Daily Archives: September 15, 2008

The rising cost of the Iraq ‘surge’

Follow this link to an article on, of all places, alJazeera online magazine. If you don’t see me around too much anymore, you’ll know that George Bush’s minions read my blog.

The article, written by Robert Parry, states the following:

Despite strong evidence to the contrary, it has become established conventional wisdom among mainstream Washington journalists that the “surge” was the singular reason for the recent decline in Iraq’s violence. It’s also agreed that McCain deserves great credit for pushing the “surge” idea early.

The Robert Parry biography at the end of the article states the following:

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush , can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.

Rescued by Barney Frank

So here’s the record – 12 years of Republicans, including John McCain being a committee chairman for much of that period. Zero – zero enactment of any reform. Democrats take power, and in a year and a half, we have passed a bill that did everything the administration asked for, in terms of enhancing the regulatory structure.

McCain’s Temper Caused his Keating Five Scandal

Follow this link to an article on Buzz Flash which summarizes some parts of the Savings and Loan Scandal involving Charles Keating and Senator John McCain. Besides the illegality and bribery involved, there is also the issue of McCain’s temper.

I have not vetted this article, but it appears that much of the information may have come from a book for which there is a link in the article. The book is Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions.

So You Think You Understand the Iraq Situation?

Follow this link to an article in the The Independent in Great Britain.

This is a view of what is really going on in Iraq that you probably won’t find in the U.S. media. It is another indication that, to be successful,  our leaders need to know the truth about what is going on rather than pretending that they do.

If you are going to vote in an election for President, don’t you think you ought to know what is really going on, too?

Can You Stand Four More Years Of This?

Follow this link to the New York Times story on the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the sale of Merrill Lynch, and probable troubles for AIG.

On Friday, the news was that Lehman Brothers was in much better shape than Bear Sterns had been when they went belly up.  I guess that story was like the predicted $200 per barrel oil. As soon as you start hearing stories like this, you check to make sure your wallet is still safe.

Can you stand four more years of this stellar performance by the regulators, the treasury, and the Federal Reserve? How about the proposition that Sarah Palin knows what to do? I think it is time to get serious, folks.  The situation is far too dire to keep fooling around.