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September 27, 2007

Senate Passes Lieberman-Kyl "Help America Go To War With Eye-Ran" Act of 2007

Sometimes, I wonder what's the use of a Democratic congress:

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US Senate has called for Iran's Revolutionary Guards to be officially designated a "foreign terrorist organization," a day after the House of Representatives passed a similar measure.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 76-22 for the non-binding amendment sponsored by Republican Jon Kyl and independent Joseph Lieberman to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or Pasdaran, on the US terrorist blacklist.

Such a designation if adopted by the US government would open the corps and affiliated companies to economic sanctions.

The measure is a "sense of the Senate" amendment, which means it cannot impact the president's foreign policy, but is an important symbolic measure expressing will of lawmakers.

It says that senators agree it is in the critical national interest of the United States to prevent Iran turning Shia extremists in Iraq into a "Hezbollah type force."

The amendment says that senators believe that "inside Iraq" US economic, military, diplomatic economic and intelligence "instruments" should be used to back US policy against the government of Iran and "its proxies."

Hillary Clintoon voted for this amendment, and Obama conveniently abstained. Some leadership we got there.

U.S. To Build Base Close To Iran Border

Maybe they can send some Minute Men over there to protect our borders while they're at it:

Iran's role with the violence in Iraq remains a major preoccupation of the Bush administration, with the U.S. military now building a base, practically within shouting distance of Iran — an extraordinary step to curb what it says is the smuggling of advanced weapons into Iraq.

It will be called Combat Outpost Shocker, and it will hardly come as a pleasant surprise to Iran that the United States will have a new base just 5 miles from their border. Col. Mark Mueller, of the 3rd Infantry Division, said it is the first time the U.S. military will be that close to Iran.

"Obviously, they probably won't be very happy about it," Mueller told ABC's Terry McCarthy.

. . .The Shocker base will be home to about 200 soldiers, as well as to agents from the U.S. Border Patrol

September 18, 2007

Good News, Free Krugman

Bad news, free Friedman.

Progress

Can we call Betray-us a liar now?

BAGHDAD - The United States on Tuesday suspended all land travel by U.S. diplomats and other civilian officials in Iraq outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, amid mounting public outrage over the alleged killing of civilians by the U.S. Embassy's security provider Blackwater USA.

The move came even as the Iraqi government appeared to back down from statements Monday that it had permanently revoked Blackwater's license and would order its 1,000 personnel to leave the country — depriving American diplomats of security protection essential to operating in Baghdad.

"We are not intending to stop them and revoke their license indefinitely but we do need them to respect the law and the regulation here in Iraq," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told CNN.

The U.S. order confines most American officials to a 3.5-square-mile area in the center of the city, meaning they cannot visit U.S.-funded construction sites or Iraqi officials elsewhere in the country except by helicopter. The notice did not say when the suspension would expire.

September 12, 2007

With Their Lives On The Line

Today it's reported that two of the seven soldiers who wrote the New York Times op-ed piece, "The War As We Saw It", that criticized the rosy depiction of Eye-Rack by the war handlers and the media lapdogs have died in a vehicle accident.

As Greg Sargent has noted very well, the two schmucks Ken Pollack and Michael O'Hanlon, who have virtually nothing to lose in voicing their support for the surge have been given heavy media attention that was both misleading and undeserved for their NYT op-ed while these brave soldiers writing from a backdrop of a life-or-death situation had their NYT op-ed virtually ignored by the kneepad press. I certainly hope that more of what happened to Katie Couric happens to the rest of the whoring Emm Ess Emm morons.

September 10, 2007

A Chart That Should End The Debate

But it won't, since the surge protectors won't even acknowledge it:

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(via Daily Kos)

Facts On The Ground

Who are you gonna believe? Bush or those lying Eye-Rackees?

About 70% of Iraqis believe security has deteriorated in the area covered by the US military "surge" of the past six months, an opinion poll suggests.

The survey by the BBC, ABC News and NHK of more than 2,000 people across Iraq also suggests that nearly 60% see attacks on US-led forces as justified.

This rises to 93% among Sunni Muslims compared to 50% for Shia.

So not only have we made the emnity towards the U.S. among the Sunnis nearly complete, we have also recruited a whole bunch of Shiites as well.

And, oh, those "positive indicators" that the surge protectors keep going on about? Yeah, those are all a pack of lies too:

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, 984 people were killed across Iraq in February, and 1,011 died in violence in August. No July numbers were released because the ministry said the numbers weren't clear.

But an official in the ministry who spoke anonymously because he wasn't authorized to release numbers said those numbers were heavily manipulated.

The official said 1,980 Iraqis had been killed in July and that violent deaths soared in August, to 2,890.

(via Atrios)

September 3, 2007

Surprise!

Bill Scher of Liberal Oasis obliterates the rhetoric and bullshit surrounding the chimperor's visit to Eye-Rack today:

It is unbelievable that for four years, the White House has been able to spin secret visits to Iraq as happy happy fun fun "surprise" visits, when in fact, they have secret trips because Iraq is too dangerous for normal visits.

Smell the progress.

The only way they get away with this is that we no longer have a free press.

(via Daily Kos)