Negroponte, Musharraf and American shame

Mr. President,
It must be deja vue all over again for John Negroponte, the neocon’s go to guy for dealing with dictators.

He is certainly has experience so it made sense for him to have a come-to-Jesus chat with Musharraf in Pakistan.

Twenty years ago Negroponte worked with another dictators when he was the ambassador to the Honduras and was involved in helping President Reagan to illegally supply known terrorists with weapons and provided funding to other known terrorists with funding and military personnel to overthrow a democratically elected government in Nicaragua. Thus was born the infamous Iran-Contra affair that belied Reagan’s squeaky clean public facade.

President Reagan was paranoid about communists taking over South America. When the left wing grass root democratic effort by peasants, students, unions and missionaries called the Sandanista party won the presidency, and a majority of the seats in the National Assembly in Nicaragua, Reagan went nuts.

The Contras were a murderous right-wing coalition that vowed to overthrow the Sandista government. When the Congressional Intelligence Committee confirmed reports of executions, rapes, torture and indiscriminate killing of innocent men, women and children, they declared the Contras a terrorist organization.

After Congress pulled all the funding to the Contras, Reagan ordered his staff to figure out how to circumvent Congress and fund the Contras.
Reagan’s Vice president, your daddy, Bush Sr. got pretty creative; if they were going to work with terrorists in Nicaragua why not deal with terrorists in Iran?

In order to fund the Contras to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicaragua, and to secure the release of kidnapped hostages in Iran, Reagan sold Iran, American weapons. He used the money from the sale of weapons to fund the terrorist Contra group.

This was a cute move all the way around because America had an embargo on Iran as well.
When Reagan pledged to the American people that he would not deal with terrorists who would have guessed that terrorists were the only people he dealt with.
This was during the Iran-Iraq war.

Reagan supplied arms to Iran to use against Iraq and then later on your daddy, President Bush Sr, helped provided biological weapons to Saddam Heusein to use against Iran.
We sold weapons to people on both sides of that war. Is it any wonder that to this day, America has been and remains the world’s largest arms dealer.

It was ironic that you got your shorts in a bunch because 20 years ago, Iraq actually used the weapons your daddy helped sell to Saddam.

But I digress, let’s get back to the 80’s.

The U.S. used Honduras as one of the bases of operations to train and support the Contras in San Salvador.
One of the benefactors on the Iran-Contra arms deal was Negroponte’s good friend, Honduran dictator General Gustavo Alvarez

Martinez which ran the infamous death squads.
Guess who the ambassador was in the Honduras when all of this was happening? None other than John Negroponte. So Mr. Negroponte has considerable experience dealing with and supporting murderous dictators and terrorists who are hell-bent on overthrowing democratic movements which are not in America’s favor.

Back then it was communists today the boogeyman is terrorism.

It was true then as it is today the mass media did not pay much attention to the thousands of deaths attributed to the U.S. sponsored death squads. But human rights organizations did take notice

Negroponte disavowed any human rights violations reported by the different organizations, and the media didn't think it was worth of their ink, thus keeping Congress and the American people in the dark.

General Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, was the commander in chief of the Honduran army who managed kidnappings, disappearances of thousands of government opponents and state-sanctioned assassinations. Battalion 316 became infamous as the worst of the death squads.

Despite the leaked reports on the atrocities performed by the Honduran trained military fighting in Nicaragua President Reagan awarded the General the Legion of Merit for encouraging the success of democratic processes in Houndouras.

It looks like handing out medals to people who least deserve them is one commonality you have with Reagan. you took a similar tact when you awarded the Medal of Freedom to Paul Bremer for the disgraceful way he managed Iraq reconstruction as viceroy, Tommy Franks for his incompetent planning of the war and the aftermath and to George Tenent for allowing misinformation to be used to justify your occupation of Iraq. Tenent also deserved the medal for not being able to connect the multiple dots which led to September 11th.

Despite America’s efforts, the Sandanista’s ruled Nicaragua until 1990. At the end of the conflict in South America, between 30,000 and 50,000 people had died. In 2006 former president David Ortega, a Sandanista won the presidency.

