September 11, 2008 archive

Four at Four

  1. So much for John McCain’s Strategy for Victory in Iraq.

    In an interview with BBC News, Gen. David Petraeus said there will be No victory in Iraq, at least in his view. Responding to a question from the BBC interviewer, Petraeus, said “that he will never declare victory there.”

    Interviewer: Do you think you’ll ever use the word victory about Iraq?

    Petraeus: I don’t know if I will. I think that all of us at different times have recognized need for real restraint in our assessments, in our pronouncements, if you will, and we have tried to be very brutally honest and forthright in what we have provided to Congress, to the press, to ourselves… In fact, we said that you have to be first with truth…

    Does anyone want to tell McCain? (I’m not going to touch upon the blatant distortions Petraeus has made about the situation in Iraq, but AntiWar News does so briefly: Iraq War Will Never End in Victory.)

    According to The Guardian, Petraeus warns of long struggle ahead for US in Iraq. “Petraeus adopted a cautious tone in his interview with BBC’s Newsnight, saying he did not know that he would ever use the word ‘victory’.”

    “This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade,” he said. “It’s not war with a simple slogan.”

    Yeah… I know. For the McCain campaign touting the “surge”, I remind them of this McClatchy Newspaper story from Tuesday, Experts: Bush’s Iraq withdrawal small because gains are, too. Bush will leave office with the “surge” fully still in place. Not until February 2009, one month later, does the U.S. begin the troop withdraw.

Four at Four continues with no bid oil contracts in Iraq, Pakistan’s reaction to U.S. military action within their country’s borders, and how Obama’s fighting back against McCain and the Republicans.


I am speaking to you today from the public library. This as you may imagine is not optimal! My puter has topped starting and the computer doctor says it needs a hardrive transplant, which can’t happen until Monday, when a new hardrive has bee flown in under tight security from where ever the hell it will come from.

Till then, my soul and spirit shall be bereft from lack of intertubes, at least when i am not at the library, which I will be, tomorrow for the anniversary festivities!

Til then…….sigh…..see you soon!

(faint crying noises….it IS a library after all and open weeping is discouraged!)  

No victory in Iraq, says Petraeus

Original article via the BBC:

The outgoing commander of US troops in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has said that he will never declare victory there.

There’s only ONE Palin…

… and it’s not Sarah (a.k.a. “Caribou Barbie”)

H/t to

Open Thread


Twas brillig, and the slithy thread

Did gyre and gambol on the blog.

Time for the Chicago Way

During the first critical week after Sarah Palin’s RNC speech, the Obama campaign chose to virtually ignore her attacks and bring the debate back to issues.  That was a mistake. Instead of nipping Palinmania in the bud when he had the chance, Obama has allowed it to grow unchecked, so that now it is flowering like a big, stinking orchid.

Obama’s Kerryesque strategery has already hurt him big time.  Demographics suggest and polling confirms that the upper Great Lakes is back in play, while the fight in the Inner West, Appalachia, and on the southern Atlantic coast has gotten a lot tougher. Previously demoralized Goopers all of a sudden believe they can win again, and are raising gobs of cash to launch more lies & smears all over the swing state airways.  

Obama can no longer pretend the pink elephant in the room doesn’t exist, nor simply dismiss Sarah Palin as a minor threat to Democratic chances of gaining back the White House in November.  Indeed, his Palin problem has become so serious that if Obama can not destroy her before Election Day, she may very well do the same to him.

I know that word ‘destroy’ may sound harsh to some ears, but as former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington once said, “Politics ain’t beanbag.”  Politics is a bloodsport, and the higher the office, the bloodier the sport.*  The Thugs understand this implicitly.  The Dems need to as well, because if Obama and his surrogates don’t fight as hard and as tough as they can against Sarah Palin now, we will all still be fighting her and everything she represents for the next four years – at least.  

Docudharma Times Thursday September 11

Is John McCain Running For

School Yard Bully or

President Of The United States?

