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Wednesday, September 6, 2006


A "Peaceful Life"

According to a Brian Ross (ABC News) report, if Osama bin-Laden, or any of the other thousand or so terrorists who escaped Tora Bora as the CIA watched promise to lead a "peaceful life", they will have a safe haven in Pakistan.

This leads to many questions:
A) Is this where the al-Qaeda "number one" guy has been all along since his escape from the American forces that surrounded him in 2001?
B) (This one's a multi-parter) Did General Pervez Musharraf, the leader of Pakistan, allow this safe haven to:
1- Keep from losing control as Pakistan's leader?
2- harbor the greatest villain America has ever known because he really does support his cause?
C) Did President Bush sign off on this?

It's impossible for anyone to think that bin-Laden has been hiding in plain sight in the "friendly nation" of Pakistan without Bush, the Army or our intelligence agencies knowledge all this time. The only conclusion is that they must have known.

"The surprising announcement comes as Pakistani army officials announced they were pulling their troops out of the North Waziristan region as part of a 'peace deal' with the Taliban."
-From ABC news's "Brian Ross Reports"

For those of you who don't know, allow me to offer a little bit of recent history:
-The Taliban takes over all of Afghanistan from the Soviet Union, with the help and training of the United States under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
-They execute anyone and everyone that doesn't strictly obey Islamic laws, using the old soccer stadium as their own, special Roman-Type coliseum
-They disallow the growing of poppy plants, which would lead to the production of heroine
-They take a tour of Texas while George W. Bush is governor
-They offer a safe haven for Osama bin-Laden, terrorist leader trained by the United States, where he builds and controls a growing terrorist organization, al-Qaeda
-January 20, 2001 - President Bush is sworn in
-September 11, 2001
-US declares war on Afghanistan
-Mullah Omar, the blind cleric ho leads the Taliban-led Afghan government, escapes capture
-Osama bin-Laden escapes capture while, it is reported, US paramilitary troops watch a plane take off and one of them says, "There he goes," referring to the 6'3" al-Qaeda leader, who also requires a kidney transplant
-The US occupies Afghanistan with a troop level half the size of the New York Police Department
-Hamid Karzai becomes Afghanistan President, but rarely leaves Kabul
-The Taliban slowly comes back into Afghanistan
-The Taliban occupies Southern Afghanistan as if it were an autonomous nation

Assuming that bin-Laden, or any other terrorist, for that matter, enters the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, they'll have no fear of arrest or being turned over to the US, as they should be.

Osama bin Laden "would not be taken into custody, as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen,"
-Afghanistan Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan

Q. ABC News: If bin Laden or Zawahiri were there, they could stay?
A. Gen. Sultan: No one of that kind can stay. If someone is there he will have to surrender, he will have to live like a good citizen, his whereabouts, exit travel would be known to the authorities.
Q. ABC News: So, he wouldn't be taken into custody? He would stay there?<p>
A. Gen. Sultan: No, as long as one is staying like a peaceful citizen, one would not be taken into custody. One has to stay like a peaceful citizen and not allowed to participate in any kind of terrorist activity.

This is the "peace agreement" worked out by the Pakistan leadership to keep bin-Laden supporters from "Storming the Castle".

"What this means is that the Taliban and al Qaeda leadership have effectively carved out a sanctuary inside Pakistan,"
-Richard Clarke, former White House counter-terrorism director and ABC news consultant

"They're throwing the towel. They're giving al Qaeda and the Taliban a blank check and saying essentially make yourselves at home in the tribal areas,"
-Alexis Debat, Senior Fellow at the Nixon Center and, also, an ABC News consultant

How can the Bushies say nothing about this? Can they, and their mouthpieces in the main stream media keep this from becoming the story it should be?

Karl "The Traitor" Rove is gonna have to work overtime on this one as the story develops.

-Noah Greenberg

In Bush's Mind

President Bush's reference to the invasion of Iraq as the Third World War is entirely deceitful.

If the intelligence that the President is getting is so bad, that he honestly thinks we are engaged in a third world war, nothing that comes from the government is credible.

If the President's judgment is so faulty that he thinks we are engaged in anything other than a regional low intensity conflict, he needs to resign and turn the office over to someone else.

-Robert Chapman

GOP Tactics

The new White House line: Iraq war critics would have tolerated slavery. Referencing Iraq, Secretary Rice said: “I know there were people who said, ‘Why don’t we get out of this now, take a peace with the South, but leave the South with slaves?‘”

It's obviously getting more and more difficult for them to try and get the point across that the war is a good thing. Last Sunday on Meet the Press Rick Santorum was still arguing that the Bush team had found chemical weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Really? Damn that liberal media for their giant cover-ups of the "facts."

-Info via Progress Report, submitted and commented by Victoria Brownworth

Latest Olberman Bush Smack Down

It is to our deep national shame--and ultimately it will be to the President's deep personal regret--that he has followed his Secretary of Defense down the path of trying to tie those loyal Americans who disagree with his policies--or even question their effectiveness or execution--to the Nazis of the past, and the al Qaeda of the present.

Today, in the same subtle terms in which Mr. Bush and his colleagues muddied the clear line separating Iraq and 9/11 -- without ever actually saying so--the President quoted a purported Osama Bin Laden letter that spoke of launching, "a media campaign to create a wedge between the American people and their government."

Make no mistake here--the intent of that is to get us to confuse the psychotic scheming of an international terrorist, with that familiar bogeyman of the right, the "media."

The President and the Vice President and others have often attacked freedom of speech, and freedom of dissent, and freedom of the press.

Now, Mr. Bush has signaled that his unparalleled and unprincipled attack on reporting has a new and venomous side angle:

The attempt to link, by the simple expediency of one word--"media"--the honest, patriotic, and indeed vital questions and questioning from American reporters, with the evil of Al-Qaeda propaganda.

That linkage is more than just indefensible. It is un-American.

Whatever the true nature of al Qaeda and other international terrorist threats, to ceaselessly compare them to the Nazi State of Germany serves only to embolden them.

More over, Mr. Bush, you are accomplishing in part what Osama Bin Laden and others seek--a fearful American populace, easily manipulated, and willing to throw away any measure of restraint, any loyalty to our own ideals and freedoms, for the comforting illusion of safety.

It thus becomes necessary to remind the President that his administration's recent Nazi "kick" is an awful and cynical thing.

And it becomes necessary to reach back into our history, for yet another quote, from yet another time and to ask it of Mr. Bush:

"Have you no sense of decency, sir?"


Oh Mr., Olberman, you have hit the nail on the head. Please be careful not to board Air Wellstone.

-Forwarded and commented by Robert Scardapane

In response to, "In the end, these last five-plus years have given us two types of GOP House and Senate members: Those who are holding the president's water and those who are slipping in the puddles as they feign opposition, but in the end, fall 'Right' in line," Robert Scardapane writes:

Well said! Arlen Specter (R-PA) is the poster boy for falling "Right" in line. In fact, there is a name for this phenomena; it is called "Specterism". The other PA Senator, Tricky Ricky Santorum, carries so much water from Bush that it seeped into his brain. Alas, Tricky Ricky is going up in flames, even with water on his brain, to Bob Casey (D-PA).

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