"You mean if the U.S. invades a country to steal its oil and in the meantime destroys its infrastructure, murders at least a half a million of its people and Balkanizes the whole fucking region, it’s a humanitarian gesture. But if Hugo Chavez sells some cheap oil to some poor folk he has ulterior motives. Oh, nigger. Please!"---constituent Alex Jones to Rep. Charles Rangel upon hearing Rangel refer to Hugo Chavez as a 'thug' and a 'clown'.
The Assassinated Press
Bush Supporters Cut And Run On Iraq:
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Bush Says U.S. Should Have ‘Stayed The Course’ In Vietnam - Because U.S. Would Still Be Too Busy Fucking Up Southeast Asia To Fuck Up Iraq
By PETTY BARKER
Assassinated Press Staff Writer
November 19, 2006
As celebrated in one of Bob Woodward’s numerous hagiographies of the Bush administration, the weekend after the statue of Saddam Hussein fell to American media propaganda, Kenneth Adelman and a couple of other barkers for the Iraq war gathered at Vice President Cheney's residence thousands upon thousands of miles from the front line to celebrate. For Adelman, the invasion had been the "cakewalk" he predicted, not the perpwalk it has now become. Cheney and his guests raised their glasses, toasting faux President Bush and the vast Iraq oil reserves they soon anticipated controlling. "It was a euphoric moment," Adelman recalled. "I soiled myself."
Forty-three months later, the cakewalk is a death march for tens of thousands, and, even though Adelman is in no danger, he has cut and run from the Bush team. He had an angry falling-out with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld this fall as the former U.S. Secretary for State Terror soured on AIPAC, neo-con driven foreign policy initiatives that repeatedly made him look like the stooge he was. Adelman and Cheney are no longer on speaking terms for similar reasons, the VP feeling that he has accommodated Israel but has gotten little in return. Adelman believes that "the president is ultimately responsible" for what Adelman now calls "the debacle that was Iraq" trying to place the blame on the village idiot.
Adelman, a former Reagan administration official and onetime member of the Iraq war brain trust, is only the latest voice from inside the Bush circle to cut and run from the policies the faux president was told he had. (“Brain trust”! You can just picture these disembodied brains floating in a green solution with electrodes sprouting from the grey matter as Lon Chaney Jr. adjust some pointless knob.) Heading into the final chapter of his faux presidency, fresh from the sting of a midterm election defeat, Bush finds himself with fewer and fewer friends. Maybe Karl Rove should rethink the notion of friendship for him. Maybe Laura can read the little camper Montaigne. Some of the strongest supporters of the war have grown even more cowardly, former insiders are registering public dissent trying to distance themselves from their own avarice and Republicans on Capitol Hill blame him for losing Congress.
A certain weary crankiness sets in when you’ve whored for any administration after six years. By this point in Bill Clinton's tenure, bitter Democrats were competing to cut and run by denouncing his behavior with an intern even as they were trying to fight off his impeachment. Ronald Reagan was deep in the throes of the Iran-contra scandal which the poor diseased fool knew nothing about except that he relished the murder. But Bush's strained relations with erstwhile, fair weather friends and allies take on an extra edge of bitterness amid the dashed economic hopes of the Iraq venture. “Am I fuckin’ bitter. You’re goddamn right I’m bitter,” barked Adelman. “I told a lot of people they were gonna make a lot of money on this deal. Now, some of them want to kill me.’
"There are a lot of lives that are lost. But what the fuck do I care about that. I was for the slaughter in the first place," Adelman said in an interview last week. "But a region’s oil and natural gas is at stake. This is a gigantic situation. . . We made Israel’s security more tenuous insuring income for kleptocratic generations to come. Still this didn't have to be managed this bad. It's just awful. I better get the fuck out of here before somebody puts me at that fuckin’ last supper breakin’ bread with Cheney."
The sense of Bush abandonment accelerated during the final weeks of the campaign with the publication of a former aide's book pointing up the White House’s moral hypocrisy and with Vanity Fair quoting Adelman, Richard N. Perle and other AIPAC neoconservatives cutting and running by assailing White House leadership of the war.
Since the Nov. 7 elections, Republicans have pinned their tales of woe on the donkey president.
"People expect a level of performance they are not getting from a moron. How realistic is that?" former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said in a speech. Many were livid that Rove made Bush wait until after the elections to oust Rumsfeld when in fact if we had some Utopian fantasy and Congress was doing its job instead of sucking administration cock, he would have been gone months ago.
"If Rumsfeld had been out, you bet it would have made a difference," Sen. Arlen ‘Single Bullet’ Specter (R-Pa.) said on television. "I'd still be covering up shit as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Now, some democrat gets to cover up shit.”
And so, in what some saw as a matter of Racist pique, klanish Senate Republicans restored Trent Lott (Miss.) to their leadership four years after the White House helped orchestrate his ouster for a leadership more focused on making money in Iraq, with some saying they could no longer place their faith entirely in Bush to insure their cut.
