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Daddy’s little girl is all growed up and ready to start illegal wars in countries that didn’t attack us.

The Washington Times reports that Liz Cheney, daughter and primary defender of former Vice President and lying scumbag Darth Dick Cheney, has been making noises about running for political office sometime in the future.  Read on:

“It’s something I very well may do,” said Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney, a lawyer and State Department appointee who has worked on two Republican presidential campaigns.

Ms. Cheney, 44, has emerged as one of the strongest defenders of the effectiveness and legality of Bush-Cheney policies on enhanced interrogation methods. More recently, she and her father have become two of the most outspoken critics of President Obama’s position on terrorism and other national security issues, which has led Republicans to consider her a strong candidate for national political office.

Ms. Cheney told The Washington Times’ “America’s Morning News” that recent new reports that her father ordered the CIA to hide information from Congress and that a government probe could follow appears like political cover for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats who have accused agency Director Leon Panetta of lying.

“It gets more and more appalling every day,” she said. “I think they’re very worried about Speaker Pelosi.”

Oh, please.  This woman is even more detached from reality than her dickhead father is.  Anyone who thinks waterboarding isn’t torture and that the CIA tells the truth to Congress and the American people, is an idiot.

I hope she does run for office.  I hope she gets her ass handed to her.  I hope the weight of her father’s crimes and scandals comes crashing down on her head like a ton of shit.  I hope the entire Cheney family gets indicted for war crimes and sent to the gulag their supreme patriarch created.

That’s how many times the illegal, unethical, immoral and unjustified “harsh interrogation method” known as waterboarding was used “sparingly” by agents of the CIA under the authorization of the Bush administration.

That’s how many times it was used on two men, both al-Qaeda operatives, AFTER they’d already given up any useful information they had.

This was not interrogation.  It was revenge.  It was punishment.  It was torture.

And it was wrong.  The men who wrote the memos authorizing it should be condemned, prosecuted and put in prison for a very long time.  The men who did the torture must be brought to justice.  And the so-called “leaders” who still, against all available evidence, insist it was necessary we do this to protect our national security should be held accountable to their crimes.

And maybe they should be waterboarded, but that’s not for me to say.  I doubt Cheney or Bush would survive even the first five waterboardings, much less 266.  Perhaps 266 years in prison for each of them, one year for each time this act of vicious revenge was committed, would suffice.

266.  Six times a day for a month for Khalid Shayk Mohammed.

266.  That’s what Bush & Cheney thought was “justified.”

266.  The new Number of the Beast.  Further proof, if we needed it, that neither of them have any morals whatsoever.  This was not about protecting America.  This was nothing more than abuse.  This was torture.

266.

A report from the International Committee for the Red Cross on CIA detentions and torture, recently released to the public, has shed the white light of truth on the previous administration’s darkest secrets.

It reads like something from the Nuremberg Trials or the Vietnam era.  It describes the ordeals of fourteen “high value detainees” who were subjected to some of the worst treatment the CIA “interrogators” gave to their prisoners.  In one example, detainee Abu Zubaydah described a fairly standard transfer flight:

“The detainee would be made to wear a diaper and dressed in a tracksuit.  Earphones would be placed over his ears, through which music would sometimes be played.  He would be blindfolded with at least a cloth tied around the head and black goggles. … He does not know how long the transfer took but, prior to the transfer, he reported being told by his detaining authorities that he would be going on a journey that would last twenty-four to thirty hours.

“The detainee … would usually be transported in a reclined sitting position with his hands shackled in front. …The detainee was not allowed to go to the toilet and if necessary was obliged to urinate and defecate into the diaper.” (ICRC Report, page 7)

Lovely.  I’ve always said that the acid test for whether a given action is torture or not is if we’d put someone on trial for doing it to our people.  This stuff sounds like the worst of the stories from forced-labor camps in Soviet Russia.  And as usual, it’s not the worst.  No, what’s worse is the way the CIA, under the direction of the Bush administration, corrupted the function of doctors in support of its heinous crimes.

