Dubya Deems Torture OK
Cowardly Chickenhawk announced his veto out of harm's way on the radio "show" he reads each week. The vote was 222-199 in the House and 51-45 in the Senate. So since we haven't enough Congressthings and Senators with consciences and ethics, torture remains perfectly within the law. Or as Dick Cheney said years ago, "We have all the authority we need", in that case he was referring to wiretapping all of us. But we all know Dick's reply to being called on a crime, "So?" as he knows nothing will be done. Cheney said of waterboarding, "It's a no brainer"
Bush said he did not veto the bill specifically over waterboarding, a technique that simulates drowning. The Army banned the use of waterboarding or sensory deprivation on uncooperative prisoners in 2006. The CIA, which also prohibited the practice in 2006, has acknowledged using waterboarding on three suspected terrorists in 2003.
"My disagreement ... is not over any particular interrogation technique; for instance, it is not over waterboarding, which is not part of the current CIA program," Bush said in his veto message to the House. The attorney general has deemed that program legal under domestic and international law, he said.
Still, waterboarding remains in the CIA's tool kit. The technique can be used, but it requires the consent of the attorney general and president on a case-by-case basis. Bush wants to keep that option open.
"I cannot sign into law a bill that would prevent me, and future presidents, from authorizing the CIA to conduct a separate, lawful intelligence program, and from taking all lawful actions necessary to protect Americans from attack," Bush said in a statement.
Dick and Dubya must be quaking in their cowboy boots...
"We will begin to reassert that moral authority by attempting to override the President’s veto next week"It will fail, and the White House will "lawfully" torture whoever strikes their fancy. The USA tortures people. What a fine example we are of morality. We have lost all crediblity and respect worldwide. Thanks, GOP.
Dick Poisons Troops
Speaking of waterboarding, KBR (Kellogg Brown and Root)a contractor under Halliburton, providing supplies to the military and being paid with our taxes, is trying to poison our troops by giving them contaminated water. discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq Water Makes US Troops in Iraq Sick.Maybe Dick's gone green and become a recycler par excellence, he sends waterboard overflow to our troops in the desert. Dick and Dubya have robbed us blind and don't give a shit about the actual troops. It's just a word to them, "troops" "warriors" "fodder units". They're collateral damage. Why give them clean water at all, they're so expendable. That would increase the KBR overhead and reduce profits. It's all about the profits, sorry troops, it's business, nothing personal. KBR's stocks went up. Hooray for Dick and his pals. KBR also received govt. contracts to build concentration detention camps in the U.S.
Iraq costs US $12B per month
By CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent
Mar 9, 2008
The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the "burn" rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book.
"The Three Trillion Dollar War," Stiglitz, of Columbia University, and Bilmes, of Harvard, report the two wars will have cost the U.S. budget $845 billion in 2007 dollars by next Sept. 30, end of fiscal year 2008
That total far surpasses the $670 billion in 2007 dollars the Congressional Research Service says was the U.S. price tag for the 12-year Vietnam War.
So, where's all that money going? To support the troops? Not really, there's oil to be removed and stored, there are contractors and politician's pockets to line. There are profits to be made and they only have less than a year to pay everyone off. Blackwater isn't cheap either.
No matter who gets elected in November we aren't leaving. Our embassy there is a town-sized complex. Enormous, impenetrable. The Green Zone will remain the only "safe" place in Iraq as a base for further oil collection. And a threat to Iran, provocation in progress. The Saudis are calling the oil shots, the Israelis are calling the war shots and we the people are getting screwed.
AWOL boy endorsed Little Jerk McCain...they both want to torture and surge. And Bush proved once again, he's a liar.
White House Press Conference
I suspect that over the course of the next months, when I hold a press conference, you'll be trying to get me to engage in presidential politics; trying to get me to opine about what candidates are saying, whether they be Republicans or Democrats. And hopefully I'll be disciplined enough not to fall prey to your question, not to fall into that trap. Bush, August 9, 2007
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Bush Secret Video
Bush yearns for Texas in rare singing performance
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush donned a cowboy hat and sang an early goodbye to Washington on Saturday night with a performance that lampooned White House journalists and Vice President Dick Cheney among others.
Bush surprised cabinet secretaries, diplomatic officials and journalists at the annual Gridiron dinner by taking the stage and giving the first public singing performance of his eight-year presidency, which ends in January 2009.
To the tune of country song "Green Green Grass of Home," Bush sang of longing for his ranch in Crawford, Texas and his dog Barney.
"And there to meet me is my mama and my papa, down the lane I look and here comes Barney, heart of gold and breath like honey; it's good to touch the brown brown grass of home."
"For there's Condi and Dick, my old compadre, talking to me about some oil rich Saudi, but soon I'll touch the brown brown grass of home."
"That old White house is behind me, I am once again carefree, don't have to worry 'bout a crisis in Pyongyang. Down the lane I look, Dick Cheney is strolling with documents he'd been withholding, it's good to touch the brown brown grass of home."
Bush told the audience, which erupted in applause and gave him a standing ovation, that they had witnessed "the first and final performance of George Bush and the Busharoos."
The Gridiron Club holds an annual dinner at which journalists put on songs and skits lampooning Democrats and Republicans alike.
They just don't care one iota about anybody but themselves, the GOP laughs about killing people, treason, corrupt officials, and oil. They're laughing while people die.