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Ten years later...



Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) is an old pal and a primary source of information for years. He just sent me a series of emails and has given me permission to share them with you. I've added a few things of my own to his collection.

And while we're at it, please take a look at Rachel Maddow's documentary "Hubris" (based on the book by David Corn and Michael Isikoff) at this link. It's an exposé of how the Bush administration snookered this country into a fraudulent war on a sovereign country that never invaded us. BushCo saw an opportunity and took it, and took us.

Ten years later...

The Obama administration and many Congress members inexplicably still want to “look forward, as opposed to looking backwards” instead of investigating and eventually prosecuting those who might have broken the law.

Ten years later...

Does prevarication pay? Did anyone apologize for prevaricating? Remember this bogus New York Times story that Saddam Hussein was gonna build nuclear weapons to bomb us with? Which helped lead to the Iraq War 10 years ago.

One of the reporters who wrote the bogus story is still at the New York Times, and the other is now at Fox News.

Meanwhile, the taxpayers are out $3 trillion, and hundreds of thousands are dead.


More than a decade after Saddam Hussein agreed to give up weapons of mass destruction, Iraq has stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb...

Ten years later...

Donald Rumsfeld says thank you for helping burn $3 trillion and the killing of hundreds of thousands based on his WMD lies.  (Why isn't he in jail?)

tweet donald rumsfeld iraq war ten years laterI wonder how liberated the dead Iraqis feel.

Ten years later...

Why aren't any media, except CNN, even mentioning that the Iraq War was to help the Big Oil Companies take over Iraq's Nationalized Oil?

Even, former Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan said, writing in his memoir:

"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."

When shows are sponsored by BP, all that honest silly talk about corporate profits from Iraqi oil pretty much disappears.

Ten years later...

Why the Iraq War was fought for Big Oil...

Follow the money.

Before the 2003 invasion, Iraq's domestic oil industry was fully nationalized and closed to Western oil companies. A decade of war later, it is largely privatized and utterly dominated by foreign firms. From ExxonMobil and Chevron to BP and Shell, the West's largest oil companies have set up shop in Iraq. So have a slew of American oil service companies, including Halliburton...

Also, check out this article at the Nation about the money scam, that was the Iraq War, Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History:

By 2009, of course, it should all have been so obvious. We were no longer inside the neocon dream of unrivaled global superpowerdom, just mired in what happened to it. We were a chicken factory in the desert that no one wanted. [...]

In the bigger picture, the world is also a far more dangerous place than it was in 2003. Indeed, for the State Department, which sent me to Iraq to witness the follies of empire, the world has become ever more daunting. In 2003, at that infamous “mission accomplished” moment, only Afghanistan was on the list of overseas embassies that were considered “extreme danger posts.” Soon enough, however, Iraq and Pakistan were added. Today, Yemen and Libya, once boring but secure outposts for State’s officials, now fall into the same category. [...]

And so, happy tenth anniversary, Iraq War! A decade after the invasion, a chaotic and unstable Middle East is the unfinished legacy of our invasion. I guess the joke is on us after all, though no one is laughing.

Ten years later...

Why aren't these folks in jail, instead of being comfortable multimillionaires?

And finally, please link over to VIDEO- Osama bin Laden Watch: The so-called “vigilance” of George W. Bush.


VIDEO-- Hubris: Selling the Iraq War. BushCo saw an opportunity and took it, and took us.



If you missed this exposé of how the Bush administration snookered this country into a fraudulent war on a sovereign country that never invaded us, then here's your chance. Please take a look and share widely.

Sadly, the Obama administration and many Congress members want to "look forward, as opposed to looking backwards" instead of investigating and eventually prosecuting those who might have broken the law:

Here are a few excerpts from the text:

By the end of 2002, the U.S military is headed to the Gulf. Congress is on board, as are British Prime Minister Tony Blair and most of the mainstream media. The stage is set for war. [...]

