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Monday, November 21, 2005

Monday Evening Round-Up

Larry Wilkerson says that Dick Cheney was the catalyst for torture in the Administration.
"There's no question in my mind where the philosophical guidance and the flexibility in order to do so originated -- in the vice president of the United States' office," he said. "His implementer in this case was [Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld and the Defense Department."
Next up, Dick Cheney will be calling Larry Wilkerson a degenerate traitor and Toto's Nemesis will call him a coward while dressed another lovely red, white and blue jumpsuit ensemble.

Speaking of Dick Cheney, today he accused critics of the Administration "corrupt and shameless" revisionists. Pot, this is kettle...

And on the question of trouble in paradise, Elizabeth Bumiller weighs in:
In short, Mr. Bush is said to be upset with Mr. Cheney because the vice president promised a fast, rosy finish to the war in Iraq, now a two-and-a-half-year-old conflict, and because of the indictment of the vice president's top aide in a case that has focused on alleged efforts to discredit a war critic.

For now, the consensus among Republicans close to the White House is that Mr. Bush may well have been angry about the actions of Mr. Cheney's office, and that he has long been aware that the vice president oversold the case on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
I'm having a moment of zen that I don't have to spend time with either of these people, frankly.

If you aren't reading this, you are missing out. I'm starting to truly love William Arkin's "Early Warning" national and homeland security blog on the WaPo. Today, he tackles the issue of white phosphorus and stupid military statements about it (and about other things), and it is excellent reading.

Porter Goss says that the CIA does not torture. Note the present tense on the verb. Ahem.

And in case you want something more edifying, try this Digby piece. Excellent reading (as always).

And in case you were wondering, the Iraqis want us out.

There's an intriguing read up on TomDispatch, tying a lot of the BushCo crap together in one big post. Good for the schadenfreude-addicted among us.

And just for sheer brilliance of prose and logic, read this from Mark Kleiman.

For the record, Olbermann rocks. Great show this evening. Catch it if you can. (But thus far, Woodward sucks. Blergh. Nothing can ruin an evening more than forcing yourself to watch Booby and Larry Kink at the same time.)

(This is one of my favorite Monet paintings. One of these days, I'm going to find this in a good canvas reproduction, and hang it in my bedroom where I can see it first thing in the morning. But for now, just enjoy along with me. Claude Monet, "Boats Leaving the Harbor," 1865.)