Tuesday, April 11, 2006

We Agree: Prez, Veep Got Some Splainin' To Do

Contrary to what Scott McClellan would tell you, it’s not just a handful of Democrats who want the president to explain why he's selectively “declassified” top secret information.

Pennsylvania Republicant Senator Arlen Specter has also said the American people deserve the whole story on leaks and declassifications emanating from one or another party within the White House.

While the president may have the authority to declassify information (not so on his alleged right to order illegal wiretaps), it’s the how and when that are really telling.

How? Through his staff, typically to the press. When? Whenever it suits his political ends. And this from a guy who’s "tough" on leakers.

US national security, which high-level leaks can compromise, is an issue which Republicans never fail to take political advantage of, even when there’s no election in the immediate future.

Criticisms of the president’s many missteps in the so-called war on terror have been met with accusations that the critics are aiding terrorists and endangering Americans at home and abroad.

Anyone can make a lot of noise in lieu of the facts, but here they are:

The Libby leaks, the now-dismantled Dubai ports deal, the willful dismissiveness toward pre-9/11 warnings about Al-Qaeda, the antagonizing of friend and foe alike by invading Iraq (and without adequate planning), and ultimately creating a breeding/training ground for terrorists over there, all point to an administration that doesn't grasp the concept of national security.

Republicants are in denial, but their president has damaged our standing in the world, and weakened and possibly bankrupted our military. Wow, I feel more secure already!

National security has traditionally been an area in which Republicants have whipped the pants off Democrats at the polls. Next time around, however, they may need to pull up their own drawers to cover their asses, and fast.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

You need to pull your bald head out of your liberal ass. I doubt you would have my head. You spend most of your time giving head. Brainstem commie.

Anonymous said...

feel free to comment on my previous post, but just like your blog, nobody will see it. I've already lost the link to your stupid site. Jackass

Pete Bogs said...

(pause) "Right..."

Pete Bogs said...

anon - you may be onto something... I don't collect those heads because the people maligned liberals, I collect them to harvest the hair for my bald head... I'm making a kind of "man-suit" from them... I'm very talented, a seamstress and a tailor... call me "Buffalo Bill"

wah!!! waaaahhhh!!!!

presidentbobo said...

Petty personal attacks...how gallant. Straight out of the Republican play book…about page 3 I think. Don’t have my copy handy. Argument at its finest. Bogs, you know how to keep me entertained.
Well, I always say if you can't beat them with ideas beat them with a club...or the dismembered arm of a child that just got blown up in Iraq because of their dumb fucking war.

liberalbanana said...

Bogs, I didn't know you were a communist! That's funny. So am I.

Instead of coming up with a rationalization for all of the shit the administration's currently in the midst of, DICK will be out there throwing the first pitch today for our lovely Nats. I'm glad he won't be at the stadium tomorrow when I will be or I'd end up losing my voice from booing so loudly.

Pete Bogs said...

libana - those fans had better be careful today... we all know Dick's aim is not the best!

Bird said...

I am so thankful that no compassionate-conservative will ever show up to throw out a pitch at a Giants game.

The rhetorical grace, persuasive art, and intellectual acumen of anon is quite impressive.

So about this declassification thing- am i missing something or misunderstand something - i was under the impression that libby should be in no trouble at all for his "leak" because it's declassified (even though the info wasn't declassified at the time...)

so it's all just hunky-dorky, right? it doesn't matter WHEN something is declassified as long as it IS declassfied?

am i following the logic? oh my poor head is spinning.

and bogs, c'mon,lighten up. the poor prez was just interested in sharing the truth with the american people. (oh, am i laughing and laughing over that one - what else can one do?)

;)

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K9 said...

/bark bark bark

howwwwwwwl jame.
run for your lives dawgs before the scary bald man harvests YOUR head for fur!!!!!!!!!

/grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Anonymous said...

Our national security is awesome thanks to W.

The last thing we need is the appeasement left to weaken us again.

Hellpig said...