We were moving along the path of getting a good inspection going that would probably come to fruition one way or the other, but once you start military forces flowing to the extent that we did for Iraq, it's hard to pull them back.

As the inevitable moves closer, President Bush reargues the case and ups the ante with 16 infamous words in a state of the union address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

That would be yellowcake, again. But by referring to a six-month-old British white paper, the president does an end-run around a claim discredited by his own intelligence service.

It wasn't a matter of lying about this or lying about that, but rather through the artistry of speech writers and case presenters, conveying an impression to the American people that certain things were true.

It's a real sleight of hand. And I think it's kind to call that disingenuous.

He walked into my office with a sheaf of papers in my hand and he threw them down on the desk and said that's the script of my presentation at the United Nations. it came from the vice president's office. It was junk. It was pure junk. I was in charge of putting it together. [...]

On February 5th, 2003, the moment of truth arrives. The 4,701st meeting of the Security Council is called to order.

The world witnesses Colin Powell deliver the ultimate argument for war against Iraq. [...]

As he is talking about this and showing vials of white powder and so forth, I turned to a woman next to me who had followed this whole case of Curveball much more closely than I, I said, "What the hell is going on?" And my colleague said, "I don't know. I don't know what is going on. What is this?"

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"This heap of steaming veep meet between pseudo- friends was entertaining, if not informative"


Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:


Needed three towels to wipe down my living room after the Vice Presidential wrestling match, er, debate the other day. The sweat flung off both the bottom names of the campaign bumper stickers was so thick on the Centre College stage, it shot right through television screens onto viewers at home.

In this highly anticipated undercard bout, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan took off the gloves, put on their red white and blue Lucha Libre masks and went at each other hammer and tongs for 90 minutes with straight policy jabs and sweeping rhetorical hooks. Most of which whiffed, but it’s the thought that counts.

No knockdowns were recorded in this no- holds barred event, but the majority of ringside judges gave the decision to Biden on points, mainly for stopping his base’s bleeding and blocking his opponent’s momentum. And doing it all without suffering a stroke on national TV. Although, it was close.

Kudos were also tossed Martha Raddatz’s way, who refereed the event with a command and aplomb that had veteran observers refer to her as the anti- Jim Lehrer. She actually seemed to listen to the responses and called candidates out when they tried to weasel away. A recurring theme.

Paul Ryan’s intensive training regimen paid off, and he punched and counter punched all evening while smiling so hard you could almost hear the enamel cracking inside his mouth. The duplicitous platform he was forced to defend seemed to suck all the moisture out of his body as he kept downing glass after glass of water, which fortunately was replenished regularly, or the GOP budget guru might have spontaneously combusted. And who wants to die in Kentucky?

Meanwhile Joe Biden showed great restraint in checking his normal penchant for dismantling the shared desk and chewing it into pieces. Like an aging Chihuahua let outside after a long weekend locked in the basement he yapped and barked and laughed maniacally frequently exposing expensive dental work to all, frightening many children in the audience.

Seemed like the former Senator from Delaware had downed a couple quart containers of caffeinated Ensure. Then again after viewing the results, the White House might want to insure a case of Ensure is ready for President Obama next Tuesday at Hofstra University in New York.

Both Catholic combatants, the 69 year old Vice President and the 42 year old Wisconsin Congressman, waltzed delicately around the ring of malarkey when the question of abortion was raised, and a no- smirking zone was briefly established on both sides. And finally, not a single word about Big Bird. Obviously these two pugilists don't have their finger on the pulse of the American people.

On the style versus substance front, the GOP accused the Vice President of being loud, overbearing and rude. The very same qualities they called bold and commanding when Romney wore them last week. Hey, you guys: make up your mind. Pot- kettle- black much?

The Democratic ticket needs a visa to get out of Goldilocks Land: one half too cold- the other, too hot. But this reeking heap of steaming veep meet between pseudo- friends was entertaining, if not informative, and we could easily sell a rematch on pay- per- view: but only if the two fighters promise not to wear spandex. Maybe in 2016?