“During the course of their detention, detainees described three principal roles for health personnel whom they encountered.  Firstly, there was a direct role in monitoring the ongoing ill-treatment which, in some circumstances, involved the health personnel directly participating while certain methods were used.  Secondly, there was a role in performing a medical check just prior to, and just after, each transfer.  Finally, there was the provision of healthcare, to treat both the direct consequences of ill-treatment detailed in previous sections, and to treat any natural ailments that arose during the prolonged periods of detention.

“… In some cases it was alleged that, based on their assessments, health personnel gave instructions to interrogators to continue, to adjust or to stop particular methods.” (ICRC report, pp. 21-22)

In one case a detainee was told by a doctor, “I look after your body only because we need you for information.”

And you thought Cheney and Bush couldn’t sink any lower.  This almost precisely mirrors the way medical personnel were used by the North Vietnamese on our soldiers.

Don’t give me any shit about “they were trying to kill us” or “those people are the worst of the worst”.  Nothing justifies this – NOTHING.  It offends me as a veteran, and it should offend the honor and morality of every American citizen.  Bush and Cheney led us down the path of immorality, and they need to pay for it.

We should bring them up on charges of war crimes and torture, before someone else does, just to show the world that WE DON’T TOLERATE THIS.

Read the full report here.

…and coming from Newt, that’s saying something.

Seriously, on a recent appearance on “Meet the Press”, Newt Gingrich had this to say about the Fat Bastard and his take on the President:

“You’ve got to want the president to succeed,” said the former House Speaker. “You’re irrational if you don’t want the president to succeed. Because if he doesn’t succeed the country doesn’t succeed… I don’t think anyone should want the president of the United States to fail. I want some of his policies to be stopped. But I don’t want the president of the United States to fail. I want him to learn new policies.”

While he didn’t specifically name Limbaugh, it’s clear who Gingrich is actually talking about.  There’s only one conservative neocon jackass out there who’s been screaming about wanting the President to “fail”, and that’s Limbaugh.

Talking about wanting the President to fail isn’t just irrational, it’s anti-American.  We should all, whether we agree with his policies or not, whether we voted for him or not, want his to be a successful presidency.  The best way to define it is if he leaves the country in better shape than it was when he took over.

Unlike what Bush, Cheney & the rest of the Axis of Incompetence and Corruption did to us.

And it’s refreshing to see there are at least a few Republicans out there who haven’t been “bending over and taking it” from the Fat Bastard.  Way to go, Newt.  Hold on to those balls while Limbaugh still lets you have them.

Once again, the facts on the ground in Iraq have put the lie to the Bush administration’s attempts at wresting success from the jaws of the colossal failure of the so-called War on Terror. As reported in the New York Times, Iraqi security forces have been battling the Mahdi Army, the militia of renegade cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, in a desperate bid to regain control of Iraq’s southern port city of Basra.

Basra, you may recall, is the city that British troops withdrew from last year in the face of increasing violence and factional fighting.

This is the first real major engagement the ISF has led since its formation, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Failure on the ground in Basra will be a major embarrassment both for the Iraqi government and the U.S. military personnel responsible for training the ISF. It could also lead to further destabilization of the entire country and a downward spiral into chaos and violence. Success will further validate the American presence in Iraq, prove the training we’re providing is working, and give a much-needed boost for the nascent ISF. They really need to prove themselves up to the task of keeping their country safe. Failure could wreck everything we, and the Iraqis, have been working toward, and make it extremely difficult to bring American troops back home where they belong.

Of course, we knew this sort of thing would happen, even before we invaded. During the run-up to the war, General Shinseki warned Congress and then-SecDef Rumsfeld (may his soul burn in hell) that while the initial invasion would only require 100 to 140,000 troops, the post-war occupation and rebuilding would need at least three to five times that.

Rumsfeld disagreed, Shinseki retired, and the uninformed opinion of the most incompetent, bullying and arrogant Secretary of Defense in American history prevailed. Trouble is, Shinseki was right then and history has proven it. Taking a country is one thing. It’s easy and quick, as we showed five years ago. Holding it is another thing entirely. The meager force that Bush & Co. left in place to patrol Iraq and keep the warring factions from killing each other has been fighting a losing battle ever since. The so-called “surge” last year only brought the troop levels up to a third of what they need to be in order to do their job effectively. They’ve been doing an excellent job under extremely difficult, nigh-on impossible, circumstances. But they’re overstretched, overdeployed, exhausted, burned-out, and sick of it all. Many are on their third or fourth deployments. They want to come home, and most of all, they want someone else to do it for a change.