BOGS BOGS BOGS BOGS after 5 1/2 years do you really think the President is going to explain anything to anybody?The war machine will rage on and on despite the whinney libs or the obstructionist dems who cry foul everytime they open their mouth,who can tell you the problem but have no plans of their own.This is why the left has no front runner in '08 so you better buckle down cuz if you haven't noticed the Prez stopped calling it the war on terror 2 months ago,it's the GLOBAL WAR NOW.That's kinda funny cuz despite the war and the low poll #'s which tied Clinton's without a war,He was still re-elected.And yeah you say Bush is stupid yet the guy you have run against him in '04 had a lower GPA then Bush.

Let's reflect a little under the Clinton Administration he allowed the U.S.A. to be attacked 11 times,under the Bush Administration only once,which was a direct result of the bend over and wait and see attitude of Clinton and his parade of marching movie stars.

As far as the World opinion? Which World do you mean the ones whose countries are being over-run with gang rapes and murder and the freedom of speech being challenged at every turn all because of one thing a failed exercise called LIBERALISM

Hellpig said...

Sorry for the double posting but Bird said I am so thankful that no compassionate-conservative will ever show up to throw out a pitch at a Giants game.

That's because if they were at a Giants game they would have to play CATCHER

Pete Bogs said...

libana - you got your wish: Cheney was booed at the game today...

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/04/11/cheney-boo-baseball/

anon - go back into hiding and think about what you've said...

hell - there's no frontrunner 1) because elections are 2.5 years away, and 2) there are too many good choices... do I vote for Kerry again? do I write-in Obama? or do I get my dream ticket of Feingold/Obama??? or Gore/Feingold? of the choices of I've heard, I am honestly going to have a hard time picking for the primaries... not Lieberman, though... fuck that traitor...

gang rapes and murders because of liberalism? hmm, het's see:

Holland: liberal, but nope, doesn't really apply

Pakistan, our ally in the global war on terra: yup, gang rapes and murders are considered legitimate legal sentences... but wait! Pakistan isn't liberal, it's a dictatorship...

who are the GOP frontrunners for '08, btw? Frist? he's got insider trading and diagnosing by video to do...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

no but islam is outta control in holland -now reps are bodyguarded and in amoured cars when they hadnt been before and you might wake up dead to find a knife in your heart for making a film about islam...hollands liberal policies have brought that to bear -but so will we too with our insanity of a borderless america. W's big failure IMO.

algore is a frothing at the mouth nutcase. he shouldnt have trashed out america while on foreign soil just because he's a bitter flunked out of divinity school loser.

i agree with hell pig: i have yet to hear a game plan from any democratic potential candidate on how this global problem will be handled!!

anybody short of karl marx might get booed at the SF stadium, unless say, it was a juiced up heavy hitter.....another rainy cold day i understand. sorry bird!

/grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Hellpig said...

Bogs do a little more research all the LIB EU countries are plaqued with gang rapes and murder all in the name of ALLAH,I can link you if you request?

Your Front runners please,they already said OBAMA won't make the ticket.nor will Kerry

The Right front runners hmmm
Rudolf G.,Newt G.,Mc Cain or better yet your buddy CHENNEY

I wish O'Reilly would run(LMAO)or
Charelton Heston would be my picks or maybe Delay,guess it really doesn't matter the right will prevail because the left spends all it's time playing the blame game.

Pete Bogs said...

Islam is out of control in a lot of places... I touched on Theo van Gogh's murder before, and how Pim Fortuyn said this kind of thing would happen, before he was murdered... it's not Nederlanders doing it, but I guess that was your point, nor are they part of an official gov't policy... my Dutch Treat blog was all about people going into Holland who have no place being there... whereas an illegal Mexican might fit right in here, fundamentalist Islam doesn't work in a country with open sex and drugs trades, etc...

but I no more blame Holland for those deaths than I blame the proverbial kind little old lady down the block who invites kids in for cookies, and one day one of them bashes her on the head and takes her valuables... you seem to be suggesting, k9, that she reaped what she had sewn... I don't agree with that... not even I am that cynical... we need ports that are safe from terrorists, and terrorist sponsors like Dubai, but we also need a rational border policy...

k9, hell -

if you haven't heard any good plans from Dems/liberals, you haven't been listening... especially where the war - a priority - is concerned... Murtha and CAP, individually, have presented thorough, reasonable drawdown/redeployment plans for America... is anyone in power listening? hell no!!!

hell - you are probably getting liberalism confused with leftism... Castro is left, but not a liberal... liberalism is on the left, but it's a long way from some of those philosophies...

please, run Giuliani or McCain (who's sadly cowtowing to the religious right now as sure as Hillary is going centrist on our asses)! I could vote for one of them if I had to...