Pakistan is much more dangerous than Nicaragua ever was, they have atomic weapons, but I hear you have American forces protecting them.

I suspect that as America's only ally in the region, Negronponte will face some interesting challenges because you don’t really give a damn about democracy, what you do care about is having who ever is in charge can be bought off, Mushie just wants to stay in power forever like Putin.

Prior to 9/11 Pakistan, just like South America back in the 40’s, was not used to having so much attention from the west.
When the Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan, the U.S. lost interest in Pakistan and Musharaff had to deal with thousands of U.S. armed mujhadeen on the other side of his border by himself.

After 9/11, Pakistan was not ashamed to be an ally for the right price.
You paid Mushie billions to be your friend and you also promised not to bomb them back to the stone age. They allowed American forces to work alongside the Pakistan army and Mushie turns over al queda suspects to pump up the propaganda about american victories.

Pakistan is not Nicaragua and you are no Reagan.

Reagan claimed that as far as the Iran Contra affair was concerned, he said he didn’t remember anything about it, he said he had a bad memory. Ironically he died with Alzheimer's.

Since you claimed it was your legal right to invade Iraq wouldn’t it be fitting if you were legally found to be a war criminal.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Date: November 18, 2007 3:15:32 PM CST

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Please please Turkey, don't invade Iraq to kill terrorists!

Mr. President,

I didn't just hear you beg Turkey not to attack the Kurdish rebels in Northern Iraq did I?
Did you beg, " Please please don't attack the Kurds!"

Karma is a bitch junior.

Where are all your friends now? As one country after another drops out of the Iraq occupation, your coalition of the willing has morphed into a coalition of mercenaries. It was the only way you could avoid a military draft.

Britain pulled out thousands of their soldiers and threatening to remove the rest next year.

A tumultuous political course of events in Japan has put their new Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in an embarrassing position which hastened the removal of their naval support in Afghanistan.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh India is on the verge of giving in to his Parliament and negating all of the concessions you were willing to give away just to make them one of your best buds.

Russia's Pooty Poot Putin, your soul mate, is not exactly playing fair with the tremendous clout his massive energy wealth he has. He has used it to wield a powerful club at countries which you had covertly helped to undermine the Russian bear.

Putin has taken it a step further and claimed your missile defense system will not be allowed anywhere near his borders and sees your missile defense system as America once viewed the missile crisis in Cuba.

China has challenged your imperialistic plans for world domination by picking up billions of dollars of the debt you created and have used the money from all those Wal Mart lead-tainted toys to improve their military, enhance their ability to shoot down satellites, significantly increase their alliance with Iran, Venezuela, and participate with Russia in joint military exercises. I guess you shouldn't have made such a public show of giving the Dali Lama the Medal of Freedom. The next day China pulled out of planned international strategy session and summoned the U.S. ambassador to give him a good tongue lashing and not in a good way, over the incident.

Even the land that brought us freedom fries slapped your ex secretary of defense around when Rumsfield had to recently high-tail it out of France. He was in "Old Europe" to attend a meeting organized by the Foreign Policy magazine. When he heard he was to be charged for war crimes he had to quickly be taken to the American Embassy and out of the country.

Although you had France's new conservative Prime Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, over for barbecue and he was recently received in Washington, he boasted that although he wants to be friendly and loves almost all things American, he stated that he would not be you lap dog. His constituents uniformly hate you junior. They will not allow him to get too friendly with the pariah of the western world.

And then there is Musharraf in Pakistan your supposedly BFF in the Mid East. He has claimed martial law, dissolved Pakistan's constitution, dissolved the court system, imprisoned his political opponents and shut down the country's news services. And yet your administration has not formally cut off the billions of dollars of American aid sent every year into his pocketbook.

I guess if imposing democracy at the end of a gun in Iraq doesn't work, supporting a dictatorship in Pakistan with tons of money to buy weapons to shoot at pro-democracy opponents in Pakistan does make sense?

And then there is Turkey.

Has Turkey also turned a deaf ear to you like Pakistan? Have your pleas to ask Turkey to resist attacking the Kurds in Iraq hit a stone wall? The people in Turkey are pissed and their legislature voted to allow Turkish troops to do whatever they have to do to stop the Kurdish faction hiding in Northern Iraq.

