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Today's Note From a Madman

March 20, 2008


Out of The Bunker...

"There clearly was a relationship. It's been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming,"
"It goes back to the early '90s. It involves a whole series of contacts, high-level contacts with Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials."
"The press, with all due respect, (is) often times lazy, often times simply reports what somebody else in the press said without doing their homework."
-Dick Cheney in 2004, when lying about Iraq and instilling fear among the American people, helped get him and President Bush re-elected

Since these lies (and they have to be considered lies because, surely, the Vice President would have been privy to the truth) have come out, we have had confirmation of the downing Street memos which showed President's Bush and VP Cheney's zeal for war with Iraq. Since that time, the 9-11 Commission's report came out stating that there was "no credible proof" of a relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq or its leader, Saddam Hussein. And more recently, there have been 6,000 pages of proof showing absolute no link whatsoever between the two. None.


"This long-term struggle became urgent on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 . That day we clearly saw that dangers can gather far from our own shores and find us right there at home. So the United States made a decision: to hunt down the evil of terrorism and kill it where it grows, to hold the supporters of terror to account and to confront regimes that harbor terrorists and threaten the peace,"
-Cheney, this past weekend when lying, he hopes, will keep the bucks rolling in

I guess there's no turning him to the truth.

And like President Bush and his would-be successor John McCain, Cheney believes that the war in Iraq was not only "well worth the effort", but is going in the right direction.

"On the security front, I think there's a general consensus that we've made major progress, that the surge has worked. That's been a major success,"

Of course, this statement doesn't quite jive with the real facts, which include an upsurge in US military deaths from the "low" of 24 servicemen and women killed in December to the forty killed in January; and the large increase in Iraqi civilian deaths, which may approach one-thousand by the end of this month (March 2008).

What would have to happen for Cheney to call anything his administration does a failure? would we really have to see a mushroom cloud?

After Martha Raddatz of ABC News pointed out to Cheney that the American people overwhelmingly believe that the Iraq war wasn't worth it, Cheney answered this:

RADDATZ (ABC News): You don't care what the American people think?"
CHENEY: You can't be blown off course by polls.

And why would he care what the American people think. After all, things are going great for him, and they always have. And in real Bushco fashion, Cheney also stated that we have to "Stay the Course" with no end in sight, warning that we, the American people, have to sit back, shut up and provide the financial means for

Cheney's war profiteer buddies to keep on making a killing (in more than one sense of the word).

And, in case you haven't heard, McCain, also in a visit to the middle east, told reporters that Iran was helping al-Qaeda.

"Al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and is receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran."

Fortunately for McCain, his friend senator Joe Lieberman happened to be accompanying him on the trip.

"Joe-mentum" stepped in and whispered the correction into McCain's ear.


It's like when your crazy old Uncle Ed starts talking about a cat he never owned or a place he's never been. Only your crazy Uncle Ed isn't running for President.

One has to think that if Cheney made the comment, he would have said, "Yeah, so?"

And we've had enough of that.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to, "The Boy Blunder Bush and the GOP are living in a fantasy world where they think borrowing is limitless. Indeed, the "chickens may have come to roost" in more ways than one," Victoria Brownworth writes:

I have to agree. If the economy is so good, why are so many people out of work or out of money or out of their homes?

Under Bush my credit card rates have gone to 30%, my mortgage company has filed for bankruptcy and my health insurance has quadrupled and is now--for a measly HMO--$900 a month.

Sorry, I fail to see what it is Bush sees. But then clarity of vision has never been his strong suit, has it?

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-Noah Greenberg