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Ah-ha…. I was right.

The ongoing Partisan Party, more commonly refered to as the 9/11 commission, has been proven to be of little consequence by its own esteemed leader, Lee Hamilton and one of his co-horts in crime, former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey. Their reactions to Thursday’s Bush/Cheney appearance before the committee is instructive:

Two Democrats on the panel, Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, left the session about an hour early. Hamilton, a former congressman from Indiana, was said to have had a prior commitment to introduce visiting Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at a lunch.

No word where Kerrey went, maybe he acted as Hamilton’s driver for his lunch date. It sure doesn’t square with the statement the committee issued saying Bush and Cheney had been “forthcoming and candid” and their input would be of great assistance. Great assistance indeed, if you were present to listen.

I was right, they are ALL wrong. Nothing but political hacks, one and all.

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Given the list of malcontents, terrorists, murderers, and various and sundry other social pariahs, Saddam’s lawyer, [Frenchman] Jacques Verges has defended in the past, this statement is not surprising: “I know people don’t have sympathy for Hussein,” Verges said. “I think they will care if it is not argued as a case about Saddam Hussein, but about his treatment.”

Ahh yes, a defense by defection and deviation, (did I say Verges is French?) you can’t defend his actions over the last 30 years, but you can construct a “show trial” about your poor clients jailhouse treatment and the now famous images of Saddams capture, “The way he was displayed on television was very much against his dignity,” Verges said. “Since they have done this, I’m afraid they may do other things with him” (what’s the French word for dignity?). What “other things,” allow Red Cross visits, allow exchanges of mail, and improved medical care? Saddam even was given a jail cell Birthday Party this week.

Verges seems more intent on dragging the US into the trial (show trial alert!) as a co-conspirator and accessory than defending his client. “The Americans were allies of Saddam while he was doing these things. They supported him, they gave him his weapons.” In fairness that means no US complicity after 1991 will be entered into evidence, right Jacques? (BTW: Jacques, is that a French name?) And you will, for the sake of full disclosure mention that France via the Pasteur Institute also sold anthrax and other germ samples to Iraq in the 1980’s. Can we assume that Jacques; or do I have to issue another show trial alert?

Representatives of ATCC and the Pasteur Institute said they were not surprised that Iraq had identified them as suppliers of germ samples. They said all of their shipments had been legal and that they were made with the understanding that the agents would be used for research and medical purposes.

Bare with me here Jacques, lets play a little “what if”game. The French (again just for conformation, you are French, right?) are famous for their pastries so this shouldn’t be so hard for you to follow. What if I’m making croissants, beautiful French croissants, but run short of flour. “Jacques, I need a little aidons, ami, can you run and get some flour?” Alas, being terribly distracted while watching the 1966 French movie epic, Les Créatures I burn the croissants and here is your 10 billion dollar question? Whose fault is it Jacques? Is it I, who who turned on the oven and burned the pastry? Or is it the provider of the flour?

I’m waiting for a Répondre, Jacques, ….. Jacques….. Répondre? I thought not, show trial alert!

Jacques, pardon my French, but Fuck off you miserable shyster!

Parked Outside The Beltway

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Cold Fury Rants……

…raves and is exactly on target. Ditto, and ditto for the toast also.

While Bill attends a parade in D.C.

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H. Ross Perot emerged in 1992 as an independent candidate for president. After a departure from the race in July, which alienated much of his support, he returned in October and finished third in the general election. He is most remembered by his phrase “the great sucking sound,” in reference to US jobs leaving for labor cheap Mexico.

Judging by this exchange between Hardballs Chris Matthews and John Kerry, the “great sucking sound” has morphed into a description of the Kerry campaign.

Matthews: “If there was an exaggeration of WMD, exaggeration of the danger, exaggeration implicitly of the connection to al Qaeda and 9/11, what’s the motive for this, what’s the ‘why?’ Why did Bush and Cheney and the ideolouges around take us to war? Why do you think they did it?”

