Archive for August, 2008

Please…please…let’s be reasonable

A report from a Lebanese source: (click through for original link)

The United States has informed Israel that it bans any attack on Iran to knock down its nuclear program, the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported Sunday. The newspaper, in a Tel Aviv-datelined report, said Washington has “clearly informed Israel… that we would not allow you to launch war on Iran.”

[My first question: Why don't Americans know this? Because ABCNBCCBSFOXCNN are too busy blowing smoke up their asses about Sarah Palin.]

The reported U.S. message also includes a ban on the use of Iraqi airspace to launch raids against Iran, the report added. Some Israeli forces believe the “west has succumbed” to the idea of nuclear-armed Iran … and Israel must acknowledge this reality,” according to the report. However, “the majority of Israeli political and military officials believe that Iran’s nuclear program poses a direct threat to Israel’s existence,” the report said. Such officials believe that “they should get rid of this (Iranian) program,” the report explained. Getting rid of the Iranian nuclear program can be achieved “by the collapse of the ruling regime, by an American military strike or by effective international pressure that reaches the level of a suffocating blockade,” it added.

[Please note that getting rid of the (non-existant) Iranian nuclear program cannot be achieved by an Israeli strike, according to the Israeli report.]

Nevertheless, “If the (whole) world does not back one of these options, Israel would be left with no choice but to act alone” against Iran, the report added.

Estimated Israeli government response to US: WHAaaaaaa!!! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!! (foot stomping) You HAVE to help us!!!!!!!!!!!!! Otherwise we could get HURT!!!! DON’T YOU CARE???!!!?????????

WE HATE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU. WILL. PAY. FOR. THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right after that temper tantrum, here, Israel has suddenly become more cooperative with its neighbors. Surprise, surprise.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has worked out a “compromise” with the forces calling for striking Iran. He upgraded the budget of the military and security agencies to prepare for a strike and opened dialogue with Syria via Turkey. The report quoted Olmert as saying going to “war against Iran without peace with Syria would be a serious adventure.” “The army believed that Syria would take part in such a war, Israel can defeat Syria and reach as deep as Damascus, threatening to occupy the Syrian capital. “But such an operation, even if its success is guaranteed, would cost Israel 1,000-2,000 fatalities, would lead to shelling several Israeli cities and would result in extensive damage sustained by both sides. “Above all, this war would end by going into negotiations focusing on returning the Golan to Syria.” The report also quoted Olmert as saying “as long as the result would be negotiations over the Golan, but only after major losses, why don’t we start negotiations on the Golan now and achieve peace that gets Syria out of the sphere of Iranian influence?” It also quoted Olmert as saying “Syrian President Bashar Assad is not an adventurer, he is a smart person …and doesn’t perceive himself with Iran, strategically.

Indeed. Why not cooperate if you have to actually pony up some lives and, more importantly, territory? This is getting serious.

Let’s get it straight. Israel does not want to pay the price for their hegemony over the Middle East. They want it for free, else they want Americans to pay the price. And they will make us pay for not paying, somehow, which will undoubtedly suck. But even so, at least by standing up against their threats, somebody in the US has somehow preserved one precious thread of national integrity which remains after eight years of rape by Bush/Cheney and the neocons!

Why hasn’t anyone tried this sooner?

Things are rarely as they appear

 

Like millions of other people across America…I’m still trying to comprehend what would drive McCain to pick Palin, especially now that she is being vetted. What a disaster. I am of two minds about this. Either the powers that run things above politics picked her to be their puppet and will control the corporate media so they don’t shred her like she’s being shredded on the internet, or John McCain snapped under pressure and picked her all by himself out of spite.

McCain seems to have a similar sociopathic personality to Bush. He must have been under tremendous pressure to make this decision, and we can imagine the people pulling and tugging and wheedling and cajoling their arguments at his poor, addled brain. Maybe he snapped out of exasperation, told them all off, and picked her to literally mess up their plans. Spiteful? Yes. Stupid? Yes. Possible? Yes. As suggested by one wag, perhaps he wants to take a few of his favorite enemies out (the Rovian power structure) as a final but deeply satisfying disparaging gesture.