The best you may be able to negotiate is to ask them to limit their incursion in Iraq, target the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) insurgents and attack enemy compounds with their air force. All you can offer them is money, intelligence (for whatever that is worth) and to politic with France to get them into the EU.

Coincidentally, the terrain where the PKK hide out looks a lot like the rough mountainous areas where Osama is supposed to be.

Is any to this sinking in yet junior? Are you perhaps noticing a trend? Nahhh.

But I certainly see a pattern. It is either bombs, bullets or pay offs.

If you can't bomb or kill your way to get something you want, your only other negotiating technique seems to be to pay people off. You pay billions to Pakistan, pay Turkey to stay out of Iraq and you pay mercenaries in Iraq to shoot first and pay off the survivors later. P.S. They may want a raise now that the dollar has dropped to an all-time low.

By the way Cheney has really aged over the last seven years. He even looks worse than you do. He really looks like shit. It would be a real shame if he died on you, while he was in office. Isn't he getting the proper medical help at those undisclosed locations to keep him alive, at least until the end of your term?

Date: November 6, 2007 5:36:06 AM CST

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We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

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The TV wouldn't lie to me ...right junior?

Mr. President,
Friday, at Fort Jackson, one of your few remaining friendly venues without critics,
you offered us yet another upbeat assessment and bullshit assessment of progress in Iraq by saying

“That while corruption remained a problem and unemployment was high, the economy was growing, violence was down and, slowly but surely, the people of Iraq are reclaiming a normal society.”

If things are going so well in Iraq how do you explain the general uprising by U.S. State Department employees against Condelezza Rice? She finally ran out of volunteers to go to Iraq and told her department she is identifying and sending prime candidates to serve in Iraq's embassy for a one-year assignment. They will have the choice of either going or they will be forced to quit. One state department called the forced assignment, a potential death notice

The Iraq consulate is in the middle of the green zone. It is the largest embassy and most heavily fortified facility ever built by any country. The embassy has its own water and sewage system, as well as its own electrical system. It is completely self-contained. It is a fortress, and yet it is an island in a sea of shit.

The other telling episode in your Iraq farce occurred recently when a U.S. Army one-star General was injured in an IED attack north of Bagdad.
Brig. General Jeffrey J. Dorko, commander of the Gulf Region Division of the Army Corps of Engineers is the
highest ranking soldier to be wounded in your oil crusade.

What was interesting to note is that at the time of the attack, general was protected by private security contractor Erinys International, a British mercenary outfit.
Say what? Our own troops are not capable of protecting their own generals! Or do our generals prefer to have the luxury of having people around them that can shoot at anyone and anything with immunity and pay some of the families of the victims later?

I am not sure how this may be related but is it a coincidence that Karen Hughes, the ex-reporter who you shared those long long lonely trips driving around the country campaigning for your father, suddenly quit her State Department position.

Hughes, your Undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs, did such a stellar job of improving the image of the United States in the Mideast.

I think her best PR moves was when the U.S. military dropped
soccer balls in eastern Afghanistan from a helicopter, plastered with the Saudi Arabian flag on them, without realizing that the flag has the Arabic script about Allah and the Prophet Muhammadan on the flag. So kicking the soccer ball around was like kicking Allah and the words of Muhammadan, a major insult in the Muslim faith. Nice going Hughes !

Winning hearts and minds in the United States, was as important if not more so. You had to control all communications with the public as soon as you took the office.
And I have to hand it to you for creativity on how you presented the news you wanted people to hear and see.
Besides using Fox news and Rush Limbaugh to repeat and enhance your propaganda, you have used a variety of techniques.

Here are a few of the more publicized attempts at enhancing your propaganda efforts.

Embed journalists with soldiers
and saddle them with heavy restrictions on what they could and could not report provided your Pentagon the ultimate control over what news was disseminated to the American public.

Threaten to bomb news organizations headquarters that provided unapproved Iraq war news.
Two Labour MPs have defied the Official Secrets Act by passing on the contents of a secret British document revealing how President George Bush wanted to bomb the Arabic TV station, al-Jazeera.
The document, a transcript of a meeting between Mr Bush and Tony Blair in April 2004 when the prime minister expressed concern about US military tactics in Iraq, is already the subject of an unprecedented official secrets prosecution in Britain, against an aide to one of the MPs and another man.

