American Samizdat Guernica
Saturday, June 14, 2003
8:48-8:53 Stay behind to talk to W about nickname problem: stress overwhelming preference for "Boy Genius" over "Turd Blossom."

8:54 - 8:55 Walk back to West Wing (feel chafing; regret earlier choice re underwear).

8:56 Call Darby, ask her to bring over boxers (the ones with American flags).

9:14 - 9:16 Call Ari Fleischer. Tell him to blackball next reporter who asks about lack of Iraqi WMD.

9:17 - 9:47 Meet w/lobbyist for tobacco industry. Swap war stories from my Philip Morris days. Smoke two Marlboro Reds (old time's sake). [more]
Moreover, if conservatives did not feel welcomed by academia, they compensated by setting up their own policy shops, and think tanks became and remained largely the province of conservatives.

it's starting to rear its ugly head in the mainstream media.

what? monkey pox?

no. full-scale doubts about bush's veracity when it came to the reasons to attack iraq.

cbsnews: americans more skeptical on wmd

more than four in ten americans say the bush administration overestimated the number of weapons of mass destruction in iraq, but despite recent scrutiny of the administration's pre-war claims about those weapons, most americans express confidence that the u.s. will eventually uncover those weapons, according to a new cbs news poll…

finding those weapons does matter to most americans. so does finding saddam hussein. fifty-eight percent say it matters whether the u.s. finds weapons, and even more - nearly two-thirds - say it matters whether the u.s. is able to find saddam hussein.

the nytimes: the boys who cried wolfowitz:

what the bush administration did was gild the lily — disseminating information that ranged from selective to preposterous. the president himself gave credence to the claim that iraq was trying to buy uranium in africa, a story...based on transparently fraudulent information. colin powell...insisted that those famous aluminum tubes iraq bought were intended for bomb-making, although the technical experts at the department of energy had made an awfully strong case that the tubes were for conventional rocket launchers. and as james risen disclosed in the times this week, two top qaeda planners in custody told american interrogators — one of them well before the war was set in motion — that osama bin laden had rejected the idea of working with saddam. that inconclusive but potent evidence was kept quiet in the administration's zeal to establish a meaningful iraqi connection to the fanatical war on america.

the queens chronicle: where are the weapons (and saddam?)

the president still insists the weapons are there, but more questions are being asked as to why our nation’s leader and its first line of defense disagree, much to the consternation of those being called into question. they say weapons of mass destruction will be found eventually. but that will not appease the families of soldiers who died, nor a public deserving the truth.

the oregonian: the ides -- and weapons -- of march:

but march, if you remember, was all about urgency. that was why we couldn't wait around for the united nations, not another month, not another couple of weeks. fundamentally, that's why we're now virtually alone in iraq, with tens and tens of thousands of u.s. soldiers trying to maintain order and defend themselves. it's why the rest of the world is not only not with us in baghdad, but also deeply dubious about what we're doing next -- and why.

and although truthout is not considered mainstream media, we definately love william rivers pitt's title for his op/ed piece: the dog ate my wmd's.
Friday, June 13, 2003
How do we know the war in Iraq isn't over? We read it in the Army Times:

When President Bush declared on May 1 that major combat operations had ended in Iraq, there was little discussion of what he meant. for all practical purposes, it seemed the war was over.

It is not.

Since the President made his statement to waves of applause from sailors aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln, 45 American servicemen have died in Iraq. Commanders say there is much more fighting ahead.

The total number of American deaths in Iraq since the war began march 19 is 183, according to the pentagon’s count. the number stood at 138 on may 1; two weeks ago it was at 171.

Although large parts of Iraq are relatively peaceful and u.s. military control overall is not in doubt, an amalgam of shadowy resistance forces, including unknown numbers of non-Iraqi fighters, are carrying out almost daily hit-and-run attacks against the American occupation forces.

