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What a difference nine years makes
Well, if by lost you mean not flying around aircraft carriers within sight of San Diego showing off your meager junk in a codpiece with a "Mission Accomplished" banner the size of New Mexico behind you, then yes, he lost the war.Well, if by lost you mean not flying around aircraft carriers within sight of San... more
Former President George W. Bush will not be joining Barack Obama on Thursday at ground zero to honor those tragically killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Obama plans to lay a wreath at the site of where the Twin Towers once stood.
"President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday," his spokesman, David Sherzer, said Wednesday. "He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with Americans this important victory in the war on terror."
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy did accept Obama's invitation and will represent the 152 people with Connecticut ties who died on that infamous day.
"Gov. Malloy is appreciative that President Obama invited him to the wreath-laying ceremony at ground zero, and he is going there to represent the people in Connecticut who died on 9/11, as well as their family members and loved ones," the Democratic governor's spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said.
A different Malloy, progressive radio host Mike Malloy, raised eyebrows Wednesday when he asked his radio audience if George W. Bush should also be visited by the heroic Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden.
"I have heard some commentators talk about the fact that, all the lives that have been lost in this war on terror, and now the summary execution of the person responsible," said Malloy, one of the original hosts on the now-defunct Air America.
"But as soon as I heard that, I thought, well, Bin Laden really didn’t have anything to do — did he? — with Iraq. And I think his only relationship with Afghanistan was geographical. But Iraq — all the death in Iraq was not caused by Bin Laden. The death in Iraq was caused by George W. Bush," continued Malloy, who describes himsef as "a traditional liberal Democrat doing his part to return the Democratic Party to its liberal roots."
"Five thousand Americans, tens of thousands permanently damaged and shot to pieces, a million Iraqis dead — that wasn’t Bin Laden. That was George Bush. So when does Seal Unit 6, or whatever it’s called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than Bin Laden. Wasn’t he, or am I wrong here?" Malloy asked.
Soon after Obama learned that Bin Laden had been killed, he phoned Bush to tell him the news. Bush then released a statement of congratulations.
"Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the Al Qaeda network that attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001," Bush said in a statement. "I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude," he said.Former President George W. Bush will not be joining Barack Obama on Thursday at ground... more
Global Peacemaking Group Gets Holy Land Fighters High
TMZ says Netanyahu and Abbas Caught Stoned at Club Yasir Arafat in Ramallah
In a final desperate humanitarian attempt to resolve the modern long term hate and violence that infects the holy land peoples, it has been reported that 2 days ago a flotilla of C-130s were sent from a secret air base in Oaksterdam California loaded up with “Marijuana Bombs” These baggies of “weed” bunched up into missile sized lots were dropped over the holy land peoples in a clandestine night time mission by an organization calling itself “The Peoples Peacemaker Project”
Speaking from their underground lair in an undisclosed location where the drops were coordinated, Director of Strategic Peacemaking General Vincent Boombots said “After many failed attempts by the military industrial complex and a global elite force posing as peacemakers, we, the people, have decided to put our own peace force together and take unilateral action for peace”.
Boombots goes on to say that “weed was the only solution! Weed! We looked at alcohol but have you ever been to a heavy metal concert where everyone was liquored up? Fights everywhere! Not a solution! We also looked at opium…I mean since the US has so much of it on sale with its increased cultivation and production in Afghanistan, that this drug would be an unending source for mind control. But peace? No way! But weed! Hey have you ever been to reggae concert? Yeah everyone, black, white, green, whatever passes that peacemaker stick around and next thing you know it’s love, peace and harmony for all mankind mon!”.
Yesterday reports from Tel-Aviv say that Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, a well known racist hater of arab peoples smoked a doobie with his in-house political rival and fellow hater of Arabs, Tzipi Livni. Observers report hugs, kisses and a little Hava-Na-Gila dancing with a late night phone call made to Domino’s pizza; something about a pepperoni!
On the other side, Ismail Haniyeh, the leader and death to Israel hater of Hammas was seen smoking a mad bong and hugging Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian authority in the West Bank. Together they this issued this joint statement;
Hookah Netanyahu ArafatHammas and Palestinian Authority Joint Statement to the World
“Today, we hereby declare that Israeli solidier Gilad Shilat held captive in Gaza for years is to be released immediately to his family in Israel. We sincerely apologize to his family and especially to his mother for our actions. We’ve met with Gilad and smoked a bowl with him. Gilad said it’s all good and that he’s cool with it. In fact, he invited us to his house in Israel to smoke a bowl with his peeps. We are going next Saturday for some potato pancakes and a bagel with lox”.
On the streets, as of this morning, the peoples of Israel and Palestine were seen arm in arm smoking massive hookahs filled with Maui Wowie and some Red Hair Skunk screaming together in unison “Death Cab for Cutie! Death Cab for Cutie!” Apparently the crowd was still unable to remove their brainwashed “calls for death” so they merely got too high and called for an indie folk band from Seattle instead.
