Ribbons and Medals

Ken AshfordElection 2004Leave a Comment

I won’t regurgitate the entire manufactured Kerry medals/ribbons "controversy" which the right is all lathered up over. You can get a good sense of the ridiculous claim here. Basically, it all hinges on the flimsy premise that when Kerry was asked, in 1971, about what he was awarded (in the midst of a discussion about what medals he "gave back"), … Read More

Lesson of the Day

Ken AshfordBush & Co., War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Eric Alterman nails it: If you fire a photographer, the photograph you fired her for will get printed again and again, even in the New York Times, which otherwise might have left the whole thing alone. This of course refers to the Pentagon/Bush ban on photos of dead troops in their coffins — an order which was violated by Pentagon … Read More

Say WHAT?!?

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

In an article entitled AP Poll: More than 30 months after attacks, concerns that the terrorists might be winning comes the following paragraphs: More than 30 months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, two-thirds of Americans acknowledge some concern that terrorists may be recruiting faster than the United States can keep up. A third of those polled feel strongly this … Read More

“If It’s Not On Our Website, It Didn’t Happen”

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Paging George Orwell . . . The Pentagon deleted from a public transcript a statement Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made to author Bob Woodward suggesting that the administration gave Saudi Arabia a two-month heads-up that President Bush had decided to invade Iraq. At issue was a passage in Woodward’s "Plan of Attack," an account published this week of Bush’s … Read More

The Third Front

Ken AshfordDemocratsLeave a Comment

Billmon of the Whiskey Bar has some interesting thoughts on the unification of interests between progressives (as distinguished from John Kerry-like "neolibs") and libertarians. It takes him a while to get to that point, but the journey is interesting as well. An excellent read from an underrated blog. Excerpted highlights: Strategically, the neocons and their neoliberal collaborators now hold the … Read More

On Winning The Hearts And Minds

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"Today there is hatred of the Americans like never before in the region," said Egyptian President (and ally) Hosni Mubarak, speaking of the Middle East. You can read all about his comments here: "Mubarak: Arabs Hate U.S. More Than Ever" (Reuters) Quick! What best describes your reaction? (1) "Who gives a tinker’s cuss about what Arabs think of America?"(2) "I’m … Read More

CPA Memo Admits That Iraq Is A Clusterfuck

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

A newly-surfaced memo, written in March, from an unnamed U.S. government official detailed to the CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) in Iraq, is alarming in its honesty. You can read about the CPA memo here. Some highlights from the article: Yet the memo is gloomy in most other respects, portraying a country mired in dysfunction and corruption, overseen by a CPA … Read More

Foreign Leaders Favor Bush

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Election 2004Leave a Comment

The Saudis, that is. In blogosphere time, this is an old story, but for those who have been in a cave for 24 hours, you can read more about it here. Basically it’s this: The Bush White House and the Saudis have a "sweetheart deal" in which the Saudi government will lower gas prices just prior to our elections, a … Read More

Thanks, GWB. I Feel MUCH Safer Now

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Probe Shows Iraq Nuke Facilities Unguarded UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Some Iraqi nuclear facilities appear to be unguarded, and radioactive materials are being taken out of the country, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency reported after reviewing satellite images and equipment that has turned up in European scrapyards. Geez. Full story here.

Bush Is Perfect, White House Reveals

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

Courtesy of The Borowitz Report: First Flawless Person in History, Experts Believe President George W. Bush received some much needed good news today as the White House revealed conclusive evidence that the President is perfect. “After reviewing his actions since entering the White House in 2001, we have come to the conclusion that the President is perfect,” White House spokesman … Read More

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Based on my thorough research (i.e., scanning a few blogs and catching a few minutes of Rush), the right-wing line du jour seems to be that the media is over-exaggerating the problems in Iraq. Which may or may not be true (who can say??), but I wonder how long that meme will float. Kos goes out on a limb with … Read More

Rice vs. Bush

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Apparently, Dr. Rice doesn’t read my posts here. Like this one. Today, before the 9/11 Commission, she characterized the threats that were coming in (during the Spring and Summer of 2001) as: "Troubling, yes. But they don’t tell us when; they don’t tell us where; they don’t tell us who; and they don’t tell us how . . . " … Read More

Another Bloody Day?

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Sky News out of Britain is reporting that 130 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq. I don’t know how much stock to put in that (it’s a Murduch publication, so . . .). Other (more realistic, but nevertheless tragic) reports are coming out saying "Six U.S. soldiers dead". Let’s hope they’re ALL wrong. UPDATE: As of this entry (6:05 … Read More