However, it could also be part of a bigger design — a disturbingly cynical decision from exceedingly greedy people. They selected her because they can control her, and they can control her portrayal in the media, and they can control the election results. We can judge this from the narrative.

I caution anyone who thinks disposing of McCain/Palin will be simple and fun unless the media narrative adopts the same position. We have been down this road before, have we not? Did W get the job twice against all odds? Yes, and millions of people knew he was a big fat unqualified phony. It matters not what we understand in the online community if ABCCBSNBCFOXCNN decide Palin poops cupcakes, so people should refrain from getting all cocky over this. Many many people in America will consider her a breath of fresh air. Fox has begun the ‘rising star’ narrative. We live in a country where millions of people have no trouble blithely tossing aside pesky facts that don’t meet their preferred worldview, and who spend exactly zero hours doing independent thinking or investigating.

Yes, it’s ridiculous. Yes, she lacks all qualifications. As Dick Cheney says, “So?” I ask you, since when have facts mattered to these people?

If you read this article: www.rense.com/general83/gds.htm, The RNC Just Gutted the DNC Again by Karl Schwarz (and Rense.com is down for some unknown reason), you can see that Shwarz thought this pick was a really great idea. Now he is one of the people — and a conservative — who writes the most bitter diatribes against the Bush administration, complaining how badly they have screwed everything up and cost people lots and lots of money. Sounds like a smart guy, but he sung Palin’s praises to the high heavens. How odd, I thought. Apparently, it was a signal that the right people were finally in charge again. This somewhat bizarre position, coming as it does from a highly disaffected conservative, and combined with the rumor (also from purported insiders) that McCain suffers from a deadly illness, support the conclusion that Palin was chosen deliberately by people who have plans beyond John McCain. If you buy all that, and put it in context that a Lieberman pick would have been very disruptive to the base, you can see how this route might make sense. All they have to do is get McCain/Palin close enough to squeak in with a little election theft, and then they have another puppet regime through which to control events. Additional options of the non-election variety open up when McCain becomes incapacitated. I ask you, how convenient is that?

McCain has yet to release his medical records. The latest news about his health goes back to May 2008, came from the AP (not be be trusted), and didn’t say much.

He now appears cancer-free, has a strong heart and is in generally good health, according to eight years of medical records McCain’s presidential campaign made available Friday as it sought to prove that, at 71, he is healthy enough _ and not too old _ to serve as president.

Appear. Lot’s of things appear to be one way, but in reality they are quite another. For all those who have devotedly sought the truth about 911, etc., we know how resistant most Americans remain. They see what the corporate media wants them to see, in this as in all critical matters. What I propose here may seems like a wild theory, but unfortunately, the truth for the past eight years has proven to be beyond most people’s nightmares. Therefore, I find it most productive to consider the craziest possible theories first and work my way back into conventional thinking as those theories get knocked out by facts (to the extent that we can determine the facts). For those who want an Obama win, I suggest you tread carefully or the Democrats will soon pluck another defeat from the jaws of victory. Because that seems so incredibly unlikely is exactly why you should worry.

UPDATE: The Yurica Report. The Dominionists consider this a ‘brilliant’ move. Don’t forget that the Religious Right has been waiting so patiently, so very, very patiently, with Job-like virtue I tell ya, having been used for their votes and money so many times before by the Republicans. Now, at long last, they have the chance to get one of their own into the White House. They begin to pour money into John McCain’s coffers now. She is The Church Lady.

UPDATE: The Nation reports that an ‘ultra-secretive right wing group’ picked Palin: The Council for National Policy. It is the Dominionist theocracy crowd after all. Yurica had it right.
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters?pid=352178

US and NATO hop the fence

Another great Dees illustration and Lord Stirling (The Frightening) piece can be seen and read over at s o s. I just wanted to point out for my little cabal of readers a map of the Black Sea area (good for zooming).

There’s only one way for US and NATO ships to get in there, and it’s through the Bosporous at Istanbul, Turkey. Being a very narrow strait, it would seem easy to control. This indeed puts Turkey on the hot seat between their neighbor Russia and NATO. If they let the ships in (which they have so far under some ancient limitations they rustled up from a bottom drawer), they piss off Russia. Otherwise, they piss off NATO. Good luck with that.

