U.S. Boots on the Ground in Pakistan… What a Surprise

Willyloman over at the American Everyman has up a great post about the “need” to send US troops and CIA into certain areas of Pakistan…

According to an article in the New York Times, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has sparked a need for us to send troops into certain areas of Pakistan, along with, the CIA, to help keep Pakistan “safe for democracy”.

And just who is putting this plan together, well, Rice and Cheney, of course; with the CIA, that is.

“The new options for expanded covert operations include loosening restrictions on the C.I.A. to strike selected targets in Pakistan, in some cases using intelligence provided by Pakistani sources…” NYT.

So, because of the assassination of the main opposition to Musharraf’s strangle hold on Pakistan, we are going to turn loose the CIA to attack targets, picked out by, Musharraf? Fucking brilliant.

It seems appropriate to call someone a tool right now…..but it’s so hard to choose…

Egg on all Faces

via The Washington Post:

Lawmakers of all parties were briefed on torture and rendition and secret CIA jails as early as 2002. Nancy Pelosi, Jane Harman, John D. Rockefeller, Bob Graham, Porter Goss, Pat Roberts, were among those briefed by the CIA the WaPo reports:

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said. (emphasis by me)

Speaker Pelosi, now that one of your secrets is out, please spill the beans on what else is on your conscience and put impeachment back on the table!

Read the whole story here!