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December 07, 2005


U.S. statecraft has turned into the dismal science.

Mrs. Merkel said at a news conference that Ms. Rice had admitted making a mistake when the United States abducted a German citizen, Khaled el-Masri, on suspicions of terrorism and held him in detention for five months. But aides to Ms. Rice scrambled to deny that, saying instead that Ms. Rice had said only that if mistakes were made, they would be corrected.

That's the money graph for me. How fucking pathetic is that? The NYT piece cites 'two of the world's most powerful women'; yep, and one of them is a super-princess. Our gal, natch.

Even during the Nixon administration, which invented a new verb tense, the passive-aggressive, it was admitted that "Mistake were made."

Now we're down to passive-aggressive denial: IF mistakes were made ...

George W. Bush maliciously started an ill-timed and disastrous war by lying to the American people and to the Congress; he has run a budget surplus into a severe deficit; he has consistently and unconscionably favored the wealthy and corporations over the rights and needs of the population; he has destroyed trust and confidence in, and good will toward, the United States around the globe; he has ignored global warming to the world's detriment; he has wantonly broken our treaty obligations; he has condoned torture of prisoners; he has attempted to create a theocracy in the United States; he has appointed incompetent cronies to positions of vital national importance.

Would someone please get caught giving him a blow job so we can impeach him?

Wasn't "mistakes were made" Ronald Reagan? As I recall, it originally referred to the Beirut bombing (1983). Did Nixon admit any mistakes?

from the WaPo, late:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the United States had banned all of its personnel from conducting cruel or inhumane interrogations of prisoners. Her statement appeared to mark a significant shift in U.S. policy.

"As a matter of U.S. policy, the United States' obligations under the CAT [U.N. Convention Against Torture], which prohibits cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment -- those obligations extend to U.S. personnel wherever they are, whether they are in the United States or outside of the United States," Rice said during a news conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

meteorblades--Your listing of Bush's failures is one of the best articulations of the many reasons that Bush is the worst president in the history of the U.S. Thanks. I feel like saving it and sending it to people who want to know why I think he's an idiot (euphemism). He and his ilk have taken a perfectly good country and completely ruined it.


"Condoleezza Rice, US secretary of state, on Wednesday signalled a major policy shift by stating explicitly that US personnel were prohibited from using "cruel, inhumane and degrading" treatment of detainees as she weathered protests in Europe over secret Central Intelligence Agency prisons and alleged torture.

"Members of the US Congress, who had pressed for the change, and human rights activists welcomed the statement as a policy U-turn . . .

. . . But Scott McClellan, White House spokesman, insisted that Ms Rice's comments were a restatement of existing policy"

Translation of Scotty's statement: "Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia."

from Sully.

What you find in Bolton is something democratically repulsive, but one that is very close to the view of Dick Cheney. That view is that the public should never second-guess its own government in the conduct of a war. I wish we didn't have to. But when you have bungled a war this badly, and committed war-crimes in the process, what would Bolton have us do? Trust, sadly, is no longer an option. It no longer became an option the minute looting broke out in Iraq and the secretary of defense, responsible for maintaining order in a country he had just invaded, shrugged his shoulders. From that moment of complete and proud dereliction of duty, we were on notice that these people couldn't be trusted.

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