After five years of dealing with obvious spin and disinformation from journalists and news anchors who behave more as stenographers for the Bush Administration and spewers of GOP talking points than they do as unbiased professionals, a courageous newsperson finally emerges from the murky sludge. And he comes out swinging at that. Keith Olbermann of MSNBC's Countdown is drop dead awesome. Interesting that the extreme right wing is sending hate mail, including white powder, to Mr. Olbermann's home. The wingnuts will stop at nothing to cover up its heinous lies and sins against the American people. LS
KEITH OLBERMANN'S SPECIAL COMMENTARY
CONDI LIED ABOUT CLINTON NOT LEAVING BUSH A STRATEGY FOR AL-QAEDA.
What's another lie? The Bush Administration has spewed so many lies from their party's wing of the pathological lying liars that it's hard to keep track. It seems that Richard Clarke wrote a comprehensive report on Al-Qaeda, when serving under Clinton that was passed along to and ignored by the Bush Administration. LS
From Raw Story.com
Rice made the comments in response to claims made Sunday by former President Bill Clinton, who argued that his administration had done more than the current one to address the al Qaeda problem before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She stopped short of calling the former president a liar.
However, RAW STORY has found that just five days after President George W. Bush was sworn into office, a memo from counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke to Rice included the 2000 document, "Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al-Qida: Status and Prospects." This document devotes over 2 of its 13 pages of material to specifically addressing strategies for securing Pakistan's cooperation in airstrikes against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The document also explores broader strategic approaches, such as a "need to keep in mind that Pakistan has been most willing to cooperate with us on terrorism when its role is invisible or at least plausibly deniable to the powerful Islamist right wing."
But Clarke also made it clear that the Clinton Administration recognized the problem that Pakistan posed in mounting a more sweeping campaign against bin Laden: "Overt action against bin Laden, who is a hero especially in the Pushtun-ethnic border areas near Afghanistan," Clarke speculated in late 2000, "would be so unpopular as to threaten Musharraf's government." The plan notes that, after the attack on the USS Cole, Pakistan had forbidden the United States from again violating its airspace to attack bin Laden in Afghanistan.
The memo sent by Clarke to Rice, to which the Clinton-era document was attached, also urges action on Pakistan relating to al Qaeda. "First [to be addressed,]" wrote Clarke in a list of pending issues relating to al Qaeda, is "what the administration says to the Taliban and Pakistan about ending al Qida sanctuary in Afghanistan. We are separately proposing early, strong messages on both."
CONDI LIED ABOUT CLINTON'S PLANS FOR AL-QAEDA
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HOLD BUSH, NOT CLINTON, RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILING TO CAPTURE OSAMA BIN LADEN.
Well duh...of course it is Bush's fault. Only the disillusioned and poisoned kool-aid drinkers would think otherwise. LS
GALLUP POLL SHOWS AMERICANS BELIEVE BUSH RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILING TO CAPTURE BIN LADEN
NATURALLY WE ARE LESS SAFE NOW THAN BEFORE 9/11 THANKS TO BUSH'S HAIRBRAINED AND EVIL WAR IN IRAQ.
The more recent NIE Intelligence Report on Iraq will very conveniently not be available until after the election in November. Shocking? Not really considering we are living in a Bush imposed dictatorship. LS
INTELLIGENCE REVEALS U.S. LESS SAFE BECAUSE OF WAR IN IRAQ
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