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Bush Alums Reap Their Rewards

Posted on May 8, 2007
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Disgraced World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz (left) and disgraced former CIA Director George Tenet.

By Robert Scheer

As Paul Wolfowitz twists in the wind after being found guilty in a World Bank investigation of public payola to his girlfriend, it does seem that his career might finally be coming to an end. Pity that the Iraq debacle, which Wolfowitz promoted, was not sufficient reason for removing him from public office; instead, President Bush rewarded “Wolfie” with a promotion to head the World Bank. Add him to the rapidly growing list of Bush alums whose career trajectory suddenly plummets upon the disclosure of a pattern of lying obvious to most observers but not to the president himself.

To understand why scum consistently rises to the surface of the Bush administration, it is best to refer to the wisdom contained in the final memoir of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut. In an excerpt published in 2006, Vonnegut observed that “George W. Bush has gathered around him ... most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.”

How better to explain the unwavering arrogance of people—certainly Wolfowitz, but clearly he is not alone in this administration—who consistently get it wrong yet plow on undeterred by the inconvenience of fact or logic? Most of us, once associated with the grievous distortions of evidence and outright lies justifying the invasion of Iraq, not to mention the horrid waste and death attendant upon the subsequent occupation that Wolfowitz oversaw, would feel the need to pause for a spell of critical self-reflection. Not so Wolfowitz, who, unmoved by the death and destruction he wrought, sailed on to the World Bank and announced that he would fight what he claimed was that venerable institution’s penchant for, yes, he used the word, “corruption.”

Toward that end he would bring with him a score of Pentagon underlings whose hands were almost as bloody as his from the Iraq disaster. One of them, Kevin Kellems, former spokesman for Vice President Dick Cheney, suddenly resigned his $250,000-a-year job at the World Bank on Monday. Another veteran from the Iraq buildup to be rewarded was Wolfowitz’s lover, Shaha Riza, his resident Muslim expert, who was promoted to a State Department position paying more than Secretary Condoleezza Rice earns. Not quite the $400,000 that Wolfowitz would be raking in at the World Bank, but Riza’s salary had the advantage of being tax-free—she is still technically a “foreign national,” despite her access to the inner sanctums of U.S. security debates.

Such rich rewards for folks ostensibly fighting world poverty would not seem troubling to the PPs Vonnegut referred to, as they are suffering from a malady that renders them morally tone-deaf. Citing what he calls the classic medical text on PPs, “The Mask of Sanity,” Vonnegut noted in his “Custodians of Chaos” piece: “Some people are born deaf, some are born blind or whatever, and this book is about congenitally defective human beings of a sort that is making this whole country and many other parts of the planet go completely haywire nowadays. These are people born without consciences, and suddenly they are taking charge of everything.”


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“PPs are presentable,” Vonnegut reminds us, lest we be fooled by their equanimity on talk shows, “they know full well the suffering their actions may cause others, but they do not care. They cannot care because they are nuts. They have a screw loose!” Vonnegut includes the executives who gave us the Enron and WorldCom scandals with the neoconservatives to indicate the malady’s extent. This could be dismissed as the standard liberal claptrap—turning the culprits into victims whose illness made them do it. But I offer his observations as the most plausible explanation of the headlong pursuit of disaster, for themselves and the planet, on the part of these otherwise canny overachievers.

Yes, their mendacity does often catch up with them, and folks like Wolfowitz do not tend to be well regarded after they have lost the perks of power. The problem is that the truth arrives too late to prevent considerable suffering. Indeed, Wolfowitz’s embarrassment at the World Bank is a minor inconvenience compared with the opprobrium he should be receiving after each day’s dose of disaster news from Iraq disproves the cakewalk of a regime change that he had so assuredly promised.

Then, too, this lying lout will no doubt be rewarded with something similar to the $4-million contract that former CIA Director George Tenet recently received to share a few details of how he went about betraying us.

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By Mark Loover, February 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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There should be a special place in hell for these f*****s.

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By Robert, May 15, 2007 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

Lefty…your bare “zionist behind” is exposed to truthdig’s readers & commenters.

Your zionist team at honestreporting .com are not going to be happy with your “stenchy” performance at truthdig. YOU HAVE EXPOSED YOURSELF & THEM!

Lefty…try calling Wolfowitz, he may have a lucrative position & zionist deceptive role for you to play on his team of liars.

I’ve got nothing to say to you & your sick zionist propaganda…NO more. Just stick to that IDF uniform & your “honest(false)reporting .com”...You are marked for life!

Zionism is deceptive & very wrong!

