Well played, @robdelaney

Via Salon:

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Speaking of blood-gargling ghouls, the sociopaths at the NRA are doing an end-zone dance since Harry Reid had to withdraw the assault weapons ban portion of the Senate gun bill due to lack of support.

It’s infuriating as hell, and it’s entirely possible that our craven political and media class will step over the bullet-ridden bodies of 20 first graders to maintain the status quo instead of enacting the sane gun control measures that a majority of Americans want.

Still, I’m not as pessimistic as Steve M, not in the long term. The role of guns in American culture is declining, not fast enough to suit many of us, but the trajectory is clear.

Yes, it’s crazy-making that we allow bug-eyed lunatics backed by soulless plutocrats to drive our ship of state and tend not to stage a mutiny and make course corrections until we’ve foundered on the clearly visible rocks and lost a significant portion of the passengers. But that’s how we roll. 

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/20/13 at 08:06 AM • Permalink

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Can’t believe Rumsfeld is trying to spin the disastrous clusterfuck as “liberation” of 25 million Iraqis.  “Blood-gargling psychopath” doesn’t do it justice.

“Blood-gargling psychopath” doesn’t do it justice.

Well, no, but it does have a certain ring.

Add Cheney to the gargler chorus. Dowd (yeah, I know) reports an upcoming documentary:

“If I had to do it over again,” the 72-year-old says chillingly of his reign of error, “I’d do it over in a minute.”

A later passage leaves no doubt who was actually acting president in those years:

“I got on the telephone with the president, who was in Florida, and told him not to be at one location where we could both be taken out.” Cheney kept W. flying aimlessly in the air on 9/11 while he and Lynne left on a helicopter for a secure undisclosed location, leaving Washington in a bleak, scared silence, with no one reassuring the nation in those first terrifying hours.

“I gave the instructions that we’d authorize our pilots to take it out,” he says, referring to the jet headed to Washington that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. He adds: “After I’d given the order, it was pretty quiet. Everybody had heard it, and it was obviously a significant moment.”

I’ve no idea whether this BBC documentary about Blair’s involvement will be available in the US, but it’s worth looking out for:

Iraq: The spies who fooled the world

It was a huge success. The Saudis and the Kuwaitis kept the petro-dollars flowing and no longer faced the threat we created when we backed, armed, and supported Saddam for 30 years.

Big oil got its profits, the markets weren’t upset and if it cost some missing limbs, life-long disability or death, well it was damn sure worth it.

Here’s to a happy future of Iraqi kids getting a heaping spoonful of depleted uranium with their breakfast.

USA, bitches.

I mean, seriously folks, remember when they greeted our troops as liberators?

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 03/20/13 at 12:40 PM

Here’s to a happy future of Iraqi kids getting a heaping spoonful of depleted uranium with their breakfast.

It’s a weapon and a breakfast topping!

...leaving Washington in a bleak, scared silence, with no one reassuring the nation in those first terrifying hours.

Yep. That part of the ordeal is seared in my memory forever. What a cowardly, evil cabal. May they rot in hell.

I still remember wanting to pound my head against the wall; why were we rushing headlong into a war that was so obviously unnecessary and based on lies?!?!  Oh.  Right.  Our lovely media was failing to do their job, Judith Miller was doing hers, and no one was listening to anything that wasn’t rah, rah, rah, let’s kick some ass. 

Cheney, Rumsfield, et al are the clearest examples of a team of sociopaths ever assembled.  The fact that they all walk around as free men is to our everlasting shame as a country.

Cheney, Rumsfield, et al are the clearest examples of a team of sociopaths ever assembled.  The fact that they all walk around as free men is to our everlasting shame as a country.

That cannot be repeated enough.

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