You can click on the map to enlarge the area. It’s less than one mile wide and maybe 15 miles long. Before they even get there, the ships have to go up around Greece, through the Dardanelles, and then through the Sea of Marmara.

My point simply being that when people talk about this being in Russia’s backyard, they might add that Russia has a six foot stockade fence around the premises. Any ships going into the Black Sea do so very deliberately. It’s not like sailing around in the open ocean and haplessly floating into the Bermuda Triangle. It’s more like having hostile Russian ships in Lake Ontario. You can see why it would make them angry.

Petroleum-coated Holy Hotties, Batman!

I was trying to wrap my mind around McCain’s Palin pick yesterday. The pandering to women thing is obvious, but there has to be more to it than that. The brilliance of this move, if you will (and I use the term advisedly), comes in how it appeals to the very men who we might otherwise expect to protest the loudest because she’s a woman. But she’s their kind of woman, you see, the right kind, so that’s different. She’s from the tribe. Plus, she’s a hottie! She is the female version of George W. Bush in 2000: young, regular (this time for real), attractive, controllable. Those who make her will presume to own her.

Do you see how this is a brilliant pick if your emotional development stunted at age 14? Do you see how this might be very useful if John McCain drops dead, and a bunch of Old White Men want a new puppet to play with? Why should the corporate masters take a risk on Obama/Biden and have to lobby and cajole a little when they can simply have their way with McCain/Palin? If he dies they get a redo. All they have to do is pick someone with lots of the ‘right’ kind of foreign policy experience, like…say…Joe Lieberman. Then you have the refreshed Bush/Cheney dynamic with new blood: the dope up front selling and pretending to drive, and the boss in the back seat giving directions and counting the money. If the talking heads decide she’s a good pick, John McCain probably does have a deadly disease. The ‘criticism’ that she is one heartbeat away from the Oval Office? Indeed. I think that’s the point. (wink wink) Am I totally speculating? Yes I am, but you see my reasoning.

Here’s the lowdown from Alaska proper. Read the whole thing, because you need this information to inoculate yourself from the corporate media spin, and they will be spinning furiously to turn this into a good decision.

“Is this a joke?” That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the hook at 6:45am here in Alaska. I mean, we’re sort of excited that our humble state has gotten some kind of national ‘nod’….but seriously? Sarah Palin for Vice President? Yes, she’s a popular governor. Her all time high approval rating hovered around 90% at one point. But bear in mind that the 90% approval rating came from one of the most conservative, and reddest-of-the-red states out there. And that approval rating came before a series of events that have lead many Alaskans to question the governor’s once pristine image.

And for great background reading on Alaska politics, don’t miss this piece from The Washington Post titled, “I’ll sell my soul to the devil”. Un-Be-Leeevable. This is the cesspool John McCain has plucked Sarah Palin from.

“Let me count first here,” Allen said, shushing a former statehouse speaker as he counted out a bribe in video footage entered as evidence in the lawmaker’s September trial, one of several crowding the docket of the federal court here.

On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. “I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie,” Kott said. “Exxon’s happy. BP’s happy. I’ll sell my soul to the devil.”

“Well, that will stay in this room,” one lobbyist said as a midnight session wound down.

And so on, and on and on.

PS. What are Obama’s weaknesses according to the right? Inexperienced, wrong race, shady religious background. What are Hillary’s? Elitist woman. Palin corrects for race, religion and class. Now the GOP can steal every argument the dems have made to support Obama and Hillary against the charges of inexperience and gender and adopt them as their very own creation. They will be the biggest supporters of young women in politics you’ve ever seen — holier than thou in their reverence. Any democrat who speaks against Palin will become a vile hypocrite and misogynist in their hands.

Will it work? Well, they have the corporate media shills as usual. Besides, all they have to do is get close enough to steal the rest, so it could work, disturbing as that is to contemplate.

Temper Tantrum

Israel is not going to stand for it.