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By Jeff Gershoff, May 14, 2007 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Lefty and Robert are two sides of the same coin.  This is what pisses off many of us.  Neither one of these two guys listens to what the other says, thoughtfully responds, takes on any responsibility or acknowledges any mistakes.  Remind you of anything?  Maybe Lefty and Robert are really Bush and Leiberman.

I get sick and tired of hearing how bad the Israelis are and how great the Palestinians are.  Personally, I don’t have much use for either of them but that is very understandable because after all the decades of hate and war and children dieing, what do we expect these people would be like?  Trusting, healthy people? or sick, paranoid, damaged people?

All I do know is that we better start finding a middle ground or they are taking us all down.  Thanks Left, thanks Robert, keep up the good work of pointing fingers and hate peddling.

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By Robert, May 14, 2007 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

Comments #69787, #69788 by lefty on 5/13

Wow…lefty…your “Mickey Mouse” comments & links are not going to help your deceptive ways & methods. Your attempt to sidetrack the topic of this thread is NOT going to work. Is this your best zionist propaganda that you can come up with?

I watched that AIPAC zionist Wolf Blitzer on CNN the other day trying to spew that same zionist propaganda…Micky Mouse…Palestinians…methods…etc…

Lefty…you failed to shed a little more light on the link that you provided for the readers (honestreporting .com).

After checking it out, I just laughed at who is responsible for all your zionist propaganda trash.

Meet The Team at honesreporting .com:

Ephraim Shore (president)- Immigrated to Israel 1998.

Joe Hyams (ceo)- media resource Jerusalem.

Gary Kenzer (national USA Executive Director)-travels to Israel many times.

Simon Plosker (managing Editor)- immigrated to Israel 2001.

Yarden Frankl (senior editor)-strategic affairs lobbyist for (AIPAC).

Suzanne Havivi (missions director)- immigrated to Israel 1990.

Pesach Benson (researcher, editor of Backspin [the honestreporting blog] )- moved to Israel in 1995.

Lefty…your “honestreporting” are all zionist Jews who are spewing that regular zionist controlled mainstream news outlets…CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR and many others.

Are you affiliated with this zionist Israeli propagandists team?

Your zionist sources & your comments are just typical of zionisms “by way of deception” to manipulate & influence the American people to keep pouring those $3-5 billion dollars of our American taxpayers money flowing into Israel to keep building more settlements “for Jews Only”.

The readers of truthdig can find & expose your zionist link’s propaganda & their mission by clicking on ; then click on ‘About us”...and so on…

You need to go out and get some help for yourself. Your hatred is so sick & abnormal.

BTW…lefty, check out your comment #69711 on 5/13 at 9:34 am.

You wrote the following:

“YOU AND YOUR KIND are the reason that Israel has not piece…for now!”

I must say ... that your English grammar & spelling are shabby. I don’t need to say more about it…let the readers do it!

I think that you need to stick to your IDF uniform & salute that Israeli flag. Try to take easy on those Palestinian children.

Zionism is wrong and extremely deceptive. Just look at Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams, Feith, Adelman, Libby…and the rest of that damn gang.

Happy Trails!

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By Robert, May 13, 2007 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

Comment #69711

Lefty’s zionist comment reflects its source to the chore. Its full of the same zionist/Apartheid & IDF murdering syndrome previous comments on truthdig.

Hope your neighbors are aware of your mental status & your IDF killing syndrome.

Your bloody zionism is wrong, so keep frothing at the mouth & hailing your Israeli flag.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 13, 2007 at 1:54 am Link to this comment

#69598 by Greg Bacon on 5/12 at 3:24 pm “...The brave men and women of the IOF at work, throwing disabled kids out of their home, then destroying said home…...This is what the US taxpayer supported Israeli military does on a regular basis.  That is, when they’re not busy shooting kids in the head or lobbing grenades at women….”

That, and the settlements they are supposedly “protecting” (on stolen land), are not only funded by the US government but by wealthy Jewish businessmen in countries like the USA and Australia. When will they be detained and prosecuted as war criminals???

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By Greg Bacon, May 12, 2007 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Jerusalem - Ma’an - The Israeli forces demolished a centre for disabled children in east Jerusalem early on Tuesday morning.

The Israeli authorities said that the centre, which houses an association for disabled children in the Wadi Joz neighbourhood of Jerusalem, had no license.

Our Jerusalem correspondent reported that the Israeli military forced the disabled children to evacuate the building and then began demolishing it.

The 70 m² building, which is owned by Palestinian Jerusalemite Hani Tatah, houses more than 20 disabled children.

This latest demolition brings the number of buildings demolished by Israel since the start of the current year to 48; the Israeli authorities claim the buildings have no license.

