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Bush Flip-Flops on Iraqi 'Insurgents'

@ 11:45 PM (110 months, 7 days ago)

Then: "Terror must be stopped. No nation can negotiate with terrorists. For there is no way to make peace with those whose only goal is death." -George W. Bush, April 4, 2002 (speaking in the Rose Garden)

Now: US Officials in Talks With Iraqi Insurgents: NYT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. officials have been talking with local Iraqi insurgent leaders to exploit a rift between homegrown insurgents and radical groups such as Al Qaeda, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Citing a Western diplomat, an Iraqi political leader and an Iraqi insurgent leader, the Times said that the talks were also aimed at drawing the local leaders into the political process.

US officials in talks with Iraqi insurgents: NYT


Chicken George Running Scared; Has WH Aides Looking For Abramoff Photos

@ 11:27 PM (110 months, 7 days ago)

Seems like Chicken George is so scared of the potential damage to him and the Republican Party from the Abramoff scandal, that he has White House aides looking around for any photos of the two men together.

From Time magazine:

But with the possibility that DeLay could be indicted in the Abramoff case, the Administration fears that the scandal could tarnish all Republicans and even hand the House to the Democrats. "They're worried about the Congress," an adviser said after talking to White House aides, "and they're worried about themselves." Although DeLay's forfeiture of his leadership post makes things easier for the White House, the Abramoff saga will continue to be a problem. Bracing for the worst, Administration officials obtained from the Secret Service a list of all the times Abramoff entered the White House complex, and they scrambled to determine the reason for each visit. Bush aides are also trying to identify all the photos that may exist of the two men together. Abramoff attended Hanukkah and holiday events at the White House, according to an aide who has seen the list. Press secretary Scott McClellan said Abramoff might have attended large gatherings with Bush but added, "The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him."


Abramoff was one of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign's "pioneers"—meaning he raised at least $100,000, most of it from others, in increments of $2,000. After Abramoff pleaded guilty, Bush aides announced they had donated to the American Heart Association $6,000 that had been given to the campaign by Abramoff, his wife and one of his Indian-tribe clients. But Republican officials said they plan to keep the remaining $94,000. A Bush aide said it cannot be assumed that the other donors, who were simply recruited by Abramoff, have done anything wrong: "That's not a fair standard."

Never a Texas Two-Step

Harry Belafonte: Bush Is The "Greatest Terrorist In the World"

@ 11:04 PM (110 months, 7 days ago)

Kudos to legendary singer Harry Belafonte, who, during a trip to Venezuela, had the courage to say what many people will not: George W. Bush is a terrorist.

Addressing Hugo Chave, President of Venezuela (recently the subject of a death wish from Pat Robertson), Belafonte said: "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution."

Belafonte: Bush ‘greatest terrorist in the world’