No. NO. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JERUSALEM, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Israel won’t stand by and watch Iran develop its nuclear program despite the stance of the rest of the international community, a security source says.The unidentified source said while international superpowers such as the United States are focusing their antinuclear efforts on diplomacy, Israel won’t accept that Iran is capable of developing nuclear weaponry, IsraelNN.com reported Friday.

That’s right. They are not going to stand for it. Much more on their little snit here.

Israel will not agree to allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons and if the grains start running out in the proverbial egg timer, the Israeli government will not hesitate to take whatever means necessary to prevent Iran from achieving its nuclear goals, the government has recently decided in a special discussion, the Jerusalem Post reported on Friday quoting the Israeli daily Ma’ariv.

According to Ma’ariv, whether the United States and Western countries will succeed in toppling the Iranian regime diplomatically, through sanctions, or whether an American strike on Iran will eventually be decided upon, the Israeli government has put preparations for a separate, independent military strike by Israel in high gear.

So far, Israel has not received American authorization to use US-controlled Iraqi airspace, nor has the defense establishment been successful in securing the purchase of advanced US-made warplanes which could facilitate an Israeli strike.

The Americans have offered Israel permission to use a global early warning radar system, implying that the US is pushing Israel to settle for defensive measures only. The Jerusalem Post reported that because of Israel’s lack of strategic depth, the Israeli government has consistently warned over the past years it will not settle for a ‘wait and see’ approach and retaliate in case of attack, but rather use preemption to prevent any risk of being hit in the first place.

Ephraim Sneh a veteran Labor MK which has left the party recently, has sent a document to both US presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. The eight-point document states that “there is no government in Jerusalem that would ever reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran. When it is clear Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, an Israeli military strike to prevent this will be seriously considered.”

According to Ma’ariv, Sneh offered the two candidates the “sane, cheap and the only option that does not necessitate bloodshed.” To prevent Iran’s nuclear aspirations, Sneh wrote, “real” sanctions applied in concert by the US and Europe is necessary. The window of opportunity Sneh suggests is a year and a half to two years, until 2010.

Sneh also visited Switzerland and Austria last week in an attempt to lobby those two states. Both countries have announced massive long-term investments in Iranian gas and oil fields for the next decade

Hearing his hosts speak of their future investments, Sneh replied quietly “it’s a shame, because Ido will light all this up.” He was referring to Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, the recently appointed commander of the Israeli Air Force and the man most likely to be the one to orchestrate Israel’s attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, should this become the necessity, the JPost said.

“Investing in Iran in 2008,” Sneh told his Austrian hosts, “is like investing in Krups Steelworks in 1938, it’s a high risk investment.” The Austrians, according to Sneh, turned pale.

This is just like when your 5 year old ‘runs away’. Pack up a PBJ because he’s going to be gone for at least 20 minutes.

Why aren’t you packing the damned sandwich yet?????!!!!?????

Fine. FINE! Be that way. They’re going to give us a year and a half to two years, until 2010, allright??? But that’s it!! Not a minute longer.

Synthesis

You can find all these stories at the After Armageddon Newspage today.

First, the rapidly deteriorating financial situation:

What we are witnessing is the breakdown of the link between middle-class America and the global financial markets it has over-tapped across the last several decades. Fannie and Freddie were the support infrastructure connecting houses to capital market access. They have been caught with weak financials, swollen balance sheets and escalating default, just like the home owners they assist. The size of their retained mortgage portfolios is truly gigantic.

As banks fail, Americans will be forced to bail them out with our ever-diminishing resources. American Goy details how exactly this works.

Oh sure, there is money to invade and occupy Iraq, there is money to bomb Iran, there is money to train crazed jihadists/mujahedin from al Kaida in Iraq and send them into Iran, there is money to bail out criminals running banks and the criminal syndicate that is the American banking system, there is money for our “friendly” settlers in Israel to build more and more settlements, but so sorry, Mr. American Joe Schmoe - there is no money for YOU.

Meanwhile, Russia has been drawing all sorts of lines in the sand which, despite considerable bluster, the US cannot cross. Some countries actually enjoy seeing ‘The West’ get its comeuppance. Imagine that.

