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Bush Says Iraq War Was Worth it

Five years ago the United States was a different country. Five years ago a war was waged against a dictator who had weapons of mass destruction. President George Bush says that he has no doubts that the Iraqi War has been worth it.

Since the beginning of the war in Iraq 3,900 military members from the United States have died. Tax payers have shelled out $500 billion and climbing to fund the effort. Joseph E. Stiglizt, Nobel Prize winning economist and finance expert Linda Bilmes estimate that the war cost total will even out at $3 trillion.

“The successes we are seeing in Iraq are undeniable, yet some in Washington still call for retreat,” the president said. “War critics can no longer credibly argue that we are losing in Iraq, so now they argue the war costs too much. In recent months, we have heard exaggerated estimates of the costs of this war.

“No one would argue that this war has not come at a high cost in lives and treasure, but those costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq,” Bush said.

Since 2003 at least 82,240 Iraqi civilians have perished. 7% of the adult male Iraqi population have been killed. On average a thousand Iraqis died on every single day of the first half of 2006.

Out of such chaos in Iraq, the terrorist movement could emerge emboldened with new recruits … new resources … and an even greater determination to dominate the region and harm America,” Bush said in his remarks. “An emboldened al-Qaida with access to Iraq’s oil resources could pursue its ambitions to acquire weapons of mass destruction to attack America and other free nations. Iran could be emboldened as well with a renewed determination to develop nuclear weapons and impose its brand of hegemony across the broader Middle East. And our enemies would see an American failure in Iraq as evidence of weakness and lack of resolve.”

Badr Brigade is the largest known active terrorist group in Iraq. They are led by Grand Ayotollah al-Sistani.

A $7 million dollar contract was awarded to KBR, a part of Halliburton, to construct and run military bases. KBR was tasked to plan oil well firefighting in 2002 within Iraq. In February, 2008, a hard disk and two computers containing classified information were stolen from Petrobras while in Halliburton’s custody. Allegedly, the content inside the stolen material, was data on the recently discovered Tupi oil field. The former President Bush and Dick Cheney have both been affiliated with Halliburton.

Looking back, Bush said, “Five years into this battle, there is an understandable debate over whether the war was worth fighting … whether the fight is worth winning … and whether we can win it. The answers are clear to me: Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision and this is a fight America can and must win.”

The terrorists who murder the innocent in the streets of Baghdad want to murder the innocent in the streets of American cities. Defeating this enemy in Iraq will make it less likely we will face this enemy here at home,” Bush said.

U.S. strikes have killed an estimated 40,000 Iraqi civilians in the five years of war. From March 2003 to April 2004 30,000 bombs rained down on the mostly urbanized country. 240,000 cluster bombs were used.

The other half of the deaths have happened from bombings and uprising with militants that use the guise of the war to terrorize the people.

In Iraq, we are witnessing the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama bin Laden, his grim ideology, and his terror network. And the significance of this development cannot be overstated ,” the president said.

“The challenge in the period ahead is to consolidate the gains we have made and seal the extremists’ defeat. We have learned through hard experience what happens when we pull our forces back too fast — the terrorists and extremists step in, fill the vacuum, establish safe havens and use them to spread chaos and carnage.”

In war torn Iraq there are no safe havens. The people are worse off today than they were 5 years ago. Humanitarian groups describe the country as being a crisis of huge proportions with little reason for hope. The Red Cross filed a report stating that civilians continue to be killed in the armed hostilities. That medical care is inadequate for those wounded. Water and sewage are of poor quality. Women are victimized if they are not attired in Islamic dress.

It’s been said that war is Hell. Hell has a new address, Iraq.

Bush Vetoes Waterboarding Bill

President George Bush just vetoed a bill that would have banned waterboarding. The torture interrogation method stimulates drowning. Bush claims that not allowing for such inhumane methods puts the country in danger.

“The bill would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror, the CIA program to detain and question key terrorist leaders and operatives,” deputy White House press secretary Tony Fratto said Friday.

Had the bill passed the C.I.A. would have to use only the 19 interrogation techniques listed in the Army field manual.

The bill would have banned tortures such as waterboarding, sensory deprivation and other methods to get detained prisoners to “break.” Waterboarding earned a “bad” name during the Vietnam War when it was used on military personnel captured by the Vietnamese army.

Waterboarding was banned in 2006 by the Army.

The vetoed bill had already passed both the House and the Senate last month.

op-ed: Timing Is Of The Essense

Questions of why now have been coming out over the decision about charging and bringing to trial six of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The answer is simple, it’s all about timing.

As Bush prepares to leave office another President could make changes that differ from his administration dealing with the controversial military prison in Cuba. Water-boarding and conspiracy theories may play out for years even after the Iraq War is a distant memory.

