Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Big Dan's Big News July 22, 2008

Night before Obama flies abroad, Rice bars embassies from aiding candidates

Do a google search on "iraq afghanistan surprise unannounced visit" and you will find that only politicians associated with the Bush administration make "suprise" or "unannounced" visits to Iraq and Afghanistan. How many times have you seen "Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld make surprise/unannounced visit to Iraq/Afghanistan"? A thousand times? How come when Obama goes there, it's not, "Obama makes surprise/unannounced visit to Iraq/Afghanistan"? Just wonderin'...anyone happen to have a Daily Show-like montage of ANBCBSNNX doing this??? If anyone has any ideas why the corporate media does this, please let me know!!!
In an interview with the magazine Der Spiegel, Iraq's prime minister Al-Maliki agreed with Obama's 16 month troop pullout timetable. The Bush administration quickly releases statements telling the news media what Al-Maliki really said (or meant), just like when he told us to get out of Iraq about a month ago. Funny, how they do that, huh? Tell us what the Iraqi prime minister really said or meant, like we have to go through the Bush administration and ask them what he said...rather than just listen to or read what he said himself.

"Scott M. Stanzel, a White House spokesman with President Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Tex., said that embassy officials explained to the Iraqis how the interview in Der Spiegel was being interpreted, given that it came just a day after the two governments announced an agreement over American troops. 'The Iraqis were not aware and wanted to correct it,' he said."

"Unfortunately, Der Spiegel was not accurate," the government’s spokesman told the Times. "I have the recording of the voice of Mr. Maliki. We even listened to the translation."


"the interpreter for the interview works for Mr. Maliki’s office, not the magazine. And in an audio recording of Mr. Maliki’s interview that Der Spiegel provided to The New York Times, Mr. Maliki seemed to state a clear affinity for Mr. Obama’s position, bringing it up on his own in an answer to a general question on troop presence. The following is a direct translation from the Arabic of Mr. Maliki’s comments by The Times: 'Obama’s remarks that — if he takes office — in 16 months he would withdraw the forces, we think that this period could increase or decrease a little, but that it could be suitable to end the presence of the forces in Iraq. Who wants to exit in a quicker way has a better assessment of the situation in Iraq.'"

Gee! Do you think other countries aren't putting up with our American controlled propaganda bullshit??? Germany was supposed to play along with the Bush administration! And agree with what the Bush administration said that Al-Maliki said! Not agree with what Al-Maliki actually said!

White House sought 'clarification' after Iraqi PM backed Obama Iraq plan…because they didn't like what he said!

Comment Stings Iraqi Leader on Eve of Obama Visit

Like him or not, Obama has big cahoney's thumbing his nose at the Bush administration, McCain, the controlled corporate media, Rush Limbaugh, and the whole rightwing crew! I think Limbaugh doesn't even know how to attack Obama! He's trying to pull the "Obama was never in Iraq or Afghanistan" card out of his ass, shoved up there by Obama!

Obama sinks 3-pointer on first shot in front of the troops:

In other news, "Mr. Excitement", the McAlzheimer's Express daily gaffe (this used to be funny, now it's getting scarey):

Asked by Diane Sawyer whether the "the situation in Afghanistan in precarious and urgent," McCain responded: "I think it's serious. . . . It's a serious situation, but there's a lot of things we need to do. We have a lot of work to do and I'm afraid it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border."

The Iraq/Pakistan border is called...IRAN!!! There is no Iraq/Pakistan border!!!

Soldier in famous photo dies.

Widow: Soldier propped up as hero, then discarded

Author: Officials against torture memo feared wiretaps, physical danger

A report published by the British Parliament warns Britain can no longer rely on American assurances that it does not torture. The report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said ministers should no longer take at face value statements from senior politicians, including President Bush, that the United States does not resort to torture in the light of the CIA admitting it used “waterboarding.” The Guardian reports this may have implications for extradition of prisoners to the US, because Britain is a signatory of the UN convention, which bars sending individuals to nations where they are at risk of being tortured.


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