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Paul Bremer Off Ice.
By Brad Friedman on 10/5/2004 3:22pm PT  

When I heard the story of Bremer's speech to DePauw University late last night, I realized that we hadn't thought about him, seen him, or heard from him since the day he hightailed it outta Baghdad when "sovereignty" was handed back to the Iraqis.

He's been nowhere to be found. Oddly enough, he wasn't even pulled out of mothballs to appear at the Republican Convention Fear-Fest. He was a likeable character and projected some sense of confidence to the American people. So it was strange that they didn't exploit him the way they exploited Rudy, McCain, Arnold and the others.

Perhaps now we know why. Here's part of the statement he made:

"The single most important change --- the one thing that would have improved the situation --- would have been having more troops in Iraq at the beginning and throughout... Although I raised this issue a number of times with our government, I should have been even more insistent."

Ah...not a "friendly". Might go all "Dick Clarke" on 'em I suppose the Bushies feared.

And now, as Atrios reports, the Bushies are going all "Dick Clarke" on him! Apparently calling Bremer a liar, claiming that he never asked for more troops.

Atrios set the record straight, with this July 2003 report from Mercury News:

WASHINGTON - The top American administrator in Iraq, confronting growing anti-U.S. anger and guerrilla-style attacks, is asking for more American troops and dozens of U.S. officials to help speed up the restoration of order and public services.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld was reviewing the request from L. Paul Bremer, U.S. officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Bremer's request underscores how difficult it has been for his small civilian staff and some 158,000 U.S.-led troops to meet the demands of Iraqis for security and other basic needs. It also conflicts with upbeat public statements from President Bush, Rumsfeld and Bremer himself on the progress made on Iraq's political and economic reconstruction.

Enough. Enough lying. Enough dissembling. Enough character assassination. Enough saving their own ass, and not giving a damn about America's ass. We can and must do so much better. It's time for them to go.

UPDATE: John Aravosis points out, in regards to this story, that the folks at the Dept. of Defense who are lying now about Paul Bremer, would be from the same Pentagon also currently telling us that no draft will be necessary. Fool me once?

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By Brad Friedman on 10/5/2004 12:42pm PT  

Stop on by during tonight's V.P. Debate! We'll be having another Open Thread where you can toss in your play-by-play two cents as it happens! We had much fun last week during the first Presidential Debate, and tonight should be even nastier :-) --- So please stop on by during the big show. I'll open up the thread about 30 minutes or so prior to show time! See ya then!

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He's NOT watching out for you!
By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 10:43pm PT  

"The orders have come down - Be as fair as you possibly can." --- Bill O'Reilly, on tonight's O'Reilly Factor

Apparently the orders did not "come down" far enough. O'Reilly tonight opened his All-Spin All-The-Time Zone this evening on how close the race now is. (I differ with that opinion, but that's fine and not the point of this item.)

He assured his viewers in his "Talking Points" segment that, with the race this tight, it's only going to get still nastier, and thus, he will be there to help viewers to sort out what's really going on in the race. He will help sort out the "spin" of the two candidates by examining their ads to expose who's telling the truth and who isn't.

To help us get started, he then showed two of the latest Video Ads from the campaign. He showed this one for Bush, and immediately followed it with this reponse ad from Kerry.

Here's the voice-over of the Bush ad (read carefully...emphasis added for text that also appears on screen during the spot):

BUSH AD: "He said he'd attack terrorists who threaten America. But at the debate, John Kerry said America must pass A Global Test before we protect ourselves. The Kerry Doctrine: A Global Test. So we must seek Permission from foreign governments before defending America? A global test? So America will be Forced to wait while threats gather? President Bush believes decisions about protecting America will be made in the Oval Office, not foreign capitals."

Here's the voice-over from the Kerry ad (emphasis added again for text that also appears on screen as it's read):

KERRY AD: George Bush lost the debate. Now he's lying about it. This is what you heard John Kerry really say: 'The president always has the right for pre-emptive strike.' 'I will hunt and kill the terrorists, wherever they are.' But here's something new about George Bush newspapers report he withheld key intelligence information from the American public so he could overstate the threat Iraq posed. Bush rushed us into war. Now we're paying the price. It's time for a fresh start."

Now the Bush ad is demonstrably misleading and/or downright false. The ad referred to this statement that Kerry made during the debate:

"No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.

But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."

