Tough choice..

Talabani: Iran sends no weapon to Iraq

“You do realize they are making this up about Iran?”

Are you going to believe a president (and administration) who intentionally lied this country into an unnecessary war? Or a president who is trying to expose lies in order to PREVENT an unnecessary war?

Hmmm… Tough choice..

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McClellan: Bush used ‘propaganda’ to sell war

So, have you ordered your copy yet?

Raw Story

In a new tell-all memoir on sale next week, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes that President Bush depended on propaganda to sell the Iraq war to the American public, The Politico reports.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, McClellan also reveals new details about allegations regarding Bush’s former drug use that shadowed his 2000 campaign.

McClellan tracks Bush’s penchant for self-deception back to an overheard incident on the campaign trail in 1999 when the then-governor was dogged by reports of possible cocaine use in his younger days.

The book recounts an evening in a hotel suite “somewhere in the Midwest.” Bush was on the phone with a supporter and motioned for McClellan to have a seat.

“‘The media won’t let go of these ridiculous cocaine rumors,’ I heard Bush say. ‘You know, the truth is I honestly don’t remember whether I tried it or not. We had some pretty wild parties back in the day, and I just don’t remember.’”

“I remember thinking to myself, How can that be?” McClellan wrote. “How can someone simply not remember whether or not they used an illegal substance like cocaine? It didn’t make a lot of sense.”

Bush, according to McClellan, “isn’t the kind of person to flat-out lie.”

“So I think he meant what he said in that conversation about cocaine. It’s the first time when I felt I was witnessing Bush convincing himself to believe something that probably was not true, and that, deep down, he knew was not true,” McClellan wrote. “And his reason for doing so is fairly obvious — political convenience.”

In the years that followed, McClellan “would come to believe that sometimes he convinces himself to believe what suits his needs at the moment.” McClellan likened it to a witness who resorts to “I do not recall.”

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Wow, I didn’t see this coming.. What an UPROAR!! A conservative with a conscience? How refreshing..

More from:

The Huffington Post: Former Press Secretary Wallops Bush

Talking Points Memo: Bushies: McClellan’s Just Mean!

The Carpetbagger Report: The inevitable pushback against Scott McClellan is already underway

Crooks and Liars: Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell war; Rove and Libby colluded on Plame story

Politico: Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House

TDS: Clintons see vast conspiracies on left and right

Raw Story

Jon Stewart reviews the latest news from the Democratic primary race. John Oliver said that Clinton’s use of RFK’s assassination to point out the election timeline was “morbidly effective.”Oliver joked, “RFK’s assassination is short hand for early june and, to her credit, she always said I am in this campaign from the day Ghengis Khan sacked Samarkand all the way to the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima” .

I just had to put this one up too..

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TDS replays ‘awesome’ comments from Bush

Raw Story

Jon Stewart took a quick look at Bush’s use of the word “awesome.” Stewart notes the term “awesome” was previously “used primarily to describe skateboarding or pizza or dog on a skateboard eating a pizza.” President Bush has found new interesting ways to use the word.

Awesome.. I am pretty sure that I will never use that word again..

McCain economic policy shaped by lobbyist

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MSNBC

Swiss bank paid McCain co-chair to push agenda on U.S. mortgage crisis

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s national campaign general co-chair was being paid by a Swiss bank to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis at the same time he was advising McCain about his economic policy, federal records show.

“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” reported Tuesday night that lobbying disclosure forms, filed by the giant Swiss bank UBS, list McCain’s campaign co-chair, former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, as a lobbyist dealing specifically with legislation regarding the mortgage crisis as recently as Dec. 31, 2007.

Gramm joined the bank in 2002 and had registered as a lobbyist by 2004. UBS filed paperwork deregistering Gramm on April 18 of this year. Gramm continues to serve as a UBS vice chairman.
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This was reported on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night (the article is co-written by Olbermann). I read elsewhere that a McCain presidency would have Gramm possibly in the Treasury Secretary slot.

This really IS shaping up to be ‘Bush, the third term’..

A person would have to be INSANE to vote for John McCain. Waking up to read each new disclosure or news flash on the McCain campaign is getting to be almost comical – and we aren’t even into the general election yet..

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Britain ready to sign cluster bomb ban treaty

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In a surprising move Britain’s prime minister Gordon Brown has changed position in negotiating a cluster bomb ban. The negotiators are now advised to accept a ban including the Helicopter ammunitions M73 and M85. The only open questions left seems to be about the timeline of scrapping the bombs. Gordon Brown advised the abolition of the most dangerous cluster ammunition in Britain’s arsenal immediately. As pointed out yesterday, this opens questions about possible prosecution for British soldiers who fight along military still using the bombs, thus putting pressure on the US to stop using them in joint operations.

This is good news indeed!

For more, read:

The Times
The Guardian
The Telegraph
BBC-homepage

and , of course TheZoo

John Bolton to be target of citizen’s arrest at Hay Festival

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Telegraph UK

John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, faces a citizen’s arrest when he addresses an audience at the Hay Festival in Wales this evening.

George Monbiot, the journalist and activist, is planning the action because he believes Mr Bolton is a “war criminal”.

He said he was surprised that Mr Bolton would be allowed to “swim through the politest of polite soirees – which is of course Hay.”

Mr Bolton, who was the American ambassador to the UN from August 2005 to January 2006, is due to talk at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival at 6.30pm on international relations.

Mr Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian newspaper, plans to detain him as he steps off stage at the end of his talk. He said he was prepared to jump on stage and perform the citizen’s arrest there if necessary.

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Bravo Mr. Monbiot! Its not Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, or Rove, but at least its a start..

Here is his list of charges.

UPDATE: From the Guardian UK

The environmental campaigner, George Monbiot, last night failed in his attempt to make a citizen’s arrest on the senior ex-Bush administration official John Bolton over “war crimes” committed by the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

As Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN, ended his hour-long discussion at the Hay festival, Monbiot, who had earlier challenged him for alleged breaches of the post-war Nuremburg Principles, moved towards the stage waving a charge sheet.

But security staff, alerted by pre-publicity, intervened and bundled Monbiot out of the tent as 20 supporters chanted “war criminal” and waved placards. The comedian, Marcus Brigstocke, who tried to pursue Bolton as he left the other side of the tent, was also blocked by security staff.