Friday, September 29, 2006

State of Denial

Bob Woodward's new book, "State of Denial", will be remembered as the most explosive (KA-BOOM!!!) and devastating work of political journalism in to come out of the first decade of the twenty-first century. The headline in this morning's New York Times says it all:


Woodward says in the introduction that his book is based on "interviews with President Bush's national security team, their deputies, and other key and senior players in the administration responsible for the military, the diplomacy, and the intelligence on Iraq". So, these murderous thugs were asleep at the switch? I'm shocked. Shocked! Let's go over some of the book's revelations, shall we?

1. In September of 2003, one of the administration's top advisers on Iraq informed the First Fool that thousands of additional troops were desperately needed to deal with the insurgency. He was ignored.

2. There was so much infighting among Bush's advisers that many of them were not on speaking terms with one another - a dangerous thing in a time of war when the sharing of information is crucial.

3. They dismissed as "too pessimistic" reports from commanders on the ground that the situation in Iraq was rapidly deteriorating.

4. According to the article by Times reporter, David E. Sanger, "Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, is described as disengaged from the nuts-and-bolts of occupying and reconstructing Iraq - a task that was initially supposed to be under the direction of the Pentagon - and so hostile toward Condoleeza Rice, then the national security adviser, that President Bush had to tell him to return her phone calls".

5. When the head of the occupation, L. Paul Bremer, and key adviser on Iraq, Robert D. Blackwell, pleaded that at least forty-thousand more troops were needed, Bush ignored them.

6. Prior to the September 11 attacks, Rumsfeld was impeding efforts of the CIA to capture or kill Osama bin Ladin because he believed that the electronic signals they had been intercepting were, "part of an elaborate deception plan by Al Qaeda"

7. In July of 2001, CIA chief, George Tenet, and the head of the administration's counter-terrorism program, J. Cofer Black, tried to convince Condi Rice of the seriousness of the impending attack but they both left her office convinced that she wasn't taking the threats seriously.

8. According to family friend, David Boren, the First Fool's parents, George H.W. and Barbara Bush were both concerned about the wisdom of the invasion of Iraq. Barbara told him that Poppy Bush was "certainly worried and is losing sleep over it; he's up at night, worried".

9. Senior officials within the administration were "thoroughly uninterested" in the details for post-war planning.

10. When General Jay Garner informed the president and his cabinet of his plans to use three-hundred thousand troops from the Iraqi Army for post-war reconstruction, to his astonishment, there was not one question asked by anyone in the situation room. The Iraqi Army was disbanded shortly thereafter. General Garner was demoted.

11. There have been far more attacks on US troops than the American people are aware of (an average of eight to nine hundred a week, according to Mr. Woodward) but the administration has been able to keep the information from the American people by labeling it: "CLASSIFIED".

12. As bad as things are in Iraq at the moment, next year is going to be worse - much worse. George W. Bush and the people around him know this but, again, that information is....uhh....classified.


Well! Well! Well! Guess what's going to be on my reading list next week! It really is a joy that I can't adequately put into words, watching this nightmare of an administration fall apart at the seams. As more revelations come out every day, it is becoming ridiculously obvious, even to the average viewer of FOX News, that sending these despicable people to Washington six years ago was the worst electoral mistake this country ever made in its two-hundred and thirty year history. The administration of George W. Bush is in "its final throes", as Dick Cheney would say. Documents from within are starting to be leaked to the press. People inside the White House are finally starting to crack and they're naming names. Watch as they start to flee, like rats from a sinking ship, this disgusting and criminal White House. The game is over and it's only a matter of time before their house of cards comes crumbling down. Their day of reckoning is almost upon them. The trillion dollar shithammer is about to hit the fan.