And there is not a single incorrect fact, statement or even word in the Kerry ad.

So how did O'Reilly help us "sort out the spin"? He had an entire segment, with an expert who --- surprise! --- agreed with O'Reilly's analysis that Kerry's ad crossed the line because he used the word "lying" in it!

Yes, that's right. Not a single word about the demonstrably misleading and/or false substance in the Bush ad. Not one.

Does it really matter that Fox is so unfair and so unbalanced? Is that news to anyone? Perhaps not. But the fact that they are the number one most watched news channel --- clearly for their pure entertainment value --- and so flagrantly do everything possible to support Bush and while telling tells folks they are "fair and balanced" is simply outrageous.

I'm still waiting for any real conservative (other than our friend and frequent BRAD BLOG commenter Teddy here) to speak up and denounce the appalling and flagrant bias of Fox News. I'm waiting for those same conservative wingnuts who are still bashing Rather and CBS, who actually made a lazy mistake versus out and out partisanship over the airwaves, to speak out against Fox.

Sidenote: Fox News Watch, the weekend show on Fox that claims to "cover the coverage" spent 3 of their 4 segments on various CBS related "controversies". They spent exactly zero segments covering any of this week's many Fox News, um, "digressions". And so it goes.

(If you're new here, read this and this and this and this for an idea of just a few of the outright lies and anti-Kerry bias that Fox News has sold America in just the past few days alone!)

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Gordon 'Gordo' Cooper
By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 8:34pm PT  


Leroy Gordon Cooper, one of the nation's first astronauts who once set a space endurance record by traveling more than 3.3 million miles aboard Gemini 5 in 1965, died on Monday, NASA said. He was 77.
...
In his post-NASA career, Cooper became known as an outspoken believer in UFOs and charged that the government was covering up its knowledge of extraterrestrial activity.

"I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets, which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth," he told a United Nations panel in 1985.
...
He added, "For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists and astronauts. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us."

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The Emperor Without His Clothes
By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 5:23pm PT  

While Rush brewed up a fresh pitcher this morning for his Kool-aid drinkers, predictably turning on the "Liberal" Media because their polls now show a come-back for Kerry in the face of Bush's disastrous performance last week. To swallow that notion, one would need to ignore all the media's previous polls that showed Bush winning, ignore the poll of WaPo --- one of the favorite "Liberal" media whipping boys --- which still shows Bush leading, ignore the past three and a half years of demonstrably pro-Bush work by the entire Mainstream Media, and a whole bunch of Kool-aid to wash it all down. But Rush has nothing else to rally his supporters with for the moment, so every line old becomes new again.

In the wake of it all, those of us who know the real reason why Bush is heading back to Crawford have had some time to ponder it all.

Here's four enlightening items I think you'll enjoy. All of them very powerful. I suggest you look at each of them. Including the last link with one the best pieces I've seen explaining where we are right now and why the truth about George W. Bush is finally making it through the cracks in the armor.

My buddy, Fin of "What-We-Know", has put together a terrific little video that hits the nail right on the head. He gets it. Most of you already do as well. But this puts a lot in perspective. Check out his "Lone Wolf" video. Especially you Rightwingers.

My other buddy, Jesse, over at the DCCC, has put together a terrific video compendium called "Miserable Failure" detailing Bush's gaffes, lies, misleads, or whatever you want to call them from the first debate. Corrections to Bush's, uh, "misstatements" are provided, along with some great Springsteen music to boot. Check it out. Especially you Rightwingers.

A group calling themselves "Real Voices" puts out an extraordinarily emotional indictment of George W. Bush's war. It's called "A Mother's Tears" and features testimony from the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq - for no apparent reason. It packs a wallop. Please check it out. Especially you Rightwingers.

Finally, Digby puts into perspective precisely why George W. Bush now finds himself exposed and in trouble in a piece called "Two Faces. One Public, One Private. One Phony, One Real." It beautifully sums up the last four years of the Bush scam to a tee and why America may finally be starting to "get it". I can't recommend enough that you give this piece a quick read. (Thanks Bryan for the tip!) You may as well learn the truth now rather than waiting until after the election and wondering what happened. Particularly you Rightwingers!

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4th Largest Coalition Partner Pulling Out.
Done being 'taken for a ride.'
By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 3:43pm PT  

Despite Bush's invocation of Poland twice at last week's debate, only once correctly, it looks like they've had enough of both Bush and Iraq according to this just in from AFP:

Poland said that it aims to withdraw all of its 2,500 troops from Iraq during the course of next year, a major disappointment for Washington which sees Warsaw as one of its staunchest allies in Iraq.

