Friday, May 25, 2007

A little outrage

No political posts here for a few days, so maybe it's time to link to some real outrage for a change:

Keith Olbermann: The entire government has failed us on Iraq. Always a classic.
...after six months of preparation and execution—half a year gathering the strands of public support; translating into action, the collective will of the nearly 70 percent of Americans who reject this War of Lies, the Democrats have managed only this...
How shameful it would be to watch an adult... hold his breath, and threaten to continue to do so, until he turned blue.
But how horrifying it is… to watch a President hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so, until innocent and patriotic Americans in harm’s way, are bled white.

The Carpetbagger Report: ‘Can you explain why you believe you’re still a credible messenger on the war?’ The question came from NBC's David Gregory.
Gregory asked why Americans should find the president credible on Iraq after he’s gotten every question, every challenge, and every opportunity wrong. The president started by sort of addressing the point — he says he’s credible because he reads the intelligence — but even that’s hardly reassuring. First, he’s misinterpreted the intelligence before. Second, he’s been reading the intelligence since before the war began and has nevertheless managed to screw up every step of the way.

Meanwhile, on this war on terror, the Center for Public Integrity has analysed its effect: Collateral Damage: U.S. hands out vast sums of money to combat terrorism while ignoring human rights records; lobbying key to funding flows. Great.
...five years on, the influence of foreign lobbying on the U.S. government, as well as a shortsighted emphasis on counterterrorism objectives over broader human rights concerns, have generated staggering costs to the U.S. and its allies in money spent and political capital burned.

And then, there's this project, from the Environmental Integrity Project: Paying Less to Pollute: Environmental Enforcement Under the Bush Administration.
Over the past five years, environmental violators have been less likely to face court actions, be subject to criminal investigation, or pay civil or criminal penalties.

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