I've said it before, and I will say it many more times, you guys are NUTS for falling sucker to Rovian tactics in 2000 and picking W over McCain... I would have voted for that guy over Gore, who I didn't care for at the time... I do now, k9, since his great speeches in the last year or so... I don't buy this "can't criticize the president overseas" shit either... the truth is the truth, no matter where you are...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

helly

cheneys too sick and hasnt a prayer in hell due to the demonization of a self made man who built a great company.

newt gingrich can't survive the i-left-my-sick-dying wife-for my-girlfriend attacks plus he is too damn ugly to win. smart though.

rudy? see #2 above re: wife ditched for girlie.

McCain? see Bogs' re: liberman

the right doesnt have a candidate either.

/grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Pete Bogs said...

and btw, if you've been following along, I trash militant Islam and commie Chinese almost as much as a conservative, but get no for love for it from righties...

Aunty Belle said...

Well well...back to polyticks is it, Bawgs?

Looky, honey (shhh! I won't tell) would you really --I mean, really pull the lever for Hari Kerry? Really?

NOw on Holland and gang rapes as Hail -pig and Black Dawg said--yep...we's selling Poa-rk Rinds theah and Ole Aunty been to see up close and personal how it is in windmill land....they's a'skered of islamic banshees thas' loose in they cities--they's trying appeasement, but that doan never woork, as we'uns learned. See here's the way it works:

Islamic boy loses muslim girl to Islamic old man who needs wife number 4...so lot's o' 18-30 year old muslims have no lady friend that they can cuddle cause iffin you touch Abdul's sister youse minus a body part before evening prayer. And Allah won't let'cha marry an infidel so whar youse thinkin' hot hormonal muslims boys go? Why to rape the infidel women, which Allah permits. Holland knows this to its shame.

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

no i dont have the attitude that holland is getting what they deserved. they didnt know how badly it would go.

the europeans cant survive without these immigrating laborers since they arent having enough children to replace themselves. and considering the taxes i can see why that happened.

McCain + Falwell =I'm done.

criticising your country while standing among our mortal enemies is POOR STATESMANSHIP and looks like a weenie. c'mon!

i appreciate the digs on ChiComs.

/grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Bird said...

oh sigh. the day is becoming far too irritating: rain again, what i infer is a disparaging remark from hellpig about the giants (listen -as much as i hate your bashing of liberals, that is preferable to disparaging remarks about the giants - even if the boyz deserve the disparagement- there are limits of decency,ya know?)

and now this - i simply can't contain myself -

ISLAM is out of control?

NO. that's like saying christianity is out of control, or judaism, or buddhism, or butthead republicans, or wimpy liberals, etc.

terrorists are out of control. and i contend that fundamentalist power-brokers are manipulating the uneducated and poorer classes in the muslim world - and SOME of those folks are out of control but it is simply not rational to say that ISLAM or MUSLIMS are out of control-a sweeping generality that cannot be proven. Not all muslims are fundatmentalists, not all are terrorists. there is a distinct difference. and not all are out of control.

Pete Bogs said...

Aunt B - my understanding, not being a student of Islam, is that just as with Christian fundamentalism, some Muslims take a very extreme interpretation of their holy book... so, the idea that infidels should be raped and killed for Allah is not accepted by all... however, one is too many in my book...

those Pakistani rapes were of fellow Muslims, however... as far as Holland knowing immigrants would rape people, I don't think they expected them to take things to that extreme... too bad right wing Pim wasn't listened to, and was assassinated...


k9 - you are about the only other person (or dog) who seems to remember that Guiliani had his own nice little affair scandal happening before 9/11 changed everyone's focus... I don't judge candidates fully on that - Clinton, don't care... Newt, really crappy thing to do... Rudy, don't care either, but I enjoy see the hypocrisy of Clinton-hating neocons viewing him as a Republicant hero...