5 time Emmy- nominee Will Durst has just released an e- book on the 2012 campaign: “Elect to Laugh!” published by Hyperink. Available at or Amazon. Also his hit one- man show “Elect to Laugh!” every Tuesday at the Marsh. San Francisco. 8pm. Only 4, Four, 4 shows left.


VIDEO- David Axelrod: Romney was dishonest on issue after issue


As I posted earlier, Moderate Mitt? Hardly.


VIDEO- Paul Krugman: "The press just doesn’t know how to handle flat-out untruths."


Team Obama's traveling press secretary explained the arithmetic behind their claims that Mitt Romney's tax plan would call for $5 trillion in cuts. It's hard to fathom how any voter can buy into Romney's "they're not telling the truth" accusations when it's so easy to fact check.

Here's what the press secretary said, via LiveWire:

"So lowering the rates, as Mitt Romney has said he would do, to 20 percent -- $2.7 trillion over 10 years; eliminating the AMT -- $700 billion; repealing high-income payroll tax -- $300 billion; ending estate tax -- $150 billion; lowering the corporate rate from 35 to 25 -- $1.1 trillion.  That adds up to $4.8 trillion.  If you factor in interest for additional borrowing, you get to $5 trillion."

Here's the math laid out at the site.

Then on "This Week" Paul Krugman hammered the lack of fact-checking by all involved. Relevant segment at 6:39:


"I don’t know whether to blame Lehrer or blame the president, but it was kind of amazing because Romney was not only saying things that are not true, he was saying things that his own campaign had previously said weren’t true.

Romney displayed "a kind of contempt for the public... the contempt for the whole process, the contempt for us. He's thinking the news media will not cover on me on this. As long as I say it forcefully they'll say I won."

"The press just doesn’t know how to handle flat-out untruths."

He's right. If debate moderators would call out the lies, or at least do what Tim Russert used to do on "Meet the Press" and confront statements with previous conflicting ones, that would help. Or if there were a contemporaneous crawl at the bottom of the screen that would challenge falsehoods instantly, maybe viewers would get a more complete picture.

But to allow lies to go unchecked until the next day and beyond is a disservice to voters and democracy. How can anyone make an informed choice based on distortions?


VIDEO: Moderate Mitt? Hardly.


When the cameras rolled Mitt Romney's performance began—problem is that's all it was.

Over the past several months, Team Obama has accurately and effectively shown Willard M. Romney to be the liar that he is, with a whole lot of help from the Etch A Sketcher himself. He's flipped and flopped, constantly changed his positions, avoided revealing details of those altered positions, bashed and dismissed 47% of Americans, refused to divulge his tax returns, come off like the spoiled, entitled rich, corporate 1 percenter he is, and made gaffe after gaffe, embarrassing not only himself, but the entire country.

Then he intruded on the first presidential debate as an assertive, frenzied version of whoever he was at that moment, slithered into his latest incarnation, gave TV land a theatrical burst of energy, and suddenly we're supposed to buy into his Mitthology and give him credibility as a viable candidate after having written him off (justifiably) as a cold, weak, heartless, and very dishonest snob.

Voters are supposed to believe that Severely Conservative Romney is now Moderate Mitt, and that all those other policy positions never existed. It must be true because all the punditiots are yammering about it.

Can America be that gullible? Really? Is this the Real Romney?

Doyle McManus wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times that warns us not to count on it:

Who is the real Romney? Only a month from election day and almost 20 years into Mitt Romney's political career, the question is still being asked. [...]

A closer look suggests that Romney's move toward the center is a matter of tone and emphasis more than substance. ... [H]is campaign insisted that he didn't say anything substantively new at all. [...]

But notice that those who know Romney best, like Murphy, don't use the word "moderate" to describe him. The adjective they prefer is "pragmatic" — as in "pragmatic conservative."

