pentagon. Where was Big Dick’s oath of office? Did it too get smashed on the horrible morning of 9/11?
    Big Dick, through Yoo and Addington, turned the Geneva Conventions upside down, when he pushed for torture to be the ‘war on terror”‘s norm. Try this on for size from wikipedia:
    Cassel: If the President deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?
    Yoo: No treaty.
    Cassel: Also no law by Congress. That is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo.
    Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.
    Apparently our sacred Constitution got crushed on 9/11, too.
    Then there is Giuliani, the Rude one. He claims to be a “terror” expert, has made hundreds of millions as a security/terrorist “expert” since 9/11, and has used the “9/11” term thousands of times since. (You can google the Rude one on that.) Now, Giuliani, the Rude one, didn’t do a hillary of beans about the 1993 WTC bombing, other than (the most stupid plan) putting his security center in WTC7, right across the street from the previous bombing. (And you want to pay good money for this guy’s advice?)
    see this –
    http://www.wtc7.net/background.html
    Oh, and his and comrade Christie Todd Whitman’s claims and assurances to NYers that the air and water were safe to consume but a couple of days after 9/11. Did these assurances come from a qualified doctor group? Doctors of the EPA? Very specifically, whose directives were they following?
    While you can fool some of the people, some of the time, the people in Florida wanting to cast their republican primary votes, will not be fooled again. Giuliani’s candidacy will be anilhilated, blown to smithereens and buried forever. If he has any political life left, he’ll check first with Big Dick or Bernard Kerik, if their not trying to save their own butts from prison.

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  2. pauline says:

    How many times must the Norman Mineta/cheney story be told to the world?
    http://www.digg.com/world_news/Norman_Mineta_Confirms_That_Dick_Cheney_Ordered_Stand_Down_on_9_11

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  3. Kotzabasis says:

    Once again Clemons cannot get over his facile, puerile, and infantile equations. Only a month ago Cheney was equated with Ahmadinejad. Now, despite being admonished by Nicholas Burns, he is equated, and the Bush administration’s policies post 9/11, with the “horrendous big brother strategies…and…abusive government power” of the Soviet Union. This is terminal political infantilism.

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  4. TonyForesta says:

    Intriguing posts JohnH, and Pauline. Taking impeachment “off the table’ is a catastrophic mistake, – because it allows the fascists in the Bushgovernment profiteer wantonly and walk away from crimes, malfeasance, treacheries, treasons, perversions, and betrayals of the people trust, the Constitution, our elected leaders, our democracy, the rule of law, and every principle that formally defined America.
    Simply because the fascists in the Bush government (all of them oleaginous) pretend and sell the fiction that Iraq is a noble cause, and not about the oil, does not make it true, and does not Tragically, the fascists in the Bush government are pathological LIARS bent on engorging their off sheet accounts, and dominating lesser creatures.
    Riddle me this Americans, – why did the founding fathers embed in the Constitution the articles of impeachment? Was this not an obvious effort to prohibit and prevent any concentration of power in the office of the executive, or any member of congress, or the court system? Do the articles of impeachment afford congress the authority to constrain the office of the executive, (which includes the VP)?
    Neither Bush or Cheney are kings, or Satraps, or whatever? America did not vote for a monarch, or more accurately describing the fascists in the Bush government, – a tyrannical totalitarian dictatorship.
    Is the president, or the vp a king, immune from the rule of law, and unaccountable to the people, congress, or the courts?
    What has America become? Examine the math, (sans the Bush government disinformation warfare amd perception management campaigns) – and it is evident that America is in a state of crisis. The fabric our democracy is unraveling. Tyrants and ruthless fiends rob from poor and middle class Americans to feed the superrich. Oil was $38 a barrel in 2003, – it’s in the high 80’s now. Beyond our enemies, who benefits from these Hegelian enterprizes? Will America ever benefit from the war in and occupation of Iraq? At what cost in blood and treasure?
    If there was ever a moment in America’s storied and bloody history for impeachment proceedings – it is now.
    “Deliver us from evil!”

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  5. Sandy says:

    Yes, Pauline, thank you.

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  6. Kathleen says:

    pauline….thanxxxx

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  7. pauline says:

    THE KENNEBUNKPORT WARNING
    To the American people, and to peace loving individuals everywhere:
    Massive evidence has come to our attention which shows that the backers, controllers, and allies of Vice President Dick Cheney are determined to orchestrate and manufacture a new 9/11 terror incident, and/or a new Gulf of Tonkin war provocation over the coming weeks and months. Such events would be used by the Bush administration as a pretext for launching an aggressive war against Iran, quite possibly with nuclear weapons, and for imposing a regime of martial law here in the United States. We call on the House of Representatives to proceed immediately to the impeachment of Cheney, as an urgent measure for avoiding a wider and more catastrophic war. Once impeachment has begun, it will be easier for loyal and patriotic military officers to refuse illegal orders coming from the Cheney faction. We solemnly warn the people of the world that any terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction taking place inside the United States or elsewhere in the immediate future must be considered the prima facie responsibility of the Cheney faction. We urge responsible political leaders everywhere to begin at once to inoculate the public opinion of their countries against such a threatened false flag terror operation.
    (Signed) A Group of US Opposition Political Leaders Gathered in Protest at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 24-25, 2007
    CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, FORMER U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN, GEORGIA
    CINDY SHEEHAN, CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CONGRESS, CALIFORNIA*
    ANN WRIGHT, COLONEL US ARMY RESERVE, FORMER US DIPLOMAT*
    JAMILLA EL-SHAFEI, ORGANIZER OF KENNEBUNKPORT PEACE DEMONSTRATION , KENNEBUNK PEACE DEPARTMENT*
    DAHLIA WASFI, M.D. http://WWW.LIBERATETHIS.COM*
    GEORGE PAZ MARTIN
    JOHN KAMINSKI, MAINE LAWYER, IMPEACHMENT ADVOCATE **
    WEBSTER G. TARPLEY, AUTHOR, ‘UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH’ & ‘9/11 SYNTHETIC TERROR: MADE IN THE USA’
    CRAIG HILL, GREEN PARTY OF VERMONT, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE
    BRUCE MARSHALL, ORGANIZER OF PHILADELPHIA EMERGENCY ANTIWAR CONVENTION, PHILADELPHIA PLATFORM, http://WWW.ACTINDEPENDENT.ORG, GREEN PARTY OF VERMONT
    see —
    http://www.911blogger.com/node/10905