The secrets and criminal crimes that have happened during this present war could in the end prove disastrous for the government. Is there any better way to get rid of some of the
evidence than by having military trials where documents can be silenced? Death sentences have a way of shutting up those involved with actions that would better be left quiet.

Members of the defense team for Salim Ahmed Hamdan have been forbidden to speak to other detainees because of risks to national security. Even with two members of the team holding security clearances authorizing them to the highest levels of classified information.

Last week Michael Mukasey, the attorney general of the United States announced to the Senate judiciary committee that he would not investigate criminal wrongdoing that may have happened during the interrogation of certain detainees at the military prison. The reasoning behind this was that interrogators had acted on orders that they believed to be lawful. Within a week the government announced that the six involved in this decision would be put on trial for war crimes dealing with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

When the government put the issue of water-boarding away it was setting in motion the possible trial of this century. There will be no need to discuss the possible tortures of these detainees during their criminal trials as those tortures are not what is being called into question.

The defense attorneys will have their work cut out for them. Evidence has been lost or erased. Interviews are classified and under wraps by use of the Military Commissions Act.

While the lawyers for the defense will have tightly bound wrists during these trials their clients will finally have their speedy trials. Because of the MCA any appeals can be completed within 120 days. If they are sentenced to death only one person has to personally approve it. Any guesses who that would be? George Bush.

If any of the accused decide to admit guilt and opt for the death penalty then all George Bush has to do is sign on the dotted line. Silence is golden.

If the trials go on into the next President’s watch then that office will be faced with the sticky wicket of appearing to approve of Gitmo policies by signing the death slip or by appearing unpatriotic by allowing those who were part of the most vile murders of American civilians to live out their lives in prison.

In the end there is only one winner in whatever outcome of these trials.

George Bush.

Prince Andrew Thinks The U.S. Would Be Doing Better If It Had Heeded British Advice

Prince Andrew is saying the United States would have avoided some of the problems in Iraq if it had listened to the advice his country had been giving out. The British prince made his statements as he gets ready to visit the U.S. on a business mission.

“Why didn’t anyone listen to what was said and the advice that was given?”

The Prince, fourth in line to the throne says the United States was Britain’s chief ally.

Some of the advice that the U.S. didn’t heed deals with banning Hussein’s Baath party and taking apart the Iraqi military.

The prince served on the military as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot. He now promotes British business aboard.

“If you are looking at colonialism, if you are looking at operations on an international scale, if you are looking at understanding each other’s culture, understanding how to operate in a military insurgency campaign – we have been through them all,” he was quoted as saying.

“We’ve won some, lost some, drawn some. The fact is there is quite a lot of experience over here which is valid and should be listened to.”

Prince Andrew is due in the United States for a 10 day trade mission.

Newest Blogger On The Scene : George Bush

All the cool kids are blogging their lives even good old George Bush. There are plans underway for the Bush team to blog his Mideast trip according to White House press secretary Dana Perino Tuesday.

The blog is titled “Trip Notes for the Middle East” and will feature musings from the senior members of Bush’s staff who will travel with him when he leaves Tuesday evening for a eight day trip to the Middle East. Bush is planning on visiting Israel, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The blog will be on the White House government page.

It’s not clear how often the blog will be updated. Perino says that this experience is new for the President and will be “just a little bit of a blog.”

Some of those expected to post are chief of staff Josh Bolten, national security adviser Stephen Hadley, counselor Ed Gillespie, chief speechwriter Bill McGurn and Perino herself.

“We’ll see how it goes, and then we may do it in the future as well,” Perino said.

op-ed:Tell Us A Lie: A Timeline Of the Iraq War From 1990

The United States has been in conflict with Iraq since 1990 when the first President George Bush invaded the country. Since that time the lies have been flying so much that it’s hard to know what is fact and what is fiction.

In August 1990 George Bush justified the deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia by letting the American people know that it was to deter a possible attack from Iraq. The underlining reason of course was there was oil involved.

“Our nation now imports nearly half the oil it consumes and could face a major threat to its economic independence.”

Dick Cheney wasn’t the VP then but was still involved as Secretary of Defense. He warned those watching the news that if Saddam got control of Kuwait then he would be in a position to control the worldwide energy policies and that would make him have a stranglehold on the US economy.

Saddam invaded Iraq the next day on the second of August. Cheney met with King Fahd to get the okay to deploy troops from Saudi Arabia. Fahd agreed but only until Saddam was no longer a threat.

The air operation titled Desert Storm began on January 17. Iraq attacked Israel the same day with seven Scud missiles. President Bush calls up the National Guardsmen and Reservist on January 18.