We'll believe it's over when we read about it in the Army Times, an excellent source for military news.

No, we're not reporting new American casualties, thank God. And we assume you've heard elsewhere about Operation Peninsula Strike, which has claimed over 100 Iraqi lives (presumably bad Iraqi's, because we've already killed a huge number of innocent civilians).

Rather, we are talking about an Iraqi oil pipeline in the north, which is currently on fire, after a series of explosions, as reported by

An oil pipeline in northern Iraq is on fire after two bombs exploded 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the refinery town of Baiji, Agence France-Presse reported, citing its correspondent and local residents.

The pipeline, which carries oil north to turkey, was on fire in two places, the news agency said, citing its reporter. The pipeline is close the main highway linking Baghdad and Mosul, the northern regional capital.

Good thing we won!
Dumb and Dumberer
Which man is stupider? The guy that called 911 and reported his own plans to assassinate the leader of the free world?

Or the leader of the free world?
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Hm, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and Oxfarm, or the American Enterprise Institute, the Lockheed Martin's Heritage Foundation and the PNAC--which would you choose? The global rhetorical war has already been enjoined, folks, Marshall Mcluan-style: which side are you on?
By Greg Palast, who recently completely ignored yours truly while casting serious goo-goo eyes at Pagan.

Still, he is a remarkable bulldog perpetually sicced on the pantleg of evil.
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Behind-the-scenes exchanges between President George Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at last week's Aqaba summit may hint at a certain shift in the American stance, from the Israeli to the Palestinian side, according to a participant in the three-way meeting of the delegations.

Abbas outlined the increasingly dire situation of the territories, saying that the humanitarian crisis was deepening, and that while recent actions of the finance minister had eased the problems, the insertion of new funding was necessary.

Sharon then interrupted and said: "The insertion of new funding must be dependent on your good behavior." Bush was again visibly irritated: "You should release their money as soon as possible. This will help the situation."

Sharon shook his head: "We have to deal with security first, and we will condition the release of their monies on this alone." Bush peered at Sharon: "But it is their money ..." Sharon said: "Nevertheless, Mr. President ..." and Bush interrupted him: "It is their money, give it to them."
Monday, June 09, 2003
From what I saw of the Seattle police, I share the concern of my fellow protesters about a police state. The job of a police force is to maintain order, not to incite unrest.

See also:

Only a handful have been linked to terrorism. But of the 82,000 men older than 16 who registered, more than 13,000 have been found to be living in this country illegally, officials say.

More Than 13,000 Muslims Face Deportation

"What the government is doing is very aggressively targeting particular nationalities for enforcement of immigration law," said Lucas Guttentag, director of the immigrants' rights project at the American Civil Liberties Union. "The identical violation committed by, say, a Mexican immigrant is not enforced in the same way."
Sunday, June 08, 2003
George Bush, trailer trash

If I've lost Judith Miller, I've lost middle America

On May 30, George W. Bush told a Polish audience that "for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong. We found them." He was not referring to any actually located weapons of mass destruction or any facility demonstrated to have been used for the manufacture of same. He was talking about two "suspicious" trailers that could have been used to process bioweaponry.

But now even disgusting shill Judith Miller is prepared to put down her Pentagon-issued steno pad and quote a skeptical analyst regarding those trailers and their fit for the production of bioagents: "Certainly, if you modify it enough you could use it. But that's true of any tin can."

Meanwhile, those WMDs that threatened us so iminently seem not to worry high officials. The BBC, in reporting that "a leaked US intelligence report has cast fresh doubt on the coalition claims that Iraq had banned weapons which served as justification for going to war," notes that the Pentagon limited the number of IAEA inspectors inventorying the Tuwaitha uranium storage facility to seven. Those seven, on US insistence, are to be accompanied by US troops, a precedent to be followed henceforth.

Small numbers of people working under mission-friendly armed supervision makes for success. Just ask the pre-1998 inspectors.

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