I can't wait.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan

Goshen, NY


At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

So right Tom, Unfortunatly as you pointed out, the sensible ones are leaveing only to be replaced by even more nutcases that will lick Bush's boots to keep their jobs....Meanwhile as on the Titanic the band plays on

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom,
We can only hope that recent revelations such as Woodward's book, the NIE report, President Clinton's recent TV interview and other such things will finally wake this country up to the fact that we have some seriously deranged and out of touch people running this country. Yet I despair of the fat assed Bubbas sitting on their couches slurping beer and getting their news "facts" from such as Rush Limbaugh and others and wonder if they will ever see the light. They are as much in denial as Bush and Co.

This country is in very serious trouble and most people are too stupid to realize it. I can't wait to see what Rove's October or November surprise will be to attempt to show the country what a good job these elected assholes are doing and I just hope and pray that the Democrats can come up with their own surprise to get the truth out.

I agree with you completely that this administration is coming apart at the seams and history will eventually show how wrong, misguided, and simply evil this administration is. The only question is will America come to its senses in time to prevent a total collapse of our government?

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Bambic said...

I would love to think that one book could make a difference, but I'm afraid that's wishful thinking on our part...I don't know. I did happen to hear the stats on the news yesterday: the majority of Iraqi's want us out of their country.
Leave it to the USA to go in and make a bad situation worse. Why do we continue to think we can solve other nations problems when we can't take care of our own?

At 1:58 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Well! It is indeed refreshing that Bob Wodward is remembering the sort of journalism that made him a household name back in the seventies when Watergate was the only thing on television for a very long time!

Of course this sort of story is far too close to the facts for The New York Lies" or the "New York Toast"

Oh! By the way! The unfortunate situation with Kieth Olberman, (which, by the way is the ONLY voice in the MSM that caries any weight with me!), shows that "The New York Toast" only finds acts of terrorism serious when they happen to them, or are commited by Islamics! Rightwing nutjobs' acts of domestic terrorism, are not ony encouraged, but warned of impending ivestigations by this "Red-assed Rupert" owned rag!! To call "Page 6" "yellow journalism" would give "Yellow journalism" a bad name!

If there are any trolls out there sharpening up their quills for a hate fest, let me ask you this! Just how many doctors have LIBERALS killed? How many abortion clinics have LIBERALS blown up, killing policemen, and maiming nurses! How many LIBERALS wore "Run, run, Rudolph" t shirts, or gave aid and comfort to an enemy of The United States, who had just killed inocent citizens of this country just to make a point? Did any LIBERALS take up special offerings in our churches to send to Eric Rudolph's defence fund? Did any LIBERALS march in lock-step with all the fudies in support of a mass-murderer? Was Tomothy McViegh a LIBERAL? Riiiight!

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

It's just mind-boggling that so much incompetence could go on undetected by the masses. If only people can have access to the truth, I believe most of them will make good decisions. Getting the truth out is the most important thing to do now. One book might not change everyone's mind, but as a friend who does advertising for a living told me, "People need to see something three to five times before it sticks in their heads."
I read (The Week) that Ned Lamont's victory a couple months back was partly attributed to the activities of bloggers. That's pretty cool!

I hope our government doesn't collapse. Although that would end the war real quick, I'm afraid most Americans wouldn't cope very well out of the comfort zone they are used to. A vision comes to mind of an anthill that has been broken open and all the ants running around crazily not knowing what to do do. Actually, the ants would probably recover better from a disaster than we would. I don't want to think about this!

At 6:26 AM, Blogger superstar said...

life just a good

At 11:41 AM, Blogger betmo said...

glad that woodward got his head out of the repub's collective asses long enough to do some journalism.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger landsker said...

Hello Tom,
Woodward pointed out that the american soldiers in Iraq are being attacked every 15 minutes.
So much for a "few pockets of resistance".
Some general corrected him and said it was every 10 minutes.

Sooner or later, the military will tire of losing. Or maybe the Iraqui resistance will tighten their grip.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger msliberty said...

I know what book I'm reading next weekend!

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous glenda said...

Thanks for pointing this out. good resource.


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