Iraq creates a massive oil slick in the Gulf on January 25. Saudi Arabia is attacked by the Iraqis on January 29. By February 23 an estimated 700 oil wells are ignited. The next day the United States pushes the war effort by sending in land troops. The day after 28 soldiers perish when an Iraqi Scud hits U.S. barracks in Dhahran. a cessation of hostiles is declared at 8:01 a.m. on February 28. The terms for cease fire is negotiated in Safwan on March 1. The troops start being sent home on March 17. The cease fire terms are accepted by Iraq on April 6. But that wasn’t the end of troops in the area, Task Force Provide Comfort forms and deploys on April 6. On April 11 the cease fire takes effect. On June 7 the U.N. steps back into place taking care of Kurdish refugees.

The next year secrets started to emerge. The New York Times got portions of a high level Defense Department policy paper written by Paul Wolfowitz intended only for top Pentagon officials which included Cheney. The paper was entitled “Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999” and outlined how the United States must correct wrongs that threaten US interests.

“Various types of US interests may be involved in such instances: access to vital raw materials, primarily Persian Gulf oil; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, [and] threats to US citizens from terrorism or regional or local conflict.”
The paper went on to state, “must sufficiently account for the interests of the advanced industrial nations to discourage them from challenging our leadership or seeking to overturn the established political and economic order.”

In August Dick Cheney was speaking to the Discovery Institute in Seattle.

“The question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many.”

– Dick Cheney

His opinion on what to do in Iraq was a full 180 with this President Bush as opposed to the current one. He continued that speech with, “So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.”

Between April 14 to April 16, 1993 President Bush visited Kuwait. Later that year he stated that there was an assassination plan that was thwarted from coming into play by the Kuwaiti government. According to Bush a car bomb was to be used on the Landcruiser that Bush was to be riding in. According to this report it contained 80 to 80 kilograms of plastic explosives. The CIA investigated the explosives for this planned attack. On June 26, 1993 the United States launched a cruise missile against a building housing the Iraqi Intelligence Service which was suspected of being behind the assassination attempt. The missile attack killed six to eight persons. The next day Madeline Albright was in an emergency session explaining the justification of the attack and giving evidence to support it to the United Nations.

With that attack it seemed quiet between Iraq and the United States for years. That is until June 1997 when the Project for a New American Century was signed by Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Eliot Cohen, Steve Forbes, Francis Fukuyama, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Norman Podhoretz, Dan Quayle, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz, among others. The project’s objective was to rally support for American global leadership.

In January of 1998 the first whispers appear for the United States to rid Saddam Hussein from power. President Clinton received a letter signed by Elliott Abrams, Richard Armitage, William Bennett, John Bolton, Francis Fukuyama, Zalmay Khalilzad, Kristol, Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz to do just that.

Ahmed Chalabi hosted Scott Ritter a liaison of the UN weapons inspectors working in Iraq in his London apartment. During this meeting one of the world’s largest political lies started to take shape.

“I should have asked him what he could give me,” Ritter said. “Instead, I let him ask me, ‘What do you need?’ ” The result, he said, was that “we made the biggest mistake in the intelligence business: we identified all of our gaps.” Over the next several hours, Ritter said, he outlined most of the U.N. inspectors’ capabilities and theories, telling Chalabi how they had searched for underground bunkers with ground-penetrating radar. He also told Chalabi of his suspicion that Saddam may have had mobile chemical- or biological-weapons laboratories, which would explain why investigators hadn’t been able to find them. “We made that up!” Ritter said. “We told Chalabi, and, lo and behold, he’s fabricated a source for the mobile labs.” (The I.N.C. has been accused of sponsoring a source who claimed knowledge of mobile labs.)

By October 31, 1998 the wheels were put in motion to oust Saddam Hussein with the Iraq Liberation Act that President Bill Clinton signed. The act makes it the policy of the United States to “to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.” Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress gets much of the $97 million to work on this task.

In November of 1999 “Curveball” an Iraqi defector enters into the picture. He was a convicted sex offender and low level engineer within Iraq. He is also one of the most important keys to the later claims of weapons of mass disaster inside of Iraq. His claims were what Colin Powell used later that Iraq had a number of mobile factories making biological weapons when talking to the United Nations.
According to his handlers in Germany though he was a liar.

“This was not substantial evidence,” said a senior German intelligence official. “We made clear we could not verify the things he said.”

When the United States used the information of this “Curveball” his handlers in Germany were shocked. His claims were not to start war but to be able to get a visa to stay in Germany. He was just another in a long line of Iraqi defectors that would say anything in order to gain asylum in the European country.

“We were shocked,” the official said. “Mein Gott! We had always told them it was not proven…. It was not hard intelligence.”

Regardless this one man’s lies were repeatedly used by the United States as a basis of a reason to invade another country.

