February 10, 2007

COOKING THE BOOKS


Caption: This is another one to howl about.

This headline item from the last few days probably came as a surprise to nobody:

A special unit run by former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's top policy aide inappropriately produced "alternative" intelligence reports that wrongly concluded that Saddam Hussein's regime had cooperated with al-Qaida, a Pentagon investigation has determined.


Of course, that misinformation helped bolster the bogus case for this unnecessary war. Think of all the unnecessary misery, death and destruction the ideological fanatics who gave us this war have created...

At this writing, well over 3,100 U.S. soldiers have died there and at least 100,000 Iraqis, maybe more.

And as for financial costs, as of Sunday it was around $366 billion, according to the National Priorities Project. And that's just what people know about as of now.

One can only wonder what the final butcher's bill will be. (Or, for that matter, what the final cost will be for the administration's efforts to suppress federal action on global warming.)

It's going to take a lot of people a very long time to undo even a portion of the damage that has been done to this country over the last six years.

Oh yeah...now they're working on Iran.

ON A DIFFERENT NOTE the following rant of yours truly in support of the Employee Free Choice Act appeared in yesterday's Charleston WV Sunday Gazette-Mail.

MINIMUM WAGE UPDATE. For those following the federal minimum wage saga, the U.S. House is considering its own $1.3 billion package of business tax cuts in an effort to free up obstacles to final passage. Anticipated House cuts are about 1/6th the amount of the cuts that were attached to the bill that recently passed the Senate.

We'll see...

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED

4 comments:

mwildfire said...

pzaflmv"If you can't solve a problem, enlarge it." --Donald Rumsfeld, one of Rumsfeld's Rules.
"We will defeat that insurgency in Iraq, and in fact it will be an enormous success story."--Dick Cheney to Wolf Blitzer
I think they mean the human unsurgency, and after they've enlarged the problem to Iran and Syria and the rest of the Middle East, they'll finally manage to get the nukes flying, and then they can get rid of the pesky natives, finish adjusting the climate to match that of their homeworld, remove those itchy human suits--and relax--an enormous success story, considering how few they are and six billion of us.

El Cabrero said...

Damn--that was a good one. I love that "If you can't solve a problem, enlarge it."

I owe you one!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

At least the new Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, seems to be less manipulative than Rumsfeld. Still, my trust level in the administration remains in negative numbers.

El Cabrero said...

I kinda miss Rumsfeld for purely linguistic reasons. He was like the Mad Poet of Thanatos...