bin Laden determined to strike US

Flashback: Aug. 6, 2001 (H/t to TP)

Six years ago today, President Bush received a classified intelligence briefing that warned bin Laden was determined to strike inside the U.S. Bush was described as being “carefree” on the day he received the briefing at his Crawford ranch in Aug. 2001. Condoleezza Rice later dismissed the urgency of the briefing, claiming it was “not a warning” but rather an “historical memo.”

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Rep Ackerman: Pentagon More Afraid of Gay People Than Terrorists

Rep. Gary Ackerman took on Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice yesterday during her testimony while discussing the State Department’s 2008 budget.

During the discussion, Rice claimed the State Department “repeatedly emphasized the importance of recruiting qualified language experts to work in the agency.” Ackerman in response brought up the 322+ language specialists with “‘some skills in an important foreign language such as Arabic, Farsi and Korean’ had been discharged from the military since the ban’s inception in 1993.”

Ackerman then said the Pentagon “’seems more afraid of gay people than they are [of] terrorists,’ and that if the terrorists were smart, ‘they’d get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad.’”

Ackerman is one of the first Congressmen to call the Administration and the Pentagon out on this appalling decision-making, and did so with great wit. We need more Congressmen like Ackerman! (H/T to ThinkProgress – who also has the video of the exchance)

"New Way Forward" Plan Coordinated with Iraqi Officials?

Since Bush announced his “new way forward” plan for Iraq, the plan itself has been touted endlessly as something that was proposed by the Iraqis themselves. During the President’s address to the nation, he referred to the plan as “the new Iraqi plan”, in what can be seen as a concerted effort to give the appearance that the Iraqis are on board, and will live up to their role in the plan, which they have failed to do in the past.

During a press briefing, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said, “The President has outlined a strategy that relies on three main points. First, and most importantly, the Iraqis have devised their own strategy — political, economic, and military — and our efforts will support theirs.

General Peter Pace, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee said, “Sir, I believe the Iraqi leadership is saying they’re 100 percent onboard.”

And according to AP:

“Sen. Gordon Smith, the Republican from Oregon who recently criticized the handling of the war, said Bush told the senators that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki presented him with the plan for a U.S. troop increase several weeks ago when they met in Jordan. Bush indicated to the lawmakers he was willing to send more troops because the Iraqis were willing to meet certain criteria. “

But in today’s “New York Times” a very different image of this new “plan” is presented.

“Just days after President Bush unveiled a new war plan calling for more than 20,000 additional American troops in Iraq, the heart of the effort — a major push to secure the capital — faces some of its fiercest resistance from the very people it depends on for success: Iraqi government officials.”

The article continues on to discuss certain areas that are serving as points of contention between the American and Iraqi governments, with one American official saying, “We are implementing a strategy to embolden a government that is actually part of the problem. We are being played like a pawn.”

If this plan was presented by the Iraqis themselves, why is the United States facing a push-back from Iraqi government officials, officials that the White House has claimed are already on-board?

Why would the President of the United States go on national television to address the world with a plan that not only hasn’t been finalized, but doesn’t have the full support of the government, while claiming it did?

Condi Rice Loves Her Guys On Fox "News"!

It is no surprise to anyone that Fox “News” is a right-wing propaganda outfit. They clearly side with and defend the GOP [failing] agenda. Their right-wing bias is as obvious as the sky is blue.

We already know that Dead-Eye Dick demands that all TVs in his presence must be tuned to Fox. So it seems that Condi is also a Kool-Aide drinking Fox wing-nut as well. She let her expected media preference be known via an open microphone between morning television interviews. Condi was heard saying, “My Fox guys, I love every single one of them.”

I bet Hannity, Bill-O, Gibby et al. are filled with a fuzzy feeling this morning.

Update (2:30 PM ET): Wing-nut paranoia alert (I need a Drudge-like siren)!

The irrelevant, discredited, and anchor baby Michelle Malkin weighs in with her feeble attempt at comedy but with a rather successful paranoid rant:

Spruiell thinks it’s funny how mics keep “accidentally” getting left on around Bush and Condi, followed by the recordings “accidentally” making their way into the media. Not ha-ha funny, like a clown. The other kind of funny.

Michelle’s intended “liberal media conspiracy” of “accidentally” leaving Condi’s mic *is* ha-ha funny like a clown. Thanks Chuckles!

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