Monday, March 28, 2005

Article in Conservative voice about George Bush


By Rachel Neuwirth

Bertram Cohen and John Landau contributed research and reporting to this article.

[It is with heavy heart that it has become necessary to document the actions of a President we had supported and believed in. His actions are a betrayal of our most loyal ally and are endangering the security of the state of Israel.]

Many believe the often repeated assertion that George Bush is giving one-sided support for Israel and that this policy is harming U.S. relations with the Arabs. There are two things wrong with that belief. First, it totally ignores Israel’s loyal support for America and its huge contribution to our security over the decades. That issue will be examined in greater detail in a subsequent column. The second fallacy is that George Bush is a true friend of Israel in the first place.

George Bush's "Roadmap" for Israel and the Palestinians is jointly sponsored by the so-called " Quartet," composed of the United States, Russia, Europe and the U.N. These last three are all hostile to both America and Israel and biased in favor of the Palestinian Arabs. America would never allow these three to influence our decisions about our own national security. Yet Bush has invited them to influence Israel’s decisions about its own national security.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bush, Contractor General

I was inspired to write this after reading a comment by Mentaldebris in "Tough one from Zogby's latest online poll." at Boomantribune.
“I'd also vote off where Cheney was born. Not the state or the city, but the actual spot. For while Bush may be the foreman of the destruction, IMO, Cheney is the architect.”

I don’t see Cheney so much as the architect of the “destruction” as much as a member of the design team which included Rice, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Feith, Gonzales and (fill in your own choices here) with Bush as the General Contractor.

Not the great general contractor that finishes the job on time with excellent results, but rather the kind that destroys the driveway and landscaping just to get to the job, destroys surrounding rooms to get to the room needing the work, destroys the room itself to fix it, leaves it that way and then says, “What do you mean, “bad job”, I brought you the freedom to see the mess, congratulate me for a job well done.”
Then he gives awards to the members of the design team, gets elected to the CEO of the Board of Contractors for a second term, for which he reshuffles his design team, promotes design team assistants to head their own teams and then heads to his ranch for a nice vacation while patting himself on the back for being a great Contractor General and makes plans for expanding his business to all the countries of the world.
He prints business cards with the slogan “No Country too small, we do them all,” and then sends them out with a mass mailing to the world.
When the countries respond by asking for references, he points to incomplete and shoddily done work and says, “You too can have the same kind of work done in your country, ‘what you say no’, well sorry, I’m doing the job anyway, my contract comes from God, and then even though you did not know you needed it, I will have built for you too the freedom to see the mess.”

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Tsunami Revealed Lost Indian City

CBS News | Tsunami Revealed Lost Indian City | March 17, 2005�17:30:09
For a few minutes, after the water had receded far from the shore and before it came raging back as a tsunami, the fishermen stood along the beach and stared at the reality of generations of legends.

Or so they say. Spread across nearly a mile, the site was encrusted with barnacles and covered in mud. But the fishermen insist they saw the remains of ancient temples and hundreds of refrigerator-sized blocks, all briefly exposed before the sea swallowed them up again.

"You could see the destroyed walls covered in coral, and the broken-down temple in the middle," said Durai, a sinewy fisherman who, like many south Indians, uses only one name. "My grandfathers said there was a port here once and a temple, but suddenly we could see it was real, we could see that something was out there."

Families' lives measure pace of progress in Iraq - Families' lives measure pace of progress in Iraq
Families' lives measure pace of progress in Iraq
By John Diamond, Sabah al-Anbaki, Mohammed Hayder Sadeq and Elliot Blair Smith, USA TODAY
BAGHDAD — Until recently, it was a bad sign in the al-Taie household when the generator went silent. It generally meant thieves had stolen the family's power source.
The al-Taie family has nearly continuous electricity. For the al-Zubaidi family, lucrative jobs in the new government mean an improved lifestyle. But the Muhaisens, a poor family, have not benefited much; they complain about the escalating prices of food and the dangerous roads, which keep them from tending to family graves in a city 100 miles away.

Some changes are apparent: Streets in the capital are lined with fruit markets, furniture sellers, sidewalk kebab stands and neighborhood coffee shops. The number of cars in Baghdad has more than tripled in the past two years. U.S. troops remain a regular presence, but Iraqis increasingly regard the troops as part of the scenery. "I like the guns I see with the American soldiers when they pass in the neighborhood," says 10-year-old Ahmed Abdullah al-Zubaidi.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Checkpoints test US troops' rules

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Checkpoints test US troops' rules
Checkpoints test US troops' rules

Soldiers have split-second decisions to make
The row over the shooting of Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena by US soldiers has fuelled a debate over the rules of engagement under which they operate.

The journalist was wounded by US gunfire minutes after being released from her month-long ordeal as a hostage in Iraq.

But the incident, in which a senior Italian secret service agent who had negotiated Ms Sgrena's release was killed, was just the latest in a series.

What Iraq's checkpoints are like

What Iraq's checkpoints are like |
""You're driving along and you see a couple of soldiers standing by the side of the road - but that's a pretty ubiquitous sight in Baghdad, so you don't think anything of it. Next thing you know, soldiers are screaming at you, pointing their rifles and swiveling tank guns in your direction, and you didn't even know it was a checkpoint."""

Friday, March 04, 2005

Iraq Regime Admits US Used Mustard, Nerve Gas In Fallujah - Forums powered by Reason and Principle

I don't have any comments about this as I have heard about this before and I was shocked then and still continue to be shocked at what this government is doing in Iraq and around the world.

Iraq Regime Admits US Used Mustard, Nerve Gas In Fallujah - Forums powered by Reason and Principle
Dr Khalid ash-Shaykhli, a representative of the puppet so-called 'Iraqi ministry of health' who was authorized to assess the health conditions in al-Fallujah after the end of the major battles there, announced that the surveys and studies that a medical team did in al-Fallujah and then reported to the 'ministry' confirm that US forces used substances that are internationally prohibited - including mustard gas, nerve gas, and other burning chemicals - in the course of its attacks on the city.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

TV 'recreates Guantanamo torture'

I ask, "is this the new "Inquisition" of our times? Not this show but the torture methods now being used by the US apparently around the world.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | TV 'recreates Guantanamo torture':

"TV 'recreates Guantanamo torture'"
The Guantanamo Guidebook was made by Channel 4 using declassified documents about the US camp, producers said.

The methods used on seven volunteers in the show included religious and sexual humiliation, forced nudity, sleep deprivation and extreme temperatures.

The US government has denied using torture at the camp in Cuba, where many detainees are held without charge.

The show's volunteers - who were told what they would go through - were locked in a warehouse with cages, interrogation rooms and surveillance equipment for 48 hours.

'Challenges viewers'

One left after seven hours because of the onset of hypothermia and another two vomited during their "detentions".