Senate Approves Final Troop Pullout From Afghanistan March 30, 2007Posted by chuckwh in News and politics.
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Today while we were all waiting with baited breath (those few of us still paying attention to international politics) to see the result of the so-called Faye Summit, the U.S. Senate approved the final pullout of American troops from Afghanistan. It’s poignant to recall that before 9/11, Afghanistan was a basket case — not only one of the poorest countries on the planet, but one of the most ungovernable ones, too. At least, that’s what the Soviets thought. But what America quickly found out under Al Gore was that Afghans, like most self-respecting nationalities, simply did not like being governed by other powers.
So, after beating on them a bit for harboring Osama bin Laden, the Gore administration quickly jumped into nation-building mode by promoting the notion of a democratically elected government that was eventually led by American restaurateur Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan cuisine enjoyed a renaissance, as did Afghan poppy farmers, who benefited from a U.N. resolution that forced a drop on tariffs on poppy seed oil emanating from Afghanistan.
It wasn’t long before a French manufacturer of high-end body lotions was advertising poppy seed oil in its $245/bottle body lotion, and the rest is, as they say, history. To make a long story short, nation building was a kick in the pants, and everybody loved it.
Meanwhile, The Faye Summit, attended by President Gore, the UK’s Tony Blair, Iranian President Kamal Kharrazi, and Nichirvan Barzani, President of the new Federation of Iraq, met in Kirkuk to hammer out a bilateral trade agreement that will basically turn Iran and the three autonomous regions of Iraq — Kurdistan, An Nasiriyah (1), and Al Anbar (2) into a free trade area.
The summit, as we all know now after being pummelled mercilessly by American media, is named after British marine Faye Turney, who rescued a young vacationing Iranian child off the Persian gulf. The young Iranian girl, 11 at the time, had fallen into the water during a family outing in the Persian gulf.
Today, just three years later, she’s one of the top ten finalists on American Idol, speaks perfect English, and has dual citizenship in Iran and Iraq, thus showing the power of not only American Idol, but Fox and, most assuredly, Rupert Murdoch.
Former V.P. Joe Lieberman Released From Psychiatric Hospital March 28, 2007Posted by chuckwh in Al Gore, Iraq, Joe Lieberman, Neo-cons, News and politics.
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Former Vice President Joe Lieberman was released today from a Connecticut psychiatric hospital today nearly five years after his famous rant in the Senate chambers urging President Gore to invade Iraq “post-haste.” Lieberman, who was diagnosed as having Dissociative identity disorder after a series of speeches shortly after 9/11 that seemed to reflect changes in left/right philosophy on an almost daily basis, was released after the hospital was able to conclude conclusively that Lieberman was, in fact, a Republican.
“Joe has been a model patient,” said Dr. Anton Fesk, “and it appears his confusion about who he is, this haunting struggle he’s faced reaching out and finding nothing, is finally over. He is solidly in the Republican camp, where he promises to remain for life.”
Lieberman was replaced as vice-president early in the Gore administration by Hillary Clinton, who is now running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
His plans are unknown, and it is also unknown whether there is any treatment for being a modern day Republican, despite recent suggestions within the psychiatric community that some provision for the affliction be provided in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
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The explosion in Falluhah’s Habbaniyah facilities that has left at least 100 people dead and thousands more injured has become a black mark on a president who has made a living off the environmental mantra.
According to reports, the facilities were poorly run and had few of the safety mechanisms in place that are typical in most industrialized nations. That the facility was at least in part a product of the Gore Administration’s Bill of Hope creates an embarrassment for Gore and Vice President Clinton, especially as the Democratic primaries heat up, even though Clinton has never been at the forefront of the administration’s environmental clean up campaign.
The facility, in fact, was named in one of the initial government reports that pointed to an existing Iraqi engineering infrastructure when, during early congressional hearings on the BOH, the Gore administration argued that the only way the BOH could actually be successful was if indigenous firms (and engineering talent) managed major infrastructure projects in the Middle East.
Republicans will remind voters that the Gore administration resisted Republican congressional efforts to establish a legal mechanism that would have favored American engineering firms such as as Fluor, Halliburton’s Kellogg Brown & Root subsidiary, and Bechtel as prime contractors during the contentious negotiations that led to the BOH. Most Republicans are eager to forget what Congressman Ron Paul described as “just another anal leakage of our freedoms and sovereignty” when Republicans, caught up in the non-partisan reaction of 9-11, voted overwhelmingly for the BOH and helped create what Gore later called a “New Golden Age of Peace and Prosperity.”
One observer in the Gore administration, when asked about how the administration would contain the public relations damage that might come out of the accident, said, “Most of us have been here long enough that we can still imagine the other ugly scenarios that might have occurred. I know this sounds crazy, but what if we had listened to some who wanted us to invade Iraq back in 1997? We may be dealing today with suicide bombers driving around in Baghdad with step vans full of chlorine. I’m not happy about today’s accident, but some of the nightmare scenarios our strategic folks mapped out in response to neocon proposals make me pretty confident that this is a situation that we can actually contain.”
Blog note: For more information on the background of the neoconservative movement, written by the neo-cons themselves, refer to this website:
Blog note2: Obviously, this story about a chlorine gas explosion in Fallujah is fiction, as is, unfortunately, The Gore Years.