In the first Presidential Debate, Bush had attempted to correct a statement by Kerry...

KERRY: ...Secondly, when we went in, there were three countries: Great Britain, Australia and the United States. That's not a grand coalition. We can do better.

LEHRER: Thirty seconds, Mr. President.

BUSH: Well, actually, he forgot Poland. And now there's 30 nations involved, standing side by side with our American troops.

Well, actually...he didn't Mr. "President". Poland was not there when you rushed in to find no Weapons of Mass Destruction with no plans on how to win your war. Poland didn't add troops to the effort until after Baghdad fell. (After the "Mission" was "Accomplished").

Poland, who's President told reporters last March, "[T]hey deceived us about the weapons of mass destruction, that's true. We were taken for a ride," now becomes the 10th country (if my count is accurate...it's hard to really tell who was ever in or out) to pull out of Bush's "Miscalculation".

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By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 2:08pm PT  

(Thanks AMERICABlog and Counterspin Central for staying on this one!...As silly as it all is.)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 1:13pm PT  

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Condoleeza Rice is a National Embarrassment
Please fire this woman.
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 11:28pm PT  

I give up. Just saw Condi on This Week. The blog item it would take to detail the number of lies she told in a single interview would crash my server.

Not only can I not believe that woman is still National Security Advisor, I can't believe she's still employed. At all. Anywhere. Couldn't find a transcript for you, but here's a short article on the appearance that covers the tiniest fraction of her utter and complete soulless continuation of misleading America. Apparently not enough bandwidth over at ABC to cover all her nonsense either.

If I have a stomach for it, I'll try to hit some specifics in the morning via comments. Otherwise, see my previous item on her CNN appearance this morning, and Aravosis' detail of just one of her This Week lies this morning. If you have the stomach for it.

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Bush Lead 'Evaporated' After Debate
Race Now A Tie According to Gallup
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 10:24pm PT  

And if Gallup says it's tied...[fill in own thoughts here].

Favorable public reaction to his performance in the first presidential debate has boosted Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and narrowed the contest with President Bush to a tie, according to a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll.

Bush's lead of 8 percentage points before Thursday's debate evaporated in a survey taken Friday through Sunday. Among likely voters, Bush and Kerry are at 49% each.

[Kerry] Was judged the winner of the debate by more than 2-to-1, 57% to 25%. By 13 points, voters say Kerry expresses himself more clearly than Bush. By 10 points, they say he is more intelligent.

In the 17 states seen by both sides as most competitive, Kerry has a slight lead, 47% to 45%. Before the debate, he lagged by 7 points in those battlegrounds.

...according to Gallup anyway. And we all know that Gallup [fill in own thoughts here].

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By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 6:48pm PT  

(Tip of the hat to Fin at "What We Know")

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Condi Lies Again!
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 6:10pm PT  

This morning on CNN's Late Edition Condi Rice was asked about her September 2002 statement to CNN, during the buildup to the War on Iraq, when she told America about Iraq's attempts to procure "high-quality aluminum tubes that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs." (That was the same day she'd also said "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.")

Her reply to being confronted today about that statement two years ago was, of course, to obfuscate the issue by saying "Well, at that time, when I came on your show, I knew there was some debate out there. But I tell you, I did not know the nature of the debate."

Never mind that The New York Times reports today that for a year prior to her initial statement on CNN her office had been told otherwise:

But almost a year before, Ms. Rice's staff had been told that the government's foremost nuclear experts seriously doubted that the tubes were for nuclear weapons, according to four officials at the Central Intelligence Agency and two senior administration officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. The experts, at the Energy Department, believed the tubes were likely intended for small artillery rockets.

The White House, though, embraced the disputed theory that the tubes were for nuclear centrifuges, an idea first championed in April 2001 by a junior analyst at the C.I.A. Senior nuclear scientists considered that notion implausible, yet in the months after 9/11, as the administration built a case for confronting Iraq, the centrifuge theory gained currency as it rose to the top of the government.

Senior administration officials repeatedly failed to fully disclose the contrary views of America's leading nuclear scientists.