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  8. JohnH says:

    Kathleen–Rush Limbaugh used to have his Dittoheads. Looks like many of them have taken up residence in Congress as DittoDems (inspired from your word “DitDotDems.”)
    Latest casualty of the DittoDems: economic stimulus. Unfortunately most people will not spend the tax rebate; they’ll pay down credit card debt with it, which won’t provide much stimulus. And the working poor, who pay Social Security and Medicare taxes but no income taxes, got shafted oncre again. Bush/Clinton’s cronies in business will get tax breaks, so they can create more jobs in China, which won’t help the US economy much either.

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  9. Kathleen says:

    pauline… will the Pope poop in the woods.. he’ll do his doooty….
    they’ll never leave office unless they’re impeached. They’ll do their thing before the next election, declare a national emergency, declare martial law, cancel elections and cart all the big mouths off to those Halliburton built detention centers… it’s all in the fine print for anyone who reads it to see.
    Meanwhile, back in the Straights of Hormuz, Capt’n Ahab tries to get the Filipino Monkey on his ship to shore radio,,, Maccaca, is that you?
    Come in, maccaca… Time for MonkeyShines….can you hear me now…do you read me…Kyl-Lieberman, baby.
    My bad.
    January 14, 2008
    Iran NIE Lives On
    “NIE Report Keeps Spreading Its Influence” was first published by Defense News on Jan. 14, 2008; the original is available by clicking here, and the text is reproduced below.
    Defense News
    January 14, 2008
    NIE Report Keeps Spreading Its Influence
    By David Isenberg
    Like the Energizer Bunny, the ripples from the Dec. 3 publication of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear program just keep going and going and going.
    Aside from the obvious fact that the prospect of a U.S. military attack on Iran seems to have been put in deep freeze for the time being, there are other fascinating aspects.
    Consider, for example, that the conclusions of the NIE have been known, at least by the top ranks of the executive branch, for quite a long time but were not permitted to be released. So why did President George W. Bush make dire statements like this one on Oct. 17: “I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”
    Bear in mind that the standard procedure for the National Intelligence Council, the group that produces the NIE, is that it always briefs the director of central intelligence (now the director of national intelligence) regularly (and early) on deliberations surrounding critical reports, so there is no doubt that the White House was well aware of the NIE’s conclusions many months ago.
    In fact, shortly after the release of the NIE, the Washington Post reported the White House had been briefed as early as last July on the new evidence of the Iranian abandonment of weaponization in 2003, but White House officials sharply challenged that evidence.
    According to the Post story, “several of the president’s top advisers” had argued that electronic intercepts of Iranian military officers, which were reportedly a key element of the new evidence, were part of a “clever Iranian deception campaign.”
    Thus – shades of Iraq – the White House intervention forced the intelligence analysts to go through months of defending their interpretation of the new data.
    There is also a “bad news, bad news” aspect to this. The essence of the NIE’s findings would have been part of the President’s Daily Brief, regular and ad hoc CIA intelligence products, as well as those produced by the State Department Intelligence and Research bureau and other agencies. These then would have been shared with the principal administration players in the efforts to claim that Iran had a nuclear weapon program, including even foreign intelligence services, thus informing players among the E3 nations.
    So the classic Watergate question of what did the White House know and when did it know it extends to people such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, or possibly even to E3 negotiator Javier Solana.
    But if we had been keeping this information from our allies, this will destroy the remaining shreds of trust in the United States as a strategic ally. The fallout for intelligence cooperation will be immense. On top of everything that happened with regard to the intelligence scandals leading up to the invasion of Iraq, what foreign intelligence service will trust the United States in the future?
    Or recall that Stephen Hadley, national security adviser, noted in his post-NIE publication briefings that the intelligence community concluded “with high confidence” in 2005 that Iran had a covert nuclear program, and that they continued to hold to that position until they received new intelligence in the “last few months” and came to a conclusion only on “Tuesday of last week.”
    Yet the latest example that Hadley provided to support this position was a public statement in January 2007. As an attempt at spin control, that is downright pathetic. If he were in the private sector, he would be fired.
    Meanwhile, the Israelis are upset that the Americans think a military strike is now “off the table.” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made it clear that Israel is basing its policy on its assessment that Iran would achieve military nuclear capability by 2009 or 2010. Nobody men-tioned that previous Israeli assessments had been declaring Iranian nuclear capability as only a year or two away for about a decade.
    With the downgrading of the Iranian threat, the Israeli military has lost its biggest selling point for future funding. And, although it is hardly a deal killer, the rationale for the Bush administration’s $60 billion arms sale package to Persian Gulf states, and more military assistance to Israel and Egypt, just became more difficult.
    Finally, for those conservatives who argue the NIE means Iran has paused, but not given up, its ambitions to have nuclear weapons, let us consider whether things have changed enough that it might have rethought its ambitions.
    Since the fall of 2003, when the NIE says Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program, Iran has seen Iraq, its major threat, defeated, so the national interest argument for a weapon program was weakened.
    And Iran’s nuclear program was compromised by leaks from the Iranian resistance group, National Council of Resistance of Iran, in 2002, resulting in subsequent International Atomic Energy Agency investigations. In turn, this has resulted in economic sanctions, whose detrimental impact had been seen across the Iraqi border.
    Given that, is it really so hard to imagine Iran might have decided to stop its program?
    David Isenberg is an adviser to the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information, an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute and a research fellow at the Independent Institute. These views are his own.

