Wow!! Someone seems to have a lot of guts. So much for US troops being showered with flowers and sweets.
This guy is more than welcome to my shoes!!
Nonsense from MSM
Mr Zaidi shouted “this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,” at Mr Bush in a news conference he held with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a farewell visit to Baghdad.
The journalist then flung one shoe at Mr Bush, forcing him to duck, followed by another, which sailed over Mr Bush’s head and slammed into the wall behind him.
Throwing shoes at someone is a very serious insult in the Arab world.
As opposed to shoe throwing in USA where it is an expression of your love for the recipient. What shit.
Senior Canadian intelligence officials warned against allowing Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen, to return home from Sudan because it could upset the Bush administration, classified documents reveal.
“Senior government of Canada officials should be mindful of the potential reaction of our U.S. counterparts to Abdelrazik’s return to Canada as he is on the U.S. no-fly list,” intelligence officials say in documents in the possession of The Globe and Mail.
“Continued co-operation between Canada and the U.S. in the matters of security is essential. We will need to continue to work closely on issues related to the Security of North America, including the case of Mr. Abdelrazik,” the document says.
The documents, dated April 30, 2008, and marked “Secret – Canadian eyes only” also designate Mr. Abdelrazik, a citizen who has never been charged with a crime, as “involved in Islamic extremist activities.”
Mr. Abdelrazik was imprisoned in Sudan while visiting his ailing mother in 2003, apparently because Canadian counterterrorist agents asked the Sudanese secret police to pick him up.
The Abdelrazik documents – prepared by senior intelligence and security officials in Transport Canada, the unit that creates and maintains Canada’s own version of the terrorist “no-fly” list – make clear that it was the U.S. list that kept Mr. Abdelrazik from returning to Canada when he was released from prison three years ago.
That appears to contradict the explanation by former foreign minister Maxime Bernier who told the House of Commons that “Mr. Abdelrazik is currently not able to return to Canada on his own because he is on the United Nations’ list of suspected terrorists.
What is about the current US administration that gives Stephen Harper a boner? I just don’t understand the logic. I mean, fine, argue about the Canadian citizen locked up in Gitmo as he was caught in a battlefield. But Abdelrazik is a citizen trapped in a third world country. For the love of god, get him here and the proceed with the legal course. Or maybe the legal course in Harper’s books is “lock him up and throw away the key”. Who knows. Let’s get the election started already.
…..not so good, apparently.
SYDNEY: Australia, a staunch US ally, on Sunday started pulling out its troops from war-torn Iraq, fulfilling an election promise made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The country, which was one of the first to commit troops to the Iraq war five years ago, held a flag-lowering ceremony to mark the soldiers’ return.
And the end of USA as a moral and military superpower continues.
The Bush administration lawyer who provided a legal basis for the brutal interrogation tactics used by the US military and CIA was called to account today by congressional Democrats.
John Yoo, now a law professor at the University of California, was asked to appear before the judiciary committee in the House of Representatives on May 6 to discuss the legal grounds for the harsh treatment of al-Qaida suspects.
Yoo left the office of legal counsel, where he gave legal advice to the Bush administration, in 2003. Earlier that year, he drafted an 81-page memo giving the Pentagon extensive leeway to harm detainees during interrogations without fear of legal consequences.
That memo, which the administration later revoked, was made public for the first time last week and caused a stir among liberals in Congress.
In one section, for example, Yoo said US interrogators could maim detainees without fear of prosecution, depending on the body part that was injured and whether intent to harm existed.
“Just because the statute says — that doesn’t mean you have to do it,” Yoo told Esquire last week. “You’re right, there’s still the moral question — after you’ve answered the legal question — whether you should do it at all.”
What I don’t understand is, why go after the person who gave a legal premise to torture? Why not go after the administration that implemented the legal argument into a law?
Here is the previous press secretary of the Bush Administration, the inimitable Tony Snow, who had this exchange with Bill Maher…..
MAHER: In fact, the smarter people in his administration said to do just that. “We need more boots on the ground. We need more security.” But because he’s stubborn and stupid, he said, “No, let’s do it Rumsfeld’s way. Let’s do it the light way.” So it took him five years to come around to what should have been done five years ago. And — and while he was learning on the job, people paid for that in blood. […]
SNOW: Well, wait a minute. Look, I don’t know where to start, but I’ll start at the beginning. Number one, when it comes to the war, everybody — it’s great to be a backseat general, and everybody gets it wrong at the beginning of a war. But there were plenty of — no, it’s true.
Aaaaaaah….another “you go to war with the army you have and not the army you want” moment from ex-Bushie. It’s amazing how some people for all the brilliant brains they might possess, are incapable of admitting that they were completely wrong.
No more steak for me in the US!!
US on Mad Cow: Don’t Test All Cattle
The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease .
The Agriculture Department tests less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. But Kansas-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows.
Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too.
The Agriculture Department regulates the test and argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.
A federal judge ruled in March that such tests must be allowed. U.S. District Judge James Robertson noted that Creekstone sought to use the same test the government relies on and said the government didn’t have the authority to restrict it.
The ruling was to take effect June 1, but the Agriculture Department said Tuesday it would appeal effectively delaying the testing until the court challenge plays out.
Is it just me or is the Bush ship sinking faster than ever before. Caught lying about CIA torture tapes and caught lying about Iran, and this was just in the last one week!!
I never, ever imagined I would say this but George W. Bush is absolutely right!!!!
US President George W Bush joked about sliding ratings and his post-White House plans as he lampooned himself at an annual press dinner on Wednesday.
“A year ago my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my vice-president had shot someone.
“Ah, those were the good ol’ days,” he said, to applause from the audience.
Journalists were also treated to a Karl Rove rap at the meal where presidential self-deprecation is the tradition.
One of the biggest laughs came when the president spoke of plans for his post-White House memoir – he said that former President Bill Clinton had written a 10,000 page-long tome.
“I’m thinking of something really fun and creative for mine,” he said. “You know, maybe a pop-up book.”
He asked the audience which title they liked best – “How Dubbya Got His Groove Back”, “Who Moved My Presidency?” or “Tuesday with Cheney”.
My question is this…………does this kind of humour justify 3,245 dead American soldiers?
So much has been said about the relationship between the current US administration and Saudi Arabia., but this really takes the cake and the icing too. The government of Saudi Arabia has said it will side with the Sunnis in the civil war in Iraq. And this has been conveyed to Dick Cheney in his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has told the Bush administration that it might provide financial backing to Iraqi Sunnis in any war against Iraq’s Shias if the United States pulls its troops out of Iraq, according to American and Arab diplomats.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia conveyed that message to Vice-President Dick Cheney two weeks ago during Cheney’s whirlwind visit to Riyadh, the officials said. During the visit, King Abdullah also expressed strong opposition to diplomatic talks between the United States and Iran, and pushed for Washington to encourage the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, senior Bush administration officials said.
The master is now dictating terms to the servant!! The Saudi Arabians are going to involve themselves in the civil war going on in Iraq and have told the Bush administration that they would do so. With the Iranians siding Shias, are we looking at a full fledge proxy war here? I’d say, yes. And who is going to be stuck in Iraq while this is going on? US and it’s coalition of the willing.