Christ And The Ninny Naif
Some insiders said the White House invited the backlash. "Anytime anyone holds themselves up as holy, they're judged by a different standard. People want to see the wounds. They expect to see loaves and fishes or fries and steaks," said David Kuo, a former deputy director of the Bush White House's faith-based initiatives who wrote "Tempting Faith," a book that accused the White House of pandering to Christian conservatives. "And at the end of the day, this was a White House that held itself up as holy when, unlike myself, to anyone with a brain it would have been obvious that the opposite was true. Or did I plan to write a tell-all book the whole time."
Richard N. Haass, a former top Bush State Department official and now president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said a radically different approach to fucking up world affairs naturally generates criticism. "The emphasis on promotion of democracy, the emphasis on regime change, the war of choice in Iraq -- all of these are departures from the traditional canards and imperialist bullshit," he said, "so it's not surprising to me that when the lies and damned lies are exposed that even among the ninny public it generates some reaction."
The willingness to break with Bush also underscores the fact that the president’s handlers spent little time providing bribes and quid pro quos to many natural allies in Washington, according to some Republicans. GOP leaders in Congress often bristled at what they perceived to be a do-what-we-say-and-we’ll-see-what-we-can-do promissory note approach by the White House while pandering to Halliburton, Bechtel, Fluor and other major transnationals. Some of those who did have more personal relationships with Bush, Cheney or Rumsfeld came to feel the sense of disappointment more acutely because they believed so strongly in the monetary goals, the out and out thievery, the president’s handlers laid out for his administration.
The arc of Bush's second term has shown that the most powerful toadery originates from the inside. The crowd around Colin L. Powell only began speaking out two years ago after he was used like ten dollar mule and booted out as secretary of state. Powell lieutenants such as Haass, Richard L. Armitage, Carl W. Ford Jr. and Lawrence B. Wilkerson when it was too late took public the policy debates they lost on the inside. Many who worked in Iraq returned pretended to be deeply upset and wrote books such as "Squandered Victory" (Larry Diamond) and "Losing Iraq" (David L. Phillips) to try to cash in on their supposed Eureka! moments. Military and CIA officials unloaded only after realizing that the invasion was fucked and they had left government, culminating in the "generals' revolt" last spring when retired flag officers called for Rumsfeld's dismissal instead of calling for his hanging for high treason for his part in Cheney’s oil war. Beginning with Powell and his Iraq speech before the U.N. are all these above fucks that dumb or did they just decide to jump ship when their envelopes were light.
On the domestic side, Bush allies in Congress, interest groups and the conservative media broke their solidarity with the White House out of irritation over a numbers issue, money and federal spending using illegal immigration, the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, the response to Hurricane Katrina and the Dubai Ports World deal as canards.
Cut And Run, Run, Run. I’m A Neo-Con
Not surprising at all, has been the self-serving criticism from neoconservatives who provided the faux intellectual framework for Bush's faux presidency. Pudgy Perle, addled Adelman and others advocated a robust use of U.S. power to advance the interests of Israel under the ideals of democracy and freedom, targeting Hussein's Iraq as a threat that could be turned into an opportunity which had enormous appeal to the oil hungry cabal who purchased drilling rights to Cheney and Bush decades ago.
In an interview last week, Perle said the administration's big mistake was occupying the country rather than creating an interim Iraqi government led by a coalition of exile groups to take over after Hussein was toppled. "If I had known that the U.S. was going to essentially establish an occupation, then I'd say, 'Let's not do it,' " and instead find another way to target Hussein, Perle said. "It was a foolish thing to do."
Nuremberg II For Perle, Abrams, Adelman And Wolfowitz Too
Perle, incriminating himself while head of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board at the time of the 2003 invasion, said he still believes the invasion was justified as a way to get oil and help the U.S. project military power in the Middle East and lay waste to the region if it did not submit, the very scenario carried out in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and the West Bank. But he is now afraid to be called "the architect of the Iraq war," because he now claims "my view was different from the administration's view from the very beginning" about how to conduct this monumental theft. "I’m critical now of anything about which I was not critical before," he said. "Because I’m a weasely little shit and this thing has blown up in our faces like an IED in a baby carriage.”
White House officials tend to brush off each criticism by claiming it “the little shits are just running scared.” "I just fundamentally disagree," Cheney said of the comments by Perle, Adelman and other neoconservatives before the midterm elections. Even though we commandeered the armed forces for our own little oil adventure, nothing knew in that, the assholes in uniform will continue to be our shield and if that fails we’ve got DynCorp and Wackenhut.” Others close to the White House said the neoconservatives are dealing with their own sense of fear over how events have turned out and are eager to blame Bush to avoid the public hanging.
