Skip to comments.Streisand: The Lies are Finally Catching Up
Posted on 07/30/2003 12:22:42 PM PDT by presidio9
Recently, I decided to go back through my website and reread some of the statements I have written and links to articles I have posted. 2003 has been such a tumultuous year already ... Now we have the publicized revelations that the Bush administration exaggerated evidence of Iraqs weapons of mass destruction and falsely implied that there were strong connections between al Qaeda and Iraq. Looking back, however, it is clear that these facts were known even before the war... but the media did not emphasize the story until it was already too late.
For example, on March 26th we quoted from a New York Times article of March 23rd that stated that analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency have felt pressured to make their intelligence reports on Iraq confirm to Bush Administration policies, including pressure to emphasize links between Saddam Husseins government and al Qaeda.
In that same statement, it said, This revelation comes on the heels of a recent disclosure that President Bushs public assertion that Iraq was trying to purchase uranium was based in part on forged documents documents about which C.I.A. officials were always suspicious. Bush has yet to retract his public statement, nor does he seem to feel the need to defend his use of faulty information. What nobody seems to be mentioning right now is that we knew that Bushs 16-word statement in the State of the Union address was false before the war even started ... but Bush was allowed to get away with it as the momentum towards war grew.
Now that Saddams regime has been toppled and we have yet to find any evidence of weapons of mass destruction, the Democrats and the media have finally begun to fully investigate and publicize these false claims and to ask the tough questions. Now that we have destroyed Iraq, now that we are stuck rebuilding a country and spending tens of billions of taxpayer money and now that we must break it to soldiers who were told the road home goes through Baghdad that they cannot go home, that they must stay in Iraq and continue fighting a guerilla war ... now we are questioning what brought us there in the first place.
That questioning should lead us directly to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, one of the closest people to the president. She has changed her story about the forged uranium documents so many times it ought to be a joke ... except its not funny. On July 8th, Rice said, no one in our circles knew there were doubts and suspicions that this might be a forgery and on July 11th, Rice said the CIA cleared the speech in its entirety and that if Tenet, the CIA director, had any misgivings, he never shared them with the White House. Just several days later, on July 23rd, Rices top aide, Stephen Hadley, said he received two memos from the CIA and a phone call from Tenet warning him that evidence that Iraq was trying to obtain uranium in Africa was not reliable. One memo was also directed to Rice, who claimed not to have fully read these important intelligence documents.
And now, with the September 11th report finally declassified, we are beginning to get a clearer picture about the Bush administrations failure to heed the warnings of the impending terrorist attack. According to the 9/11 commission report, intelligence reports from December 1998 until the attacks said followers of bin Laden were planning to strike U.S. targets and hijack U.S. planes (Reuters, 7/24/03). ABC News recently reported, White House officials acknowledged that U.S. intelligence officials informed President Bush weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks that bin Ladens terrorist network might try to hijack American planes. Specifically, on August 6th President Bush received an 11 ½ page report on al Qaeda that cited the possibility of plane hijackings.
The 9/11 report concludes that although the intelligence community did not have the time, place and specific nature of the 9/11 attacks, it had amassed a great deal of valuable intelligence regarding Osama bin Laden and his terrorist activities and that this information could have been used to discern the bigger picture successfully and potentially prevent the attacks. For more, please read the following statement I wrote in the Fall of 2002 about the Bush administrations homeland security failures:
November, 2002 Homeland Security Failures
While we are all rooting for President Bush to win the War on Terrorism, it is important that we know the facts about the homeland and national security debate. The assertion that Democrats are not committed to homeland and national security is ludicrous and is a perfect example of the ability of the Republican spin machine to distort the issues. In fact, a little history is in order: Before September 11th, Bushs advisors did not pay enough attention to the possibility of a large-scale terrorist attack. Bushs National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice has said she could have never predicted such an attack, despite warnings of the French, Israeli and American intelligence communities. On August 6th, 2001, the CIA sent Bush a memo warning of possible al Qaeda plane hijackings. So why was there no increase in airport security, including reinforced bullet-proofed cockpits? At the time of the presidential transition, Clintons National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger, made it very clear to Ms. Rice that her greatest concern should be Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda terrorism network. If that terrorism threat had remained a high level of priority in all levels of government, could these attacks have been prevented? We may never be able to answer that question. The purpose is not to assign blame but simply to point out that Republican leaders have not proved themselves to be more effective protectors of Homeland Security, as they would have the American people believe.
