Bush’s Anti-Terror Chief: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Can Be Tried at the Hague for War Crimes They Committed In Iraq

30 May 2014 — WashingtonsBlog

Obama Has Also Committed War Crimes

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The Bush Family Saga – Airbrushed out of history By William Bowles

24 June 2005

[This essay is an updated version of my original piece, ‘Frauds-R-US‘, written for ‘Devastating Society’, edited by Bernd Hamm, Pluto Press, 2005. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, I had cut down the size of this essay for the print version. WB]

INTRODUCTION

That a family with so many skeletons in its collective closet could have produced two presidents of the world’s most powerful nation should have every last one of us wondering whether the world has gone completely mad. Perhaps it has. This may be the lesson we need to learn from the Bush Family Saga, that far from being an exception to the rule, it is the rule because they and the class and “race” they represent write the rules. Most important of all is the fact that the Bush family is not an aberration, but symbolic of the nature of US imperialism and how it came to be.

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Bandar Bush, 'liberator' of Syria By Pepe Escobar

1 August 2013 — Asia Times

Talk about The Comeback Spy. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, aka Bandar Bush (for Dubya he was like family), spectacularly resurfaced after one year in speculation-drenched limbo (was he or was he not dead, following an assassination attempt in July 2012). And he was back in the limelight no less than in a face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

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Institutionalizing Indefinite Detention By Stephen Lendman

012 — Boiling Frogs

Heading America for Full-Blown Tyranny

 Since taking office, Obama authorized numerous police state measures. They follow earlier ones under George Bush. They’re heading America for full-blown tyranny. It’s already a hair’s breadth away. It could arrive any time full force. It’s been wrapped in the American flag all along. Continue reading

FAIR: When Is a Mandate Not a Mandate?

9 November 2012 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Different standards for different elections–and parties

When it comes to explaining election results, there’s no precise way to determine whether voters gave the winner a “mandate”–defined by Oxford as “the authority to carry out a policy, regarded as given by the electorate to a party or candidate that wins an election.” That makes it interesting to see how media use the expression–and which presidents they think earned one. Continue reading

Obama’s War Record By Jack A. Smith

14 October, 2012 — Global Research

When Sen. Barack Obama ran for the presidency in 2008 many wishful-thinking Democratic voters viewed him as a peace candidate because he opposed the Iraq war (but voted yes on the war budgets while in the Senate). Some others assumed his foreign/military policy would be along the lines of Presidents George H. W. Bush (whom Obama admires) or Bill Clinton. Some who identified as progressives actually thought his foreign/military policy might tilt to the left.

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SHRINKING CAPITAL: THE US IN THE MIDDLE EAST

21 November, 2008

Middle East Report 249 Winter 2008

The Bush administration entered office in 2000 determined to extend the global dominion of the United States into “a new American century.” Yet as President George W. Bush prepared to depart the White House, the National Intelligence Council released a report surmising that Washington “will have less power in a multipolar world than it has enjoyed for many decades.” The winter 2008 issue of Middle East Report, “Shrinking Capital: The US in the Middle East,” examines the Bush-era changes in US regional policy — and the continuities with the past — that have left Washington’s clout diminished.

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HAS THE US ELECTION ALREADY BEEN STOLEN??? JOE THE PLUMBER?

ROLLING STONE: IT’S ALREADY STOLEN

Republican Secretaries of State of swing-state Colorado have quietly purged one in six names from their voter rolls.

Investigation by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast released today. Will the Dems Pay Attention?

Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse or ACORN stealing the election. According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone magazine, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long investigation, reveal a systematic program of “GOP vote tampering” on a massive scale.

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‘Ex-Georgian Defense Minister Blames Saakashvili for War With Russia in Russified South Ossetia'

TMPress International Newswire
TMPress ™ – United News & Press Features

(TMPress International – New York – September 14, 2008) – As the picture becomes clearer to the EU/West despite the Russophobic media and the White House chastising of Russian intentions in the North Caucuses and the reality of newly Independent Republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia … it now appears very certain that Georgian President Saakashvili had long planned a military strike against the Russian Autonomous Regions to seize back the breakaway territory starting with South Ossetia, but executed it very poorly. This made it quite easy for Russia to retaliate and claim the ‘moral high ground’ … according to Saakashvili’s former defense minister until 2007.

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Georgia: The West's Phantom Pains By Elena Ponomareva

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation

New talks on the settlement of the conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia opened in Moscow on September 8, exactly one month after the massacre perpetrated by Georgian President M. Saakashvili, whom former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Joschka Fischer had described as “the irresponsible fool from the Tbilisi presidential palace”. As decided at the snap EU Summit a week ago, the EU was represented by French President N. Sarkozy, French Foreign Minister B. Kouchner, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Russia was represented by Russian President D. Medvedev, Foreign Minister S. Lavrov, First Vice Prime Minister I. Shuvalov, and Aide to the President Sergey Prikhodko.

The agenda, though broadly known, reflected a surprisingly narrow-minded and biased thinking. The EU politicians with their unsophisticated vision seem unable even to identify – least to condemn – the actual aggressor. They cannot admit that the mad Tbilisi ruler who has sent Georgia’s NATO-sponsored army to South Ossetia and thus inflicted unprecedented disgrace on his country is in fact their creature.