Paid journalists to promote your policies such as Armstrong Williams, Mike McManus and Maggie Gallagher. to promote abstinence, marriage and your No Child Left Behind plan.

Create rosy good-news video segments on the benefits of your medicare plan, for the networks to televise, by paying actors and producers to create phony video news segments which you sent to TV stations.

Employ phony journalists to ask softball questions at news conferences, like James Guckert alias Jeff Gannon a GOP activist. Guckert/Gannon not only obtained hard-to get press passes to the White House, he was regularly selected during White House press briefings by secretary Scott McClellan who routinely offered administration-friendly questions during White House briefings.

Edit media news broadcasts
to only reflect the positive aspect of your surge, like what you recently did with an ABC news broadcast.

This is an article ABC news published on the incident.

On ABC World News with Charles Gibson Thursday night, ABC National Security Correspondent Jonathan Karl filed a report about the recent decline in American troop casualties in Iraq. In the report, Karl noted that “violence in Iraq is down,” but added that “there has been almost no political progress on the national level”:You decided to edit out the bad news portion of Karl’s report and emphasized only the positive aspects about the current level of violence in Iraq, to use it as proof that your surge is working. But, you got caught at it and White House aid Gordon Johndroe said, “It was inappropriate,” and agreed to send out the full text of Karl’s report.

Here is what you edited out of the ABC report.
O'HANLON: ... and it doesn't answer the questions about political progress.

KARL: In fact, there's been almost no political progress on the national level, and U.S. officials know military gains won't mean much if the Iraqi government doesn't get its act together, which is one reason the Pentagon doesn't even want to use the word "winning."

[To Defense Secretary] You're not ready to say we're winning, that the surge is working --

ROBERT GATES [Defense Secretary]: (From tape.) I think I think that those end up being loaded words. I think we have been very successful. We need to continue being successful.

KARL: Today, Defense Secretary Gates said that the reduction in violence would not have been possible without the surge of 30,000 additional troops into Iraq, but, Charlie, those troops are going home in the coming months, raising the question of whether the violence will go up when they leave.

GIBSON: Jonathan Karl tonight reporting from the Pentagon, thanks.

After ABC News expressed concern about the selective editing of the report, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe acknowledged it was inappropriate and agreed to sent out the full text of the ABC report.

So the fake FEMA televised press session on your response to the California fires falls right in line with what we have received from you in the past.

Roger Ailes head of Fox news took a page from your playbook, but he got caught after he recently edited printed negative comments of his new business channel and made it look like a runaway success when the news was anything but complimentary. Keith Obermann had it all on his program this last week where Ailes was named "Worst person in the world."

Subversive minds that insist on hiding the truth think alike I guess.

The truth about what you have done in Iraq is still yet to be fully known, but
the latest Ken Burns documentary series on World War II must send shivers down your chicken-hawk spine junior. Because someone somewhere down the line, a future "Ken Burns" will create a similar documentary about the soldiers who served in your Iraq war.

It will also expose the atrocities of war known to all soldiers since the beginning of time, and it will also expose the real truth and not the news you constantly twisted to your advantage.

The Burns documentary, "The War" provided us with the soldiers' stories, many of which, they had who long kept to themselves. Stories by soldiers who have reached the stage in their life where many of them have begun unburdened their souls of the horrors of what they did what they witnessed and what they were ordered to do for their superiors.

Every minute you have left in office is either fraught with danger for the whole world, or it becomes a punch line.

Now that the Hollywood writers are going on strike I don't think anyone will notice any difference when it comes to Bush jokes and parodies because Bush jokes basically write themselves.

Although your psychotic behavior has had the country constantly reeling with confusion, anger, outrage, and disgust it also provides occasional comic relief.

The comic relief is important to many of us because as we shake our heads in disbelief that you could be so damn dumb, it also validates our belief that anyone who can't put an intelligent sentence together without the benefit of a Teleprompter or a highly structured set of notes, is a caricature, and a caricature can't be real.