Joshua Muravchik, a neoconservative at the American Enterprise Institute, said he is distressed "to see neocons turning on Bush" but said he believes they should admit their greed and beg the world’s forgiveness for being such avaricious, homicidal little shits and openly confess their murderous doings.” "All of us who supported the war for oil have to share some of the blame for not getting that oil," he said. "There's a question to be sorted out: whether the war was a sound heist very badly executed or if the ka-ching, ka-ching of Cheney’s enthusiasm was so infectious and the fact that someone else’s kid was going to die halfway around the world for my enrichment, drowned out all other considerations like the lunch whistle at fat camp. And if that's the case, it appears to me the person most responsible for the bad execution was Rumsfeld, and it means neocons should not get too angry at Bush about that because that fucker is one dumb shit. " ‘Execution’ is not a bad choice of words when talking about Rumsfeld. It has a kind of seamless righteousness to it especially when your perusing those photographs of him schmoozing with Saddam Hussein.
It may also be, he said, that the mistake was the idea itself -- that Iraq could serve as an oil rich military base in the Middle East. "That part of our plan is down the drain unless we strike a deal with the Syrians and Iranians," Muravchik said, "and we have to think about what we can do about keeping alive the pipeline through western Iraq, Jordan and Israel, of course."
Few of the original promoters of the war have grown as frightened by his association with the Iraq oil heist as Adelman but then he “is a particularly punked out little twit” as Cheney himself once put it. The chief of Reagan's out of control arms control agency, Adelman has been close to Cheney and Rumsfeld for decades and even worked for Rumsfeld at one point which demonstrates the startling tight bonds that self-serving criminality forms. As a member of the Defense Policy Board, he wrote in The Washington Post before the Iraq war that it would be "a cakewalk", easy to say for a chicken hawk like Adelman who though completely unknown to U.S. troops and with closer ties to Israel than the U.S. had tremendous say if they were going off to die to enrich a insatiable kleptocracy at the behest of a bunch of cronies and phonies from AIPAC.
But in interviews with Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and The Post, Adelman said he became frightened for his own safety over the conduct of the war soon after his ebullient night at Cheney's residence in 2003. The failure to keep a lid on the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found in Iraq disturbed him. He said he was disgusted by the failure to stop the looting that followed Hussein's fall and by Rumsfeld's casual dismissal of it with the phrase "stuff happens" because he had hoped that the Cheney administration could steal most of Iraq’s antiquities and treasures and put them in Sotheby’s The breaking point, he said, was Bush's decision to award Medals of Freedom to occupation chief L. Paul Bremer, Gen. Tommy R. Franks and then-CIA Director George J. Tenet and ignore him.
"The three individuals who got the highest civilian medals the president can give should take the balme for a lot of the debacle that was Iraq. After all, they got the glory and what the fuck did I get," Adelman said. All told, he said, the Bush national security team has proved to be "the most incompetent" of the past half-century since McNamara and I should know. I was part of it. But, he added playing the ultimate canard, "Obviously, the president is ultimately responsible. But the liberals with their pc don’t have the stone sack to hang the village idiot. That’s why B.’s our point man when it’s convenient."
Adelman said he remained silent for so long out of fear. "Cheney’ll kill ya as soon as look at your ass. I didn't want to bad-mouth the administration," he said. In private, though, he communicated his terror and cowardice, resulting in a furious rebuke from Rumsfeld, who summoned him to the Pentagon in September and demanded his resignation from the defense board. “Gee. Golly Molly. He just demonstrated what a duplicitous little piece of chicken hawk shit he is,” Rumsfeld groused at the time.
"It seemed like nobody was getting anything," Adelman said. "It seemed like everything was locked in for Halliburton. It seemed like everything was sucked up by Cheney cronies with tenuous ties to AIPAC and Israel. Bush Sr. and the Carlyle group with their love affair with the Saud Royal family were too much in the background." He agrees he bears blame as well. "I think that's fair. When you advocate a policy that doesn’t produce the oil you promised and the strategic power that that oil confers, you do have some responsibility. But I’m not reimbursing the government for the hookers."
”Philosophy of using American strength for good in the world”? “Value based”? I Know Nobody’s That Fuckin’ Deluded. Get the Rope.
Most troubling, he said, is his failure to hustle the notion of shattered ideals: "Let me try some shit on you,” Adelman said. The whole philosophy of using American strength for good in the world, for a foreign policy that is really value-based instead of balanced-power-based, I don't think is disproven by Iraq. But it's certainly discredited. Do you think that shit would work at the Hague? Fuck. You’d think Halliburton would at least pay for my defense."
You mean if the U.S. invades a country to steal its oil and in the meantime destroys its infrastructure, murders at least a half a million of its people and Balkanizes the whole fucking region, it’s a humanitarian gesture. But if Hugo Chavez sells some cheap oil to some poor folk he has ulterior motives. Oh, nigger. Please!