There is a ton of information out there (just search the Whitehouse's website for "tubes" and you'll find the tip of the iceberg) on how they were selling the whole "Saddam/Nuclear Weapons" business to the American people in TV appearances, briefings, speeches and even to the U.N. in addresses by both Powell and Bush. They seemed to always leave the part out about how it was the idea of one junior analyst and was at odds with their Senior nuclear scientists. This White House has never much cared for scientists.

As I'm researching all of this, since Rice seemed to be lying yet again today, I come across this statement at the Whitehouse website. Rice is being interviewed on July 30, 2003 by Jim Lehrer after the end of "major hostilities" in Iraq when no WMD's were showing up. He asks her about Saddam's supposed nuclear weapons programs and the now infamous tubes that helped sell the American people on the war. At the end of what we now know was just more obfuscation and nonsense from her, she says to him:

It was a case that said, he is trying to reconstitute. He's trying to acquire nuclear weapons. Nobody ever said that it was going to be the next year.

Isn't that funny? Look what George W. Bush said in his now infamous speech to the U.N. back on September 12, 2002 (just days after Condi's initial lie about the tubes on CNN):

[Iraq] retains physical infrastructure needed to build a nuclear weapon. Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon. Should Iraq acquire fissile material, it would be able to build a nuclear weapon within a year.

Can anybody explain to me why this woman wasn't fired years ago?! Why they let her out of her cage to continue misleading people on CNN even today? (Both rhetorical questions, we all know the answers by now...if they'd fired everybody they should have for the debacles of these past four years, there would be no Republicans left to run the government.) Unbelievable.

Anyway, we'd expect nothing less from the woman who also said on today's interview, in regards to Bush's debate performance last week: "[He did] a fine job of showing the American people why he is the leader he is and why he is the leader to carry us through."

On that we sort of agree, Condi. He did a fine job indeed.

Four more weeks! Four more weeks! Four more weeks!

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Wingnuts Still Searching for Cause of Dubya's Debate Defeat
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 2:37pm PT  

If you've missed the latest buzz, the wingnuts, having gone frame-by-frame over last week's debate searching for Bush's credibility, have now decided that Kerry cheated by pulling "something that appears to be white and appears to have a straight edge" from his pocket at the top of the debate in violation of the agreed upon debate rules.

Never mind that Dubya was the only one to clearly break the rules the other night (by talking directly to Kerry), but now thanks to Yelladog who seems to have been able to use some advance technology to zoom in with great detail on the video, the mystery is now over about what Kerry actually pulled out of his pocket.

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...or the Price of Freedom.
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:41pm PT  

A personal-ish side note...Over the last couple of months, traffic to the BRAD BLOG has steadily increased tremendously. And with it, much more of my time has been devoted to keeping readers here up to date with the latest and hopefully most interesting, enlightening and entertaining information and links as I come across them.

While we've had enough traffic here for some time to warrant the addition of Advertisements on the site, I've been somewhat loathe to do so for several reasons. For a start, I kinda enjoy the independence of being beholden to no one concerning content. Could I still enjoy that --- and the appearance of same --- if, for example, the Kerry Campaign decided to place an ad here? I also think it's nice to have a clean and simple format not cluttered up with a bunch of ads, though I'd like to believe I could add them in a way that wouldn't be too distracting from the content.

The time and focus it now requires to stay on the ball --- particularly between now and Nov 2nd --- continues to grow however. Thus, I've added the target="paypal">"SUPPORT THE BRAD BLOG" link where you can click to make a personal contribution via PayPal if you're so inclined. Feel free, of course, to use it any time! It's up on the top-right over there! :-) Here it is again...

Beyond that however, do you, BRAD BLOG readers, have any thoughts on the issue of Advertisements here one way or another?

The personal donations are great, when they come in, but they are currently a far cry from what is needed to keep this place up and rolling as I believe it's important to do. Ads might fill some of that gap, but I would like to hear if any of you have any thoughts about it before I go any further along that direction. Feel free to comment here or email me your thoughts.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:23pm PT  

A couple of fun videos for an easy Sunday...Click and enjoy...

"HOW BUSH DID - The essence of his performance, in strict chronological sequence". A hysterical compilation from last week's debate. Click to view. (Requires Windows Media Player)

"How do you run a convention on a record of failure? 9/11 baby!" The Republican Convention and GOP Platform summarized in one swell compilation. Click to view. (Requires QuickTime)

Bush/Cheney '04: Don't forget Poland!

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