Tuesday, January 16, 2007

From USA Today:
The U.S. military has sold forbidden equipment at least a half-dozen times to middlemen for countries — including Iran and China — who exploited security flaws in the Defense Department's surplus auctions. The sales include fighter jet parts and missile components.
In one case, federal investigators said, the contraband made it to Iran, a country President Bush branded part of an "axis of evil."
In that instance, a Pakistani arms broker convicted of exporting U.S. missile parts to Iran resumed business after his release from prison. He purchased Chinook helicopter engine parts for Iran from a U.S. company that had bought them in a Pentagon surplus sale. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, speaking on condition of anonymity, say those parts made it to Iran.
The surplus sales can operate like a supermarket for arms dealers.

This is keeping us safe? They need to wiretap individual Americans but don't have enough information on arms dealers to get this right. To the idea that these people and their supporters are giving ANYBODY a lecture on doing things that are harmful to America, this is evidence to the irrelevance of their bluster.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


It is amazing to me to think that there are still many people out there that insist that GWB never lied to the American people. Nope he was wrong but he never lied. That is what they will tell you. Let's just look at a few things that I consider a lie.
First we have the President on eavesdropping on Americans. First(and there is video tape on all this if you are curious enough to look for it.) He says that there is no wiretapping on Americans going on outside the laws of the United States. Later, when caught red handed he admits that yes we are wiretapping Americans. He then proceeds to justify it by saying that they were monitoring people who called in or out to Al Queda....That may be a rationale but it is still a lie. Closer to the truth(or what they claim to be the truth) would be there is no warrantless wiretapping going on when the calls remain within our borders. Maybe, there is no warrant less wiretapping going on except when we think they are talking to terrorists. He first mentioned no conditions outside the law. Then when caught conditioned it. That is a lie in my book. With no oversight how do we know this is the truth. Does he have another rationale to spy inside the borders that he “forgot” to mention? Are we required to assume? Is the right will to adapt this rationale for a Democratic President? They may say yes but I can assure you the answer is no. Do a little research at Free Republic(as a matter of fact just click here) from the Clinton years. They were totally up in arms about a secret court let alone warrant less wiretapping. This was after the terrorism of OKC. Just page down and read the comments. Knowing the wingnuts as well as I do I know their response. 9/11 changed all this. How? Why? Believe it or not Clinton was warning us about Bin Laden then, the OKC and first trade center bombing had taken place. What's the diff? 9.11 changed everything? Not so much.
Using the Office of Special Plans and the White House Iraqi group or the Office Of Special Plans to find reasons for war is like using a corporate study on their own product to assess it. While this may be arguable as a lie it certainly is a twisting of the truth to fit you purposes. I find it a lie myself. They had much intelligence that said otherwise but refused to mention it. Again knowing the right as I do what they will do with this information is give you a number of quotes from Dems and others about Saddam et al. So what they are doing is criticizing them for trusting the President. Beyond this the administration basically violated the resolution of Congress. He pulled the inspectors and went to war anyway. This was not a part of the deal. If there were no weapons of mass destruction it would be hard to turn them over. He knew he was giving us “juiced” evidence. He lied. Again, beyond that while Saddam was evil and dangerous he was also contained and was not an imminent threat to us. We certainly had better things to do at the time that had even Arab support.
Sure there are tons of these but this is a start. Add the ones that gall you most if you wish.