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Posted 5/1/2013 12:22 AM


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  OOOOPS....  Gladys put down the tuna casserole, come quick, is that Donnie Rumsfeld, old rummy as dubya called him before firing him, isn't that a picture of rummy kissing SADDAM'S ass....

For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2003

(Right: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.)

U.S. DOCUMENTS SHOW EMBRACE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN IN EARLY 1980s
DESPITE CHEMICAL WEAPONS, EXTERNAL AGGRESSION, HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

Fear of Iraq Collapse in Iran-Iraq War Motivated Reagan Administration Support;
U.S. Goals Were Access to Oil, Projection of Power, and Protection of Allies;
Rumsfeld Failed to Raise Chemical Weapons Issue in Personal Meeting with Saddam

Washington, D.C., 25 February 2003 - The National Security Archive at George Washington University today published on the Web a series of declassified U.S. documents detailing the U.S. embrace of Saddam Hussein in the early 1980's, including the renewal of diplomatic relations that had been suspended since 1967. The documents show that during this period of renewed U.S. support for Saddam, he had invaded his neighbor (Iran), had long-range nuclear aspirations that would "probably" include "an eventual nuclear weapon capability," harbored known terrorists in Baghdad, abused the human rights of his citizens, and possessed and used chemical weapons on Iranians and his own people. The U.S. response was to renew ties, to provide intelligence and aid to ensure Iraq would not be defeated by Iran, and to send a high-level presidential envoy named Donald Rumsfeld to shake hands with Saddam (20 December 1983).

The declassified documents posted today include the briefing materials and diplomatic reporting on two Rumsfeld trips to Baghdad, reports on Iraqi chemical weapons use concurrent with the Reagan administration's decision to support Iraq, and decision directives signed by President Reagan that reveal the specific U.S. priorities for the region: preserving access to oil, expanding U.S. ability to project military power in the region, and protecting local allies from internal and external threats. The documents include:

  • A U.S. cable recording the December 20, 1983 conversation between Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein. Although Rumsfeld said during a September 21, 2002 CNN interview, "In that visit, I cautioned him about the use of chemical weapons, as a matter of fact, and discussed a host of other things," the document indicates there was no mention of chemical weapons. Rumsfeld did raise the issue in his subsequent meeting with Iraqi official Tariq Aziz.
  • National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 114 of November 26, 1983, "U.S. Policy toward the Iran-Iraq War," delineating U.S. priorities: the ability to project military force in the Persian Gulf and to protect oil supplies, without reference to chemical weapons or human rights concerns.
  • National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 139 of April 5, 1984, "Measures to Improve U.S. Posture and Readiness to Respond to Developments in the Iran-Iraq War," focusing again on increased access for U.S. military forces in the Persian Gulf and enhanced intelligence-gathering capabilities. The directive calls for "unambiguous" condemnation of chemical weapons use, without naming Iraq, but places "equal stress" on protecting Iraq from Iran's "ruthless and inhumane tactics." The directive orders preparation of "a plan of action designed to avert an Iraqi collapse."
  • U.S. and Iraqi consultations about Iran's 1984 draft resolution seeking United Nations Security Council condemnation of Iraq's chemical weapons use. Iraq conveyed several requests to the U.S. about the resolution, including its preference for a lower-level response and one that did not name any country in connection with chemical warfare; the final result complied with Iraq's requests.
  • The 1984 public U.S. condemnation of chemical weapons use in the Iran-Iraq war, which said, referring to the Ayatollah Khomeini's refusal to agree to end hostilities until Saddam Hussein was ejected from power, "The United States finds the present Iranian regime's intransigent refusal to deviate from its avowed objective of eliminating the legitimate government of neighboring Iraq to be inconsistent with the accepted norms of behavior among nations and the moral and religious basis which it claims."

