Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Rumsfeld: The Lying Will Continue...
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged the fact that the U.S. program of lying to the Iraqi people about what is passing for progress in that nation, as it tries to emerge from the chaos we have introduced, will continue, most likely indefinitely. Yahoo News AP wire excerpt:
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday that the Pentagon is reviewing its practice of paying to plant stories in the Iraqi news media, withdrawing his earlier claim that it had been stopped.
Rumsfeld told reporters he was mistaken in the earlier assertion. "I don't have knowledge as to whether it's been stopped. I do have knowledge it was put under review. I was correctly informed. And I just misstated (lied about) the facts," Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news briefing.
Rumsfeld had said in a speech in New York last Friday and in a television interview the same day that the controversial practice had been stopped.
He said that Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, was reviewing the practice. Previously, Casey has said he saw no reason to stop it.
Of course there is no reason to stop it. Why would we want to let the truth about the insurgency that Deadeye Dickhead Cheney claimed was in its “last throes” come out as it is really happening? Just when you thought that the self-granted title of "most ethical administration ever" couldn't become more of a joke, these criminal swine surprise us by finding even lower depths in which to sink.
Rumsfeld also addressed mixed signals coming from Iraqi leaders over the type of government they'd like to eventually see take shape in Iraq. "Iraqis are going through a political process," Rumsfeld said. "Until they agree on who their new leadership should be, you're going to see a lot of public statements by a lot of people ... reflecting a lot of different views."
Iraqi political parties have run into major obstacles in talks on a new national unity government. Any major delay would be a setback to U.S. hopes for a significant reduction in troop levels this year.
Rumsfeld also said he had no problems with a deal permitting a United Arab Emirates company to take over operations at six major U.S. seaports, a plan that has encountered stiff political opposition in Congress. He called the UAE a good military partner in the war on terror.
Well, he’s half right about the partnership part. The UAE is a good business partner of the Bush family and it’s many sycophants.
"Nothing changes with respect to security under the contract. The Coast Guard is in charge of security, not the corporation," Rumsfeld said.
Right. And I bet Rummy has a nice bridge he'd like to put up for sale on EBay while he's at it. Can someone please remind me again why we had to impeach Bill Clinton? Just asking…