Rain on the Clinton Parade

The presidential nomination campaign seems to go on forever because it is parade driven, not party driven.  Party members look for the candidate with the best parade and the parades start early.  Until local activists can change that, the only way to influence the current process is to either join a parade or rain on one.  Here comes a cold front now.

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Israel Says NIE Is Wrong

According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak will present Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Michael Mullen with intelligence that will demonstrate that once again, American Intelligence has no idea what the hell we're doing.

"Mullen's visit to Israel will be exactly a week after the publication of the NIE report that claimed Iran had frozen its nuclear military program in 2003 and has yet to restart it. During his visit, Military Intelligence plans to present him with Israel's evidence that Iran is in fact developing nuclear weapons.

"The report clearly shows that we did not succeed in making our case over the past year in the run-up to this report," a defense official said Thursday. "Mullen's visit is an opportunity to try and fix that."

And from our Fearless Leader;

Meanwhile, US Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday said he had no reason to doubt the intelligence assessment.

"There's always the possibility that circumstances will change. But I think they've done the best job they can with the intelligence that's available," Cheney told Politico.com.

Wouldn't it be nice if just once, the Bush Administration could get something right in the Middle East?

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c id=1196847275418&pagename=JPost%2FJP Article%2FShowFull

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Bush Continues to Defend the Iranian Threat

Despite the release of the National Intelligence Estimate's report refuting Bush's argument against the nuclear weapon-building capabilities of Iran, he continues his pointed rhetoric. Following his typical my-way-or-the-highway attitude, somehow to the Bush Administration and its followers 'sternness' is seen as 'correctness.' We are all familiar with this display. He's been feeding it to us since the '03 invasion of Iraq, despite the confirmed falsehoods of his initial justifications. Hence the "stay the course" mumbo jumbo, and his consistent elimination of military officials opposing his plans for lengthy occupation in the Middle East. The report in Iran has drawn more of the same stubbornness:

"I believed before the NIE that Iran was dangerous and I believe after the NIE that Iran is dangerous. And I believe now it is time for the world to do the hard work necessary to convince the Iranians there is a better way forward."

Unsurprisingly (but quite depressingly), facts don't matter, and never have, to our president. Even reports from within his government are irrelevant should they contradict his universalism.

The Administration is feeding us familiar Iraq Tactic. The repetitious arguments for war on Iran was in full sway. The media's assault on Iran is joining in. Remember President Ahmadinejad's visit to NYU? An objective examination of his speech revealed not so much that he is "crazed" as he is just not going to respond to US pressures. Let's join one another in thinking before we act. Hopefully this report will embolden the efforts to stop Bush from getting us into another situation. Who knows what kind of trouble he can get us into before the election. This is the time for Congress to step-in and stand strong against a hegemonic administration.

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John McCain, Name That Tune!

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project& My Left Wing


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Dennis Kucinich On Weapons

Dennis Kucinich's whole candidacy is centered upon practical policies working towards peace; already introducing legislation for disarmament, banning weapons in space, and establishing the Department of Peace. He is firmly against the use of nuclear weapons and, as President, will finally lift up the U.S. to claim its responsibility as a global leader in working with other countries towards disarmament and the abolishment of nuclear weapons forever. We must claim this responsibility, applying the same principles to ourselves as the rest of the world, if we are to have any credibility in negotiations with the international community.

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