Seven months before the terrorist attacks, the Bush administration ignored a detailed report co-authored by former Senators Gary Hart and Warren Rudman, co-chairing the United States Commission on National Security, that warned of possible terrorist attacks, including a weapon of mass destruction in a high-rise building. The report outlined a detailed blueprint for how to make America safer that included, among other suggestions, a plan for the creation of a National Homeland Security Agency. The Bush administration disregarded the report, despite momentum from Congress to implement the plan. On May 5, 2001, the White House announced it would instead form its own committee, headed by Dick Cheney, to look into security concerns and produce a report in October of that year.
On September 10th, 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected the FBIs request for a $58 million increase for their counterterrorism budget to pay for 149 new counterterrorism field agents, 200 intelligence analysts and 54 additional translators. He did that despite the fact, discovered later by a Congressional investigation, that the FBI had only one analyst monitoring al Qaeda! In that same budget, Ashcroft proposed cutting $65 million for state and local counterterrorism grants. In lists of priorities issued from the Justice Department between May 10th and August 9th, 2001, and analyzed by The New York Times, counterterrorism was never once mentioned as a priority. Like the other intelligence agencies, the FBI had a severe shortage of Arabic translators before September 11th a clear indication that the Justice Department did not take the terrorist threat seriously.
When President Bush first proposed the idea of a homeland security coordinator, the Democrats countered at that time with a proposal calling for a full Department of Homeland Security. In fact, Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman proposed a bill back in October, 2001 to create a Department of Homeland Security that would have given homeland security advisor Tom Ridge cabinet-level status. At that time, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, in a statement summarized in The New York Times, explained what a disruptive, politically impossible government reorganization would be required if Congress gave Mr. Ridge cabinet status and tried to create a new homeland security agency that would subsume current departments. Now the Republicans have the gall to accuse the Democrats of delaying implementation of the very idea that the Democrats proposed over a year ago and the Republicans opposed at that time.
Just a few months ago, Bush cancelled $5.1 billion approved by the Congress for emergency homeland security spending. This money would have gone to nuclear security improvements, port protection, airport security, the Secret Service to combat electronic crimes, law enforcement resources for state and local governments, FBI counterterrorism efforts and information technology enhancement, urban reserve and rescue teams, cybersecurity improvements to protect our economy, food and water security, border security, dam and reservoir security and the Customs Service to increase inspections, among other areas of homeland security spending.
The Republicans initially tried to block an investigation into events leading up to September 11th and the preparation of government agencies for that large- scale attack. This major event in American history deserves clear and independent research so that we can understand what happened in order to prevent such a disaster from occurring again. This bill was passed only after enormous pressure from the victims families.
What this brief timeline shows us is how important it is right now, with the Republicans controlling the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, to have a strong, independent press to ask the serious questions and do sophisticated analysis of the issues. We know the Republicans will try to spin everything to their advantage but the American people deserve the truth.
This pair would certainly be entertaining (although I could believe that at least 20% of the America would hold their nose and vote them for President/Vice).
Their 1st reaction would of been to blame the USA, beg the UN to forgive our sins and appease the facists in Ragheadland.
To have credibility one must have an interest in what one is speaking of......Babs should stick to issues like Child Safety Seats in SUV's and let the grown ups handle the big stuff.
Not surprisingly, many were outraged at the $38 billion deficit, the proposal to triple auto-registration fees, and davis in particular.
But one man, and African-American of about 30, when asked who he thought would make a good replacement said he would like to see Barbra Streisand run, and that he thought..."she'd make an excellent governor for the State of California!"
I laughed so hard my wife came in to see if I was alright.
Babs for governor?! LMAO!!
