September 9th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Subject: Fw: Bush's top female enabler

Subject:        Fw: Bush's top female enabler
Date:   Thu, 7 Sep 2006 08:55:45 -0400
From:   Ron Spiers

*Sent:* Thursday, September 07, 2006 7:11 AM
*Subject:* Bush's top female enabler

Your friend's message: After 9/11 she inculcated in Bush the notion that
he was a world builder ("present at the creation," as Truman's secretary
of state Dean Acheson described the making of the Cold War policy in
1947) and could imprint his design on a scale to match the Peace of
Westphalia of 1648 that established the sovereignty of nation-states. In
July 2005, shortly after Rice became secretary of state, her head of
policy planning delivered a lecture to the department's senior
professional staff on the Peace of Westphalia followed by a lecture on
the Truman Doctrine to explain the magnitude of Rice -- and Bush's --
ambition for "transformational diplomacy." This May, as the situation in
Iraq drastically worsened, Rice directed the senior staff that she wants
no more reporting from U.S. embassies... Instead of writing reports, the
diplomats should "sell America," she insisted. "We are salesmen for
America!" Kicking off the midterm elections campaign, Bush delivered a
speech that cited Osama bin Laden's screeds, Lenin's "What Is to Be
Done?" and Hitler's "Mein Kampf," and promised "complete victory" in
Iraq. Rice contributed her own comparison of the "war on terror" to the
American Civil War. "I'm sure there are people who thought it was a
mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the
emancipation of slaves would hold," she said. But the more delirious the
rhetoric, the more hollow the policy. "There is no plan for Iraq," a
senior national security official with the highest intelligence
clearance and access to the relevant memos told me. "There is no plan.
No plan." *
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Bush's top female enabler
By Sidney Blumenthal

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Chris Keeley

Armitage Shmarmitage--Jason Leopold, Truthout, 9/08/06

*Armitage Shmarmitage*
   By Jason Leopold
   t r u t h o u t | Report

   Friday 08 September 2006

   In April, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald filed a court
document in the CIA leak case claiming his staff had obtained evidence
during the course of the three-year-old probe that proves "multiple"
White House officials were engaged in a coordinated effort to discredit
former ambassador Joseph Wilson.

   Those officials, Fitzgerald said, eventually disclosed Wilson's
wife's covert CIA status to the media as retribution for his public
criticism of the Bush administration's use of pre-war Iraq intelligence.

   But the mainstream media has chosen to ignore those facts now that
former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage broke his silence
Thursday and admitted that he told syndicated columnist Robert Novak and
Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame,
worked for the CIA.

   According to these mainstream publications, Armitage's mea culpa
proves there wasn't a White House campaign to discredit Wilson or unmask
his wife's identity.

   Oh really?
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Chris Keeley

At a Secret Interrogation, Dispute Flared Over Tactics

September 10, 2006

 At a Secret Interrogation, Dispute Flared Over Tactics


WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 — Abu Zubaydah, the first Osama bin Laden
henchman captured by the United States after the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, was bloodied and feverish when a C.I.A.
security team delivered him to a secret safe house in Thailand for
interrogation in the early spring of 2002. Bullet fragments had ripped
through his abdomen and groin during a firefight in Pakistan several
days earlier when he had been captured.

The events that unfolded at the safe house over the next few weeks
proved to be fateful for the Bush administration. Within days, Mr.
Zubaydah was being subjected to coercive interrogation techniques — he
was stripped, held in an icy room and jarred by earsplittingly loud
music — the genesis of practices later adopted by some within the
military, and widely used by the Central Intelligence Agency in handling
prominent terrorism suspects at secret overseas prisons.
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