The brave men and women of the IOF at work, throwing disabled kids out of their home, then destroying said home.
This is what the US taxpayer supported Israeli military does on a regular basis.  That is, when they’re not busy shooting kids in the head or lobbing grenades at women.

If Israel wants to invade Iran, let Israel do her own dirty work and for once, leave the US out of your murderous activities.


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By The Old Hooligan, May 12, 2007 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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How do they sleep at night? Very well indeed, thank you. Possessing neither heart nor conscience nor morals, they get their 8 hours each and every night without fail…

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By unregistered, May 12, 2007 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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To understand why scum consistently rises to the surface of the Bush administration, it is best to refer to the wisdom contained in the final memoir of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut. In an excerpt published in 2006, Vonnegut observed that “George W. Bush has gathered around him ... most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.”


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By TomR, May 12, 2007 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

In an excerpt published in 2006, Vonnegut observed that “George W. Bush has gathered around him ... most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.”

People without consciences are also known as character-disordered.  I recommend this excellent book for those who want to understand the mindset of manipulators like Rove and other Bush administration officials:

“In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People” by Dr. George K. Simon Jr.

- Tom

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By TomR, May 12, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

Add him to the rapidly growing list of Bush alums whose career trajectory suddenly plummets upon the disclosure of a pattern of lying obvious to most observers but not to the president himself.

Bush doesn’t mind when they lie, only when they get caught.  Being a liar himself, he finds this manipulative behavior commendable.

For all you idiots who voted for Bush once or twice:  I will never forget your accomplishment here and will work to ensure your Anti-Democratic party never gains control of the White House or Congress ever again.

This I promise you.

- Tom

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By DSmith, May 12, 2007 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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Well said Robert. The Jewish lobby relentlessly pushed for US forces to invade Iraq under the pretext of 9-11 and continues to spread lies such as, “We have to fight them over there or we’ll have to fight them over here.”

Now, surprise, surprise, the Jewish lobby is pushing for a strike, even a nuclear strike, against Iran. Iran is not the aggressor in the middle east. Iran did not deliver bombs to Lebanese neighborhoods killing almost two thousand innocent men, women and children, some of which were UN inspectors trying to documentthe devastation being wrought by the Israeli air force.

If Israel wants to Iran bombed, let the do the bombing. If they want military forces to invade Iran, let the Israeli army invade Iran. Israel has the most powerful military in the middle east that includes a nuclear arsenal. Let Jewish mothers and fathers weep over their sons coming home maimed or in metal boxes for a while. Let Jews torutre prisoners demeaning everything a civilized nation is suppose to stand for.

Iran is not holding Palestinians hostage and bombing their power plants to keep them without power. Iranians are not stealing land from these poor people, nor are Iranians turning away Palestinian women, about to deliver their babies, from accessing hospitals, making them deliver in nearby fields. Israel is doing this and more.

I say to Robert, writeyour congressman and ask him to vote against aid for this bloodthirsty nation, ironically founded on religious principals.

Keep speaking out Robert. You will be called names but can they refute what you say?

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By Robert, May 11, 2007 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

Comment #69345…by lefty:

Hey Lefty…Your trail of comments, support & love for Israel’s brutal IDF & zionism are scattered all over “truthdig”. Readers can go back and read the threads/comments with Israel/Palestine topics, for example, “Shainbaum:Carter’s ‘Apartheid’ Mistake”  on truthdig for references & others. One can read where your “hate & hatred” is spewed and vented towards who!

You were called every “NAME” by so many readers/commenters; everyone just got fed up with your evil zionist comments, then they just plainly ignored you.

As for your zionist comment, I am an American who dares to speak out against zionism & Israel’s brutal IDF, who systematically kill 9,10,11,12 year old Palestinian children. Israel’s IDF just walk away…scott free!

I support Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky, Uri Avnery, Amira Hass, and many other Jews who are on the side of TRUTH & JUSTICE and NOT on the side of Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s brutal IDF & their IDF generals NAZI zionism.

So lefty…Your zionism is wrong. Your zionist Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby, Perle, Adelman, Abrams and many others have so much human blood on their hands. Look at all the American & Iraqi lives that have been killed. ALL BECAUSE OF DAMN LIES!

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By Robert, May 11, 2007 at 12:47 am Link to this comment

George Tenet & Wolfowitz are NO strangers when it comes to the subject of Iraq war & 9/11.

According to Tenet on September 12, 2001, Richard Perle told Tenet, “This is all Iraq’s fault & Iraq will have to pay the price for 9/11.”

Cheney, Bush, Wolfowitz, Tenet, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Adelman, Scooter Libby, Ari Fleischer, Elliot Abrams, Rumsfeld and others including national and one or two foreign agencies…they all know the classified information & details in regards to 9/11 & the reasons for attacking Iraq.

These guys know all the classified secrets. Bush is not going to fire anyone from this team; he risks and fears the leaks of some very sensitive information…etc…someday.

The TRUTH will come out some day & hopefully in our lifetimes. Look at what happened to the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty Ship in 1967. To this day the facts are hidden from the American people.


Click on the link & get the details from our brave Americans on the USS Liberty on that date of June 8, 1967:

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By william martin, May 10, 2007 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment
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al capone’s only mistake is that he should have become a republican politician and then arranged for his election as mayor of chicage or governor of illinois. if ole al would have done this he’d now be the coke king of america ( and also maybe president of the u.s.a.)...

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By mike Vaelntine, May 10, 2007 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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I find it disturbing that Colin Powell got caught up in this administration.

If Mr. Powell ever explains himself in a book, I would hope he at least would have the decency to donate the proceeds to his wounded former comrades who were let down by this formally honorable man.

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By Greg Bacon, May 10, 2007 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

How do they sleep at night?  In king sized beds, with silk sheets and $5,000.00 a night call girls by their side.

Doing, or at least trying to do the same thing to that call girl that they’ve been doing to the world at large for years and years.

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By Nitro, May 10, 2007 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Well, Well, Well ! 43 comments and not 1 in favor of the Stupid Ass President we have. Excuse me, I take that back… I refuse to call Bushit our President or responsible leader that he thinks he is any longer. I also refuse to give him another second of respect that any hole in your ass would deserve as being a functional part of a body.
I really like Lee’s comment (#69149) on Bushit’s accomplishments. And it seems everyone is saying the same thing, Impeach the whole herd of worthless Neo-Conservative bastards, yet, let us not forget to have them prosecuted for their crimes, all of them. Let’s send a message to the whole bunch in Washington, be responsible or pay the consequences. Maybe if 10 or 15 of them was hanging on the White House lawn at dawn, tarred & feathered, they’d get the idea then.
Until then, it’ll just be another day of “Politics as usual.”

To a better day…

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By Hammo, May 10, 2007 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment

Wolfowitz and Tenet were both on duty as leaders in our national security and intelligence apparatus before the 9/11 attacks.

They have made limited statements about events, plans and intelligence leading up to those attacks. The American people might like more information from them about this. Related articles:

“Poll results on 9/11 attacks show many Americans have suspicions” (

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“Questions about 9/11 attacks include wide range of factors” (

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“Viewpoints on 9/11 attacks span continuum of concerns” (

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By GW=MCHammered, May 10, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Those that cannot possibly measure-up have been handed the measuring sticks undermining moral democracy.

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By Lee, May 10, 2007 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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George Bush’s presidency has been a historical success beyond most of our imaginations. No leader in the history of planet Earth can come close to Mr. Bush’s incredible accomplishments. While so many spend their time and energy criticizing Mr. Bush for his lack of intellect and/or statesmanship, he has accomplished in a few years more than our last 10 presidents.

List of accomplishments:

Restored religion/organized superstition to a level similar to that of the dark ages.

Corrupted, trashed, mangled and mutilated hundreds of years of common-law precedents.

Successfully installed secret eavesdropping mechanisms aimed at the American public.

Transferred trillions of dollars from lower and middle classes to a very few at the top.

Changed world perception of America from leader of the free world to self-serving kleptomaniac.

Eliminated or severely hobbled nearly every aspect of America’s health, safety, environment and security.

Alienated the world, Alienated the American people, Alienated Democrats, Alienated independents, Alienated Republicans, achieved an approval rating under 30% and still holds the position of commander in chief.

Corrupted or destroyed nearly every function of government including the United States military.

Install the Supreme Court majority likely to continue making decisions that take us backwards instead of forwards in areas of freedom and human rights.

This list could go on and on. The point is that George Bush deserves credit for his many outstanding and frightening accomplishments. The most amazing accomplishment, currently, is that Mr. Bush still retains the title of president of the United States of America.

Stupid is as stupid does. That means pretty much everybody in the world is stupid except George Bush

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By carlito paquito, May 10, 2007 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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How do they sleep at night? look beyond their face, look beyond their eyes, see them with your third eye and you’ll simply see they sleep like a newborn baby.

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By Dee Mancini, May 10, 2007 at 7:09 am Link to this comment
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You are the first to call these people nuts, congratulations! What is so scary is that we have nuts running the country and nuts in the White House. Cheney, Rove and Bush are all nuts and should be locked up for good for all the harm they have caused.

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By roberto, May 10, 2007 at 12:40 am Link to this comment
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Capone murders and steals during bloody reign as Chicago mob boss. Gets punished for tax evasion.

Wolfowitz is architect of bloody and costly foreign policy debacle but gets into real trouble for wrangling a good gig for his girlfriend.

Why is the world upside down?

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By GMAN, May 9, 2007 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

George Tenet has nothing to say that I’m interested in hearing.  The only meaningful thing he could have said would have been “I’m sorry Mr. President I can’t accept this Medal of Freedom” and/or “I need to spend more time with my family-NOW!!” Not later!!!

His book reminds me of the old Mia Culpa by Robert MacNamara trying to salve his guilt over the Viet Nam debacle.  What ever happened to guys with guts who spoke truth to power?

Why didn’t Colin Powell stand up to Bush and put it on the line for his military buddies who were walking into a buzz saw against Rummy.  General Eric Shinsecki told it like it was and ended up in the tank.  And Tommy Franks gets another MoF.  Bremer too, after he fires the Iraqi military and lets the looters and deadenders take over the country.

Once again reinforcing the Bush concept of cronyism over competence!!

Lord who are the 28% who think W’s doing a swell job, and what on earth are they thinking?????

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By Dan Uu Noel, May 9, 2007 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

There is, indeed, much scum at the highest levels of the federal government: certainly unscrupulous individuals, perhaps, yes, psychotic individuals, perhaps even psychopaths. But it cannot be understated that the true problem lies in lower echelons of the federal bureaucracy, with tens of thousands of public servants who choose to execute unethical and/or illegal orders from their corrupt leaders rather than firmly band together, stand up and denounce them.

W and his neo-con accomplices are only the tip of the true iceberg: our federal government (and many government entities, for that matter) does not view the needs of “us the people” as its priority; instead, to most public servants, what most matters is the cushy retirement package, which itself is the final reward of long decades of working under the “system,” with little questioning, and with absolutely no leak to the public.

The true question is not when the president and his top aides will be clean, but when the whole federal government will be clean and how much effort this endeavor will take. The federal government is Tammany Hall to the power of two. It will take a La Guardia to the power of two to proceed to the massive firings and restructurings that will be the first necessary step towards getting it on the right track.


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By sapphirecity, May 9, 2007 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment
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Hopefully with Wolfowitz’s departure the World Bank can get back to the work it is supposed to be doing…fighting global poverty.

It is tragic that the corruption of a very few people can overshadow what is one of the most important issues in the world today.  The fight against global poverty is a winnable one, as evidenced by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, but it requires political support. 

Hopefully this will finally wake everyone up the the fact that the US needs to get its priorities straight and join the international efforts to end global poverty.

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By euni84, May 9, 2007 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment

Bush’s entire presidency has amounted to nothing but failure. I think it is great that all of these corruption charges are surfacing because it will really push the American people to evaluate the path we are on, and seek change. From health care to education and poverty, these issues take precedence over an ever-inflating military budget that seems to bring no resolve for any country involved.

The Borgen Project states that $340 billion has already been spent on the war, but just $19 billion annually can end starvation and $23 billon annually can reverse the spread of Malaria and AIDS. With these issues being so easily addressed, it is no wonder that a war-touting political group that doesn’t believe in humanitarianism isn’t doing well in the polls or with the American people. War isn’t the answer for terror; we need to address issues such as poverty that are at the root of extremism.

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By Druthers, May 9, 2007 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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There are no sanctions, so why would they change their course? Does any gang change its behavor as long as it can get away with its criminal acts?
What is Congress doing?  Stalling for time, shoving Hillary Clinton off on us for another go around.

It is just a game of musical chairs for power players, for that is what they are, players.
They are playing while one human being after another dies, hour by hour and day by day, then month after month and year after year.

We should send every Congress person the names of the dead of the day, every day.

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By Winston Moss, May 9, 2007 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment
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Break the Bush/Clinton dynasty PLEASE! We have had 20 years of Bushes and Clintons and look where we are. Stop this insanity and elect someone else for a new direction. Someone not of the Political power structure. Enough of the Bushes and enough of the Clintons PLEASE. Is everyone just going to sit there and let it happen again?

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By Calibpatriot, May 9, 2007 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

Regarding my comment #69002 I would like to note the following correction: “empirical” is corrected to read “imperial”.

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By 911truthdotorg, May 9, 2007 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

Tenet was on Jon Stewart’s show last night and he stuck to his “recording”. He just repeats the same thing over and over and over no matter what the question is. What s schmuck.

$4 million in blood money. God Bless America.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By Calibpatriot, May 9, 2007 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

The neocon architects of the Bush war of aggression include, but not exclusively, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Karl Rove, Jed Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

The neocon activists are a very dangerous cabal of fanatical neo-fascists whose vision of America is that of an empirical powerful corporate oligarchy.

The disaster in Iraq is a classic example of what happens when these wingnuts are given too much power. let’s all hope that we Americans never allow this to happen again.

Everyone of the political leaders responsible for the Criminal travesty in Iraq must be brought to justice, if not in this country, then at the Hague.

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By Paul Tracy, May 9, 2007 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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Kurt Vonnegut (if he was quoted accurately) used the wrong term.  Psychotic refers to people out of touch with reality (such as hearing or seeing things that are not there).

The people Vonnegut is referring to are called psychopaths (or sociopaths).  It is amazing how many members of the ruling class seem to be that way.

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By nomorebombs, May 9, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

the ghost of karlafae will haunt gonzo and the chimp all the way to the hague…robbed our treasury,destroyed peoples lifes all over the the middle east and lied to us all… to they continue for even one more day???

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By nomorebombs, May 9, 2007 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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the ghost of karlafae will haunt you all the way to the hague gonzo

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By nomorebombs, May 9, 2007 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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scum bags all of em belong in the hague,better yet public lynchings on the south lawn,robbed our national treasury,mutilated the middle east,lying low lifes….wake up you 29% ers..

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By Sylvia Barksdale Morovitz, May 9, 2007 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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Quote from Adolph Hitler:


[Permit me to apologize for typo in poem, A Soldier’s Song, 2nd. verse, second line should read: and I’m totin’ this old forty pound gun.]

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By Sylvia Barksdale Morovitz, May 9, 2007 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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From the outset Bush surrounded himself with like individuals; consciousless and without a moral bone in their bodies.  Wolfowitz and Tenet are simply examples of those who were caught redhanded and unable to weasel out of their filthy deeds.  Cheney is top dog, the nastiest and most deadly of them all!  This whole administration suffers from an incurable disease and that is arrogance.  Vonnegut was keen on foresight and what he saw in the Bush clan couldn’t have been more correct.  His words ring true in the blindest of eyes, the deafest of ears.  I’m not sure when he died but I’d really like to hear his compliation of ideas on the Bush tenure as it progresses.
Whenever, whoever, however; it is still the Chief Executives duty to know what the hell he’s doing.  More than anything it was his responsibility to prevent 9/11!  Having had information from the FL flying school that they were training pilots of Middle Eastern descent who had no interest in landing an aircraft, what could possibly have gone through his mind?  Having had the culprits in custody twice and released, I am greatly undecided what part he, himself, played in the downing of The World Trade Centers and the lives that were lost.  Yes, it could have been prevented!  But instead he used this tragedy to sell his cock and bull story of Iraq being an imminent threat to our country and proceeded to wage war.  All the while the sneak was telling us that war would be a last resort, he bombed the outskirts of a nation innocent of any capability to do harm to us.  Were they going to fight us with baseball bats?  That’s how ignorant, stupid and unacceptable it now seems.  His arogance, coupled with Cheney’s brilliant but criminal brain, will not permit him to honorably withdraw from the hell he has created on Earth.  My communication with two soldier’s in Iraq is summed up in the poem below:


Mr. Prez, don’t you tell me no lies
‘cause I don’t want to compromise
my existance for your endless wars.
You can’t seem to draw a boundary
between the world and a catastrophe.
If what you want is the apocalypse,
permit this soldier to extend some tips;

Old man, my life on Earth has just begun
and I’m totin’ this old forth pound gun.
I don’t see these desert folks as enemy,
just flesh, blood and bone, like you and me.
And while my country carries out a raid, we
crouch together for we’re all afraid to go
forever to that endless night.  The truth,
I say, is that we’re insane with fright;

And another thing you ought to know
and I’m just the guy to tell you so;
knowing how unpopular it is to say,
I’m putting it out for your ears today,
I’d rather be a live coward than a dead hero!

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By Scott, May 9, 2007 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

“they know full well the suffering their actions may cause others, but they do not care. They cannot care because they are nuts. They have a screw loose!”

Usually, we treat the ill we don’t villanize them, especially if the illness results from a congenital birth defect. Equating criminal behaviour with mental illness only perpetuates the prejudice the mentally ill labour under and it completely misses the point.

Its entirely possible that America has only been getting the governments it deserves. When a city closes all its mental institutions, who’s fault is it when the streets pile up with homeless disturbed people?

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By felicity, May 9, 2007 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

Wolfowitz is a narcissist - as are the majority of those now running this country.  Narcissists live in a trance, referred to as the trance of narcissism which COMPLETELY INSULATES them against worthlessness. (Bush, a classic narcissist whose present job feeds him to satiety is in a state of constant bliss as he rules under the delusion that he is omnipotent and omniscient, devoid of error.)

Insulated against the sense of worthlessness that would be felt by a normal person after making monumental mistakes, the narcissist goes blithely on his way with the belief that he never has made mistakes and never will.

Although the personality type is quite common in those who crave power - and have sat on thrones forever - the fact that there should be such a huge gathering of them around Bush is tragic.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 9, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

Oh, what we need now is “some catastrophic and catalysing event, like a new 9/11 assure US global power….” - paraphrased from and from

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By Rogelio, May 9, 2007 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

All of these ‘w’ administration cronies are an embarassment to our nation’s so-called democratic values. Yet, we expect the world to follow our example.

During the Clinton administration, the Republicans launched a witch-hunt against his administration. Unfortunately, Clinton was unable to stay away from the women and brought shame to his family/Democratic party/nation.

I could not imagine what the Democrats would find if they were to launch a witch-hunt against the most arrogant and inept administration in US history. It still amazes me how teflon ‘w’ continues to escape the wrath of the so-called liberal media.

Shame on the American people for electing such an imbecile. God, could you please start conversing with ‘w’ again.

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By Johnny Wells, May 9, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

What I find so apalling, as a man, that Wolfowitz would have to “pay” a woman to have a relationship with him and, instead of paying the fee out of his own pocket, used the administrative funds of the World Bank to leave on the dresser!

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By Sharon Ash, May 9, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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Birds of a feather flock together, so what kind of “birds” would we expect the corrupt and inept Bush Administration to attract?  Pretty much the corrupt and inept “birds” we got.  They all need to wind up as “jailbirds” for raping our country.  However, I am not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen!

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By Jeff Gershoff, May 9, 2007 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

Wow.  How bizarre and how sad can it get.  And yet, amazingly, remarkably, laughably, insanely, once again last night (8 April) the White House reiterated the President’s full support of Wolfowitz.  Huh?  You shake your head and wonder whether you’ve fallen through the looking glass.  One last thought: you might also call this scum that has risen to the top “anti-social personality disorders”.  Basically the same diagnostics as Vonnegut’s PPs.  Let’s start impeaching these bastards from the top on down.

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By Johnny Wells, May 9, 2007 at 8:27 am Link to this comment
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What I find so appalling, as a man, that Wolfowitz had the gall to have to “pay” a woman to have a relationship with him and, instead of reaching into his own pocket to pay the fee, used the administrative funds of the World Bank to leave on the dresser!

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By KISS, May 9, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

I have never seen such an aggregation of sociopaths as I have under this administration. The opprobrium this administration has to answer for is so preponderance it will take many years to sort it out. But worse than all of this and the blood of Iraq, and the destruction of communities by the World Bank the worst is that the Democrats not following through to bring justice for the American people. Every citizen should writetheir Representative and Senators and demand an accounting for these injustices.

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By Hammo, May 9, 2007 at 7:28 am Link to this comment

As Robert Scheer and other patriotic Americans look back to understand how and why the invasion and occupation of Iraq was launched, and how and why the 9/11 attacks occurred, Tenet, Wolfowitz and others in the Bush-Cheney administration are a focus of inquiry.

In an article by Robert Parry referencing Tenet’s new book, the pre-9/11 urgent CIA briefings to Bush-Cheney administration officials about an imminent terrorist attack were apparently ignored and details are presented.

Wolfowitz was a key proponent of the invasion of Iraq and was assistant secretary of defense at the time. Tenet himself reportedly delievered some of the urgent warnings about a pending attack in the months and weeks before 9/11. See the article:

“Tenet-Bush Pre-9/11 ‘Small Talk’”

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By Kathy Kang, May 9, 2007 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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Dear Mr.Scheer,
What a pleasure it is to read your articles that reveal the truth about the “Big Elephants” in politics!!! Being a daughter of a prominent politician who was imprisoned for his courage and conscience to expose the truth during military coup in the early 60’s in South Korea,I find your articles so refreshing and informative—I do learn a lot of detailed informations just by reading your writings. “pp” is such a perfect way to describe those hypocrites in Washington. Please keep up the great job,and I thank you so much for your courage and integrity to expose the big H,“Hypocricy” in politics and everywhere else.

With many thanks,
respectfully yours,
Kathy Kang

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By Robert Wegrzynowski, May 9, 2007 at 6:39 am Link to this comment
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Our country is run by crooks, and we are doing nothing about it.

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By SamSnedegar, May 9, 2007 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

All that money, and the truth STILL not being told.

And Tenet is out there running around the bookstall circuit spreading more lies.

The fact is that no patently true statement has EVER been made by the Bushitter gang of thugs, and that should come as no surprise, for to tell the truth would result in their impeachment and conviction and removal, along with trials and death sentences for many of them by world courts.

Covet. Lie. Steal. Murder.

When do we see Powell’s book, Rumsfeld’s book, Rice’s book, Rove’s book? Wolfie’s book? Another twenty million for another pack of lies?

How long will it take for the shameful truth to out?

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By TC, May 9, 2007 at 6:14 am Link to this comment

And so, plausibly for the reasons, among others, Vonnegut and Sheer give, we get not only Bush administration corruption and pathology, we get the PR Plan. The Pelosi-Reid Plan to Abolish America:

Pelosi and Reid have turned to their plan for controlling Iraq – popularly known as the PR Plan.

They vowed, “We will work with the President in whatever way we can.” They meant the statement to be totally ambiguous, but unfortunately for them, upon uttering it, the official pair instantly collapsed to the ground, apparently for lack of some vital measure of blood and bone, as well as some bizarre overabundance of scales, claws, and oozing oil.

“Defunding the war immediately is totally impossible,” uttered Pelosi and Reid in unison while slithering across the ground, sliming their way back to their Gang of Democrats. The Republican Gang applauded silently from the side.

“It seems clear now,” one observer remarked, “that the Democrat and Republican parties are gone – if parties they ever were – and are replaced by gangs. Official suite gangs.” Oddly, no one was heard to contradict him.

Within hours, a person we can only identify as Deep Source delivered to us the following rather striking internal document. We have rarely seen a government documentquite as internal as this, and we must confess, as good members of the press, we hope to see very few more like it. “The 10 Point PR Plan (For Internal Consumption Only)”:

1st: Pretend that you intend to end the War against Iraq.


And The Bush Plan, The General Petraeus Plan, and the Fox News Plan to Abolish America:

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By DSmith, May 9, 2007 at 5:27 am Link to this comment
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Another example is Dick Morris, radical neocon zionist toe sucker from the Clinton administration, who said on FOX this week, “At least while Americans are in Iraq, Al Qaeda is firing at our troops rather than turning their attention to those of us here at home.”

Of course, Mr. Morris doesn’t have a son or daughter being used as target practice in Iraq. He’ll never see his son being unloaded from a cargo plane without legs or without his sight or dead. This man is a perfect example of those P.P.s surrounding Bush, including Tony Snow.

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By jatihoon, May 9, 2007 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

liars, liars there pants and mouth on fire

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By Elizabeth Lockyear, May 9, 2007 at 4:47 am Link to this comment
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Thank you for writing this, Mr. Scheer.  If I hear one more interview with Tenet I think I will have a stroke. Even Jon Stewart couldn’t penetrate the evil that surrounds him.

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By writeon, May 9, 2007 at 12:26 am Link to this comment
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Unfortunately I believe Vonnegut is correct. We are being led by people who don’t have consciences or honour, which is why, when their lies become public they don’t resign, they come with a apology, and want to move on.

At a very fundamental level they have the ability to turn their actions into abstractions, to remove themselves from consequences. They step outside the morality that most normal people ahere to.

They are like the very best and most dangerous confindence tricksters. These people don’t actually believe they’ve done anything wrong.

Tony Blair is the classic example of this type of personality. There is a vacuum at the centre of their being, a black hole that isn’t filled by reference to their “God”.

One often thinks of the leaders of Nazi Germany. Here were individuals, who once stripped of their power, seemed so extraordinarily second-rate, almost commical. How could such men have conceived and carried out such terrible crimes? We expected formidable devils, instead we found them to be clowns.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 8, 2007 at 11:58 pm Link to this comment
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Mr Scheer we are a nation without a conscience.Within two generations would a nation with a conscience have done Viet Nam and Iraq.We can blame the leaders but at he end of the day we are the culpable ones.Geerge Bush did not take power through force he was elected.No one who voted for this man was under any delusion that he was competent.That he then surrounded himself with more incompetency comes as a surprise to no one.A man who executed people with an obvious glee when he was Governor of Texas can have no concept of the sanctity of life.
To quote Shakespeare"the fault dear Cassius lies not in the stars but in ourselves”.

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By G. Anderson, May 8, 2007 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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I really think that these Neocons don’t know the difference between right and wrong…

that explains their indignation when someone points out their lack of conscience.

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By Terry, May 8, 2007 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment
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How is it that non of these people are brought to book over their actions/inactions, I read somewhere that being incompetent isn’t an impeachable offense, but surly they have committed crimes that are, the only way to bring back any kind of trust in government is to make these people accountable for their crimes.

Information without transformation is just gossip

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By joneden, May 8, 2007 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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These people’s ability to tell bold face lies just leaves me breathless!

Connecting the dots: from human behaviors to ecosystem decline

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