Friday, October 20, 2006


Supreme Court Injustice

This shouldn't be surprising from a Supreme Court most of whose members either appointed the pResident or were appointed by him. I really think these people have not just contempt but a deep and vicious hatred of democracy.

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Arizona may require voters to provide photo IDs when they cast their ballots next month. [...] The law requires voters to prove citizenship when registering to vote and to show photo IDs when they go to the polls. The law was meant to make sure illegal immigrants weren't casting ballots. Opponents of the law contend it discourages some people from voting, including the elderly, poor and disadvantaged who don't always carry IDs. [...] In his bid to allow the state to go forward, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard told the justices that "voter registration at the polls is an emerging issue of national importance."
If "issue" means "bogeyman invoked as a pretext to scare people into giving up even more of their rights," then yeah, I suppose Goddard is right.
Baaa Haaa Haaa Haaa! One month ago Phoenix Lady screeched about an "October Surprise!" She informed her gullible readers that Bush was planning an invasion of Iran. Course, like a good lackey, she got this story from the sky-is-falling Nation.

I offered to bet on it. Phoenix Lady was so confident (as usual).

As you know full well, dear, the whole point of making a stink was to prevent BushCo from doing a surprise missile attack on Iran. (For why such an attack is a bad idea, click here.)

And the Eisenhower armada is only now getting within missile range of Iran. They can attack whenever Bush feels like having them attack. The only reason they wouldn't -- aside from mutiny -- would be if Bush's advisors realized that with the secret out, the political circle-the-wagons advantage would be gone as most Americans would know that this was being done to influence the midterms (and to keep the Democrats from getting subpoena power in the House).

But so long as the armada and its missiles are within range of Iran, an attack on Iran -- an attack which would cause the total and bloody collapse of the US occupation of its neighbor Iraq -- is always a possibility.
It's amazing how ignorant trolls are. A number of military people have said that an attack on Iran is likely and very dangerous. As for people saying it's dangerous, one can include a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Victor Renuart.

As for the acts of war already committed by the US against Iran, Seymour Hersh and Scott Ritter have already talked about them. Hersh:

Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups....

Some operations, apparently aimed in part at intimidating Iran, are already under way. American Naval tactical aircraft, operating from carriers in the Arabian Sea, have been flying simulated nuclear-weapons delivery missions—rapid ascending maneuvers known as “over the shoulder” bombing—since last summer, the former official said, within range of Iranian coastal radars.... If the order were to be given for an attack, the American combat troops now operating in Iran would be in position to mark the critical targets with laser beams, to insure bombing accuracy and to minimize civilian casualties. As of early winter, I was told by the government consultant with close ties to civilians in the Pentagon, the units were also working with minority groups in Iran, including the Azeris, in the north, the Baluchis, in the southeast, and the Kurds, in the northeast....

That was April.

And the trolls still don't know about it.

No wonder they post anonymously.
"the whole point of making a stink was to prevent BushCo from doing a surprise missile attack on Iran."

So you prevented the attack? Thanks.
Don't thank me, thank Wesley Clark, among others -- and not until the "Ike" is safely back at your home port of Hampton Roads.

Granted, Iran's little-more-than-a-figurehead of a president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad, is trying to pooh-pooh the arrival of the nuclear attack boats in the Persian Gulf. But Ahmadinejhad's not in charge in Iran, the mullahs are -- and they are paying close attention to the carrier group's presence, and talking tough about what they call Bush's provocations and bullying.

But why am I even bothering to explain this to you? You're a Bush worshiper, kneeling before him metaphorically like Mark Foley in front of a teen he'd been grooming for seduction for five years. Your job isn't to learn and listen, it's to disrupt.
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