I'm still laughing.
I hope that she's added Little Dick's name to the dictionary...
Bushs 16-word statement in the State of the Union address was false
It is demonstrably true.
The British government has recently learned that Saddam Hussein sought significant quantities of uranium in Africa.
The British government stands by their assertion, which was not solely based on forged documents, but on intelligence provided by the French, whose companies control Nigers uranium mines.
Babs should stick to what she knows - singing through her nose and spoiling the California coastline.
On FR, "Barbra Streisand" IS a barf alert.
Ya know what? I take it back.
It took one quick glance to notice that she misspelled, "guerilla", and her sentence structure still resembles that of an 8th grader. To wit:
Now that we have destroyed Iraq, now that we are stuck rebuilding a country and spending tens of billions of taxpayer money and now that we must break it to soldiers who were told the road home goes through Baghdad that they cannot go home, that they must stay in Iraq and continue fighting a guerilla war ... now we are questioning what brought us there in the first place.
LOL...Is this why she has a voice that can fill a concert hall?
Impossible. Her nose gets in the way.
Trouble is, she thinks "guerillas" are cute endangered primates and she is outraged that US soldiers would be harassing them.
And guess what? I realized I am the smartest person on the planet. Smarter than Bush, smarter than Rice, in fact I'm Godlike. ME BARBRA - FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSE!"
I would ask, "Where does the guerilla war end and where does terrorism begin?"
Why aren't these strikes on US military (and civilians) termed what they are? Terrorism. The goal is not to "win" by killing more of our guys then we can kill of theirs. The goal is to scare Americans and Iraqis - TERROR. They think that if they can "scare" enough of us, we will leave and they will be "victorious".
Since "they" have no role in the Iraqi government now, "they" will not return to power. "They" are terrorists, not "guerilla soldiers".
Hamas is a terrorist organization, not a ragteam of "guerilla soldiers".
I don't care to hear anything about "LIES" from one of Clintoon's chief bootlickers. Somehow it rings awfully hollow.
Perhaps you, or your ghostwriters, should read today's Washington Post. Here is an excerpt from an article by April Witt:
BAGRAM, Afghanistan, July 30 -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said today that the Iraq conflict is providing important intelligence on al Qaeda and is not sapping resources from the war against international terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
"People should be assured there has not been any lessening of our ability to go after al Qaeda because of the operations in Iraq," Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers told reporters during a one-day visit to Afghanistan, his fifth stop in a tour of the Middle East and Asia.
"In fact, just the opposite, we're getting very good intelligence from operations in Iraq on the al Qaeda and it's been very helpful in understanding the network and tracking down some of the leadership"...
LOL...Is this why she has a voice that can fill a concert hall?
No, thats due to the same phenomenom that allows Eminem to sell out concert halls, and enables Adam Sandler to earn $20 million a picture, and puts Jackie Collins on the best seller lists, and garners huge ratings for Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire.
Its called "bad taste."
There are other nations that provide safe harbor for terrorists as well. We have at least somewhat better relationships with them than we did with Saddam Hussein.
Why the sudden concern for our fighting men and women? Exactly how many times have you gone overseas to support the troops? Bob Hope was there in Qatar on the 25th of April with the USO. The best I could manage to find would be an entertainer called Sharon Owens, incidentally British, who has performed for the USO doing impersonations of your good self. Perhaps the troops realized that either way theyd be a getting a fake entertainer and theyd rather see one who was honest about it.
As for the following ..
According to the 9/11 commission report, intelligence reports from December 1998 until the attacks said followers of bin Laden were planning to strike U.S. targets and hijack U.S. planes (Reuters, 7/24/03).
Surely you must have talked with Bill Clinton about this on the many times you stayed over at the White House whilst his wife was out of town? Or maybe not, since a lady doesnt talk with her mouth full.
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It is amazing how easy it is to skip an article you are not interested in reading. Give it a try sometime.
Since a lot of liberals hang on Streisand's every word, some of here are interested in exactly what she is telling them.
Works for me.
BTW, she is way late and missed the party.