Tuesday, February 28, 2006

US postwar planning for Iraq almost nonexistent | csmonitor.com

US postwar planning for Iraq almost nonexistent | csmonitor.com:
"US postwar planning for Iraq almost nonexistent
Government report says poor planning left Iraq without enough skilled workers to rebuild efficiently.
By Tom Regan | csmonitor.com
A report from the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) says that poor postwar planning for Iraq by the Bush administration meant that there were not enough skilled workers available to properly rebuild Iraq's economy and public works.

The Associated Press reports that previous surveys by the Bush administration and congressional auditors blamed the insurgency and the high price of security for the lag in rebuilding Iraq.

'Pre-war reconstruction planning assumed that Iraq's bureaucracy would go back to work when the fighting stopped,' it said. 'When it became clear that the Iraqi bureaucracy was in widespread disarray,' occupation authorities 'had to find coalition personnel to perform these tasks.'

'The US government workforce planning for Iraq's reconstruction suffered from a poorly structured, ad-hoc personnel management processes,' the report said, calling hiring practices 'haphazard.'"
One more report that points to the incompetence of our favorite emperor.

The TomPaine website puts it more succinctly:
After an investment of billions, Bowen reports that slightly more than a third of all water projects planned will ever actually be completed. Currently, two of three Iraqis are left with no potable water; only one in five has sewerage. Furthermore, recent figures suggest that at 4,000 megawatts, nation-wide electrical generating capacity is below pre-war levels and far below the goal of 6,000 MW. Instead of rebuilding several steam-turbine power stations— as Iraqi engineers and managers recommended—the CPA’s crony contractors chose to build new natural gas and diesel-powered combustion-turbine stations, despite the fact that Iraq doesn’t have adequate supplies of either. As a result of this arrogance and neglect, billions were wasted while the electricity in Baghdad is on for just a few hours each day.
Yes - its a war zone: shit happens. That's why you want the brightest guys in the room doing not only the war planning, but the planning for the occupation and reconstruction. We failed horribly in all 3 efforts thanks to our leaders faith-based leadership style. (I'm not even gonna attack the flawed rationale for war.)
What's amazing is that more than 1 in a thousand American's still support this buffoon and his league of incompetents.

Libby Legal Defense Trust

Libby Legal Defense Trust

I'm back... Just spent the last couple of weeks with my squadron out in the desert... A great change of pace and a good training opportunity.

Back to the news.

Check out "Scooter's" web site: you'd think he was running for office or starting a new non-profit charity.

The guy is accused of lying to Congress about secret information he passed on about a covert CIA officer: instead of distancing themselves from this guy a bunch of congressmen and statesmen have signed on to convince us he's really a 'great guy' -- maybe just a bit misunderstood.

Why didn't I see this coming? Instead of admitting or at least distancing themselves from mistakes, this administration's calling card is the Orwellian Spin: turn every action -- even criminal ones -- into the machinations of true patriots.

What will it take for the public and the congress to throw these incompetent idiots out of OUR government? How many more tax payer $$$ have to be wasted? How many more lives lost to ensure a predominately fundamentalist Islamic government rises to supremacy in Iraq?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

On Duty...

My postings will fall off for a while as I'm on duty for the next 17 days or so... My access to the internet is limited.
 
On the bright side: I get to focus on reading real books in my down time!
 

Friday, February 10, 2006

CIA: Administration mis-used intelligence

 
(CNN) -- The Bush administration disregarded the expertise of the intelligence community, politicized the intelligence process and used unrepresentative data in making the case for war, a former CIA senior analyst alleged.

In an article published on Friday in the journal Foreign Affairs, Paul R. Pillar, the CIA's national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, called the relationship between U.S. intelligence and policymaking "broken."

"In the wake of the Iraq war, it has become clear that official intelligence analysis was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made," Pillar wrote.

How many more insider's have to come forward before the LARGE MAJORITY of American's realize what's going on with their government.

By now, 99% of our fellow citizens should realize they have incompetent leadership.

 

My "superiors" authorized the leaks...

Libby: My 'superiors' authorized leaks

Prosecutor says Libby shared classified intelligence with media

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, told a grand jury he was "authorized by his superiors" to disclose classified information from an intelligence report to reporters, according to the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case.

In a letter to Libby's lawyers, obtained by CNN, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said it is his understanding that Libby testified he was "authorized to disclose information about the National Intelligence Estimate to the press by his superiors."

The letter does not name who the superiors are. But the National Journal, which first reported on the Fitzgerald letter, named Vice President Dick Cheney and other White House officials as authorizing Libby to disclose the classified material.

A legal source involved in the case tells CNN that Libby did not testify to and has never suggested that anyone in the administration -- including Cheney -- authorized disclosing the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

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When asked to comment at Thursday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Scott McClellan said, "Our policy is we're not going to discuss this while it's an ongoing legal proceeding, and that remains our policy."

On September 30, 2003, President Bush said, "If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is, and if the person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of."

Fitzgerald's investigation is ongoing.

CNN's John King and Brian Todd contributed to this report

These criminals need to be brought to justice...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Cowardly Lions - Congress talks tough to Gonzales—and then turns and runs. By Emily Bazelon

Cowardly Lions - Congress talks tough to Gonzales—and then turns and runs. By Emily Bazelon: "'This is really not a good way to begin these hearings,' Senate judiciary committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., sighed this morning, only a few minutes after he opened them. Specter was talking about the kerfuffle over whether to swear in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before his testimony. But he could have been talking about the parameters he had agreed to for the hearing: No witnesses other than Gonzales. No new details of the National Security Agency spying program that the committee was supposed to be inquiring about. No request for the Justice Department's internal legal memorandums about the legality of the NSA program.

Given the box Specter constructed for the hearings, what could be learned from them? Actually, the day was pretty instructive, not on the topics of spying or national security, but on the bizarre embrace into which the legislature and the executive have locked themselves since Sept. 11. Congress claims that it wants to exercise its war powers and help set rules for NSA spying—but in fact it's afraid to, for fear of appearing to undermine the president."

Do we live in a democracy or what? The premise of our government is that we're supposed to openly debate government's actions.

Please don't give me the national security rhetoric either... Spying on American citizens without a warrent is in direct opposition to the 4th Amendment. If Specter and the rest of these buffoons in Congressed actually cared about that document, they'd be trying to get as much information: for themselves and the American people; as possible...