The kingdom is crumbling
At a conservative thinktank in downtown Washington, and across the Potomac at the Pentagon, FBI agents have begun paying quiet calls on prominent neoconservatives, who are being interviewed in an investigation of potential espionage, according to intelligence sources. Who gave Ahmed Chalabi classified information about the plans of the US government and military?
You read that right! The FBI is investigating the neocons. Hey, if it appears a bunch of them might go to prison, I bet the Right will suddenly get religion about prison reform, and want kinder, gentler prisons real quick, like yesterday!
The CIA and other US agencies had long ago decided that Chalabi was a charlatan, so their dismissive and correct analysis of his lies prompted their suppression by the Bush White House.
More proof, if any was still needed, that Bush and the neocons care not about truth or fact, only in their own narrow extremist agenda.
Washington, just weeks ago in the grip of neoconservative orthodoxy, absolute belief in Bush’s inevitability and righteousness, is in the throes of being ripped apart by investigations.
Things fall apart: the military, loyal and lumbering, betrayed and embittered; the general in the field, General Sanchez, disgraced and cashiered; the intelligence agencies abused and angry, their retired operatives plying their craft with the press corps, seeping dangerous truths; the press, hesitating and wobbly, investigating its own falsehoods; the neocons, publicly redoubling defence of their hero and deceiver Chalabi, privately squabbling, anxiously awaiting the footsteps of FBI agents; Colin Powell, once the most acclaimed man in America, embarked on an endless quest to restore his reputation, damaged above all by his failure of nerve; everyone in the line of fire motioning toward the chain of command, spiralling upwards and sideways, until the finger pointing in a phalanx is directed at the hollow crown.
There is suddenly a distinct and growing possibility Bush will not last in power until the election, or if he does, will be so damaged that Kerry will win with little trouble. But there’s no rest for the weary! Now’s the time to double and triple our efforts to drive these lunatics from office.
As Howard Dean said, “I want my country back.”
Kerry smells blood in the water and is attacking Bush harder now.
One of the ideological architects of the Iraq war has criticized the U.S.-led occupation of the country as “a grave error.”
Richard Perle, until recently a powerful adviser to U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, described U.S. policy in post-war Iraq as a failure..
UN opposition grows to US insistence on exemption from war crimes.
The United States may not have enough U.N. votes to exempt American soldiers from prosecution by a new global criminal court, with China now questioning the action in view of the prison scandal in Iraq, diplomats said on Thursday.
And finally, from Kurt Vonnegut
Can I tell you the truth? I mean this isnâ€™t like TV news, is it?
Hereâ€™s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.
And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what weâ€™re hooked on.