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  10. pauline says:

    Will the cheney/bush cabal and black operations devils in the basement of the WH do a false flag operation before or after Nov 08?
    Is that the 64 trillion dollar question?

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  11. Kathleen says:

    As Lewis Black would say,”Sonovabitch!”, you guys and gals are tearing it up tooodaaaay.
    Carroll.. speaking of carrying torches, a while back when we all saw smoke billowing out of the VEEP CREEP’s windows, I thought you had just gone to burn the place down….maybe Darth got the idea from here.. after all shredders had been Reagan’s thing.
    Jon, amen and then some
    JohnH… I have been forgetting your gem “Democraps” and now you’ve given us a new one, “Republiscum”. Again, request pernmission to use in all my usual haunts.
    Everybody else toooo., I have to go back and re-read.. ..I know there’s gold in them thar hills.
    On the Ecoomic Package and impeachment STILL off the table, I’d say the DitDotDems just got Momicked, as Carroll might say, by our Mommy of the House.
    Do you think behind closed doors she told Dopey to take some deep breaths, and that if he played nice and gave her some things, she’d give him some things to play with and they all made nice? A bit like a Mommy taking a brat to the bathroom in a restaurant to get them to behave so they don’t make a scene in public..
    I’d say Representative Ropert Wexler’s petition for Impeachment hearings is greasing some skids for the Economic Stimulus. What did Mamma Pelosi do, give him some Ex-Lax and put him to bed without supper?

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  12. sdemetri says:

    Pools of flowing molten iron that persisted for 100 days under the WTC collapses could not have come from hydrocarbon fires… office materials ignited by enhanced kerosene (jet fuel). The maximum temperature of a hydrocarbon fire does not reach anything close to the temperature needed to melt iron or steel… it is off by hundreds of degrees. A new investigation is needed because not a single investigation, not the NIST, FEMA, ASCE, or 9/11 Commission, answers the question of why this molten inferno burned under the wreckage of the towers. It is literally a smoking gun to the murders of 3000 people.
    In terms of the physics and thermodynamics of the event there are only a few phenomena that can generate the heat necessary to melt large quantities of iron and steel. Hydrocarbon fires, even extremely large ones, are not one of them. Gravity-induced collapses are not capable of this either. Large quantities of iron-based thermate is one potential, and plausible, source of energy. Understanding how this molten iron formed in quantities that retained heat at tens of hundreds of degrees for weeks is likely to show that the story behind this criminal conspiracy does not rest solely at the feet of Islamic terrorists. And that the basis for all that has happened as a result of these attacks has followed from a false premise.
    Treating terrorism as a military matter directly followed 9/11, as Cheney says. To accomplish that change of paradigm required a new Pearl Harbor. The planes alone could not have brought down those towers, they were designed to withstand that type of strike. The physics of hydrocarbon fires makes the likelihood of complete, catastrophic collapses at near free fall speed of the buildings not possible. Access to the 47 core columns from the privacy of the sealed elevator shafts that ran through the core is a highly plausible mode of entry to place the explosives and cutter charges needed to cause the catastrophic collapses at free fall speed. And explains very plausibly the molten iron in the quantities found in the rubble. The presence of the molten pools is extremely significant, and has so far been ignored.
    These guys are very likely responsible for the deaths of 3000 people, and all that has followed.

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  13. pauline says:

    POA:
    imo, HRC “is [going to be] STOOPING to this FISA deal, while giving the Telecoms, and therefore Bush, immunity from prosecution…”
    How soon after the [fixed] election will we see a three dollar coin with her in a presidential pantsuit?
    Go Chris Dodd, get’em with your filabuster!!

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  14. TonyForesta says:

    Word Pauline. Again, there is a huge and festering mountain of well documented deceptions, abuses, lawlessness, treasons, treacheries, perversions and betrayals of the peoples trust and best interests, and wanton profiteering by the fascists in Bush government.
    But no one in positions of authority or respetability dares to challenge the fascists in the Bush government, so all the treasons, treacheries, crimes, malfeasance, and wanton profiteering are cloaked or silenced and the crminals and fascists go unpunished.
    Cheney and what Indira Singh aptly refers to as “the Bush crime family cabals” have deep roots into fascism and nazism slithering back to Prescott and metasticizing unrestrained in the current panjandrum..
    These beasts are ruthlessly dismantling, perverting, betraying, and reengineering our democracy, the Constitution, and every principle that formally defined America.
    Deliver us from evil.

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  15. Frank says:

    Historians will have a field day determining who has done more harm to our country, Bush or Pelosi.

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  16. PissedOffAmerican says:

    White Knights riding to our rescue, unfortunately, are in short supply. Heres a pre Iraq war statement from John Edwards…..
    “My position is very clear: The time has come for decisive action to eliminate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. I’m a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Resolution that’s presently under consideration in the Senate. Saddam Hussein’s regime is a grave threat to America and our allies. We know that he has chemical and biological weapons today, that he’s used them in the past, and that he’s doing everything he can to build more. Every day he gets closer to his long-term goal of nuclear capability.”
    And now that mouthpiece Dana is saying the lies leading up to the invasion “are not worth spending time on”. Of course not, Dana, we wouldn’t want to cast that pall of truth upon the land, now, would we?
    And Froomkin, bless his cowardly little heart, is now telling us that we should have the Phase Two Report in a few months. I wonder, why didn’t the effin’ little weasel Reid make that announcement? After all, he sacrificed his balls in the pursuit of Phase Two. I wonder if he has dreams of kneeling under Roberts’ desk while on a leash, licking Roberts’ boots.
    And, BTW, someone want to tell me one substantive thing Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama is doing to stop this FISA deal in the works, giving the Telecoms, and therefore Bush, immunity from prosecution?
    Screw the whole bunch of ’em. I’m ashamed to call them Americans.

