June 3, 2004

Turn me loose, set me free, somewhere in the middle of Montana

* The Idiot Son of a Asshole, a flash project about Bush. [via jilly]

* The Lying Game: An A-Z of the Iraq war and its aftermath, focusing on misrepresentation, manipulation, and mistakes. excerpt:

"F The claim that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could be deployed within forty-five minutes of an order was a key plank of the Government's pro-war argument and appeared in its September dossier of 2002. We now know that the discredited claim - which applied only to battlefield munitions in any case - came from the party of the caretaker prime minister of Iraq: Iyad Allawi."

"P The Pentagon hawks, Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz and senior adviser Richard Perle took their country to war on a false prospectus."

"R Karl Rove, president Bush's political adviser, is accused of 'outing' the CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame amid the furore over the Niger uranium claim. A grand jury is investigating the leak."

"S Bush and Blair insist there will be a transfer of 'full sovereignty' to a caretaker government. But the appointment of Iyad Allawi, who has close US and British links, as Prime Minister raises questions over its independence."

"Y Yesterday, denials by Dick Cheney that he no longer had any association with the Halliburton oil services company, where he was formerly CEO, were under new scrutiny."

"Z Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, accused of beheading the American Nick Berg , was said to be the link between Saddam and Bin Laden. No such link has been proved."

* Kevin J. Shay's Democratic Underground column concludes:

"Americans today are bigger targets for the growing number of terrorists because of the lies of Bush & Co. We are not safer because of those lies.

"If Clinton got impeached by the Republican-controlled U.S. House over a lie that killed no one, Bush should be banished from the country for life for his lies. But that won't happen because Republican hypocrites control Congress. Such is among the many problems when Americans allow one party to dominate our political functions.

"I'm old enough to clearly remember the lies of Reagan and Bush Sr., many of which were more "honest" lies - if there is such a thing - than the present filth emanating from the White House. Reagan Iran-Contra player Oliver North was honest enough to admit he lied to Congress during that scandal. Today's Bush administration not only refuses to admit its lies but spins them around as a positive course for our nation and world. John Dean, White House counsel under Nixon, wrote in 2003 that Bush's lies "are almost never justifiable... They are typically of the most serious kind - lies that misinform the public in such a way as to disrupt the proper functioning of the democratic process."

"I lived through Nixon and Reagan and Bush Sr., and I'm sure I'll live through Bush Jr., even if he steals another election.

"But I refuse to observe the lies told by Bush and not raise my voice against them. I refuse to go along with this policy. I will risk being branded unpatriotic and worse by Bush-supporting liars and hypocrites.

"The future of my kids playing in the tub where the president who reportedly could not tell a lie bathed depends on it."

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