I am so pissed
I just wrote a long post with a bunch of links and IE/Blogger ate it!!
So, rather than recreate it, i’m just going to do this.
1. Rumors kick around that Iraq is trying to acquire yellowcake uranium ore in Niger.
2. In early 2002, a former US ambassador goes to Niger to investigate the rumors and reports back that the rumors are almost certainly bogus.
3. A few weeks ago, the ambassador goes public with his findings, embarrasing the Bush administration further.
4. A few days ago, an article in Time Magazine reports that the same ambassador’s wife is a CIA operative based on communication from two senior administration officials. This seems like a bad thing for two senior administration officials to do, the sort of thing that can ruin reputations, put lives at risk and destroy a lot of time and hard work. Probably criminal, to boot.
WTF!!!! How can we explain this?
a) Are the senior administration officials stupid?
b) Are they paying back the former ambassador (and sending a message to others) by coming after his family?
c) Are they firing a shot across the bow of the CIA, warning it that it better tow the line, or else?
I don’t like any of these explanations.
I also don’t like that this is happening at the same time that Rumsfield is building his own intelligence infrastructure — especially since they are the ones responsible for a lot more dubious intelligence about Iraq, indicating that either they are particularly stupid, particularly partisan, or both.
Original Link from Metafilter
Original Analysis from The Nation
This isn’t very precise, but it gives an idea of our “investments” in the world outside our borders.
~$3.9 billion a month to operate in Iraq, not including reconstruction costs.
$10-20 billion, in very round numbers, for the entire US non-military aid budget
1/3 of US non-military aid to israel
egyptian aid pegged to 2/3 of israel’s US aid grant
Even if you cynically view foreign aid as a bribe, it looks like we could still afford to pay more such bribes if it means we avoid just one exercise in regime change.
The object was a jar of indeterminate age with a cork lid and wire fastener. It�s the type of canning container found at any number of garage sales or antique shops.
Funny the things you learn on people’s last days, like, for example, that my soon-to-be-former colleague is part of some e-zine cult.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SAUNA PANTS !!!
AFTER YOU READ THIS MESSAGE, YOU’LL SURPRISE AND REALIZE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN ROUGHLY, AND SO, YOU’LL EXAMINE YOURSELF AGAIN.
BUT, ANYWAY, I’M SURE THAT THE READING WILL MAKE YOU FRUITFUL.
DIDN’T YOU TAKE YOUR TESTICLES ROUGHLY WHEN YOU ENJOYED HOTBATH, SAUNA, HOTSHOWER, FAR-INFRARED RAYS? NEWSPAPER SAYS THAT THE TESTICLES OF THE WORKERS AROUND THE KILM, FURNACE, OVEN AND MELTING TANK ARE WEAKEN SLOWLY DAY BY DAY.
How can you not read more?
Phillip Greenspun’s Weblog
George W. Bush today, the most powerful man in the world, directly addressed Iraqis who are sniping and firing grenades at American troops: “bring them on”, he taunted, according to this NYT story. As noted in my Boston-Alaska-Baja-Boston 2002 trip report, this seems like a bad idea. What better way to make a guy with an AK-47 feel important than by challenging him through a televised speech?And surely American boys will die as a result of this speech. It sounds like W. mano a mano with a young Muslim. But having been a passenger on an airplane that makes a carrier landing does not make our President into a front-line soldier. It will be some kid from North Carolina that gets killed.
He is exactly right. [thanks to scripting.com for the link]