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  17. pauline says:

    Tony wrotez:
    “it will be GLARINGLY APPARENT that CHENEY is a fascist” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    “George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.”
    “His business dealings, which continued until his company’s assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.”
    see –
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

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  18. Liberty Lib says:

    After reading all the comments it has become clear to me that the only viable candidate who has any chance of breaking the good ole evil boys network that is engineering our subjugation and destruction is Barack Hussein Obama!
    Putting him forward may make a sacrificial lamb of him, as the Evil Ones will stop at nothing to complete what they have started, but if the unmentionable does befall Barack the eyes of Americans might finally open and see those behind the curtain who have been playing them. If the unmentionable does befall Barack, can the People get beyond the intricate web of scapegoats that will be put forward by the Evil to deflect and scatter the gaze upon themselves.
    All these horrors on the horizon can be avoided if we as a people come to the realization that the only other candidate for change who is not in the pocket of the Evildoers and has the extra added feature of not putting America into irreversible tumult if he is dispatched by the Evil, is Ron Paul, our only true choice for the good of America!

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  19. liz says:

    Well the way I see it, the American government is at war with every single soul on earth. The American government no longer trusts it’s people. Now we are subjects, subjected to giving up most of our money for energy and medical needs.
    Nope, not a Republic, not a democracy, now a country with no soul who treats its citizens as if they are all terrorists.
    Something terrible happened the day Bush and Cheney were sworn in. We lost our country. And as this Bush Clinton Bush Clinton dynasty continue…. so do our cries for the death of our beloved America.

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  20. easy e says:

    “ZEITGEIST, The Movie”
    What does Religion, 9/11, and The Federal Reserve have in common?
    Watch – http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5547481422995115331

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  21. easy e says:

    Cheney’s office just released a statement that the following list failed to include AL QAEDA, IRAN, and those other AXIS OF EVIL threats to America:
    The world’s top 10 military spenders and the approximate amounts each country currently budgets for its military establishment are:
    1. United States (FY08 budget), $623 billion
    2. China (2004), $65 billion
    3. Russia, $50 billion
    4. France (2005), $45 billion
    5. Japan (2007), $41.75 billion
    6. Germany (2003), $35.1 billion
    7. Italy (2003), $28.2 billion
    8. South Korea (2003), $21.1 billion
    9. India (2005 est.), $19 billion
    10. Saudi Arabia (2005 est.), $18 billion
    World total military expenditures (2004 est.), $1,100 billion
    World total (minus the United States), $500 billion
    “How To Sink America”
    By Chalmers Johnson and Tom Engelhardt
    http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174884/chalmers_johnson_how_to_sink_america

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  22. Mr.Murder says:

    Steve,
    You mean Addington and Elizabeth Cheney at Near East didn’t key you in to the fact something was awry in the build up to invasion?
    Mea Culpa?

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  23. Tony Foresta says:

    The Sibel Edmonds allegations cut to the heart of Cheney’s unabated nazification of America. No one dares to admit or, even investigate these issues for reasons that remain unknown unknowns, -but when and if the American people demand deeper analysis of Edmonds claims, – it will be GLARINGLY APPARENT that CHENEY is a fascist, and a traitor to America and all Americans who has personally undermined our security and prosperity for the wanton profiteering of the fascists in the Bush government, and their masters in the oil and energy oligarchs.
    Yeah, I’m conspiratorial blah blah blah, – but until anyone – ANYONE – in a position of authority or respectability – Steve – dares to demand accountability from Cheney, and the klans, cabals, coteries, cronies, and oligarchs in or beholden to the fascists in the Bush government, or anyone – ANYONE who dares to examine the mountain of well documented evidence of systemic and endemic malfeasance, deception, failure, abuse, ruthless betrayal, and rank perversion of every principle that formally defined America, wll be compelled to demand IMPEACHMENT of the VP, the socalled “decider”, and several other fascists in the Bush government. It will be painful, but pain is coming anyway.
    Then the people can demand a REAL investigation into the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11, and the fascists in the Bush government, and their grand wizard Cheney will be forever damned.
    “Deliver us from evil!”

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  24. DonS says:

    How dare Dodd try to uphold the Constitution from FISA when Reid and his chums want to be off to Davos.
    How dare Dodd try to uphold the Constitution from FISA when Reid and his chums want to be off to Davos.
    http://tiny.cc/hAFW0
    Wouldn’t it be quite something if Obama and Clinton both stood up for the PEOPLE and at least made a show of opposing Bush and his lackey dem collaborators by challenging Reid imposition of harsher filibuster rules on his colleagues than he’s imposed on the opposition?
    Like I said, it’d be something, even if only a show.
    Wouldn’t it be quite something if Obama and Clinton both stood up for the PEOPLE and at least made a show of opposing Bush and his lackey dem collaborators.
    Like I said, it’d be something, even if only a show.

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  25. Ctown says:

    Silence everyone… we are are at a state of war… and please go shopping.