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Posted 5/1/2013 12:48 AM


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  Yes Sean Penn , sure is a " bad guy and washed up " ....yes sure is. Director, movie star and takes time to help people who have alot less then most of us. Sure is a bad guy, and a dissenting voice no less, the NERVE. Unlike that upstanding Palin, an anchor to the sinking McCain ticket the minute she was picked for her looks, then abandons the very folks in Alaska who were dumb enough to vote for her as governor, quits in mid term....then the gops WANT to know why to they keep losing national elections.

Here's a hint to the gop national committee who couldn't find there asses in a Minneapolis bathroom stall with Larry Craig tapping away in the neighboring stall if there republican life depended on it. The reason for losing the WH and the SENATE has nothing to do with the hispanic voting block, the african american voting block, the youth vote, the union vote, the jewish vote the female vote....it's the LOUSY CANDIATES you keep feeding the PUBLIC.

Sean Penn & Friends Raise $4M for Haiti Relief

Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio and Reese Witherspoon attended the event at the Montage Beverly Hills.

Julia Roberts and Tim Robbins

Photo By Michael Buckner/Getty Images for J/P HRO

As the Second Annual Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti Home event on Saturday proved, it helps to know people. The outspoken actor drew Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio and Reese Witherspoon to the Montage Beverly Hills hotel to keep the spotlight on the country, still suffering in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, and raise over $4 million for his J/P Haitian

 

Hi Julia, over here it's Sylvester, your biggest fan this side of the Pecos River , LOVED you in Pretty Woman....mmmmm .....

 

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Sylvester wrote: "Sean Penn & Friends Raise $4M for Haiti Relief"

I guess those Hollywood liberals are looking for something else to take their minds off of this disappointing presidency.

Liberal Frustrations Grow after 100 Days of Obama 2.0

We are writing to express our deep concern about the nation’s corrupt campaign finance system and about your failure, to date, as President to provide meaningful leadership or take effective action to solve this fundamental problem facing our democracy.” -- Letter to President Obama from a coalition of liberal groups calling for more regulation of political donations and spending.

President Obama is not Mitt Romney. And on the 100th day of his second term in office, that seems to be his cardinal virtue among members of his political base.

Despite – or, more likely, because of – the president’s boldly liberal vision and broad promises after his re-election, liberal Democrats are feeling crabby about Obamism these days.

A largely unchecked genocide in Syria, an ever-escalating drone warfare program, a botched effort for gun control, fumbling implementation of the new health law, defeats on fiscal policy and the president’s seeming acceptance of business as usual in Washington are all causing alarm on the left. What is the use of having a crusading liberal president if he won’t crusade or can’t win when he does?

Obama is facing some serious problems with the mainstream electorate, too. The economy remains puny and faces growing peril. There is new evidence that the intelligence apparatus missed warnings about the April 15 terrorist attack in Boston. Frustrations are growing over federal debt. And the health law, already unpopular, is fulfilling many critics’ worst expectations.

The president knew that his second term, and thereby the enshrinement of his legacy, would be a struggle. But he had a plan. The president, tapping into unlimited donations from well-heeled benefactors, would keep the same activist core that won him a second term on the march to achieve policy goals.

Obama offered Democrats a win-win scenario. Either recalcitrant Republicans would yield to pressure on policy points or face oblivion in Midterm Elections. Obama would unite Democrats behind a bold agenda on global warming, same-sex marriage, “cradle-to-career” education, gun control, amnesty for illegal immigrants, another round of tax increases on top earners, more stimulus spending and other long-sought liberal aims and take the fight to Republicans. As Republicans splintered on these subjects, Democrats would be poised to win some victories now and then run the table after retaking complete control of Congress.

A plan that risks alienating the middle to rally one’s political base requires plenty of chutzpah. A plan that does so at a moment when voters are acutely concerned about dysfunctional government requires self-confidence bordering on the messianic.

But the same binary formula that helped Obama in the election (as Vice President Joe Biden said, “Don’t compare us to the almighty, compare us to the alternative.”) is less useful once returned to office. It was easy to convince liberals that it was important to prevent Romney from being president, but more difficult to convince them that Obama is governing the right way.