Pete Bogs said...

bird - correct, fundamentalist Islam is out of control... typing too fast, here... so fast, I neglected to chide pig for his homophobic remarks...

well, I'm glad someone else has joined the fray from hell, in a word...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

well since the right requires the vote of moral america i can assure you the cheating on and abandonment of wives will not play. and it shouldnt. if you can't honor your woman, then what can us peons expect ?

as far as clinton and monica it was, according to UBL, the single worst thing for which america would be remembered because we did not impeach him.
seriously. he wrote that in his letter to america.

/grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

fatty ~ said...

its america's modern attempts to moderate history.

go democrats... i think... go bog's liberals

Aunty Belle said...

BAwgs,
not sayin' that Holland knew immigrants would rape and pillage before they let'em in...AM sayin' that their shame is attempting appeasement.

Appeasment is throwin' a duck to the alligator in hoeps the alligator won't come fer ya...but all youse doin' is feeding that monster and buildin' his appetite for easy pickins.

Bird Beauty, I'ma thinkin' youse gots some islamic students--they are here mostly to be different and some surely will. But iffin' youse up for it, read deeply about islam--it has been outa control since Mohammed made it up, a synthesis of Judiasim and Arianism, mixed with tribal customs.

It is a favored theme that no one group can be generalised or sterotyped--that is true as applied to the individual adherents.

Yet in the case of Isalm, the case is made that it is outa of control NOT based soley on the behavior of a few of its devotees, but based on its stated teachings--and that is the actually stated premise Bawgs, not a fundamentalist or non-fundamentalist "interpretation" of the stated teachings of the Qur'an.

Technically there is no "moderate" version of Islam. THis is not a generalization on Westerners' part, it is a stated premise of ISlam itself.

There are factions (Sunni/ Shia/ Sufi...anybody old enough to have read Rumi in the 70s?)but there is no "moderate" model of islam because there is no "buck stops here" authority on what is- or is not- acceptable practice.

Immans do not seek moderate positions as they do not "sell" to the over-trod underclass that is Islamic life in 20-21st Cent. The last moderate was Salah al-Din Yusuf (Saladin)in the Third Crusade, and he was Kurdish, not raised to be a strict Sunni.

The stated purpose of Islam is to force --deliberate choice of word
F O R C E
the entire world to submit to Allah.

Contrast this to the Christian mission which is to "make disciples (an invitation, it's voluntary) of all men"

Of course history has shown some Christians were agressive in the conversion process--but this is not the stated teachings of the Christian message--it is the faulty reception of it by some adherehnts.

so to restate the original point: By its stated purpose Islam is out of control from the perspective of non-islamic peoples.

Aunty Belle said...

BAwgs, do'ya think this heah "Anonymous" is Ardliar playing wif heads agin' ?

Pete Bogs said...

Aunt B - I didn't know Ard did that... if so, I might have to pop a cap in his kilt...

Hellpig said...

Jeez Bird you can tell a joke but you sure as hell can't take one.

And now I am a homophobe,please

True not all Muslims are terrorists but all Terrorists are Muslims.

And you are extremely ignorant or naive.


Bogs and K9 my right wing pics were a joke,I knew that it would light the intolerant fires that burn below.

Just seeing Bogs and Bird froth at the mouth gives me a perverted joy,all in good fun though.

BTW the Mariners will own the Giants this year.

"Batter up"

Aunty Belle said...

Well, BAwgs, seems Ardlair, Ardliar, has done revealed itself as a 29 year old her in San Francisco not the Highland curmudgeon it claimed--now tha's fine wif me, seein' as we all is sompin' not precisely as we profile...but Ard is sayin' that the blogging is research for a English paper its doin'. Uh-huh.

Right.

K-9,youse could make a steamin' stinkin' yard outa the missdeeds of red and blue louts. Cain't even look at that Dick Morris--aptly named (apologies to any Richards out theah). He's afflicted wif foot fetish and has so abased hisself over it in every D.C. hotel that he is a code word for it among the cognoscenti. Gag.

Aunty Belle said...