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  26. PissedOffAmerican says:

    To protect our Constitution and hold the Bush Administration accountable for spying on Americans, we need you to take one minute to call Senator Dianne Feinstein IMMEDIATELY.
    At this very minute, the Senate is debating the re-authorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The bill that was just rushed to the Senate floor includes language granting retroactive immunity to telecom companies that wiretapped Americans without a warrant. What’s worse is that any bill that grants telecoms immunity — and codifies that warrantless wiretapping is legal — would also, by default, grant President Bush immunity from prosecution for spying on Americans and breaking the law.
    As a blogger on Daily Kos succinctly framed it: “telecom immunity is Bush immunity.”
    To stop this assault on our right to privacy, Senator Chris Dodd has reaffirmed his promise to filibuster any Senate bill that contains retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.
    However, Senator Dianne Feinstein has not indicated that she supports Dodd’s courageous stand to protect our Constitution. At least not yet.
    Bradley Whitford filmed an important video for the Courage Campaign asking Senator Feinstein to stand up for the Constitution. Please click here to watch it and ask Senator Feinstein to support Senator Chris Dodd’s filibuster. Then, tell us what she said:
    http://www.couragecampaign.org/filibuster
    When you ask Senator Feinstein to support Senator Dodd’s filibuster, a staffer may respond that Senator Feinstein has introduced amendments to the bill re-authorizing FISA.
    Unfortunately, one of the amendments would have the secret FISA court itself — instead of a public court — determine whether the telecoms deserve immunity. According to Feinstein’s amendment, the FISA court’s decision would be based on whether the telecoms had a “good faith, reasonable belief that assistance was legal.”
    Wiretapping Americans without a warrant is illegal. And Feinstein’s “good faith” amendment is totally unacceptable.
    The ACLU has been vocal in their opposition to the Feinstein amendments, as Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper of record, reported:
    “Unless Congress wholly rejects [the] executive privilege or state secrets claims, there are legal hurdles that could prevent the full hearing of the matter in federal court,” said Tim Sparapani, ACLU senior legislative counsel. “We also oppose having the FISA court making the good faith determination unless outside parties are allowed to argue in front of the secret court, which has never happened before. Otherwise, only one side is represented.”
    FISA is a secret court. Of the many thousands of requests for wiretaps that it has considered over the last 30 years, it has rejected a small handful — perhaps as few as five. This is not the same as a court of law, where the public has the right to examine evidence and file their own claims. FISA courts do not provide for the protection of basic rights. And to allow the FISA courts to determine the legitimacy of telecom actions is to take this crucial decision out of the hands of the courts, therefore undermining the rule of law.
    Feinstein’s amendment should be rejected on principle alone.
    With our Fourth Amendment privacy rights hanging in the balance this minute, there’s no time to waste. That’s why Bradley Whitford and the Courage Campaign filmed this special YouTube video for you. Please watch it, forward it to your friends, and call Senator Feinstein IMMEDIATELY to ask her to support Senator Dodd’s potential filibuster right now:
    This is not just about standing strong against telecom immunity. It’s about standing strong against President Bush’s “unitary executive” theory of power and holding him accountable for spying on Americans. Keep in mind that Senator Feinstein’s pivotal Judiciary Committee vote made it possible for Michael Mukasey to become Attorney General, even though Mukasey supports the interpretation of executive branch power that President Bush has used to wiretap and spy — without congressional approval or judicial review.
    The FISA debate is happening right now on the Senate floor and may continue into Thursday and perhaps longer.
    No matter what time it is — day or night — please call Senator Feinstein and ask her to do the right thing: Stop telecom immunity and stop Bush immunity.
    Thank you for doing everything in your power to protect our Constitution.
    Eden James
    Managing Director
    P.S. As Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, said in a commentary on NPR recently:
    “(The telecom companies said) they were only following orders. Only following orders? What if the government told telecoms to use their technologies to spy on American bedrooms, or turn over our bank accounts, or our personal photographs, home videos, anything else we store on computers or transmit through cables or over the Internet? The “only following orders” excuse would make telecoms extensions of our spy agencies.”
    Enough is enough. Please call Senator Feinstein immediately:
    http://www.couragecampaign.org/filibuster
    ………
    Courage Campaign is an independent political committee and online organizing network empowering grassroots and netroots activists to build a progressive California. In 2008, the Courage Campaign will catalyze action to help Californians elect a progressive President, hold our elected officials accountable, and block Blackwater from building a base on our border.

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  27. PissedOffAmerican says:

    JohnH has it right, he sees the ramblings of this satanic son of a bitch the same way I do. Its a precursor. Something big is in the offing.
    This Administration, abetted by these pathetic cowards on the left, has spent seven years installing the legislative mechanisms to give themselves unlimited police powers in the event of a “national emergency”. If you don’t think they have the capability, and the will, to create such a “national emergency”, than you have not been paying attention.
    And Steve, I laud you on the tone of your comment, that at long last seems to telegraph an awareness of the gravity of our situation while we are lorded over by this treasonous piece of shit, Cheney. However, the severity of your tone is belated, and you have at times seemed all too willing to feed the fear mongering by your semantics in regards to the “threat” that Iran supposedly poses to our national security. Further, in my opinion, you have at times been all too willing to sing praises for some of the key co-defendents in Cheney’s sinister machinations, most notably Colin Powell, and Dov Zakhiem.
    In truth, the criminal machinations of the Bush Administration over these last seven years eclipse ALL OTHER ISSUES, both foreign and domestic. The media, and insiders such as yourself, are giving the American people far too little, far too late. Bush and Cheney should have been removed from office LONG AGO, and it was incumbent upon a responsible Fourth Estate to pursue that end, for surely the FACTS justify impeachment, indictment, and prosecution. The Fourth Estate failed us, and it will take a generation to undo the damage, if in fact it can be undone.
    These monsters have yet one more year to pursue their nefarious goals, and will stop at nothing. Cheney’s speech is sinister to the extreme, because he just told us that he is not finished, and that he realizes that there are no checks and balances that will be employed by the “leadership” of both sides of the aisle that stand between him and whatever fascist policies he chooses to pursue in his maniacal pursuit of global dominance.
    Too bad you insiders didn’t give the criminal abuses of this administration the attention they deserved about five years ago. Perhaps it would have prompted both the media, and the cowards in the so called “opposition party”, to work towards reining in what amounts to a renegade and indisputably criminal Executive Branch.