There has been much talk among western politicians in recent days about Russia isolating itself from the international community. But unless that simply means North America and Europe, nothing could be further from the truth. While the US and British media have swung into full cold-war mode over the Georgia crisis, the rest of the world has seen it in a very different light. As Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore’s former UN ambassador, observed in the Financial Times a few days ago, “most of the world is bemused by western moralising on Georgia”. While the western view is that the world “should support the underdog, Georgia, against Russia … most support Russia against the bullying west. The gap between the western narrative and the rest of the world could not be clearer.”

Putin has his own opinions of why this has happened, namely to help McCain. Dana Perino, offical White House lying tart, said Putin’s theory sounds ‘not rational.’ I’d love to see her say that to his face. Anyway, the article ends like this:

The current standoff, in which ties between NATO and Russia have been frozen, has sparked media speculation that Russia could be ousted from the G8, but the joint statement from the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, France, Germany and Italy avoided any hint of such a move. British Foreign Minister David Miliband stressed Wednesday that there were no such plans.

Now, why won’t they kick Russia out of the G8 since it’s been so naughty? Well, because some people don’t want to freeze to death this winter.

Reports have begun to circulate in Moscow that Russian oil companies are under orders from the Kremlin to prepare for a supply cut to Germany and Poland through the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. It is believed that executives from lead-producer LUKoil have been put on weekend alert. …Such action would be seen as economic warfare but Russia has been infuriated by Nato meddling in its “backyard” and threats of punitive measures by the EU. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday accused EU diplomats of a “sick imagination”. Armed with $580bn of foreign reserves (the world’s third largest), Russia appears willing to risk its reputation as a reliable actor on the international stage in order to pursue geo-strategic ambitions.

Also, some people don’t want to get bombed.

Russia on Thursday tested an inter-continental missile, heightening tensions with the West as France said the European Union could impose sanctions on Moscow over the Georgia conflict.

Furthermore, Russia has other friends besides ‘The West.’ (same link)

Russia claimed it had secured support from China and four other nations at a summit in Dushanbe, the Tajikistan capital. A statement released by the six nations at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit voiced support for Russia’s “active role” in “assisting in peace and cooperation in the region” but also called for dialogue and respect for “territorial integrity.” “The SCO member states express their deep concern over the recent tensions surrounding the South Ossetia question and call for the sides to peacefully resolve existing problems through dialogue,” said the statement signed by Medvedev, President Hu Jintao of China and the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

You can add to those Syria, and now perhaps even Turkey.

Is Turkey going to surprise the world? And continue to refuse the Americans? Is there is a pax Russia unfolding? And Ukraine for all its vitriol to Russia, transports about 90% of the Russian gas that goes to Western Europe. So there is clearly some interdependency between these 2 Black Sea neighbours. And if Georgia ends up a Russian dependency then Turkey is beholden to Russia for the BTC pipeline.

Public sentiment in Turkey for the US is still at rock bottom because of Iraq.

The President of Iran has just visited Turkey for two days against Israels objections.

It was in Turkey that the BTC pipeline was blown up, a few days before Georgia attacked, and a few days after Kazakhstan agreed to send its oil to Russia and not through the BTC pipeline. The Kurds claimed the sabotage, the Turks officially denied it was sabotage. If western agents had a hand in this might the Turks be upset? Their intelligence service knows what happened. As do the Russians, the Iranians and Israelis.

Are the Turks saying no to the Neocons?

This would P A N I C the Israelis, in fact Syria’s president visited Turkey this month, and Syria’s Interior Minister visited Turkey yesterday while Syria’s president Assad was in Moscow.

Israelis? Panicked? You mean since their plans in Georgia fell through?

Russian newspapers say that the USA has been greatly disappointed in Mikhail Saakashvili. The Georgian president has not justified USAs hopes and his career in politics will end very soon. The Georgian president is completely incapable of acting adequately and reasonably and may thus completely ruin USA’s plans in the region.

Senator Joseph Biden became personally certain of that during his meeting with Saakashvili in Tbilisi. The fate of the Georgian leader has been determined, a source close to the US Embassy in Georgia said.

A helicopter of the US Coast Guard cutter Dallas, which is drifting near the port of Batumi, will evacuate the disgraced Georgian president to the USA [in the event of a coup].