Before becoming President in 2000 George Bush cautioned that the United States should not be overextended in too many places. That the nation should be careful of using the troops as nation builders and instead should be used to prevent wars from happening to begin with.

In the same campaign, VP candidate Cheney says the US stopped short of toppling Saddam Hussein, in 1991, so as to avoid being “an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments.”

Bush’s words from this time period are a total reverse of the way his administration has been.

“If we’re an arrogant nation, they’ll resent us. If we’re a humble nation, but strong, they’ll welcome us.”

November 2000 came bringing in the reign of President George Bush. His VP had his fourth heart attack later that month on the 22nd.

In January of 2001 George Bush took the oath of President. Within days he started appointing his key staff. One of those appointments that would haunt him was Joe Allbaugh. Allbaugh was a campaign aide from Bush’s home state of Texas. He had no prior experience in disaster management which made him the “logical” choice to head FEMA.

US and British warplanes bomb targets outside of the Iraqi no fly zone as a message to Saddam. That took place in February of 2001.

At the end of February 2001 Colin Powell states of Hussein’s ability to be a threat to the world on a visit to Egypt:

“has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.”

Starting in March of 2001 oil execs begin meeting with the Bush’s task force.

The first inkling that perhaps the Bush administration wasn’t on par with the threat of terrorism came with these words:

“The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism.”
– Paul Bremer

In July the CIA meet with Condoleezza Rice to state their concerns about the safety of the country when it came to terrorism. The CIA had been trying to let it be known that there were numerous threats that they had been monitoring. Of this meeting Rice is quoted as saying,

“What I am quite certain of is that I would remember if I was told, as this account apparently says, that there was about to be an attack in the United States,” she said. [And the idea that I would somehow have ignored that I find incomprehensible.”

On September 10, 2001 the National Security Agency intercepts a message about a direct threat to the United States.

“The match is about to begin” and “Tomorrow is the zero hour.”

Three years later it was revealed that the FBI still hadn’t translated 120,000 hours of recordings that could have contained threats of terrorism.

On September 11, 2001 almost 3,000 people perished in the worst attack on United States soil.

“I know you have a lot to do and all, but I want you, as soon as you can, to go back over everything, everything. See if Saddam did this. See if he’s linked in any way.” Clarke responds, “But, Mr. President, Al Qaeda did this.” Bush tells him, “I know, I know, but — see if Saddam was involved. Just look. I want to know any shred….”

There has never been proof that Hussein was involved.

The years leading up to the 9/11 attack show that the United States was planning on taking out Saddam. The cards were in motion to change the government. It had nothing to do with terrorism. It had nothing to do with Muslim extremists. Today though people believe that the war in Iraq has to do with both.

What do you believe?

The Land Where Lizards Have More Rights Than Humans

Guantanamo Bay, a prison in a country where American citizens are not allowed to visit protects endangered iguanas. The men that are housed behind the thick barbed wire though are not given the same rights.

Washington pays Cuba a mere $4,085 a year for the 29,000 acres. Cuba refuses to take that money though. Not for what Castro calls “dirty work.”

There are land mines on the grounds in case of a cold war invasion. Large rodents set them off at times.

It houses men who have no charges against them. They have no rights. They are classified as enemy combatants. Right now the Supreme Court is in the process of deciding what legal protections those housed at Gitmo have. It’s not an easy answer.

First you have to take into consideration that when Guantanamo was picked to house these men the location was the key consideration. Not for the close proximity to the United States but because of the fact it’s no man’s land. Cuba’s laws don’t apply there and neither do the laws of the United States.

Since 2002 the lawyers of the detainees have tried to get rights for their clients.

“No other law applies,” attorney Seth Waxman told the Supreme Court. “If our law doesn’t apply, it is a law-free zone.”

Not even Cubans employed at the base have rights in a court of law. Their laws stop when they enter the land of Guantanamo Bay.

It’s almost like it’s own country but because it isn’t and because of it’s location it honestly has no laws that govern it. The military rules the roost. It’s funny though how a few laws from the United States have emerged on the land. Because iguanas are endangered they fall under the Endangered Species Act. The 25MPH speed limit is strictly enforced.

“There is a very consistent effort by the command to protect the iguanas and other exotic species here, which I assume is partially driven by the federal law,” public affairs officer Bruce Lloyd acknowledged.

Those iguanas are being brought up in the Supreme Court. Lawyers are asking the logical question of if lizards have United States rights shouldn’t the humans that are housed there have some basic rights also?

Those prisoners may have a Justice on their side in Justice Anthony Kennedy. In 2004 he said:“Guantanamo Bay is in every practical respect a United States territory.”

But the end isn’t here. It will be some time before the Supreme Court sorts all of the details out. Until then human beings held by the United States will have less rights than lizards.