The “surge” isn’t working. It wasn’t even really a surge. It was a band-aid solution to an open-heart surgery problem. If Bush was really serious about winning this thing, if he really gave a shit about the welfare of the troops, he’d take steps to re-institute the draft. He’d put out the clarion call of duty to all able-bodied men and women of recruitment age to get out and serve their country. If this truly is the defining fight of our times, if our national survival truly depends on it, then nothing less than a full mobilization is needed.

But he won’t, because he’s a coward and a liar. He’ll continue to play politics with soldiers’ lives, and make others sacrifice for a cause he isn’t willing to sacrifice for himself.

According to recent reports, the Pentagon is asking wounded veterans to return part of their enlistment bonuses. The reason?

Their injuries prevented them from completing their terms of enlistment.

No shit. The story was reported yesterday by KDKA of Pittsburgh, P.A.:

Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part Of Bonus Back

Even though the Army saw the error of its ways, the soldier is still planning on taking his story to the media.

Good for him. I wish him and all soldiers in his position all the best. I hope this story has as much staying power as the bridge baloney. It certainly deserves far more attention than that bit of trivia. This is important – it speaks to the wholesale abuse and betrayal of our nation’s troops at the hands of the most incompetent, corrupt, and degenerate administration in American history.

It speaks to the reality of this war – that it was started based on lies, it has bankrupted the country, broken the back of the finest military force the world has ever seen, has wasted the lives and limbs of the men and women called to fight it, and has produced no real gain in security or safety for the United States.

It speaks to the failure of this administration to plan for the care and treatment of the victims of its failed policies.

Finally, it speaks to the reality of the ignorance of the average American about what’s really happening over there, and what really happens to the wounded troops once they return home.

First the Walter Reed scandal, now this. How many more of these disasters must our military men endure before we finally have the real courage to stand up and say “enough!”

Bring them home. If you really support the troops, bring them home.

Was there ever a more ignorant man than George W. Bush to occupy the White House? His lies are so transparent that they lack even the substance of the air he breathes, his distortions are so obvious and frequent that watching him is like being in the hall of mirrors at a carnival, and his hyperbole is so far off the mark sometimes it seems he’s in a different solar system from the rest of humanity.

Yesterday, in a desperate attempt to shore up support for his embattled nominee for attorney general, Mr. Bush compared Senate Democrats blocking Mukasey’s confirmation to those who ignored the rise of Hitler and Lenin.

This is so ridiculous it demands comment. First of all, the term “Islamofascist” has been bandied about so much by his crowd that it has lost any meaning it might once have had. The constant public repetition of the term has 1) emboldened the terrorists, and 2) turned even moderate Muslims in the Middle East against us. America’s reputation in the part of the world it most depends upon for its energy needs is lower now than it has ever been, thanks to the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Axis of Incompetence. Yeah, I know Rumsfeld is long gone by now. But it’s still partly his fault we’re in the mess we’re in.

Secondly, anyone with a high school education should be able to tell you that both Hitler and Lenin were authoritarian autocrats who rose to power with the enthusiastic support of the people within the countries they eventually oppressed.  In both cases, the excesses and abuses perpetrated by them were willingly overlooked or ignored by the very people they claimed to be protecting.  In both cases, they enjoyed the support of many otherwise intelligent people who saw an opportunity to gain power as part of the new regime.

Sound familiar?  It should.  It’s happening right here, right now.

Bush claims that we need an attorney general who will allow his government to unlawfully detain people indefinitely and without charge, and torture them at will.  He claims that we need an attorney general who will allow the government to spy on American persons without warrants, snoop their e-mail, conduct “sneak-and-peek” raids on their homes, and force libraries to hand over their lending records, all in violation of the 4th Amendment.  He claims we will be “safer” if his government is allowed to oppress us.

I say that’s just what Hitler said, too.  I say it’s Bushit.  And I say it needs to be stopped.  Now.  Before it’s too late.