And US ships will not be able to dock at Poti, either. (same link)

U.S. warships have scrapped a plan to deliver relief supplies to Georgia’s flashpoint port of Poti on Wednesday, a source close to the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said. “The ships will not dock in Poti tomorrow,” the source told Reuters, referring to a planned mission by the USS McFaul and another vessel. Their presence would have been sure to enrage Russia, which has troops patrolling the port following a brief war with Georgia.

Russia is calling the shots now. Was this Georgian debacle supposed to help McCain and be a trial run for a strike on Iran?

A senior Russian military analyst said on Wednesday that the U.S. and NATO by arming Tbilisi used the conflict in Georgia as a dress rehearsal for a future military operation in Iran. Col. Gen Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Studies, told a news conference at RIA Novosti, “We are close to a serious conflict - U.S. and NATO preparations on a strategic scale are ongoing. In the operation the West conducted on Georgian soil against Russia - South Ossetians were the victims or hostages of it - we can see a rehearsal for an attack on Iran. There is a great deal of “new features” that today are being fine tuned in the theater of military operations.”

He said the likelihood of a war against Iran was growing with each passing day, “As a result, the situation in the region will become destabilized,” and added “causing chaos and instability” was becoming Washington’s official policy line.

Ivashov said it was difficult to predict how other countries would react to a conflict with Iran, but according to him, “old Europe” would be reluctant for events to develop and to some degree would become Russia’s allies.

With regard to the Georgia-South Ossetian conflict, he said that one of the principal goals of NATO’s “geopolitical operation” was to neutralize Russia as a global player.

Aha. Perhaps not everybody is on board with the plan. And why should they be? You’d have to be a sick bastard to go along with unleashing WW III.

This video has more information on the Russian perspective, via Duma Deputy Sergey Markov.

Here is a key point:

Q: Mr. Markov, just on that point about Iran, you said the United States might attack Iran. Do you think an attack on Iran would be in the next few months?

A: Yes. I think any attack against Iran would happen before the presidential elections. Washington has two goals for wanting to bomb Iran. One is to crush nuclear capacity and second to stop Barrack Obama election and allow neocons to control Washington.

To conclude, the Israelis and the US did set up Saakashvili, a man with connections to both McCain and Obama, in order to secure Georgia, probably as a launching pad for an attack on Iran. This plan has failed, allowing Russia a moment (long awaited) to turn the tables. Which they have. Now we shall see whether Russia can outmaneuver the Europeans, Israel and the US. By playing hard now, they may be able to push a few countries back from the brink. Some of the European countries might well decide it’s not worth it to stick with the neocon plans and have their cities destroyed. The Europeans are a weak link in the neocon plan. I think even Israel itself may chicken out if they know the Europeans won’t back the US. The one thing we can be sure about Israel: they will do anything to avoid getting stuck holding the bag. So Israel is a weak link, too, because they don’t really have the courage of their convictions. They want the US to do all the killing and dying. It will come down to the stupid neocons here in the US and whether the Israelis can manipulate them into committing a monstrous murder-suicide. As this guy put it,

The Bush Administration is about as dangerous as a badger on crystal meth, and as we’ve repeatedly seen, they’re so dumb they can screw up a soda straw.

Yeah. So it’s not such a good outlook. But as of today, we’re still here.

Wow. Just like an Arab dictatorship.

Hey, just so you know, today GWB extended the national emergency he declared on 9/14/01 for one more year.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/08/20080828-7.html

Consistent with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency I declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New York, New York, the Pentagon, and aboard United Airlines flight 93, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.

Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2008. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency I declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the terrorist threat.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

GEORGE W. BUSH

THE WHITE HOUSE,

August 28, 2008.

In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak has kept the emergency laws in effect for something like 25 years. Pretty cool, huh? That’s what we call a dick-TATER-ship. Everybody there hates his guts, too.

“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” — GWB, Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

Well, I think George is consistently exceeding his goal in that regard.

Bill explains how the world works to stupid, selfish, liberal Dennis

(satire) Obviously. But perhaps not, so there.

Transcript of Bill O’Reilly interviewing Dennis Kucinich here.