And House Republicans are not proving nearly so useful as foils as they did in 2011 and 2012.

Senate Democrats have now slammed the door on key Obama policy initiatives. Rather than forcing House Republicans to vote on gun control, the Senate first diluted and then disposed of the president’s proposal. And when House Republicans demanded changes to “sequestration” disruptions at airports, the Senate buckled straight away, despite Obama’s demand that any changes to the automatic spending reductions be done partly through tax increases.

When the time comes this summer for the fight over a full-year plan for borrowing and spending, Obama will have another chance to pillory House Republicans. But even then, moderate Senate Democrats will make it harder for the president’s team to cast the budget as a Manichean struggle.

The dawning realization on the left that retaking the House is next to impossible and that holding on to the Senate will be a tough tote is feeding liberal impatience with the president. If the glories of a second half of a second term are proving illusory, then the time is now for the left to get what it can.

And even if liberal legislation isn’t possible in a divided Congress, there’s much the president can do on his own.

Every former member of team Obama that rakes in big checks from big business. Every civilian death in Syria. Every missed deadline and exemption on ObamaCare. Every new BTU derived from fossil fuel. They all suggest to liberals that Obama doesn’t share their sense of urgency.


I guess Barack wasn't the "savior" that the liberals had been hoping for after all!
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Posted 5/1/2013 5:27 PM


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  I can understand your glossing over the picture of " rummy " shaking hands with saddam Anon. Damm embarrasing, damm embarrasing. When i visit the dubya presidential museum and arctifacts store this year i have a feeling, just a feeling that picture or episode in gop double dealings won't get a mention. With dubya key chains and cheney shotgun shell shaped coasters, that rummy pic won't get a shelf no sir in the gift shop....
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  And look who's endorsing REPUBLICAN congress hopeful Mark Sanford....none other then Larry Flynt. Larry i sure wish you would come out with another decent " Hot Showers  " video but in the meantime i guess supporting this gop will have to suffice. Here's a hint, dump the politics Larry and sign Lily Labeau up for some sapphic hijinks under the Kohler power shower head with Taylor Vixen co-starring holding the soap....mmmm.

Larry Flynt backs ‘sex pioneer’ Mark Sanford

Larry Flynt (left) and Mark Sanford are pictured. | AP Photos

Flynt said Sanford's embrace of his mistress was an 'act of bravery.' | AP Photos

The founder and publisher of Hustler magazine has endorsed Mark Sanford for Congress, lauding him as a “sex pioneer” who challenges the “sexual hypocrisy of traditional values” — and asking for a photo op.

“I’m endorsing Mark Sanford for U.S. Congress because no one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today,” Larry Flynt of Hustler said in an endorsement posted Tuesday on YouTube. “Mark Sanford has demonstrated by his words and deeds that traditional values are shameful and that he will not live by such rules. His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support.”

Flynt’s endorsement of Sanford — it was not immediately clear whether the spot was intended to be satirical — comes ahead of a May 7 special election for the Charleston, S.C.-area seat. Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, is now engaged to his former mistress and divorced from his wife.

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   Thanks for the People Magazine update photos of Kabul and the suburbs circa 67 and 2011 Skyjack, just remember it was Bush who got us IN Afghanistan to build roads Sears and Roebucks and the like in 01 and it's the current 21ST Century CEO Mr. Obama who has promised to get us OUT of that $$$ and blood trap in 2014. Thanks for the REMINDER.  
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But....a lot of Obama's promises are failing to pan out....closing Club Gitmo being another example.
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Posted 5/3/2013 12:12 AM


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  Bill MAHER that hilarious and talented comedian has what is possibly the best hour of television on HBO and last friday night he had an ex FBI AGENT with 25 yrs in the bureau and WAS also a former accountant at Arthur Andersen as well, in other words an articulate well spoken ex G/MAN. Maher asked the guest would he prefer the scumbag arrested in the Boston bombings be prosecuted in the federal courts or paraded down to Guantanamo to languish in the never never land down in Cuba.