Idea: Bawgs....looky in that sit meter thang and check to see where Ardlair is.

Pete Bogs said...

hell - the IRA are terrorists, and they're Catholics... the Middle East could take a lesson from their progress, though... yeah, a spy was murdered recently... that's an average of about one murder per year from the IRA, last year being that McCartney guy (not Paul) whose sisters came to the states... murder is not ok, but it's not the rampant suicide stuff that the IRA are practicing, if they are indeed anymore...

I foam not, unless I've taken a sip of Guinness, which gives me a foam mustache... mmmm....

Aunt B - I thought the 29 y/o was the phony identity... I knew he/she wasn't 103, though...

Aunty Belle said...

Youse might be right on the identities---it ain't got the pearl thang right, that's fer sure.

Whew!! We'uns is in rel time near about,and it is fatiguing ole Aunty B out!

GOin' to rock fer a spell, leave the fast typin' to you young sprites.

(Oh, bawgs....up a few posts: "you seem to be suggesting, k9, that she reaped what she had sewn..."
tha's "ripped what she had sewn" ain't it? LOL cause that would be even bettern' reap /sown)

Hellpig said...

Bogs can we stay in the 21st century please.

IRA no comparison to a Islamonazi whatso ever.

MMMMMMMMMMM.......Guinness

Well a good posting today Bogs,at least for those of us able to keep our emotions in check.CYA 2Morrow

Bird said...

i heard the mariners didn't fare so well last week, hell.

but heck, it's just the beginning. anything can happen. of course, the giants are already having problems with their pitching staff - but that's typical.seems to be our curse.

by the way, was the unibomber a muslim? was timothy mcveigh (or however you spell his name?)...

bogs - many thanks for this blog today - i have checked in periodically as I take breaks from grading student papers. grade some papers, check out the blogs. grade some more, check out the blogs - sort of a cross between a carrot and a stick - haha! i am not done grading, so may have to return here later.

Hellpig said...

OK I'll come back for one more.

Bird 21st century please,and Oh case you haven't heard about the cover up about the Al-Qaida McVeigh connections.

The reason I come back.......
Mariners as all Seattle teams are DOOMED to failure,but I support the Baseball,and Basketball teams,,,,,,,But I am a DIE HARD (since 1978)STEELERS FAN which didn't fare to well for me last superbowl in a sea of blue.

Now my distaste for any San Fransico teams stems from a 4 year stint in Reno where the only thing they televised was Giants or 9ers games.

Just wanted you(Bird)to know it wasn't a personal thing. :)

(attempt at humor)Bird I bet you go through a lot of RED PENS.

Pete Bogs said...

Aunt B - doan go gettin' folks all hot under the colla with me about that site meter thang... I don't need that agin...

Pete Bogs said...

oh, and you are correct, I used the wrong version of "sown"

damn homos! (homonyms! words that sound alike... as in sewn and sown... heh? heh?)

well, I am glad everyone enjoyed today's bloodletting! :-)

ffff said...

You promised, Pete, you promised. Your slogan says it all...well when are you going to do it? You know the stuff about anyone who has a go at you being a 'liberal'. I wanna watch! For a change. I wanna be there, and I hate violence but this time Mr/Ms Annon deserves it!!!
Come on Pete, come on!!

Pete Bogs said...

ali - I can describe it for you... it'll be in the midst of one of their rants that they suddenly become speechless... they'll know just for the briefest moment that my Samurai sword, "Charlene," has sliced right through the windpipe that they use to make so much noise with... their body falls, but their head does not; I catch it in my hands... then I hold it aloft, by its downy locks, and let out a primal scream to the world:

"FREEEEDOMMM!!!"

and then Mel Gibson tries to sue, but finds out you can't copyright an everyday word...

boy, this creeps even me out... but what do you expect from a writer?

ardlair said...

Hello Peter

As is increasingly the case, I have arrived late.

I would never leave a comment anonymously.
Nor have to resort to such crude name calling.

Religion is the fundamental problem here.
Organised religion.
All such religion.

So much anger.
So much bile.
Spilled in the name of gods that just aren't there.

Pete Bogs said...

ard - better late than never...

it's very evident that wasn't written in your style... no worries...