Kerry: “It appears, as they peel away the weapons of mass destruction issue, and –we may yet find them, Chris. Look, I want to make it clear: Who knows if a month from now, two months from now, you find some weapons. You may. But you certainly didn’t find them where they said they were, and you certainly didn’t find them in the quantities that they said they were. And they weren’t found, and I have talked to some soldiers who have come back who trained against the potential of artillery delivery, because artillery was the way they had previously delivered and it was the only way they knew they could deliver. Now we found nothing that is evidence of that kind of delivery, so the fact is that as you peel it away I think it comes down to this larger ideological and neocon concept of fundamental change in the region and who knows whether there are other motives with respect to Saddam Hussein, but they did it because they thought they could, and because they misjudged exactly what the reaction would be and what they could get away with.”

Capt Ed of Captains Quarters boils it down to the essentials.

“Kerry argues for both positions in the same breath. If WMDs aren’t found, then the whole thing was just a big neo-con conspiracy, a sentiment that one usually has to travel to Jakarta or Tehran to hear. If they are found, then … what? Bush told the truth and your paranoia has been revealed? If he finds WMD but not in the quantities found, is it still a neo-con conspiracy? How much WMD does Kerry consider to be a problem? Kerry doesn’t answer those questions.”

Do you hear that “great sucking sound?” Its the swirling water of Kerry’s campaign going into the crapper!

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…… But Happy Birthday anyway, Saddam.

“Today a visit between Saddam Hussein and authorized members of the International Committee of the Red Cross occurred at an undisclosed location,” Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, a U.S. military spokesman, told a news conference in Baghdad.

Was it good for ya Saddam, after all you are still President, aren’t you?

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…..was wallowing in his appeasement cesspool, after successfully pulling the last Spanish troops from Iraq. He has emerged long enough to propose a Spanish led Coalition of Appeasement Monkeys (COAM).

“The idea is to see if Spain, France and Germany can help the United States find an exit from Iraq…and devise a formula for an international presence there that would not be perceived as an occupation by most of the population,” the source said.

No thanks Rodriguez ole buddy, the company you keep leaves somethng to be desired.

PS: BTW, just how is that appeasement thing going?

UPDATE: A few words from the previous Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Azar:

The withdrawal of our troops is just what the terrorists wanted — the terrorists who attack Iraqis in Iraq, and those who attacked Spaniards in Spain. They are the same. They want the same thing. They have the same objectives, one of which, without doubt, was the withdrawal of our troops. And now they have it. This is hardly the best step for us to have taken after the attack Spain suffered on March 11. Our message to the world is one of abandonment; we have also signaled the value of murder as a way to secure political objectives. If Spain is weaker as a consequence of our withdrawal from Iraq, the terrorists are now stronger. The government has taken the path of appeasement, which history shows to be the worst way to handle threats. Appeasement does not protect one from danger; instead, it fortifies the danger itself.

I remember an old proverb that goes: There’s always dust rising after a good horse. It fits!

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Gaddafi Waffles

To say that I have been suspicious of the re-emergence of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and his attempts to be added to the list of nations that renounce terrorism, is a vast understatement. Sorry, I believe a Leopard can’t change his spots.

Gaddafi now has “decided to lead the peace movement all over the world,” yet still stonewalls efforts to compensate the German victims of the 1986 Le Belle Discoteque bombing.

I still see spots. Its said “Weebles Wobble, but they don’t fall down,” it can also be said, like Kerry and now Qaddafi, wafflers, waffle because they believe they can gain something not truly deserved. The Qaddafi waffle, or in his case maybe its a Shwarma:

“I hope that we shall not be prompted or obliged by any evil to go back or to look backwards,” Gaddafi said, after defending his past support for militant Third World “freedom fighters.”

“We do hope that we shall not be obliged or forced one day to go back to those days when we bomb our cars or put explosive belts around our beds and around our women so that we will not be searched and not be harassed in our bedrooms and in our homes, as it is taking place now in Iraq and in Palestine.”

emphasis – ed Just who would this evil be, the “Great Satan” maybe?

Beware of Leopards, and wafflers!

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