Without hesitation the G/man cited the FEDERAL courts over 200 prosecutions since 9/11/01 with convictions as opposed to the Military courts total of 7 prosecutions in the same time frame. The FT. Hood shooter is a good example. The suspect, obviously guilty for whatever reason hasn't even gone to trial yet in the military courts. In a state or federal setting that jihadist would certainly be sitting on death row be it in federal lockup or state prison in Texas following a CONVICTION. Guantanomo as a holding facility is probably a great lock up. But who gets convicted and hopefully sentenced to death down there, WHO ?

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  Shame really, senate and congress and politics in general should involve as many females as possible, let's face it Hilary's already favored to take over Penn Ave. in 16. Kelly Ayotte was just on the wrong side of an emotional issue and it looks like another republican is set to lose...

Senate foe of Obama's gun-control bid may face voter backlash

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

By Thomas Ferraro

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire faces a possible voter backlash along with critical ads from gun control advocates following her vote against President Barack Obama's bid to curb gun violence.

According to a survey by Public Policy Polling released Wednesday, Ayotte's approval rating stands at 44 percent, down 15 points since October when the organization last conducted a poll on her. The poll of 933 New Hampshire voters, from April 19 to April 21, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.

Fifty percent of those polled said Ayotte's vote against background checks legislation would make them less likely to support her for re-election. Seventy-five percent said they supported background checks.

The survey did not make clear how much, if any, of the decline in her approval rating over six months was attributable to her April 17 vote that helped defeat the bill expanding background checks for gun purchasers.

Still, gun control proponents seized on the poll as a sign of the dangers awaiting members of Congress who vote with the gun lobby against popular legislation like the defeated bill.

"I think we are at a turning point," Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York said on Thursday at a breakfast roundtable with reporters hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.

"Lots of senators who thought it was safe to vote against it (gun control) ... aren't so sure anymore," Schumer said.

A gun-control group founded by former Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting in Arizona, began airing radio ads this week in New Hampshire criticizing Ayotte.

The group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is also sponsoring ads aimed at Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky for helping defeat the bipartisan measure to expand background checks, which failed to advance in the U.S. Senate by a six vote margin.

"As Gabby said last week, if we can't keep our communities safe with the Congress we have, we will work to change Congress," said Pia Carusone, executive director of Giffords' group.

Ayotte, elected to the Senate with 60 percent of the vote in 2010, is not up for re-election until 2016.

McConnell faces re-election next year, and a Republican aide brushed off the ads against him.

"It is tough to be too pro-gun in Kentucky," the aide said.

Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said, "New Hampshire is a good bellwether for fallout from the gun vote."

"There's serious backlash from voters toward Kelly Ayotte for how she handled this issue," he said.

EDITORIAL CRITICISM

Ayotte has also drawn editorial criticism in New Hampshire from the Portsmouth Herald, which ripped into the senator with an editorial on Sunday headlined, "If you want gun control, vote Ayotte out of office."

It is unclear what, if any, lasting political damage she has suffered.

Jennifer Duffy, who tracks Senate races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said, "I suspect this will be old news by 2016."

Ayotte's office noted she offered alternative legislation last week, including measures designed to help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

Ayotte, one of the few remaining Republican U.S. lawmakers from New England, was the only senator from the region to vote against the bipartisan measure.

"No matter what the system is, if we don't enforce it and prosecute it, then people will still try to violate it and felons will still try to get guns, so I think that's where our focus has to be," she said in an interview on WMUR-TV television station.

Senior Senate Democratic aides said it had been assumed by many in the party that Ayotte might vote for the proposal, but that they had received no assurances from her.

One aide said they expected her to possibly vote yes because veteran Senator John McCain of Arizona has been seen as a mentor of Ayotte, who is in her first term. McCain was among a handful of Senate Republicans who voted for the measure.

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