KUCINICH: You know, first of all, the American eagle needs two wings to fly. Don’t forget that. And, secondly, what I stand for is mainstream: health care for all, jobs for all, employment security. That’s what all Americans want.

O’REILLY: Yes, they want it, but you can’t — the only way to get all that is by implementing a socialistic system. And that’s what they don’t want, so that’s the…

If you want a secure job and health care, you’re a socialist. Actually, it’s probably ok to want these things for yourself, but if you start wanting it for other people, you’re a socialist. We’re pretty smart here in America, but socialism is the only way to give Americans secure jobs and health care. There’s just no other way to solve the conundrum, so pick one. See, we can’t have socialism, so we can’t solve these problems. Suck it up. Now, if you were a good, cut-throat red-blooded American like Bill O’Reilly, you’d be satisfied getting your own needs filled. Why do you have to such an asshole and care about what other people need? That’s your problem, you know.

KUCINICH: You know what, though? But in a country where the wealth is accelerating to the top because of our tax system, because of our health care system, because of our energy policies, I think the American people in this election are going to want to recognize we need to go in a new direction.

O’REILLY: It’s going to be — it’s going to be interesting, because most Americans don’t like socialism and they admire achievement. And they understand that guys like me pay an enormous amount of tax, enormous. Now, I don’t mind paying it, but if you’re going to take 50 percent, 60 percent, I’ll retire. You don’t want that.

A new direction means socialism, and we can’t have that. Bill already explained that. What are you, dense? Now, it’s important to remember that Bill is very very very selfless and doesn’t mind paying ‘enormous’ amounts of tax. Just enormous. But if we put any more weight on his sturdy, selfless shoulders, he. will. retire. Obviously, we don’t want that to happen. That would be a national tragedy, so suck it up. Stop thinking about yourself all the time, and start thinking about the sacrifices that people like Bill O’Reilly make for this country. This is your problem, you know? You never think of the poor rich people in America.

KUCINICH: Do you know that 1 out of every 3 health care dollars goes for the activities of the for-profit system, corporate profits, stock options, executive salary, advertising, marketing?

O’REILLY: That’s the free market place. You can’t control it.

Allright?? You cannot control the free market place. You just can’t do it. Does the sun rise in the east every morning? Eggsactly. And you cannot control the free market place. If you tried to exert any control over the free market place, that would be socialism, and as Bill has already explained like five times, we can’t have socialism in America. Why can’t you get this through your thick head?

O’REILLY: I like the fact that there should be a safety net for health care. I don’t want anybody to be out on the street.

KUCINICH: Bill, 50 million people are without health care.

O’REILLY: We can’t afford it.

We can’t control the free market place, and that’s why we can’t afford health care for all. What’s the matter with you, are you stupid? This is really straightforward. The money that would make health care affordable for another 50 million people has to go to corporate profits and CEO salaries. That’s the free market place, which you cannot control without killing America. It’s the price these people pay to live in a free market place kind of country. If you weren’t so selfish you’d recognize this and happily sacrifice your health for the USA.

KUCINICH: The truth is we shouldn’t have gone into Iraq.

O’REILLY: OK, but Iraq’s a different thing. We won that. We won that.

KUCINICH: Where’s the soft approach?

O’REILLY: You don’t want to confront Putin militarily in Georgia; you don’t want to confront Iran militarily. You don’t want to do all of that.

KUCINICH: Bill, why have a war if you don’t need it?

See, we won in Iraq. Already won that war. If you weren’t such a pussy, you’d see that we should go right over there and smash up the Russians and nuke Iran. War is good for America. People love war. It’s a blast. There’s nothing to worry about. We’ll kick their asses.

O’REILLY: Because the reason Bush did that was because he knew down the road Putin would invade somebody, which he has.

KUCINICH: No, excuse me. Georgia invaded South Ossetia.

O’REILLY: OK. All right, you know I love you. It’s great to have you on here. All right, I’m just wondering whether Obama loves you as much as I do.

Georgia invaded South Ossetia….this guy is such a ham…OK this interview is over. Cut. CUT! Love you, baby. You liberals are soft as shit, but we love you man. Love having you on the show.

