"DON'T BLAME ME," SECRETARY OF STATE & ANGER CONDI RICE INSISTED AS SHE GREETED THESE REPORTERS.
WITHOUT EXPLAINING WHAT IT WAS THAT WE WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO BLAME HER FOR, SECRETARY RICE EXPLAINED THAT THE BULLY BOY WAS STILL "MIFFED" ABOUT BEING STOOD UP ON WEDNESDAY WHEN HIS PUPPET SNUBBED HIM.
TO CHEER HIM UP, BULLY BOY WANTED TO . . .
AS WE ENTERED THE OVAL OFFICE, WE SAW BORED LOOKING BUSH FAMILY MEMBERS, ALL UNEMPLOYED, HOLDING VIDEOCAMS AND WAITING . . . AND WAITING . . . AND WAITING.
AT LAST, AS A CHEESY MUSIC TRACK CUED UP, THERE WAS BULLY BOY, A RAG TIED AROUND HIS HEAD, A MICROPHONE IN HAND. HE BEGAN SKIPPING AROUND THE ROOM SINGING:
THERE'S A BOY I KNOW
HE'S THE ONE I DREAM OF
LOOKS INTO MY EYES
TAKES ME TO THE STARS ABOVE
"HIS FATHER TOLD HIM ONE OPINION WASN'T ENOUGH," SECRETARY RICE EXPLAINED. "SO HE'S SET UP A DATE NEXT WEEK WITH ABDUL AZIZ AL-HAKIM AND NEXT MONTH WITH TAREQ AL-HASHEMI. HE FIGURES IF THEY DON'T STAND HIM UP, THE PROBLEM IS AL-MALIKI'S. OHHH!"
SECRETARY RICE SCREAMED IN SHOCK AS BULLY BOY PRESSED HIS FACE NEAR HER'S AND SANG, "I'M ASKING YOU COZ YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS. OH, HOW WILL I KNOW? HOW WILL I KNOW?"
Meanwhile, although the Iraq Study Group has released its findings, people continue to ponder the James Baker Circle Jerk. As noted by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) today, the James Baker Circle Jerk is rumored to call for a 2008 'withdrawal' that is not, in fact, a withdrawal. It's a continuation of the air war that Norman Solomon has been describing for months now. It's also the James Baker Circle Jerk stroking themselves on the public dollar. The onanistic nonsense not only revolves around the air war, it also pushes embedding US forces with Iraqi police squads and forces.
For those who've forgotten how Patrick McCaffrey died and the battle his mother Nadia McCaffrey has had to fight to force the US government to get honest could see the 'suggestion' as worthy of suggesting. (Patrick McCaffrey and Andre Tyson, with the US National Guard, were killed in Iraq. The US government told the families that the two men were killed by 'insurgents.' In reality, they were killed, June 22, 2004, by Iraqi security forces they were training.)
Addressing the James Baker Circle Jerk on this week's CounterSpin, Gary Younge (Guardian of London; The Nation) observed to Steve Rendall,, "The fact that this study group was necessary itself highlights a flaw in American politics. Democracy should have been able to deal with this, not an appointed study group." As Younge explained the responsibility the group was tasked with was Congress' own responsibility . . . until they outsourced it.
In peace news, Aaron Glantz (IPS) reports that the revelations of the US government spying on peace activists is not slowly plans for the march in Washington, DC January 27th. Among the groups spied on were CODEPINK, United For Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, the War Resisters League and the American Friends Service Committee.
The War Resisters League will be presenting Sir! No Sir! tomorrow (Saturday, December 2nd) at both seven pm and nine-thirty pm. This kicks off the War Resisters League and the Brecht Forum's Screenpeace: An Antiwar Film Festival that will hold screenings of other films on Fridays during January.
In other activism news, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) are asking for a National "Mandate for Peace" Call-in Day, Monday, December 4th. To sign the petition click here. To phone your rep and senators, you can dial 202-224-3121. PDA notes: "On Election Day, voters said enough is enough -- we want a new direction. Let's make sure Congress hears it again by jamming the switchboards on Dec. 4 with our pleas to bring our troops home immediately."
Recommended: "Iraq Snapshot"
"NYT: 'Having Pinned Little Hopes on Talks, Many Iraqis Appear to Be Beyond Disappointment' (Kirk Semple)"
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