Businesses in the holy lands report that pizza, chicken wings, and hummous sales have skyrocketed as Israeli’s and Palestinians crash the restaurants and cafes looking for scoobie snacks. Together, dancing in the streets Israelis’and Palestinians protested the blatant overt use of bar-b-que sauce on their chicken wings demanding the governments sponsor Tahini as the official chicken wing sauce.
On the political scene, last night, Benjamin Netanyahu held a party at his home in Tel-Aviv inviting all the members of the Knesset, Palestinian Authority, Hammas, and Hezbollah for some music, pizza, and frolic. Reporters who crashed the party saw Bibi toking with that Hezbollah guy and they were like “Dood, I am so sorry for throwing those missiles at Haifa” and Bibi was like “Dood, no worries, I mean what was I thinking invading Lebanon and blowing up all that stuff. Holy crap dood, we totally suck!”.
As the band played some killer party dance beats, there were chants by a dancing guy calling himself Grand Master B Obama. This dancing hipster crashed the party. He was overheard saying to “Bibi, I am appointing you pledge representative to the social committee” while Bibi said “Gee Grand Master B, thanks! What do I have to do?” to which Grand Master B retorted “It means you have to drive us to the Falafel King”
As of late, all the peoples of the holy land, Jews, Christians, and Muslims were seen turning in their guns and suicide detonators and asking that they be melted down and made into totally bitchen water bongs with lots of cool psychedelic colors.
* This is satire. The events above did NOT really happen although based on past attempts by peacemakers, it’s probably not a bad idea!Global Peacemaking Group Gets Holy Land Fighters High
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When Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller and I set out a few weeks ago to cover what appeared to be the waning days of the 25-year conflict in Sri Lanka, we knew that the fighting could come to an end before we ever got our piece to air.
And so it did. On Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or the LTTE, a militant group that has been fighting for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil minority for nearly three decades.
Over the years, the war in Sri Lanka has received little attention in the US. It was a local conflict, and the US never really had a dog in the fight. That’s how it appears on the surface anyway. But dig a little deeper and you see that the war in Sri Lanka has had repercussions that extend far beyond the small island nation’s shores.
The LTTE are in many ways the original gangsters of modern day terror. They have been one of the most cutting-edge insurgencies the world has ever seen, and their tactics have served as a model and inspiration for terrorist organizations around the globe. Today, the Tiger’s influence can be seen from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to the streets of an increasingly fragile Pakistan.
Inventors of the suicide vest, the LTTE conducted more suicide operations than Hamas and Hezbollah combined. Innovators in international fund raising, they proudly boasted that they were the only militant group to have formed a navy and an air force.
But after Sept. 11, the mighty Tigers, who once controlled up to a quarter of Sri Lankan territory, quickly found themselves on the wrong side of history. And the once feeble government of Sri Lanka was emboldened by the Global War On Terror launched by the US and its allies.
We’ll examining this and much, much more in our piece, including if the conflict is truly over. We’ve seen at least one premature declaration of “Mission Accomplished” since the war on terror began. Major combat operations in Sri Lanka may have ended, but there’s a lot of hard feelings and the long road of reconciliation still lies ahead.[caption id="attachment_29" align="alignleft"... more
Beautiful: Robert Greenwald and Steven Connell joined forces last year to remember May 1st, 2003: "Mission Accomplished" day. One of the most powerful pieces of art I've seen in response to the calamity that is the Iraq war.Beautiful: Robert Greenwald and Steven Connell joined forces last year to remember May... more
"The White House said Wednesday that President Bush has paid a price for the "Mission Accomplished" banner that was flown in triumph five years ago but later became a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly war in Iraq."
Tell us something we didn't know 4 years ago!
The most classic use of this would have to be when O'Reilly went on the Colbert Report and there was a large Mission Accomplish banner behind Colbert.
"The White House said Wednesday that President Bush has paid a price for the... more
Chevron Corp. and other international oil companies are negotiating with the Iraq Ministry of Oil to begin tapping into some of the country's largest oil fields
Iraq has the world's third-largest oil reserves with an estimated 115 billion barrels, and it also sits on an estimated 112 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. It could produce up to 50 million cubic feet a day as a first stage. That could be increased to 500 million cubic feet a day, which could be pumped through Syria to consumers in Europe.
Plans are underway to issue initial tenders to develop "super giant" oil fields in the second quarter where 115 oil companies filed their registration documentations for qualification.Chevron Corp. and other international oil companies are negotiating with the Iraq... more
On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush addressed the United States from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War.
Clearly visible in the background was a banner stating "Mission Accomplished." Bush's assertion and the sign became controversial after guerilla warfare in Iraq increased during the Iraqi insurgency.On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush addressed the United States from the deck of... more