Never Doubt That a Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Neocons Can Destroy the World (If We Let Them). "So do we all stand here, like helpless bystanders awaiting more world destruction from these Viking pillagers and plunderers?"
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White House Is Leaning on Interim Appointments 15 Oct 2007 With only 15 months left in office, Dictator Bush has left whole agencies of the executive branch to be run largely by acting or interim appointees -- jobs that would normally be filled by people whose nominations would have been reviewed and confirmed by the Senate. In many cases, there is no obvious sign of movement at the White House to find permanent nominees, suggesting that many important jobs will not be filled by Senate-confirmed officials for the remainder of the Bush regime. That would effectively circumvent the Senate's right to review and approve the appointments.
Condoleezza Rice comes to mind. "The United States," she said, "is determined to keep an international focus on the travesty that is taking place in Burma." What she is less keen to keep a focus on is that the huge American company, Chevron, on whose board of directors she sat, is part of a consortium with the junta and the French company, Total, that operates in Burma's offshore oilfields. The gas from these fields is exported through a pipeline that was built with forced labour and whose construction involved Halliburton, of which Vice-President Cheney was chief executive. From John Pilger (the Guardian 10/27/2007)
Even their most committed critics tend to portray the neocons as true believers, motivated exclusively by a commitment to the supremacy of American and Israeli power that is so all-consuming they are prepared to sacrifice economic interests in favor of “security.” This distinction is both artificial and amnesiac. The right to limitless profit-seeking has always been at the center of neocon ideology. Before 9/11, demands for radical privatization and attacks on social spending fuelled the neocon movement—Friedmanite to its core— at think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage and Cato. Naomi Klein "Shock Doctrine" pg 322
Who are the neocons ?
PNAC a Bush administration rogues gallery.
Republican Party Values (video)
Elaine Chao, the Secretary of Labor, and Bush's longest-serving cabinet member is typical of the Bush administration's use of regulatory agencies to further the war on the people: see http://action.americanrightsatwork.org/campaign/chao_worstofworst
PNAC a Bush administration rogues gallery.
The Architects of the Iraq War: Where are they now ?
Does Bush favor Criminals in his Administration ?
Iran-Contra Affair, Abrams was indicted for giving false testimony about his role in the illicit money-raising schemes by the special prosecutor handling the case, but he pleaded guilty to two lesser offenses of withholding information to Congress in order to avoid a trial and a possible jail term. Quoted in a 30 May 1994 article in Legal Times, Abrams spoke of his prosecutors as "filthy bastards", the proceedings against him "Kafkaesque," and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee "pious clowns" whose raison d'etre was to ask him "abysmally stupid" questions. President George H. W. Bush pardoned Abrams along with a number of other Iran-Contra defendants shortly before leaving office in 1992. ambassador to the UN in a recess appointment. Among his notable remarks ""There is no such thing as the United Nations. United States makes the U.N. work when it wants it to work. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it would not make a bit of difference". John Bolton declared in February 3, 1994. In making a case for War in Iraq, Bolton's actions were crucial in creating the highly charged atmosphere in which the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies bit the bullet, ignored the gaps in their data and told Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the warhawks what they wanted to hear.
and then there is Robert Zoellick, who replaced Wolfowitz at the World Bank.David Michael Green Surely the hottest place in Hell is being reserved for Colin Powell,
who not only violated all his experience, principles, honor and
reputation by failing to speak out against the war, but in fact
sold that war to a then-skeptical American public by means of his
United Nations exhibition in political pornography.
How to indict Karl Rove (video of Greg Palast)
Eric Keroackworks at a Christian pregnancy counseling organization that calls the distribution of birth control pills “demeaning to women.” And just so he didn't overlook any area important to the religious right, Bush also appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who is opposed to contraceptives for women.
He gets to advise the department on reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy, with $283 million in grants to provide “access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them.”
The appointment does not require Senate confirmation.
Dr David Hager (Bill Maher video)
(Marianne Means) Here are some of Bush's picks for life-time appointments to the federal bench:
• William Myers III, a longtime lobbyist for mining and timber interests and no friend of environmental laws.
• William Haynes II, a one-time lawyer for the Pentagon who participated in formulating the administration's torture and enemy combatant policies that have redefined normal understanding of civil liberties.
• Terrence Boyle, a former aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., has a long record of racial insensitivity.
• Michael Wallace, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., built a GOP-promoted legal case for letting Bob Jones University keep its tax-exempt status despite its open discrimination on the basis of race. He also got a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.
• Peter Keisler is a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. When President Bill Clinton tried to fill that empty slot, Republican senators blocked him on the grounds that the court didn't need another judge.
See also the result in the Supreme Court.
Bush's Brain (watch it on-line for free.)
The Wrecking Crew: Thomas Frank
Vice, Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency: Lou Dubose and Jake Bernstein
his rise, fall, and catastroophic Legacy: Andrew Cocburn