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  28. Wally says:

    I am going to keep posting, posting, posting till it runs out of my ears so that Cheney will feel awful and give himself up to face trial. Ewwwww am sooo I angry. I hope I get up one morning and see on the TV others with pitchforks and nooses ready to snatch Cheney and give him what justice deserves. I would like to participate, but I don’t want to be out there alone, you know, and I’m busy right now and likely couldn’t find the time, and it’s too cold right now, but I’d be glad to watch it on TV! Wow! Imagine it, I could tell my grandchildren that I was always 100% behind the grievances of the vice-regicides, and watched the whole thing on TV!

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  29. Seth B says:

    I think that the lesson that Cheney learned fighting the Cold War was that Soviet leaders had the “freedom” to eavesdrop,imprison, torture, manipulate the press, and squelch dissent, but U.S. leaders didn’t. He was determined that if he ever got close to power again, he would fight for those freedoms. Otherwise, what could he mean when he uses the word? He would have been way more comfortable–and all too effective–in the Soviet system.

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  30. samuel burke says:

    Steve, your article makes me wonder about whether we as americans are going to be governed by politicians or, THE CONSTITUTION.
    Why ought we be led by politicians who refuse to abide by the liberating power of freedom, liberty, and the rule of law, with responsibility of citizenship, as expressed in the constitution.
    exporting our 21st century democracy is a hypocritical joke played on the rest of the world with the exception of some of the muslim countries or zones.
    who are we going to allow to rule over us…freedom or servitude?
    are we going to be free or slave?
    slave to what you say?
    slave to state; slave to debt.
    I say slave to freedom.

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  31. Sandy says:

    Glad to hear the passion in your voice, Steve.
    Things have deteriorated pretty quickly over the last few years.
    Consider:
    http://www.counterpunch.com/roberts01232008.html
    January 23, 2008
    THE EMPIRE THAT MUST BE OBEYED
    What Gives the US the Right to Claim a Moral Monopoly Over the World?
    by Paul Craig Roberts
    “The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.”
    Five Western military leaders.
    I read the statement three times trying to figure out the typo. Then it hit me, the West has now out-Owellled Orwell: The West must nuke other countries in order to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction! In Westernspeak, the West nuking other countries does not qualify as the use of weapons of mass destruction.
    The astounding statement comes from a paper prepared for a Nato summit in April by five top military leaders–an American, a German, a Dutchman, a Frenchman, and a Brit. It can be found here.
    The paper, prepared by men regarded as distinguished leaders and not as escapees from insane asylums, argues that “the West’s values and way of life are under threat, but the West is struggling to summon the will to defend them.” The leaders find that the UN is in the way of the West’s will, as is the European Union which is obstructing NATO and “NATO’s credibility is at stake in Afghanistan.”
    And that’s a serious matter. If NATO loses its credibility in Afghanistan, Western civilization will collapse just like the Soviet Union. The West just doesn’t realize how weak it is. To strengthen itself, it needs to drop more and larger bombs.
    The German military leader blames the Merkel government for contributing to the West’s inability to defend its values by standing in the way of a revival of German militarism. How can Germany be “a reliable partner” for America, he asks, if the German government insists on “special rules” limiting the combat use of its forces in Afghanistan?
    Ron Asmus, head of the German Marshall Fund and a former US State Department official, welcomed the paper as “a wake-up call.” Asmus means a call to wake-up to the threats from the brutal world, not to the lunacy of Western leaders.
    Who, what is threatening the West’s values and way of life? Political fanaticism, religious fundamentalism, and the imminent spread of nuclear weapons, answer the five asylum escapees.
    By political fanaticism, do they mean the neoconservatives who believe that the future of humanity depends on the US establishing its hegemony over the world? By religious fundamentalism, do they mean “rapture evangelicals” agitating for armageddon or Christian and Israeli Zionists demanding a nuclear attack on Iran? By spread of nuclear weapons, do they mean Israel’s undeclared and illegal possession of several hundred nuclear weapons?
    No. The paranoid military leaders see all the fanaticism, religious and otherwise, and all the threats to humanity as residing outside Western civilization (Israel is inside). The “increasingly brutal world,” of which the leaders warn, is “over there.” Only Muslims are fanatics. All us white guys are rational and sane.
    There is nothing brutal about the US/Nato bombing of Serbia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, or the Israeli bombing of Lebanon, or the Israeli ethnic cleansing of the West Bank, or the genocide Israel hopes to commit against Palestinians in Gaza.
    All of this, as well as America’s bombing of Somalia, America’s torture dungeons, show trials of “detainees,” and overthrow of elected governments and installation of puppet rulers, is the West’s necessary response to keep the brutal world at bay.
    Brutal things happen in the “brutal world” and are entirely the fault of those in the brutal world. None of this would happen if the inhabitants of the brutal world would just do as they are told. How can the civilized world with its monopoly on morality allow people in the brutal world to behave independently? I mean, really! God forbid, they might attack some innocent country.
    The “brutal world” consists of those immoral fanatics who object to being marginalized by the West and who reply to mass bombings from the air and to the death and destruction inflicted on them through myriad ways by strapping on a suicide bomb.
    Unable to impose its will on countries it has invaded with conventional arms, the West’s military leaders are now prepared to force compliance with the moral world’s will by threatening to nuke those who resist. You see, since the West has the monopoly on morality, truth, and justice, those in the outside world are obviously evil, wicked and brutal. Therefore, as President Bush tells us, it is a simple choice between good and evil, and there’s no better candidate than evil for being nuked. The sooner we can get rid of the brutal world, the sooner we will have “freedom and democracy” everywhere that’s left.
    Meanwhile, the United States, the great moral light unto the world, has just prevented the United Nations from censuring Israel, the world’s other great moral light, for cutting off food supplies, medical supplies, and electric power to Gaza. You see, Gaza is in the outside world and is a home of the bad guys. Moreover, the wicked Palestinians there tricked the US when the US allowed them to hold a free election. Instead of electing the US candidate, the wicked voters elected a government that would represent them. The US and Israel overturned the Palestinian election in the West Bank, but those in Gaza clung to the government that they had elected. Now they are going to suffer and die until they elect the government that the US and Israel wants. I mean, how can we expect people in the brutal world to know what’s best for them?
    The fact that the UN tried to stop Israel’s just punishment of the Gazans shows how right the five leaders’ report is about the UN being a threat to Western values and way of life. The UN is really against us. This puts the UN in the outside world and makes it a candidate for being nuked if not an outright terrorist organization. As our president said, “you are with us or against us.”
    The US and Israel need a puppet government in Palestine so that a ghettoized remnant of Palestine can be turned into a “two state solution.” The two states will be Israel incorporating the stolen West Bank and a Palestinian ghetto without an economy, water, or contiguous borders.
    This is necessary in order to protect Israel from the brutal outside world.
    Inhabitants of the brutal world are confused about the “self-determination” advocated by Western leaders. It doesn’t mean that those outside Western civilization and Israel should decide for themselves. “Self” means American. The term, so familiar to us, means “American-determination.” The US determines and others obey.
    It is the brutal world that causes all the trouble by not obeying.

