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Is the Iraqi embassy more fortified than my America? A billion dollars later.

Iraq embassy

Documents obtained by the Oversight Committee depict widespread defects in fire detection systems, fire service mains, fire sprinklers, fire-proof construction materials, and electrical wiring throughout the Embassy complex. Other documents implicate the Managing Partner of First Kuwaiti, the prime contractor, in an illegal kickback scheme to obtain subcontracts under the Army’s multi-billion logistical support contract.

Sounds like all the other news coming out of Iraq. This complex is over 100 acres (larger than the vatican), almost ten times the size of a normal embassy. More striking is its price tag. At more than a billion dollars and growing more expensive every day. Oddly, or with this administration obviously, a Kuwaiti firm won the construction deal despite very competing bids from US contractors. Read about this here. This colossal beast is emblematic of the ongoing disaster in Iraq and you can read an interesting article here about why this, like the war, is destined to fail from the start.

Everything surrounding this massive, super secret compound has been shrouded in secrecy. Diplomats were even instructed not to mention the location of the new embassy. (The fifty cranes along the banks of the Tigris might have given that one away) I wonder what the reaction was when the computer-generated projections of the heavily fortified compound were posted here on the Web several months ago.

Quote for today:
“I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s Mandela?’ Well, Mandela’s dead. Because Saddam killed all the Mandelas.” –George W. Bush, on the former South African president, who is still very much alive, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

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October 9, 2007 Posted by | America, Breaking News, Bush, Embassy, Iraq, Money, Oil, political, Real Estate, Republican, Scandal, Society, Technology, Terrorism, War | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blackwater turns streets red for my America.

Iraq bomb
Update #1 9/22/07- This is going to come back to haunt Bush. Blackwater targeted by Feds.
Update #2 9/23/07- Criminal charges?

I am just going to link to the Blackwater story here. It is your patriotic duty to know what is going on over there, so read it. It amazes me how many civilians we continue to gun down in the name of Democracy. Today Bush said that the MoveOn ad about Petraeus was disgusting. No Mr. President, what is happening in Iraq is disgusting. You seem to live in some sort of distorted and deranged dream world. Please wake up before it is too late for my America and stop having your puppets regurgitate the same lies that you make.
Please take a little time to watch this very interesting video catching Bush’s spokesmen in their lies.

Learn about Blackrock in this next video. Very, very scary. Some interesting tidbits in this video including how the founder of Blackrock is a right wing, Christian, conservative (surprise!!!) who once interned for Bush and now is a big money contributer. Earnings for Blackrock in 2001 were a measly $200,000. As of last year, hundreds of millions of dollars were syphoned to Blackrock. How many scandals lurk in this white house? Bring back Monica. I would rather have a President getting off in the Oval Office than a President getting off on our country imploding. It’s almost as if he enjoys it.
Be sure to pay careful attention to the last two minutes of this video when Bush is questioned about military privatization.

“I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.”-Bush-Washington, DC, May 25, 2004.
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September 20, 2007 Posted by | America, Breaking News, Bush, Iraq, political, Republican, Scandal, Society, Terrorism, Uncategorized, War | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Traumatic Brain Injury has no place in my America!

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Last night I was working in the pool shed when I hit my head, hard. I sat down immediately and searched my scalp for blood. Surprisingly, no blood had been drawn. I went a little dizzy, saw a couple of stars, and waited out my pain. The headache went away after about five minutes as did the dizzyness. I wish the same could be said of these poor boys. This is a huge problem now and one that is going to effect our society and nation for years to come. These walking wounded are going to require serious and intensive medical care for the rest of their lives. Since most of them are in there early twenties, this is going to be a long battle. Get the boys home now or you go over and see what a pressure wave from a bomb coursing through your head feels like. My guess is you would be back in Crawford in about two Southern seconds.

“You know, when I campaigned here in 2000, I said, I want to be a war President. No President wants to be a war President, but I am one.”—Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 20

September 10, 2007 Posted by | America, Breaking News, Bush, Iraq, TBI, War | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where are the nuclear weapons in my America?

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My America maintains nearly 10,000 nuclear weapons. Enough to destroy our enemies and the planet several times over. Additionally, many nuclear weapons are in the process of or set to be decommissioned. Knowing that a handful of terrorist organizations would kill to get their hands on any amount of nuclear material, this article does not bode well for my faith in our ability to protect these weapons.

Jeffrey Lewis of New America Foundation wrote about America’s nuclear future in a very interesting piece for The Financial Times on August 13th. The following is an excerpt.

“America’s new nightmare is rather that nuclear weapons and technologies will spread to unstable regimes, and possibly even to terrorists. Nuclear deterrence plays at best a marginal role in curtailing this threat. Instead of emphasising nuclear deterrence, we must work to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and technologies. We need to build strong export controls, better inspections and safeguards, tougher sanctions against violators and more targeted interdiction efforts.” Full story here.

Bush’s take- “If the Iranians were to have a nuclear weapon they could proliferate.”- Washington D.C., March 21, 2006
Update #1 Bush notified.

September 5, 2007 Posted by | America, political, Scandal, Society, Terrorism | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bush hints at bringing troops home to my America.

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Update 9/6/07 – Increduously, after Mark Vaile, the Australian Deputy Prime Minister “inquired politlely” about the situation in Iraq, Bush responded, “We’re kicking ass”. Can somebody please prepare a straight jacket for our President?

From Debka.com:
“Bush capped his unannounced visit to Iraq Monday, Sept. 2, with a speech to cheering US troops at an Anbar air base west of Baghdad. The US president told them their success in the province denied al Qaeda a safe base from which to plot attacks on the USA. He pledged that the drawdown of troop levels would depend on “calm assessments by commanders in the field – not poll-driven politics in Washington.”
Bush earlier met Sunni tribal sheiks who, he said, had once fought with al Qaeda against the coalition and now fought with the coalition against al Qaeda. The way was being paved for political reconciliation and the building of a civil society in Iraq.
His visit with Secretaries Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates was meant to underscore the improvements in security in some parts of Iraq which Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will embody in their progress report to Congress in a few days.
DEBKAfile: Bush made no mention of the British military pull-out from Basra Palace and city to an air base at its international airport on the day he arrived in Iraq. The British withdrawal is more of a retreat and admission by America’s senior coalition partner in Iraq that after four years, its troops have lost control over their area of jurisdiction in the South to anti-West and pro-Iranian Shiite militias and extremists.
All 5,500 British soldiers in Iraq are now confined to the Basra airport base.
Bush met with Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki and President Jalal Talabani, before taking off for Australia to attend an Asian-Pacific summit in Sydney.”
About time.

Cheney 1994:
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“I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” —Vice President Dick Cheney, on the Iraq insurgency, June 20, 2005

Breaking news- Petraeus to recommend bringing troops home.

September 4, 2007 Posted by | America, Breaking News, Bush, Iraq, Terrorism, War | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment