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Posted on Sep 13, 2007
President Bush
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President Bush capped off his administration’s weeklong campaign to convince America that the “surge” is working with a televised address on Thursday. Nestled among assorted pseudo-announcements and stale slogans was a telling pitch from a president who has repeatedly revised his motive for war: “Our mission in Iraq will evolve.”

The surreal timeline of the Iraq war is littered with moments like these—too many about-faces and nonsensical blunders to keep a firm grip on reason. Bush invaded a country to rid it of imaginary weapons of mass destruction. When he didn’t find any, he declared victory and changed the mission to democracy building. When that strategy led to a theocratic government unresponsive to sectarian bloodletting, the mission became about stability. And now, the one goal supporters of the war seem determined to realize is to achieve some vague, if delusory, sense of victory.

So, the president tells us, as we attempt to follow his circuitous logic, that the mission is evolving, as though it were some determined organism destined to adapt to adversity and thrive.

“General Petraeus also recommends that in December, we begin transitioning to the next phase of our strategy in Iraq. As terrorists are defeated, civil society takes root, and the Iraqis assume more control over their own security, our mission in Iraq will evolve,” Bush proclaimed from his Oval Office desk on Thursday. “Over time, our troops will shift from leading operations, to partnering with Iraqi forces, and eventually to overwatching those forces. As this transition in our mission takes place, our troops will focus on a more limited set of tasks, including counterterrorism operations and training, equipping and supporting Iraqi forces.”

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Terrorists defeated, civil society taking root—it’s almost enough to make us forget we’ve heard it all before. That’s just the problem with propaganda in the Information Age—fact travels as fast as fiction.


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Take, for instance, the president’s and Gen. Petraeus’ celebration of Anbar province, which they would have us believe is Iraq’s answer to Beverly Hills, thanks to the surge. The administration’s insistence aside, only 38 percent of Anbar residents rate security positively, and one of America’s much publicized allies in the region, Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, was just assassinated. How many soldiers had to die to achieve such stunning success?

The mission is “evolving” because it is the best way to conceal that there is no longer a coherent mission, if there ever was one.

Just ask the surviving members of a brave group of active-duty soldiers who offered their take on the war in a New York Times article they wrote shortly before one of them was critically injured and two others were killed. Here are just a few insightful excerpts from their seminal essay:

“Viewed from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal.”

“In short, we operate in a bewildering context of determined enemies and questionable allies, one where the balance of forces on the ground remains entirely unclear.”

“Four years into our occupation, we have failed on every promise, while we have substituted Baath Party tyranny with a tyranny of Islamist, militia and criminal violence. When the primary preoccupation of average Iraqis is when and how they are likely to be killed, we can hardly feel smug as we hand out care packages.”

Well said. Now if only we could get that on television.

President Bush’s prepared address:

Good evening. In the life of all free nations, there come moments that decide the direction of a country and reveal the character of its people.

We are now at such a moment.

In Iraq, an ally of the United States is fighting for its survival. Terrorists and extremists who are at war with us around the world are seeking to topple Iraq’s government, dominate the region, and attack us here at home. If Iraq’s young democracy can turn back these enemies, it will mean a more hopeful Middle East and a more secure America. This ally has placed its trust in the United States. And tonight, our moral and strategic imperatives are one: We must help Iraq defeat those who threaten its future and also threaten ours.

Eight months ago, we adopted a new strategy to meet that objective, including a surge in U.S. forces that reached full strength in June. This week, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified before Congress about how that strategy is progressing. In their testimony, these men made clear that our challenge in Iraq is formidable. Yet they concluded that conditions in Iraq are improving, that we are seizing the initiative from the enemy, and that the troop surge is working.

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By PatrickHenry, May 24, 2009 at 4:31 am Link to this comment

By GB, May 23 at 10:44 am #

Wait till the next car bomb.

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By GB, May 23, 2009 at 3:44 am Link to this comment
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But hold up now, the war has turned, violence has been on a constant decline, the war is being won, the transistion is actually happening. The Iraqi people are taking over there own government who knew? Not saying that I agree with how it was conducted, or why but its working. Now what do you haters have to say?

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By cognitorex, September 19, 2007 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

Bush denies possibility of ‘victory’ in Iraq
If the public has hugely come on board that ‘victory’ in Iraq is ephemeral or bullshit as it were, then the Bush Propaganda Commissariat has rightly jettisoned the phrase for the new word ‘success.’
That in itself is newsworthy.
GOP jettisons concept of victory.

Labels: Bush, criminal incompetence, Iraq victory comes a cropper

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By GodSend, September 17, 2007 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment


It seems you forgot something? - after venting about the futility of venting?

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By rlarkin, September 17, 2007 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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As I read the insightful, intelligent comments from the Truthdig articles, I feel some relief that others realize what has/is happening to our country. But it does us no good to just vent endlessly. We can express our outrage from now till doomsday and it will change nothing… unless - what? A congress that listens to us? They continue to let the president do what he wants i.e.; passing FISA, taking away habeas corpus, using billions of our tax money for his war, promoting the use of torture, on and on BUT, have you looked up “REAL ID” online? Did you know Congress passed a bill last year ( never a word from the media ) that requires all US citizens to obtain this card beginning May’08 that will have a microchip imbedded in it containing our personal information AND be able to track our every move? That the government is promoting microchips being imbedded in our children and ourselves? Can you imagine the ramifications? what it means to our freedoms? Yes, it sounds like science fiction but with the immeasurable power of today’s technology, global dominance by the few, the rich, the powerful - is not really that far off.

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By Leefeller, September 16, 2007 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

Mission Evolving, I thought we had already turned the corner? 

Lying with a straight face must take some special meds.  Not only do the lies keep coming like enigizer bunnies, they keep getting more ridiculous. 

Neocons are supposed to lie, but insulting us is really in bad taste.  After all the elite are supposed to deceive us, manipulate us, keep us down, hide the truth from us, but Mission Evolving just does not cut it. 

Being elite does not mean being wise.

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By GodSend, September 16, 2007 at 8:09 am Link to this comment


I don’t pick on you. I pick on just about everybody. Robert is the kinda guy I don’t pick on because he’s doing a great job bringing important matters to everyone’s attention without getting personal! Keep it up, Robert! smile (that’s the equivalent of one of cyrena’s chocolate chip cookies!) wink

I have some (VERY IMPORTANT) messages to deliver to people everywhere (in cyberspace). What I say to or about you is not necessarily meant for you. The world is infiltrated with messengers and messages which seek to cause confusion - the MSM and ‘personalities’ are a prime example. God is not the author of confusion - that’s the Devil’s specialty!

You may not be religious (neither am I) but you must not deny the spiritual part of yourself and of the life (people) around you. As it says on my website (anonymous author), we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, not physical beings having a spiritual experience. TPTB want humanity to forget that! Whatever you do in your life (with pigeons, horses, etc.) is an expression of your spiritual core - whether you are conscious of that or not).

In the spiritual realm, degrees and formal education mean nothing. I have a couple of degrees from the best universities in the world - they mean nothing in the greater (spiritual) scheme of things.

I advise you (no matter how busy you are) to seriously study my website, including the links. This is what I tell everybody. Why? Because you may discover a pattern (dots or pieces of The Puzzle) in your life and life in general, which you may have never noticed before, while you were ‘passing through’ life.

There is something going on here (on Earth) which many (most) people never seem to be able to have (or make) the time for to discover. Somebody or some bodies are trying to prevent us from discovering Truth! (including 9/11, the JFK assassination, etc.)

There are many great promises about the next Life which are being hidden from humanity. Someone arrived on planet Earth many years ago Who IS (personally) the explanation and Way to that next Life - IF we follow His directions. This is no idle or laughing matter. It’s a matter of Life - or Death! By studying my website, you may begin to understand that! That’s why I’m here.

I was just like everyone else - UNTIL I came to that realization (by the Grace of God!). Religion has NOTHING to do with it! Christianity (and all other systems of ‘religion’) are deceptive facades of the Truth.

EVERYTHING is this universe (its past, present and future) revolves around the Person of Jesus the Christ - Who was UNIQUE among men, while He was the Son of Man. He is also the Son of God! This is NOT just some doctrine of Christianity. If you don’t get to know Him, you will have missed the purpose of life here. Don’t miss it! You know how to do research - do some research on Him. NOTHING matters more! smile

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By cyrena, September 16, 2007 at 3:12 am Link to this comment

#100562 by GodSend

GodSend, I don’t know why you keep pickin’ on me, since I rarely harass you, (at least not intentionally) and I even agree with some of your rantings. (I just don’t do the religious stuff). So, what’s the deal with yanking me around all the time?

You guessed correctly that I am a teacher…pre-birth through post-doctorate triple PhD’s. But, I just do that on the side. Sort of as an unpaid hobby.

For the big buck$ though, (bringing home the bacon) I fly kites. But, it’s seasonal work - (depends on the winds) so I supplement that with my carrier pigeon operation. That operation also evolved as result of the wind gods, because smoke signal communication goes right down the toilet in windy conditions. The pigeons, OTOH, are highly reliable, regardless of the environmental variables. And, you probably remember all of the pre-Y2K drama, right? Well, that’s when I started to carrier pigeon operation, after I gathered everybody around, and explained that those babies were gonna be the key to our surviving whatever that deadly Y2K thing might bring. Now of course I was never worried about Y2K, just like I’m not scared of Arab terrorists. But, lots of my friends were, and once I hatched the carrier pigeon operation, and showed them how to use it, they were ecstatic, relieved, and sailed right through that Y2K scare without a hitch. One cousin (who had less faith in the system) still has a garage full of bottled water and toilet paper though. I always try not to let him see me giggling about it, because it might hurt his feelings.

Now about Tonto, (or any of his descendents). I don’t have one. (a horse that is) I was born and raised in urban California. We had to go to the zoo or the park to see horses, or ride them, or whatever. Or, the race track. (Uncle Louie again) And, we never did rodeos, (yuk) and I never much cared for cowboys either. Bull runs and Matadors are far more entertaining in my view.  So, while I like them (horses) well enough, I respect that they’re just a whole lot bigger than me, and I pretty much keep my distance, or make sure I have a carrot or something if they happen to be around. But I never did any equestrian training, and mine was never an experience where there was a Tonto in every garage on the block.  I might add that horses (at least the live ones) are quite costly to maintain these days. They eat a lot, and they need expensive shoes.

And GodSend, I just cannot even fathom what anybody would do with a DEAD horse. Well, I take that back. My former employer used to ship several hundred pounds horsemeat to selected European destinations, a few times a week.  So, somebody apparently has a use for them. I’m more of a fish and fowl person myself. But, who knows what I would do if I was starving, and there was only dead Tonto there with me. Since I’m not religious, you will hopefully be willing to pray on my behalf, that it never comes to that.

And now, I’m going to navigate my way over to the other thread, where you posted an interesting web site on 9-11. (and I thank you for providing these links. They are very informative).

Meantime, quit picking on me. Or, at least rotate your victims more effectively, so it’s not always “my turn”. You’re starting to give me a complex or something.

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By GW=MCHammered, September 15, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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How about Nation … Evolving!

The disturbed/disturbing proof is in the White House that the office of President has too much power, is way out of balance. We’ve been managing civilizations for millennia now. Do we really <u>need</u> such incompetent government? It’s .cumbersome and over-costly. A drag on the people, true democracy and the economy. Other than their bothersome television appearances, if you were told tomorrow that Capitol Hill and all members vanished a month ago, would you really be surprised? The US has enough ‘Institutional Momentum’ that it has survived their meddling and parsing thus far. But our momentum decays with their pompous greed. Our government is a cancer on America that needs major surgery at the very least. Rebuilding from its faulty foundation at its best.

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By PatrickHenry, September 15, 2007 at 11:32 am Link to this comment

Lets try this again.'s_Watch.

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By Jimmy, September 15, 2007 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

Bush’s entire speech was fact-checked by AP. This guy is completely out of touch with reality.
Just check this website.

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By PatrickHenry, September 15, 2007 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

From the makers of the anti national healthcare ads from the Clinton days, then the swiftboat ads they now bring you freedoms watch.

They play this banter night and day on primetime TV and radio all around Washington D.C. (District of Corruption) it might even make the Superbowl halftime commercials.

What an affront to the majority of Americans who want a speedy close to this unjust war.

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By GodSend, September 15, 2007 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

If you look closely, some of the previously prominent Zionist Neocons seem to have blended back into the woodwork, where they came from - but they’re still there, waiting for the right opportunity to promote their agenda of ‘Greater Israel’ with a fake American accent! wink Deception is the name of their (deadly) game - ask the Mossad and the Devil (the ‘Great Deceiver’).

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By GodSend, September 15, 2007 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

It seems that cyrena just can’t resist the temptation to pass out chocolate chip cookies and pat all her favorite little boys and girls on the head (she must be a teacher - Grammar School, I’d say). wink

OK, children, let’s gather around me while I tell you a fairy tale about the Chosen People and the big, bad wolf in sheep’s clothing. wink

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By Inherit The Wind, September 15, 2007 at 2:29 am Link to this comment
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Bush is having troubles keeping his lies straight.  He can no longer remember which lie he told when, and they are now violently contradicting each other.

I wonder if ANYBODY outside of the 25% who still support him believe a word he says.

It would be funny, but not when thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead due to his spaghetti bowl of lies.

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By cyrena, September 15, 2007 at 12:51 am Link to this comment

#100484 by 911truthdotorg on 9/14 at 6:58 pm

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie

911truthdog, you are one smart truther. And yep, the next part is right on the money as well…it becomes necessary for the State to stifle dissent, and silence (by whatever means necessary) those who would reveal the truth.

And, that’s happening everyday, and it has been for the years since the Coup was initiated. We just don’t HEAR about all of them, because we’re scattered across a large continent…50 states, and roughly 300 million people. So, this suppression of dissent, and political/economical retaliation against those who have expressed such dissent, has been going on for some time now, in the corporate world, in academia, (Norman Finkelstein and now the latest guy that has been booted before he could even assume his position at UCI, as dean of their new law school) and in the military, (there’s a huge list of whistleblowers/dissenters there) and the Justice Department, and of course it goes on.

Meantime, this is a really good piece. Lots of connected info, so it’s really helpful. But, I’m just wondering how many of you Scheers there are. We’ve got Robert, who’s older than me, so I’m making him the father. Then I’ve heard from Josh a number of times here on the site. (he does good interviews with James Harris). And now, there’s this really good piece from a Peter, and it seems like this is a first for my memory. So, all of you guys are connected? Do you have any sisters or daughters or grannies that do journalism as well?  Or, are you guys like the Epps Family on Num3ers (or however they spell the name of that program. It’s one of my favorites).

Just curious. Seems to be several of you guys, and you all do good work.

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By 1drees, September 14, 2007 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment
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well this mission is ugly and i am sure it is going to evolve into sometihng uglier and deadlier but ido hope that this idiot bu$h’s offspring can evolve into something more humanish in the next couple of generations so that this family cannot cost humanity too too much on the long run.

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By pacplyer, September 14, 2007 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment
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People, people.  As in Watergate: “Follow the money.”  We are not pulling out, as long as U.S. oil companies need the bullying protection of the U.S. military on both sides of their new oil field: IRAN

According to Scott Ritter, former U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq, U.S. oil companies have already invaded Iran and set up wells:

“Working with local Kurdish officials, small oil exploration and drilling camps are sprouting up all over northern Iraq, where they siphon off the wealth of the Iraqi people. Shipped out of Iraq via Turkey and (surprisingly) IRAN, using long-established smuggling routes, these illegal ventures are generating billions of dollars in income for oil companies, and because these ventures aren’t supposed to exist, this income goes unreported. You can’t miss these sites. Any review of Google-Earth imagery would show these facilities springing up like mushrooms over the last few years. The U.S. military knows about them, and yet does nothing. Note to Richard Kaplan (Katie Couric’s producer): If you want to investigate this story, I’ll provide you with the geographic coordinates. Drive up and try to talk your way into the security perimeter. Position Katie well for the camera shot and demand answers. Just look out for the Canadian, South African or American mercenaries who are charged by “Big Oil” to keep this dirty little secret “secret.”    source:

So we must hold the appropriate people accountable: U.S. OIL.  This means park you SUV and Hummer, and take a long look in the mirror, if you’re looking for the terrorists who are dragging this war out.

Hurts doesn’t it?

I’ve parked my oil burners… my health, pocketbook and mental outlook have improved dramatically.  Now we need to proceed and freeze haliburton assets, and begin war tribunals for those who ordered the un-American crime of torture in the name of corporate profit.  Only then will our sweet America endure and liberty return to us.


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By GodSend, September 14, 2007 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

Let’s not forget that the Iraq invasion was based on a pack of deliberate LIES by the Idiot-in-Chief and his cabal, in obedience to their Israeli Zionist (Satanist) masters! The excuse for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq (Iran next) - 9/11, was planned and delivered by the Mossad, in close cooperation with their katsas, sayanim and agents in the MIC, Pentagon, Congress, CIA, FBI, NSA and the WH Administration. Do the names Abrams, Perle and Feith ring a bell? How about Zakheim, Wolfowitz and Silverstein? Let’s make sure the bell will toll for these gangsters, murderers, deceivers and traitors, along with their MSM buddies who covered up the heinous crime for the last 6 years!

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By Outraged, September 14, 2007 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

Quote from: “the surviving members of a brave group of active-duty soldiers who offered their take on the war in a New York Times article they wrote shortly before one of them was critically injured and two others were killed.”

“In short, we operate in a bewildering context of determined enemies and questionable allies, one where the balance of forces on the ground remains entirely unclear.”

“a bewildering context of determined enemies”  “questionable allies”  “entirely unclear”

Boy,....I’ll say, in fact I couldn’t have said it better.

My condolences to the families and friends of these very brave and intuitive soldiers.

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By 911truthdotorg, September 14, 2007 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment

The monster bush crime family got their game plan from their Nazi masters. This is how they’ve gotten away with 9/11, Iraq, next, Iran and ultimately, martial law and their New World Order. Like the Nazi’s, they WILL FAIL!

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” - Joseph Goebbels

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By rlarkin, September 14, 2007 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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Everyone needs to watch, “Zeitgeitz The Movie 2007” ASAP. It is the most clear and concise education ever produced, is two hours long and the last ten minutes will scare you out of your wits - or maybe scare you into reality. Watch it NOW.

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By Frank Cajon, September 14, 2007 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment

Whip out your copies of 1984, because the day is coming soon when that untreated Paranoid Schizophrenic, or his successor as Big Brother, will have the Ministry of Love dictating every move you make and there must always be an enemy and a war. The Constitution is something that our grandkids will never learn about if we don’t take the power back from these fascists. You heard him say that we will be in Iraq after he is done, and again threaten to do the same with Iran. Habeus corpus-gone. Warrants for government surveillance of private citizens-gone. Next up: conscription into the military, and coming soon. I have two sons in their 20s. They would not be front-line soldiers, one is a physician, the other a civil engineer, but hell will be an ice rink before they will go to war to invade a country that has not attacked us, and I will leave this country along with them. This man’s obsession with this military travesty is pathological. It is one thing to be overly stubborn, and another to be mentally ill with a delusional thought disorder-a point I have made in other threads. This does not really solve our problem as citizens since Herr Cheney is smarter and at least as committed to this insane war strategy.
A few hundred thousand marching on Washington DC in protest of the continued insanity in Iraq would be a good start. We had better do something soon because our elected representatives won’t, and time is running out.

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By Myronh, September 14, 2007 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment
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I am not a well educated man. However, all my life I have continued to listen, read, learn and discuss the issues that affect mankind. TAO W is correct in saying Americans have fatal flaws in their character. I am disgusted with the cowboy-redneck philosophy that permeates our society. It allows anyone with even a little bit of cunning to manipulate and control the average cowboy-redneck. The studious youth are labeled Nerds. The sliders become revered Jocks. The US is doomed to extinction as long as this philosophy continues. We need to pay less attention to ancient fiction (bible) and more attention to math, physics, history, humanities, environment, etc. It is obvious that the present government is controlled by educated connivers. It can only be overturned by educated righteous citizens; unfortunately, they are now in the minority.

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By DennisD, September 14, 2007 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment
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“Our mission in Iraq will evolve.”

Once again George must be using the royal “our” like he did for Vietnam. His suicidal mission in Iraq is “dissolving” on a daily basis - our military, our treasury and our credibility. Our nations traitors in Congress have aided and abetted him every step of the way. The people of this country must be in a national coma to allow ourselves to be ruined by the group of self absorbed scumbags we call our “representatives”.
They sure as hell don’t represent me.

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By boggs, September 14, 2007 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

And now we learn from the Oberman show tonight, that this blood spilling is all for Hunt Oil, from Texas, a good old friend and contributor to the Bush coffers, who just recently signed a deal with the Kurds in N. Iraq. This now will most certainly divide the country and make it easier to conquer.

If anyone had doubts about the mission in Iraq before, this should seal the deal that it was all a trade off of blood for oil.


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By Pablo, September 14, 2007 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

Is there anyone in the Democratic party going to stand up and say “NO”?!
Maybe it’s time to support a third party… deepen the contradictions…even if it means the Republicans get in again. This evil of the two lessers business has caught up with us…

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By Mudwollow, September 14, 2007 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

That face is asking “earnestly” for MONEY.

Please let me divert a few hundred billion more away from poor and middle class Americans.

Look at all we’ve achieved for spending hundreds of billion of bucks so far.

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By ender, September 14, 2007 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

This isn’t difficult folks.  Shrub is a silver spooned sociopath.  Just as when family money had to buy him out of fiascos with his baseball team, and oil development company, he truly believes that failures can’t possibly be his fault, and it is just the way of nature that someone else takes the blame.
All he has to do is stretch the war out another year and a few months, and it is someone else’s fault that it all fails, because even with all the money he has funneled to BushCo and Friends, it still isn’t enough to buy him out of this one.
He is just too bye’damn important of an American to take the fall for the failure of the Iraqis to toe the line and do the right thing.  If it has to be that the American Solder can’t do the ‘hard work’, will it certainly can’t be MOMMA’S LITTLE COCAINE COWBOY’S..NOW CAN IT?  JUST WHO THE HELL DO WE THINK WE ARE TRYING TO PUT THE HEAT ON HIM?  AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN.  NO SIR, THAT AIN’T HOW WE DO IT BYEGAWD ODESSA.

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By evolution, September 14, 2007 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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News flash:  Bush endorses evolution.

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By dick, September 14, 2007 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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Bush, and the rest of the power elite, have been successful. Their objective was, and is ,to have continual wars. The power elite includes Congress and the presidential candidates, who are also,  with few exceptions, much in favor of wars. The new president will continue much as Bush has—continuous war. Mills figured this out 60 years ago. Read “The Power Elite”, by Mills.

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By carlito paquito, September 14, 2007 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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Vaudeville.  Hack Vaudeville.  Studs Terkel coined it best.  2nd Bannana Vaudeville.

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By vet240, September 14, 2007 at 11:48 am Link to this comment
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“Our mission in Iraq will evolve.”

Translation? I have been lying to you from the beginning of my campaign for President in 2000. I know you forgot my (anti-nation building speeches). My lies…er plans evolve with the circumstances in order to continue with my personal agenda with the direct assistance of Chainey, Rove, Rumsfield, Wolfowitz, Gonzales, Delay, big oil, the Multi-national arms maunfacturers OH! And…and God! Yep, that’s right, I work real close with…with God, I…er…we…I mean me and…and God was talkin jus…jus last night! He said Moses…he likes kid me! He knows my name is george the…the decider! He…he told me to tell the people to…to stay the..the course…er…no!...He said say the..the mission is…is evolving! Yes thst…that’s what he..the said!

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By Eric L Prentis, September 14, 2007 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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President Bush is trying to save face and is acting like a selfish, spoiled brat by claiming that the Iraqi stay the course policy, then surge, then stay the course policy—until he leaves office in 2009—will be acceptable to 70 percent of American voters. While President Bush obviously has a political tin-ear on Iraq, I can only marvel at the Congressional Republican incumbents who stubbornly stand by this president, consequently, they will wonder why they lost their upcoming elections in 2008. The Republican party has political suicidal tendencies and a death grip on the policy in Iraq, can anything make the Republican incumbents in Congress want to save their own political skins?

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By TAO Walker, September 14, 2007 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

“(T)he truth” is (don knutsen, #100372), americans can’t “....start insisting (their) elected leaders tell….” it to them, unless and until theamericanpeople show they have the stomach for the uglier aspects of that truth, particularly where it reveals the grievous (perhaps fatal) flaws in their own character as a people….not the least of these being their seemingly insatiable appetite for allamerican platitudes, shopworn symbolism, hollow rhetoric, and foreign-made consumer “goods.”  In other words, americans will be lied to by their “leaders” as long as they go on lying to theirownselves and one anothers’ about the near-terminal condition their condition is in.

So here it is after Labor Day, again, and the Bushites trot-out the latest re-packaging of the bloody mess they’re making in The Cradle of Civilization.  The prevaricator-in-chief launches yet another advertising blitzkreig intended to keep just enough of “the people” fooled just enough of the time so the-shuck can go on….and on….and on….and….... 

“Return On Success” has a catchy ring to it, and it’s obviously a bargain at any price….so long as only the peed-on are paying it.  Let’s face it, the plutoligarchs DO know their “target population” a helluva lot better than the suckers know themselves….nevermind their actual made-in-the-u.s.s.a. enemies.  Nevermind that the whole damned pyramid scheme is a formula for catastrophic failure.

Are americans asking themselves and each other today, “Would you buy a used car from this guy?”?  What about a used “war”?


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By felicity, September 14, 2007 at 9:34 am Link to this comment

At least two things are clear.

In 1992 Cheney, DOD secretary, wrote, “In the Middle East and Southwest Asia, our overall objective is to remain the predominate outside power in the region and preserve US and western access to the region’s oil.”  That’s why we’ve taken over Iraq.

Bush is not playing to win in Iraq.  He’s playing not to lose.  Whatever he says, doesn’t say, does, doesn’t do is predicated on not leaving Iraq, in Bush’s book the equivalent of losing.  The sufferings of untold numbers of people, the ruination of whole countries, perhaps the onset of WWIII mean nothing to Mr. Bush.

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By Mudwollow, September 14, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

“too many about-faces and nonsensical blunders to keep a firm grip on reason”

Sounds like a plan.

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By PACRAT, September 14, 2007 at 9:08 am Link to this comment
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“Minds are like parachutes, they work best when open.” (Lord Thomas Dewar) Has anyone accused our president of having an open mind?

In his most recent “speech” President Bush blamed his puppet Petraeus for his advice to “stay the course” in new language. (Did anyone notice the word scapegoat tattoed on the general’s forehead?)Not that this president can be blamed for creative language, but he loves to use it to justify his unswerving position on his war.

Why don’t the democrats read the Constitution and the laws that govern their behavior? They do not have to have sixty votes have to need a majority to override the president’s veto - nor do they have to worry about having the numbers to beat the Bush’s republican acolytes in the Senate, all they need is forty-one votes to stop the funding of the war.

Stop playing games with the lives of our military - bring them home NOW!

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By don knutsen, September 14, 2007 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

The same republicans who worked so hard to impeach Bill Clinton for some backroom lip service have steadfastly continued to support our “chimp-in-chief” from one lie to the american people to the other. As bu$h bankrupts our treasury financing a war of his choice, while our own long ignored domestic issues literally scream for some answers they still appear to not give a damn about our own nation’s future. At what point do americans start insisting that our elected leaders tell us the truth when it comes to matters that really effect us and the world? When do we as a nation start to hold all of them, the republican cheerleaders and the two criminals in the white house to account ? This administration has replaced every general who didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear, while lying to us all that they were listening to them instead of Cheney. Looks like they’ve found a willing general finally who will cooperate for the time being..I hear Be-Tray-us has political aspirations…wonder which party.

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By GodSend, September 14, 2007 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

The photo of Bush looks a lot better on my website:


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By RAE, September 14, 2007 at 7:46 am Link to this comment

This is like being forced to stand by helplessly while a loved one deteriorates with Alzheimer’s before your eyes.

I fear the USA is terminal, suffering an Acquired Brain Injury from which there is no recovery. The people simply haven’t been educated/prepared for such adversary and hardship as lies before them.

NO ONE, before or since Alexander the Great discovered the black hole that is today called Iraq, has stabilized life (in a democratic fashion) for the population there. The arrogance mixed with profound ignorance of the American administration to assume they will succeed where all others have failed just boggles my mind.

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By ocjim, September 14, 2007 at 7:40 am Link to this comment

If anyone is looking for Bush intentions and motivation.

Krugman from the NY Times:
What all this means is that the next president, even as he or she tries to extricate us from Iraq — and prevent the country’s breakup from turning into a regional war — will have to deal with constant sniping from the people who lied us into an unnecessary war, then lost the war they started, but will never, ever, take responsibility for their failures.

This was Krugman’s parting statement after he explained that a Bush friend, Ray L. Hunt, the chief executive and president of Hunt Oil, has a fat oil contract with the Kurds, bypassing the Maliki government. Hunt is a member of Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a so-called oversight body.

If anyone wonders if our blood and money is being used for Bush purposes….

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By GodSend, September 14, 2007 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

The lying Idiot-in-Chief made it clear that America’s evolving mission in Iraq (and the ME) is to do whatever Israel wants us to do - and that includes nuking Iran!

But God has other plans for ‘the rebellious house of Israel’ - MELTING in His furnace! (Ezekiel).

If you’re Jewish, you had better organize American & Israeli Jewry to put Zionism and the devilish Zionists and their ‘Auslege Goy’ (Bush, Cheney, Rice, et al) supporters to the sword - otherwise Yahweh will put them to His Terrible Swift Sword, and there will be lotsa ‘collateral damage’! wink

The Word to the wise! smile

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By Jeanine Molloff, September 14, 2007 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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By weather, September 14, 2007 at 4:34 am Link to this comment

As a country America is suffering from low self-esteem and aloof denial keeps it that way, just look at the NYTimes once a trusted giant, now they’re a WalMart of mis and disinformation all dressed up like Bergdorf Goodman.

Courageous integrity died on 9/11 it was crushed in the rubble. The fact that this dark, tragic little man is not in jail speaks to just how Ugly and dangerous this country has become.

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By Marjorie L. Swanson, September 14, 2007 at 4:20 am Link to this comment

Does anyone listen to the Mendacious Little Meathead anymore? And if they do, do they really believe a word that comes out of his mouth?

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By Robert Burns, September 13, 2007 at 11:49 pm Link to this comment
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Good evening. In the life of all free nations, there come moments that decide the direction of a country and reveal the character of its people.

I real wonder what it must be like to be a citizen of a country that is generally referred to by historians as “The Cradle of Civilization” and to have to listen to a man who is, considering his class and the amount of educational he is supposed to have been exposed to, a functional moron.

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By Robert Burns, September 13, 2007 at 11:44 pm Link to this comment
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Good evening. In the life of all free nations, there come moments that decide the direction of a country and reveal the character of its people.
I real wonder what it must be like to be a citizen of a country that is generally referred to by historians as “The Cradle of Civilization” and to have to listen to a man who is, considering his class and the amount of educational he is supposed to have been exposed to, a functional moron.

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By Michael Boldin, September 13, 2007 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment

The hubris from this administration never ceases to amaze me.  But, the criminal goes on and on and on…..and on.

This war is illegal, immoral, unconstitutional, and financially ruinous - and it’s been that way since the day it started.

Continuing the killing isn’t going to change that one bit. 

The time to end this madness is now.  Not next year and not next month.  Today, not tomorrow.  Now.

That’s my rant.  Read on if you’d like:

“Top-Ten Reasons to Get out of Iraq. Now!”

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