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  32. JohnH says:

    Interesting that the prospect of Democraps monitoring Republiscum phone calls after January 2009 doesn’t seem to bother BushCheney or the rest of their cohorts. Either something big will happen later this year to perpetuate the current reign (they’ll probably call it something like Operation Enduring Freedom–for them from the Hague) or Democraps are full partners in the Family business.

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  33. jon says:

    Cheney should be impeached, removed from office and jailed. Then Bush should be impeached. There’s more than enough evidence of the severity of their crimes, knowingly committed.
    Cheney’s power derives from the delegation of Bush’s authority – bestowed by a partisan Supreme Court. Ultimately it is Bush’s failure as a leader, and as a person of weak character and limited intelligence and skill that has permitted this to happen. Hopefully, no one will ever again say that it does not matter who runs or wins elections. The worse of two bad choices is still worse.
    In their behavior, Bush and Cheney have been empowered by Congress. First by the greedy and obsequious republican controlled houses, and more recently by weak, timid and hedging Democrats. The campaign for the Permanent Republican Majority colonized lobbying, think tanks and non-profits, stacked the Judiciary, and has systematically sought to install hard core partisans as permanent, professional Federal employees. All of this must be rooted out.
    And the coddling media which has turned a blind eye to this behavior must also be disciplined – perhaps by a wholesale boycott of their advertisers.
    Citizens must also take up their responsibility to ensure that the elements of their government and society function as they are supposed to. If we cannot do that, we will surrender the republic. Ultimately it is the responsibility of us all.
    The surprisingly large primary turnouts, so far, bode well for my hope that the country will reenergize itself and set things to rights. Thank you Steve for doing much more than your fair share!

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  34. Kathleen says:

    Darth is definitely spooky….
    Speaking of other VEEPS, MSM is waiting with baited brteath to see who Al Gore will endorse, if anyone…
    Meanwhile….back in Maaaaartha’s Vineyuhd,,, Teddy is still loose as a goose…
    January 23, 2008
    Will Kennedy or Gore Lift Obama to the Nomination? (Brent Budowsky)
    @ 11:33 am
    Strangely silent in the Democratic nominating process are the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of Democratic politics: Ted Kennedy and Al Gore.
    They are both standing on deck, wielding the big bat. Will they step up to the plate and swing for the fences on behalf of a candidate?
    The most interesting and powerful move would be for Kennedy to endorse Obama and then barnstorm with him in California, especially with Hispanic voters, with whom the Kennedys have lifetime relationships of enormous trust and affection.
    I have no prediction. When public reports surfaced of the conversation between Kennedy and Bill Clinton, the word was there was no endorsement coming “at this time.”
    Kennedy and Gore could endorse no candidate, which is a very real possiblity, or they could endorse any of the three leading Democrats.
    Without any “inside information,” my guess would be that if Kennedy or Gore endorses anyone, it would most likely be Obama, but in this business, nothing is certain.
    My point here is that there are huge events that would transform the campaign in a minute, which could easily happen at any time.
    When you hear the talking heads predicting what happened yesterday, or talking about campaign tactics and predictions, remember this:
    The Babe and Lou Gehrig are standing in the on-deck circle, and whether they swing the big bat before Super Tuesday could well determine the outcome. Stay tuned.

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  35. Carroll says:

    I want to get up one morning and log onto here or cut on the TV and see that half the population has surrounded the capitol with torches and nooses.
    We have been taking about the same crimes and problems of government for 6 years..we voted in a new majority expecting something to change.
    Nothing has changed. The only people who have struck a blow against this adm and congress are the agencies that wrote the NIE.

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  36. jollyroger says:

    “Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi’s operation was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam”
    This story is so patently fishy, it is one of the (many) reasons to believe that Zarqawi was a Mossad plant, inserted into Israeli penetrated Kurdistan after being “turned” in, and then released from, a Jordanian prison.
    It is an index of the contempt in which the masters of the administration hold the public’s intelligence that they trotted out this preposterous (cover) story with such (apparently justified) confidence of success.