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Georgia: The War Which Will Help McCain Win By Yuri Baranchik

Strategic Culture Foundation

Georgia has done a great job as the proving ground during the five-day war. With the help of this war, those who are promoting the Republican nominee in the US presidential race have found out all they needed to know.

It was a part of Washington’s plan that Russia would respond resolutely to the US-prepared Georgian incursion into South Ossetia. As a result of Russia’s repelling the aggression, the US Administration obtained the information it needed to analyze the consequences of future armed conflicts in the post-Soviet space and Sen. J. McCain’s chances to become the next US President got a real boost. Besides, Washington had the opportunity to probe into the positions of Europe (obviously, the EU would not follow the US in the case of serious tensions with Russia) and China (which would rather not intervene).

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US attack inside Pakistan threatens dangerous new war By Peter Symonds

Global Research, September 5, 2008

Source: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10084

A ground assault by US Special Forces troops on a Pakistani village on Wednesday threatens to expand the escalating Afghanistan war into its neighbour. Pakistan is already confronting a virtual civil war in its tribal border regions as the country’s military, under pressure from Washington, seeks to crush Islamist militias supporting the anti-occupation insurgency inside Afghanistan.

The attack, which left up to 20 civilians dead, marks a definite escalation of US operations inside Pakistan. While US Predator drones and war planes have been used previously to bomb targets, Wednesday’s raid was the first clear case of an assault by American ground troops inside Pakistani territory. The White House and Pentagon have refused to comment on the incident but various unnamed US officials have acknowledged to the media that the raid took place and indicated that there could be more to come.

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The Anti-Empire Report by William Blum Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life

September 5, 2008
www.killinghope.org

Obama-Biden — Osama bin Laden: A coincidence? I think not.
I’m sorry to say that I think that John McCain is going to be the next president of the United States. After the long night of Bush horror any Democrat should easily win, but the Dems are screwing it up and McCain has been running more-or-less even with Barack Obama in the polls. The Democrats should run on the slogan “If you liked Bush, you’ll love McCain“, but that would be too outspoken, too direct for the spineless Nancy Pelosi and her spineless party. Or, “If you liked Iraq, you’ll love Iran.” But the Democrat leadership is not on record as categorically opposing either conflict.

Nor, it seems, do the Democrats have the courage to raise the issue of McCain not having been born in the United States as the Constitution requires. Nor questioning him about accusations by his fellow American prisoners about his considerable collaboration with his Vietnamese captors. Nor a word about McCain‘s highly possible role in the brutal Georgian invasion of South Ossetia on August 7. (More on this last below.)

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Anti-Empire Report By William Blum, December 11, 2007

Anti-Empire Report, December 11, 2007: “The Anti-Empire Report
Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life

December 11, 2007
by William Blum
www.killinghope.org

Another peace scare. Boy, that was close.

The US intelligence community’s new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) — ‘Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities’ — makes a point of saying up front (in bold type): ‘This NIE does not (italics in original) assume that Iran intends to acquire nuclear weapons.’ The report goes on to state: ‘We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.’

Isn’t that good news, that Iran isn’t about to attack the United States or Israel with nuclear weapons? Surely everyone is thrilled that the horror and suffering that such an attack — not to mention an American or Israeli retaliation or pre-emptive attack — would bring to this sad old world. Here are some of the happy reactions from American leaders:

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Bush’s Tower of Babble by William Bowles

3 November 2011

“[W]e got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel. So I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have [sic] the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon” — president Bush in a White House press conference, September 5, 2006

‘Iran’, ‘Israel’, ‘Destroy’,’Nuclear Weapon’, ‘WWIII’, ‘Knowledge’, ‘Prevention’ — Bush

Talk about using loaded words! Israel is both literally and figuratively, loaded. The other of course is nuclear. Note however that in this instance, Bush talks not about Iran actually building nuclear weapons, now he’s talking about Iran gaining the knowledge to build one.

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The BBC back-peddles big time or how to completely rewrite history before the ink’s even dried By William Bowles

29 October 2007

Question: When is a Plan not a Plan?

Answer: When the Plan is not a Plan, Plan

The BBC is currently flighting a programme in two parts entitled ‘No Plan, No Peace – the Inside Story of Iraq’s Descent into Chaos’ (28 and 29 October on BBC1).

Way back and many times inbetween I have asserted that there was never meant to be a plan (at least in the generally accepted sense of the word) and indeed in 2003, the Bush regime stated that deposing Saddam was never about ‘nation-building’:

‘To make it clear that a post-war U.S. military operation in Iraq is not a nation-building exercise, the Bush Administration should state that the U.S. military will be deployed to Iraq to secure the vital U.S. security interests for which the campaign is undertaken in the first place. Specifically, these war aims should be to:

‘Protect Iraq’s energy infrastructure against internal sabotage or foreign attack to return Iraq to global energy markets and ensure that U.S. and world energy markets have access to its resources.’ – In Post-War Iraq, Use Military Forces to Secure Vital U.S. Interests, Not for Nation-Building by Baker Spring and Jack Spencer. Backgrounder #1589, September 25, 2002 www.heritage.org/Research/MiddleEast/bg1589.cfm%00

(See also Independence Day by William Bowles – Sunday, 4 June, 2006 www.williambowles.info/ini/2006/0606/ini-0419.html)

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