when you thought the right wing and their fearless
leader, that Yellow Pose of Texas, George W. Fustercluck
of the White Feather, couldn't get any dumber,
they find a way.
the aftermath of the sensational charges in Ron
Suskind's book, "The Price of Loyalty" that Paul
O'Neill saw Putsch as little more than a potted
plant, Putsch, apparently uncued, told the complaisant
media that the allegation that they were planning
an attack on Iraq from Day One following the SC
coup was no big deal, since Clinton was doing
the same thing. Clinton, too, was for "regime
change," Putsch announced grandly, or at least
aside the obvious tacit admission inherent in
that particular statement, there was the question
that none of the cringing dogs in the White House
Press was willing to ask: "Did Clinton's plans
for regime change involve attacking, invading,
and then occupying Iraq, killing over ten thousand
people in the process and leaving our troops to
be slowly bled dry by a home-grown resistance
would have been a good question, and in a country
with a free press that had access to a real president,
someone might have asked it. But this bunch, who
already bought the notion that Saddam made Putsch
attack, were quite content to accept that Clinton
made Putsch attack, too.
for us all, right wingers are better at taking
cues from the top than they are about thinking
about sensible responses, and one of Putsch's
blindest supporters on Usenet was kind enough
to post exactly what Clinton had in mind for "regime
in mind, as you read this, that this particular
defender of the Putsch once claimed that he was
authorized to speak authoritatively on the subject
of police powers since he was, in fact, a criminal
attorney. (I'm not sure which way that adjective
works in this case.) The claim might have carried
more weight if the clown hadn't been stating that
the police have power to issue warrants, and don't
need a judge. No, really. I wouldn't make that
is "The Iraqi Liberation Act" that Putsch is depending
on to claim that Clinton started this whole invasion
thing, and the fact that it's blowing up in our
faces is all Clinton's fault:
Iraq Liberation Act October 31, 1998 STATEMENT
BY THE PRESIDENT THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the
Press Secretary For Immediate Release October
BY THE PRESIDENT: Today I am signing into law
H.R. 4655, the "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998."
This Act makes clear that it is the sense of
the Congress that the United States should support
those elements of the Iraqi opposition that
advocate a very different future for Iraq than
the bitter reality of internal repression and
external aggression that the current regime
in Baghdad now offers.
me be clear on what the U.S. objectives are:
The United States wants Iraq to rejoin the family
of nations as a freedom-loving and law-abiding
member. This is in our interest and that of
our allies within the region.
United States favors an Iraq that offers its
people freedom at home. I categorically reject
arguments that this is unattainable due to Iraq's
history or its ethnic or sectarian make-up.
Iraqis deserve and desire freedom like everyone
else. The United States looks forward to a democratically
supported regime that would permit us to enter
into a dialogue leading to the reintegration
of Iraq into normal international life.
Administration has pursued, and will continue
to pursue, these objectives through active application
of all relevant United Nations Security Council
resolutions. The evidence is overwhelming that
such changes will not happen under the current
Iraq leadership. In the meantime, while the
United States continues to look to the Security
Council's efforts to keep the current regime's
behavior in check, we look forward to new leadership
in Iraq that has the support of the Iraqi people.
The United States is providing support to opposition
groups from all sectors of the Iraqi community
that could lead to a popularly supported government.
October 21, 1998, I signed into law the Omnibus
Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations
Act, 1999, which made $8 million available for
assistance to the Iraqi democratic opposition.
This assistance is intended to help the democratic
opposition unify, work together more effectively,
and articulate the aspirations of the Iraqi
people for a pluralistic, participatory political
system that will include all of Iraq's diverse
ethnic and religious groups. As required by
the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act
for FY 1998 (Public Law 105-174), the Department
of State submitted a report to the Congress
on plans to establish a program to support the
democratic opposition. My Administration, as
required by that statute, has also begun to
implement a program to compile information regarding
allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity,
and war crimes by Iraq's current leaders as
a step towards bringing to justice those directly
responsible for such acts.
Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 provides additional,
discretionary authorities under which my Administration
can act to further the objectives I outlined
above. There are, of course, other important
elements of U.S. policy. These include the maintenance
of U.N. Security Council support efforts to
eliminate Iraq's weapons and missile programs
and economic sanctions that continue to deny
the regime the means to reconstitute those threats
to international peace and security. United
States support for the Iraqi opposition will
be carried out consistent with those policy
objectives as well. Similarly, U.S. support
must be attuned to what the opposition can effectively
make use of as it develops over time. With those
observations, I sign H.R. 4655 into law.
J. CLINTON, THE WHITE HOUSE, October 31, 1998.
resident right wing "lawyer," who is so obviously
brain-damaged that I have to conclude that he
is a paid operative of the GOP, followed this
with the triumphant crow, "C'mon Dummycrats you
can do better then this can't you? I dare you
to try and use this and have anyone take you seriously...."
not saying that it's Brett Koffman, lately of
Al Franken's book fame, but I wouldn't be surprised
if it was. The style is very similar.
the complete lack of a declaration of war. The
budget for helping the opposition was $8 million,
which would make this the cheapest war America
fought since the Duchy of Grand Fenwick attacked.
that is what Putsch's response is. He was accused
of lying to and cheating the American people,
of inventing reasons to attack a country that
did not pose an immediate or significant threat
to America, and his only response was, "Yeah,
well, Clinton did it first!"
of course, he was lying about that.
man is a daily humiliation to America.
two stories are breaking tonight that might distract,
although that may not be a good thing for the
first is that the SEC has announced that they
are widening their investigation of the rapidly-exploding
mutual fund scandal to the top 15 brokerage houses,
alleging a vast payola scheme for pushing mutual
funds of dubious value on unwary investors.
other one is yet another body blow to Putsch's
credibility. The administration admitted today
that they have a memo written by Saddam Hussein,
apparently after the invasion, warning his troops
and Iraqis in general to avoid entanglements with
al Qaida and other jihadists. The memo makes clear
that Saddam regarded the fundamentalist Moslems
as enemies of his secular regime, and clearly
felt they were as great a danger to Iraq as the
Putsch administration was.
we can file Putsch's miaows that Saddam "supported
terrorism" in the garbage can, along with the
claims that Saddam had or was developing weapons
of mass destruction (the admin quietly pulled
the last of the team seeking such weapons out
of Iraq last week), or that he had anything to
do with 9/11, or that attacking Iraq would make
day Putsch is going to surprise me and say something
any luck, it will be, "Please, I don't want to
be convicted of being a war criminal."
Posted: January 14, 2004