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  37. ckrantz says:

    That is a very scary worldview from VP Cheney but it fits with what books like the zero procent doctrine. He’s basically saying United States are at war with an enemy where rules or laws no longer apply.
    Combine it with five former NATO chiefs calling for pre-emptiv nuclear strikes to be put in to NATO doctrine and things get really dark.
    Any chance NAF would do an event like the one today with the campaigns national security adviser to discuss issues like this?
    From my perspective the future structure of NATO and US-Europe relations are a vital issue.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/nato/story/0,,2244782,00.html
    ‘The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists.
    Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a “grand strategy” to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a “first strike” nuclear option remains an “indispensable instrument” since there is “simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world”.’

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  38. Kathleen says:

    Personally, I would love to see the next VEEP develope his/her role as President of the Senate by presiding every day, rather than just for breaking ties. I think our Founding Fathers meant for this to be, to provide a strong link between the two branches of gov’t.
    To that end, I’ve wished that the ultimate Dem nominee would chose Senator Russ Feingold for their running mate because I think he has unquestioned ethics and the courage of his convictions. He chose not to run for President because he said he wanted to get things done in the Senate…well why not be President of the Senate then?
    One reader here, kindly informed me a while back when I first said this, that John Adams did preside over the Senate every day when he was VEEP. What better example could we have? Surely he knew our Founding Fathers’ intent for the office of VEEP, in giving the office a dual role.

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  39. reggie says:

    I never thought I’d say this, but as an Englishman I’d now rather live under an Islamic Caliphate than under US domination.
    Mr Clemens, I also appeal to you, with your contacts and influence, to tell the Israelis to stop their siege of Gaza. Children and other vulnerable people are dying daily and you have the power to stop it. In the name of humanity, please act.

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  40. ManagedChaos says:

    I don’t give a flying F what Cheney thinks he is doing or supporting for the good of this country. Cheney is a traitor and he regularly gives aid and comfort to our enemies through his policies and (in)actions.
    If Cheney is so concerned about going …”after the terrorists, to shut down their training camps, to take down their networks, deny them sanctuary, disrupt their funding sources, and bring them to justice.”…then why did his administration refuse to take out Zarqawi, members of al queda, a weapons lab and a terrorist training camp in northern Iraq back in 2002?
    Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/
    “People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against terrorists,” according to terrorism expert and former National Security Council member Roger Cressey.
    Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi’s operation was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.
    Since 9/11, has Cheney’s policies or ideas about terrorism made us safer?
    Are we safer at home? Our borders are still porous, our airports are staffed with scumbags who want to steal your stuff and feel up your wife. Our nuclear plants have guards who are literally asleep on the job. Our chemical plants can easily be blown up and kill hundreds of thousands of people.
    Hearts and minds? Intelligence? We torture innocent people, send innocent people to be tortured in foreign countries, we support Israel unconditionally, we create more terrorists than we can kill, we employ dumb Texas hick bitches to improve the image of America in muslim nations, we fire arabic speakers from the armed forces because they are gay, we out covert CIA operatives working on nuclear non-proliferation….
    EVERYTHING CHENEY STANDS FOR, CONDONES, PROMOTES, THINKS, IS A THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY!!! CHENEY IS A THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS GREAT NATION!!!

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  41. Zathras says:

    Steve raises an interesting point about the powers of the Vice Presidency, one I wish he’d expand upon. Is it really true that future Presidents will feel themselves bound by the steps this administration has taken to empower the Office of the Vice President?
    Frankly, I don’t think this need be true at all. We’ll never return to the days when the Vice President was considered mostly in the context of his Constitutional role as the Senate’s presiding officer, and the contemptuous way Presidents Johnson and Nixon treated their respective Vice Presidents is probably not a desirable precedent to follow. The fact remains that no President before George W. Bush ever allowed his Vice President to have anything close to the influence that Dick Cheney has had for the last seven years, and only Bill Clinton allowed his Vice President to have a staff reporting directly to the Vice President approaching the size of the staff that reports to Cheney now.
    In truth, the role President Bush has allowed Cheney to assume is different only in degree from the role long played by Karl Rove in domestic policy. There was no question that, as far as domestic policy was concerned, initiatives couldn’t go anywhere without clearance from the President’s chief campaign strategist; Rove’s views took precedence over those of any Cabinet secretary on the domestic side. Neither statute law nor any other binding precedent mandated this state of affairs, however. It existed only because that’s the way the President wanted things.
    The Vice Presidency presents a similar case. Both the mechanisms and the precedents exist for a national security policy process in which the Vice President is little more than a supernumerary, available to be consulted by the President but not empowered to give direction to Cabinet officers or any of their subordinates. The same is true for other areas of policy, and this being the case the large staff Bush has allowed his Vice President would be superfluous in any administration that did not want to revert to the way all previous administrations had regarded that officer.
    It is possible but not likely that future Presidents will bring to the office a level of ignorance, personal laziness, and indifference to the details of policy approaching George Bush’s. Unless they do, a grant of vast authority to the one official a President cannot fire will probably be viewed by future Presidents, from either party, as it was by all of the first 41 men to hold that office — as pure foolishness. After all, it isn’t as if the Bush administration has been such a great success that future Presidents will feel pressure to emulate the way it has done things.

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  42. Kathleen says:

    I don’t think the choice is between a “monarchy” and a “republic” but rather a “Dick Tatorship” or a “republic”. Not all monarchies are fear based and reppressive… superfluous, like the VEEP has been, but not necessarilly oppressive.
    Wanting to spy on us and know what books we take out of the library while keeping everything they do secret, is beyond unacceotable, but Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to be “divisive”. Better to be complicit appparently. I think the Speaker too, is overusing her positon by keeping impeachment off the table. If we were still a functioning republic, impeachment hearings would be underway.

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