On the substance of his positions, Romney's die is cast. He remains steadfast against raising taxes, even to help reduce the deficit. He remains intent on repealing Obama's healthcare law, even without a full-scale alternative to propose in its place. [...]

Last week, Romney took a half-step toward the center, a move dictated by the needs of a faltering presidential campaign. But it didn't change his core positions; he's still a conservative.

If he won't take his own promises seriously, why should anyone else? Let's hope those "undecideds" (oy) are smart enough to see through all the smoke he and the political commentators are blowing, and that President Obama can clearly, concisely, and congenially bring voters back to reality.

Oh, and so much for Romney’s “bipartisanship” claims.


The Audacity of Mendacity: "Next thing you know Romney’ll deny his 47% statement. What? Already? Wow."



Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:


A surprisingly large segment of America tuned into the first Presidential debate, but for some odd reason, President Obama did not appear among them. Who was in charge of his debate prep, Clint Eastwood? Even an empty chair would have provided a sturdier obstinacy.

The Committee to Re- Elect the President will obviously try to convince us that, like the economy, the Commander- in- Chief’s sub- par debate performance can be traced back to the Bush Administration, but darker forces may be at work here. The Ghosts of Debaters Past.

We learned Mitt Romney wants to kill Big Bird, but that was about it as far as fireworks go. No word on the Cookie Monster. But it doesn’t look good. Mr. Romney always seemed more of a Masterpiece Theater sort of guy anyway.

Perhaps the President was suffering from altitude poisoning, or distracted by missing his 20th wedding anniversary, or maybe the duties of Leader of the Free World are more exhausting than one thinks, because he fumbled and rambled, and gave the overall impression he was told the winner would be determined by time of possession.

And what was so interesting on the podium that compelled him to keep looking down at it? Was he taking one last longing look at his iPad with the pretty embossed Presidential seal or focused on a particularly frustrating sequence in Angry Birds?

With an aggressive energy reminiscent of a well- groomed rescue Terrier, the Republican challenger immediately charged into the Oval ringship steamrolling both the President and the moderator. He didn’t just dominate the debate, he twisted it into a logical Mobius strip.

Contradicting almost every one of his previously stated core beliefs, the former Governor of Massachusetts claimed to have no plan for tax cuts, said good things about portions of Obama Care and demonstrated concern over the bailout of big banks. Don’t know whom it was that blitzed onstage in Denver, but that guy could have done pretty well in Democratic primaries.

In the 38 minutes Romney spoke, he put on a verbal gymnastics exhibition worthy of an Olympics final. Obscuring. Dissembling. Whitewashing. Changing positions. Twisting facts. Denying assertions. Just making stuff up. Doubling down on his own personal Etch- A- Sketch. Candidate Gumby. Only less green. Marginally. Let the bendy shaking begin. Next thing you know he’ll deny his 47% statement. What? Already? Wow.

One possible excuse for Obama’s shocking passivity is he was stunned by the audacity of Romney’s mendacity. There were traces of “I can’t believe he just said that in front of people” smirks. It seemed all he could to keep from falling into the much- warned eye- rolling Al Gore Sigh Trap.

Maybe watching Obama sleepwalking was responsible for time slowing down, but the debate went on forever. At least way past Jim Lehrer’s bedtime, who morphed from deferential to obsequious to invisible. Made the NFL replacement refs look effective.

There’s plenty of time for both sides to retool messages for the next two confrontations. The White House can be expected to encourage the President to more energetically nail Romney to his own words. And despite renewed confidence, Romney will surely run intensive rehearsals to practice a different listening face that doesn’t reflect an annoyed patience, slight smugness and just a disconcerting pinch of Sling Blade.

5 time Emmy- nominee Will Durst has just released an e- book on the 2012 campaign: “Elect to Laugh!” published by Hyperink. Available at or Amazon. Also his hit one- man show “Elect to Laugh!” every Tuesday at the Marsh. San Francisco. 8pm. Only 5, Five, 5 shows left.