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Republican Treason

It wasn’t enough for Trey Gowdy and a gang of Relublican assholes to meddle in foreign policy by writing directly to Iran – a pretentious and vain effort to undermine a sitting president in the exercise of his exclusive authority to negotiate with foreign governments and which flirted with the line between being an asshole and being a traitor.
In the wake of President Obama’s announcement of a negotiated agreement with Iran regarding their nuclear program, the Republicans have unanimously curled into the fetal position and begun crying like red-headed stepchildren.
Perhaps if they hadn’t marched in lockstep opposition to every single thing the president has ever attempted to do – and not as a matter of principle but as a matter of determined ratfucking – they would still have a single tattered shred of credibility on which to hang their mewling, pants-wetting objections.
They opposed health care reform (an idea cooked up by their own greedhead hacks at the Heritage Foundation), supported DADT and DOMA, and rejoiced over Hobby Lobby but screamed about activist judges and tyranny at Obergefell. They are petulant fucking children who expect and demand that everything – every single fucking thing – be determined in their favour. Always.

Nevertheless, let’s be specific here. They are shedding tears today for the death of all things good, right and true as evidenced by this specific deal with Iran. Some history may be illuminating:
In 1953 Republicans acting in the service of British Petroleum sent the CIA to assassinate the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mossadeq, and install the brutal, tyrannical murderer and puppet the Shah.
After the Iranian people turfed his criminal ass (which the United States saved from ever facing the justice demanded by his own people), they spent the next 40 years provoking, demonizing and lying about Iran.
Then, GW Bush fabricated blatant lies about Iraqi WMDs and, in the greatest foreign policy disaster of all time, illegally started a war to remove the one element that stood as a bulwark against the rise of Iranian influence in the region – another American puppet and BFF of Don Rumsfeld, Saddam Hussein.

Following the destruction of Iraq and the consequential rise of ISIS (which both America AND Iran would like to see destroyed), the Republicans NOW mewl and bawl that any deal with Iran that does not give the GOP every single thing their cowboy delusions imagine they must have (and are downright eager to bomb Iran if they don’t get) must be opposed.
And their castrated, orange-hued leader, who supports torture, rendition, indefinite detention and survives by drinking the panic sweat from Lindsey Graham’s scrotum, has the nerve to call Iran the largest sponsor of state terrorism.

Political commonwealth (not to mention reason) is not possible with the stubbornly ignorant, mendacious, venal pieces of worm shit that comprise the GOP.

Safe and Free

I have nothing but the most profound respect for those who serve.
Nevertheless, it pisses me off to an indescribable degree when people say, “They’re keeping us SAFE and FREE.”
No, they aren’t. They serve, and at great personal risk. But what they do has NOTHING to do with keeping us either SAFE or FREE, and dressing it up as though they do, rather than admitting the truth, does both them and “Us” the worst sort of disservice. Neither Iraq nor Afghanistan was EVER a threat to the freedom or safety of America. Not once. Not ever.
If you want to respect those who serve, at least be honest about how they’re being wasted.

Hitchens d. Blair: Religion = Evil

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens debated the question of whether religion is a force for good. As anyone who has ever debated Hitchens might tell you, the only way to win a debate with Hitchens is not to play…but as Hitchens would remind you, that ain’t winning. There may be a few with the intellectual capacity, and a handful possessed of sufficient rhetorical style, but no one plays at both ends of the court like Hitch.
As the BBC reports, and as might have been expected, Hitch carried the day by a 2-1 margin. Of course, he did have the advantage of being right.

DGBG – Another Podcast Winner

The new Driftglass and Blue Gal podcast is up. Another chance to listen in on perhaps the finest political chat on the intertubes. You just won’t hear this anywhere else. This week – Race, Sex, Class and the White House Bed Linens.
Four thumbs up. Do yourself a favour and spend a half hour paying attention.

If This is True, Bush and Cheney Should HANG

From Daily Kos via Democratic Underground:

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.

The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.

Expect Sean Hannity to start shouting something along the lines of, “How many innocent people are still being held in Gitmo by the war criminals in the Obama administration?”

This is the nature of the problem Obama now must deal with.
Can’t just open the doors. That would entail letting at least SOME very dangerous people go free who deserve to be locked up.
They have to have trials..hearings. The evidence, much of it now tainted by the torture employed to get it, must be sorted through.
It would be nice if there were some magical, or even efficient way to identify the innocent, compensate the poor bastards and send them home, but there isn’t.
This is just another…and one of the uglier…bits of cocked up shit left behind by the Constitution shredding fuckwits Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al.
That they were indiscriminately locking up anyone they could lay hands on was clear from the outset, but to learn that they KNEW many of them were innocent…
These motherfuckers ought to be dragged off to the Hague, tried and damn well HANGED.

