January 14th 2004

So I'll avoid talking for now about how more and more Americans are being killed in Iraq, and that it's the bloodiest conflict they've been in since before Vietnam (more). I'll also try and avoid telling you about recent law changes in the US that allow the police to take your DNA without a warrant for violations as light as a traffic stop (more, more).

Now, you all “know” that they're over there to teach the Iraqis a lesson for 9/11, even though they had nothing in particular to do with it. You may remember this little Donald Rumsfeld tid-bit from 2:40 PM on September 11th, 2001:

[Can we] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time. Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related and not.

These days Rumsfeld is saying that there was no plan to invade Iraq until after it was “confirmed” that he had “WMD” (more), but a few days ago Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill (more) leaked that one of the very first things (it was the top item at the very first Cabinet meeting for example) that Bush did was have plans for an Iraq invasion drawn up, saying, “Go find me a way to do this.”

The Bush administration says that O'Neill is endangering national security (and they don't people talking out of order; more) and may prosecute him for revealing “classified plans” (more), although they don't particularly deny his claims. Since then other officials have come forward to confirm O'Neill's claim that all this hell was pre-planned by the people getting rich from it (more). At what point can we proseucute Bush et al as murderers? I mean, if I started killing tons of people and justified it with “but I need a lot of money”, I doubt it would fly.

Along those same lines, the US Army War College has called the Iraq war “unnecessary” and Bush's plans in general “unrealistic” and “strategically unfocued” (more), and the Pentagon has been caught once again altering its records in order to pass an audit (more) — to hide the money they've been funnelling to the private sector no less!!! Hey, the Bushies have to get rich somehow (more). Well, this is the view out my window this morning (at least that's not so bad):

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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