Awkward

I bet Israel will make some expedient decisions soon that will be very awkward for the neocons, such as cutting some deals with certain professed ‘enemies’ like Iran and Russia. The Europeans will do the same thing, but with history as a guide, I don’t expect to see much restraint in the rush to label the French and Germans as ungrateful back-stabbers. It’s when the Israelis, our special buddies, cut us loose to save their own asses that we will see some flabbergasted Americans trying to make sense of it all.

This guy nails it, in my opinion. The facts on the ground will force the Europeans and the Israelis to side with Russia. They need the oil and gas — it’s as simple as that. I’m sure they will try to finesse the snub, but given that our economy has to contract by an estimated $2 trillion, and that’s going to take awhile, they can’t ignore the facts on the ground in the meantime. If they are forced to be with us or against us, um, well…actually…I hate to break this to you, but…we gotta talk.

Israel, made aware of their precarious situation thanks to powerful Russian smelling salts, might suddenly become much more cooperative with their neighbors. The US, flat-footed and broke, saddled with multiple losing wars, in the middle of a presidential election and yet still dragging the Bush team around for another four and a half more months, will fail to manage the diplomatic challenges directly ahead. They would have to admit to being wrong, and that is not something that they ever admit. In fact, Condi has done nothing but dig the hole deeper, and now The Dick himself will head over to the region to crack some heads together. In contrast, the Israelis merely have to be treacherous, and a horrible ally, willing to stab us in the back in order to save themselves. I don’t see that as a problem for them.

Unconfirmed Unicorn Sighting

An article from ynet, posted here, informs us that Moscow has been working to convene a multi-party Mideast peace conference in November. Hmm. That’s funny, because without Israel, it’s a worthless endeavor. But if Russia should succeed in hosting a successful Mideast peace conference, well… wouldn’t that change everything? Kind of like a 9/11 in reverse. The Arab World would love to break out of the current stalemate. If Russia can get Israel to cooperate, well, Condi could forget about ever collecting her Nobel Peace Prize.

A fantasy, you say? Hold on. Brother Nathanael discusses the relationship between Russia and Israel, referencing a Haaretz piece bemoaning how this Georgian debacle played out.

Israel has a long, unfortunate history of supporting failing, problematic regimes, from Idi Amin in Uganda to Augusto Pinochet in Chile, including the generals in Argentina and the Phalanges in Lebanon. The establishment repeatedly has been enticed to believe Israel can be a regional power, and has paid a painful price every time. Now, we may be able to thank Putin for quickly showing Israel the limits of its power and influence, and letting it escape with minimal damages.

Oh dear. Is Israel about to add GWB in USA to the long list of ‘failing, problematic regimes’ it has tried to ’support’? Is it time to dump the poor old USA, now that it’s all used up? Would it be much better to play nice with Russia, especially now that Israel has all the military toys (courtesy of US taxpayers) that it needs? Maybe they’ll break up with us before we break up with them, especially since we never would and they know it, having bought and paid for every politician in the US government.

Hey, it could happen. For a great take on it, read this:

First off, if you’re an English speaker, every story proffered on the Russia-Georgia conflict is 100-proof propaganda. Next, the most important story you haven’t heard is that Israel is betting against US success vs. Russia. Paradoxically, and despite Israel’s typically overweening, convoluted conceits, this is very heartening, since it means they think the US won’t go to the mat and start launching its nuclear arsenal. Apparently, they also believe the Russians can handle US Navy, Air Force, and Army units going into Project Georgia in the names of “humanitarian aid” and “peacekeeping.” Israel understandably wants the output of the BP-sponsored Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan whoever controls it, yet until now they’ve been neck-deep in arming and training the Georgian military. How deep? Georgia’s minister of defense, for example, is a citizen of Israel.

Still, it’s tough to be sanguine, or resist going into seizures or duck-n-cover positions. The Bush Administration is about as dangerous as a badger on crystal meth, and as we’ve repeatedly seen, they’re so dumb they can screw up a soda straw.

Can you imagine the maniacal spinning and spontaneous imploding if Our Best Friend EVAH!!, Israel, dumped us for Russia after we’ve run our entire frikkin country plus a couple extras into the ground on their account? That sure would be something to see.