BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC
"I CAN'T DO THIS," SECRETARY OF STATE AND ANGER CONDI RICE CONFIDED TO THESE REPORTERS LATE TODAY.
YESTERDAY IN SAMARRA, A MOSQUE WAS ATTACKED. TODAY, BULLY BOY URGED CALM.
"BUT HE REFUSED TO GET IN A PLANE YESTERDAY," SECRETARY RICE EXPLAINED. "I TOLD HIM IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT, AND EVEN KARL ROVE AGREED WITHE ME, THAT WE DUPLICATE THE EVENTS OF 9-11 TO GET SOME BOUNCE OUT OF THIS. BUT HE DIDN'T WANT TO HOP-SCOTCH AROUND THE COUNTRY AND LOOK LIKE A SCARED LITTLE KID THE WAY HE DID ON 9-11. I TOLD HIM THAT WOMEN WANT TO MOMMY A WEAKLING AND EVEN POINTED OUT THAT HIS OWN MOTHER HAD ALWAYS PREFERRED HIM TO HIS STRONGER BROTHERS. BUT HE REFUSED TO GET ON THE PLANE. SO NOW WE'RE PREPARING FOR HIS BIG SPEECH LIKE HE GAVE AFTER 9-11."
"WELL, HE NEEDS TO STRUT AND, TO DO IT JUST LIKE AFTER 9-11, WE'LL NEED A BULLHORN AND THREE DAYS TIME. REMEMBER HIS BIG '9-11 SPEECH' DID NOT COME UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14TH IN NEW YORK CITY. YOU HAVE TO BUILD ANTICIPATION FOR THESE THINGS. HE'LL BE WEARING A FLAP JACKET AND WE'RE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT 'REGULAR' GUY ATTIRE IS IN SAMARRA. OUR BULLY BOY HAS SAID HE WILL NOT WEAR A TOGA NO MATTER WHAT AND I EXPLAINED THIS WASN'T ANCIENT GREECE BUT THAT JUST LED TO HIM SINGING 'SUMMER NIGHTS' SO I DROPPED IT."
THE REALLY HARD PART, SECRETARY RICE EXPLAINED, WAS IN SELECTING A BANNER. KARL ROVE WAS PUSHING FOR "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" AND KEPT TELLING SECRETARY RICE THAT "PEOPLE STILL TALK ABOUT THAT BANNER." SECRETARY RICE STATED SHE REPLIED, "YES, AND FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS."
EXPLAINING THINGS WERE GETTIING "NASTY" SECRETARY RICE SIGHED THAT IF SHE COULD EVER HAVE TIME TO DO HER ACTUAL JOB "I MIGHT ACTUALLY BE GOOD AT IT. IT'S SO HARD TO HAVE HIM FOR A HUS -- FOR A BULLY BOY."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Starting with Iraq Veterans Against the War Adam Kokesh who has been the subject of witch hunt by the US military that 'ended' (it's not over yet) yesterday with Kokesh receiving a general discharge from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Normally, service members are not discharged from the IRR. They are discharged from service (as Kokesh was, honorably, in November). Now the military prepares to set their sights on Liam Madden and Cloy Richards. (You can sign the petition to support of Madden.) Veterans for Common Sense (in a letter posted at Kokesh's website) demonstrate they are far wiser than the press by noting: "Neither marine wore a full uniform. They wore camouflage fatigues without themarine insignia, a right they have earned in blood. There is no law, or regulationagainst wearing camo. A camo shirt, pants, and hat is not a uniform. You cansee people wearing camo everyday all around America. The corps claims that is against regulations to wear a uniform, or apparently a part of a uniform, at political events. If that is correct, the regulation is selectively enforced by the Department of Defense. President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other politicians often have soldiers in full dress uniformstanding behind them for the cameras at political events. In short, the Marine Corps is attempting to stifle legitimate pro-American speech, which should not be tolerated. Are we fighting in Iraq to lose our freedoms at home?" That's still too much for the press to grasp.
And Heather Hollingsworth (AP) appears to be competing for prize pig in this county fair judging by a hideous article where she states Kokesh has been "kicked out of the Marines" (he was discharged in November) and pretending to not grasp that Kokesh was participating in street theater, among other things.
The movement of resistance within the US military grows and includes Joshua Key, Ehren Watada, Terri Johnson, Luke Kamunen, Leif Kamunen, Leo Kamunen, Camilo Mejia, Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Augstin Aguayo, Justin Colby, Marc Train, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder , Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Kevin Lee, Joshua Key, Mark Wilkerson, Patrick Hart, Ricky Clousing, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Jeremy Hinzman, Stephen Funk, Clifton Hicks, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Joshua Casteel, Katherine Jashinski, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Chris Capps, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake, Christopher Mogwai, Christian Care, Kyle Huwer, Vincent La Volpa, DeShawn Reed and Kevin Benderman. In total, forty US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, Iraq Veterans Against the War and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters.
Turning to the Pentagon's report [PDF format, click here]. Nancy A. Youssef (McClatchy Newspapers) informs that the report "acknowledges that violence in Iraq has not diminished, despite the arrival of thousands of additional U.S. and Iraqi troops in Baghdad," that McClatchy Newspaper figures show a "70 percent increase in sectarian murders in Baghdad from April to May," and that the Pentagon report places the average daily death figure in Iraq (from February through May) at 100 a day. Also filing on the report was Ann Scott Tyson (Washington Post) who observed that the Congressionally mandate report "tempers the early optimism about the new strategy voiced by senior U.S. officials. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, for instance, in March described progress in Iraq as 'so far, so good.' Instead, it depicts limited gains and setbacks and states that it is too soon to judge whether the new approach is working." The Pentagon report has many sections and one of interest considering one of the 2007 developments may be this: "There are currently more than 900 personnel in the Iraqi Air Force. . . . The fielding of rotary-wing aircraft continued with the delivery to Taji of five modified UH II (Iroquois) helicopters, bringing the total delivered to ten. The final six are scheduled to arrive in June. Aircrews are currently conducting initial qualifications and tactics training. The Iroquois fleet is expected to reach initial operation capability by the end of June 2007." By the end of June 2007? One of the developments of 2007 was the (admission of) helicopter crashes. US helicopters. British helicopters. Some may find comfort in the fact that evacuations and mobility will be handled by Iraqis . . . whenever they are fully staffed and trained. Four years plus to deliver the equipment, training should be done in ten or twenty years, right?
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