UPDATE:
Just considering the charges…off the top of my head: Kidnapping, torture, obstruction of justice, false arrest, false imprisonment…
Toss in the cases of illegal rendition to countries where detainees were brutally tortured and murdered, presuming there’s some overlap with the innocent bastards, and you can add murder and accessory to murder to the list.
Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes are not out of the question, and the fact that they KNEW many of these men were completely innocent is a severely aggravating element. That they knew and failed to act in order to prop up their argument for war, which was ITSELF already based on cherry picked intelligence and lies only makes it worse, if such a thing could be possible.

Torture Apologist Thiessen Shredded

A former senior intelligence officer and interrogator has written a must read bit on Slate that rips former Bush sycophant and wordsmith Marc Thiessen a new backdoor.

Some choice excerpts:

My gut reaction on reading Marc Thiessen’s new book, Courting Disaster, was: “Why is a speechwriter who’s never served in the military or intelligence community acting as an expert on interrogation and national security?” … Thiessen relies solely on the opinions of the CIA interrogators who used torture and abuse and are thus most vulnerable to prosecution for war crimes. … Courting Disaster is nothing more than the defense’s opening statement in a war crimes trial.

The author, who writes under a pseudonym for security reasons, proceeds to dismantle Thiessen’s premises and conclusions, exposing an apology crafted by an incompetent neophyte cobbled together without proper research.

Thiessen and the torture apologists mock every American soldier who has followed the rules of law and ethical warfare. He insults every interrogator who has learned to elicit information without resorting to medieval abuses. … Thiessen’s ideology represents exactly what we are fighting against in the battle with Islamic extremism—the regression of human rights and the sacrifice of individual protections to the state.

Jon Meacham Has His Head Up His Ass

Jon Meacham, apparently an editor at Newsweek, has seemingly decided to reveal to the world that he has a particular talent: He can jam his head so far up his ass, he types by peeking through his navel.
This fucking moron (possibly an imbecile, perhaps an idiot) has actually expressed a desire to see Dick Cheney run for president in 2012.

Why? Because Cheney is a man of conviction, has a record on which he can be judged, and whatever the result, there could be no ambiguity about the will of the people. The best way to settle arguments is by having what we used to call full and frank exchanges about the issues, and then voting. A contest between Dick Cheney and Barack Obama would offer us a bracing referendum on competing visions.

Now, let’s be clear about Dick’s record:

Dick LIED about weapons of mass destruction.

Dick LIED about links between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.

Dick tried to remove the office of the Vice President from the Executive branch of the government to avoid keeping records he was BOUND BY LAW to maintain.

Dick used Scooter Libby to reveal Valerie Plame as a covert CIA operative in order to discredit her husband, who revealed that W’s claim that Iraq was buying yellowcake uranium in Niger was bullshit.

Dick Cheney ignored the laws of the United States and the Geneva convention in the arrest, detention without trial and torture of “enemy combatants,” a term previously unheard of in military or civilian justice.

Dick Cheney directed that some “enemy combatants” be transferred to third countries under a program known as “extraordinary rendition” in order to facilitate torture beyond the eyes of the media, the Red Cross, the United Nations, Amnesty International and anyone else who might object. Many of those so transferred were murdered.

Dick Cheney profited personally from no-bid Haliburton contracts handed out to the company he formerly ran and in which he still holds vast amounts of stock.

Yes, Mr. Meacham, you blithering fuckwit…Cheney has a record alright. He’s a man of conviction. It’s a sad truth that he will never BE convicted for the many crimes he has committed. And anyone who can argue with a straight face that such a man, based solely on his own internal belief that he was right all along, ought to stand for president of the United States, needs to yank his ignorant head out of his ass, clean the shit out of eyes and ears, and have a fucking look at contemporary history.

There are no words for yammering nonsense such as this. It’s the sort of vacant, ignorant, backward, disconnected from reality horsecock that one might expect to hear coming from Sarah Palin or Cheney’s own lying personal media whore and filial defender, Liz.

What should happen to Dick Cheney is this: A commission should be formed to investigate war crimes in the lead up to and conduct of the war in Iraq, including the detention and torture of “enemy combatants.”
Given Dick Cheney’s demonstrated propensity to perjure, suborn perjury, tamper with witnesses and destroy evidence, he should be arrested and held in isolation pending trial. If, after a fair trial (the sort which he so cravenly denied to children held in Gitmo), he is found guilty, he should be hung. That’s what we do to WAR CRIMINALS…and that’s what we did to Japanese soldiers who waterboarded American troops. We HUNG THEM.

Dick Cheney is a filthy, evil, lying piece of shit.
Jon Meacham is a stunned ignoramus who thinks such bastards have a place in American electoral politics.
They are both embarrassments to DNA.