Thursday’s Headlines:

9/11 seven years later: U.S. ‘safe,’ South Asia in turmoil

Row over lingering French antisemitism fuelled by marriage of president’s son

How Moscow’s hard man changed the face of Grozny

A blockade of young minds

Daughters of Iraq: front-line guards against suicide bombers

Cyber Sutra: India’s online eroticism

N Korea ‘builds new missile site’  

Mugabe pressed to agree deal for ‘twin cabinet’

Somalia’s economy is being ravaged by a weak government

Is Mexico the new China?<

Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan


Published: September 10, 2008    

WASHINGTON – President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials.

The classified orders signal a watershed for the Bush administration after nearly seven years of trying to work with Pakistan to combat the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and after months of high-level stalemate about how to challenge the militants’ increasingly secure base in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Sex, Drug Use and Graft Cited in Interior Department


Published: September 10, 2008  

WASHINGTON – As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal – including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.In three reports delivered to Congress on Wednesday, the department’s inspector general, Earl E. Devaney, found wrongdoing by a dozen current and former employees of the Minerals Management Service, which collects about $10 billion in royalties annually and is one of the government’s largest sources of revenue other than taxes.

“A culture of ethical failure” pervades the agency, Mr. Devaney wrote in a cover memo.


From Families’ Grief, a Symbol of Loss and Hope

 By Nick Miroff

Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, September 11, 2008; Page A01  

Jim Laychak arrived at the corporate headquarters of Anheuser-Busch on a windy afternoon in April, thinking through his pitch. A company photographer snapped his picture beside a giant bronze eagle in the lobby, and executive Laura Reeves invited him upstairs. He had come to ask for a million dollars.

It was not an unreasonable sum. After all, the St. Louis brewing giant had helped the Pentagon Memorial Fund get started five years earlier with a $1 million donation. Laychak sat down at a wooden table in a suite with Reeves, senior director of the company’s charitable foundation, and took out his promotional materials.


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It was fear of the faces

that kept me at bay

recoiling in shock, alarm, disgust

shuddering with contempt, derision, revulsion

hardening into loathing, hatred, and fear

Four decades was a long time

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–January 11, 2006

Al Qaeda Determining US Foreign Policy. Again?

Military historian Gareth Porter talks about the expansion of the “war on terror” into Pakistan, in what he says is another instance of a major disconnect between the Bush administration and the US intelligence community, and military operations directed by the Bush administration doing exactly what al Qaeda wants done, that in al Qaeda’s view Iran and the US are in reality “allied” to fight Islam and that al Qaeda is doing its utmost to drive a wedge between the two countries and foment a US attack on Iran.

Why is Bush helping them?

September 10, 2008 – 7 min 24 sec

Gareth Porter: US attacks tribal areas, al Qaeda celebrates 9/11 (Pt. 1)

Scottish Americans Unite!! Craig Ferguson’s brilliant rant

From CBS: On the Sept. 10th edition of The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, a new American citizen preparing to vote in his first US election asks, “Are we so lost we have to be sold our own democratic right!?”


An Open Letter to John McCain

Dear Senator McCain,

Enter public life determined to tell the truth; to put problem-solving ahead of partisanship; to defend the public interest against the special interests; to risk your personal ambitions for the sake of the country and the ideals that make her great. Keep your promise to America, and you will keep your honor. You will know a happiness far more sublime than pleasure.  source

It rains down on you like a cold shower, doesn’t it?  These are your own words, Senator.  In the rush of the past couple of weeks, have you stopped to take a look at what you are doing, what path you are taking?

We all understand that the truth gets stretched in a political campaign.  Usually there is at least the facade of truth, a plausible link to the truth, that lets the practice be tolerated.  But you’ve chosen to dispense with the facade of truth.  You choose to lie.

Your ambition to be President is so great that you have completely sublimated your identity and personality to grasp that which you covet.  Your ability to make decisions and stand for yourself is gone.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

I have no sense of humor.

I’m sadly forced to this conclusion after reading a day’s worth of commentaries about lipstick.

And pigs.

Now it is a fact that I have kissed a pig because I lost a bet at my club but it was on the forehead and very chaste even though I am a heck of a kisser.

I didn’t check the sex of that pig.

But I did kiss it and one thing I can tell you is it didn’t have lipstick.

It was a clean and friendly animal, like a dog.  On the other hand I cook with pork.  Yum.

I’m not sure what moose burgers taste like.

My advice is to oink oink oink.

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