So for an instant, a small moment in time which only lasts perhaps just a few brain cycles among the millions that bounce around our skulls, we can dwell on the idea for just those few milliseconds that we were all being punked for the last seven years and the world makes sense once again.

Date: November 4, 2007 1:05:01 AM CDT

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We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

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Caveat emptor America!

Mr. President,
I know you say you read books but do you know that caveat emptor is Latin for "Buyer beware" and it has never been so apt a description for the precarious situation all American consumers are now in.

I have lost track of the total number of all the food recalls which included lettuce, peanut butter and pot pies; I also don't remember how many millions of tons of hamburger have been recalled from our supermarket shelves.

I know there have also been millions of toys recalled because of lead contamination.

Loss of honor has a tragic ending for one person, but no one here has any qualms about the problem.

Zhang Shuhong, a Hong Kong businessman and owner of Lee Der Industrial, a company that made toys for Mattel for 15 years, hanged himself in a company warehouse in Foshan, in southern China after the huge recall was announced.

That recall was one of the largest of the year. Millions of toys were removed from the shelves.

These toys aren’t Dollar Store or just drug store items, they include child favorites such as “Sesame Street,” “Dora the Explorer” and many other popular toys. The recall included 83 types of toys.

How about some rocket fuel in your salad madam?
Even our water is not always safe it may contain rocket fuel in addition to mercury.

Perchlorate known in many circles as rocket fuel and a thyroid toxin, has been detected in ground water in at least 25 states. It is a long-lasting toxin with very negative effects. It is manufactured in 39 states and found in rockets, missiles fireworks, and road flares.

Test results which have not been previously disclosed to the public, show that leafy vegetables grown with contaminated irrigation water take up, store and concentrate potentially harmful levels of perchlorate.

Despite the significant health hazards of perchlorate, none of the federal agencies have set any perchlorate safety standards.

Surgeon General gets muzzled
Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation's top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee that you and your buddies kept him from talking out publicly about certain issues, including the science on embryonic stem cell research, contraceptives and his concerns about your love affair with "abstinence-only" sex education.
He said, "Most of the public debate over the matter has been driven by political, ideological, or theological motivations."

"I was blocked at every turn. I was told the decision had already been made -- stand down, don't talk about it," he said.

One report Carmona wrote on Global health in 2006, described the link between poverty and poor health. He urged you to help combat widespread diseases by adjusting your foreign policy, and called on corporations to help improve health conditions in the countries where they operate. The report was squashed by your acolytes, but a copy of the report was obtained by The Washington Post.
The 65 pages report showed trends in infectious and chronic disease. It reviewed efforts to curb AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; called for the careful monitoring of public health to safeguard against bioterrorism; and explained the importance of proper nutrition, childhood immunizations and clean air and water, among other topics.
    The report was compiled by government and private public-health experts from various organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Catholic Medical Mission Board and several universities.

Nothing to see here move along. I mean there is literally nothing to see.
The F.D.A. said we don't have to worry about nanotechnology particles.

According to information gleaned from Wikipedia, nanotechnology is a "field of applied science and technology which controls of matter on the atomic and molecular scale." The catalytic activity which occurs with nano-science and nano-technology opens potential risks in their interaction with biomaterial. Biomaterials include things near and dear to my heart; literally, such as human cells, organs, fluids, and skin.

Consumer groups say these particles which can be as small as a billionth of a meter are so unpredictable that they can be not only harmful but even deadly.

According to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a nonpartisan government-funded research group, As of last year, nanotechnology has been incorporated into more than $50 billion worth of manufactured goods. The article goes on to state that more than 575 company-identified nanotechnology consumer products such as perfumes, toothpaste, cosmetics and computers to mention a few.
The Food and Drug Administration said the rising number of cosmetics, drugs, and other products made using nanotechnology do not require special regulations or labeling.

Don't get your heart set on it.
A Congressional committee notified the Food and Drug Administration yesterday that, as a result of a recall by Medtronic of a product linked to patient deaths, it was reviewing how rigorously the agency required heart device components to be tested.

Congressman Waxman asked the agency to provide information about how it determines how much lead testing happens before marketing and why the agency does not give leads the same scrutiny that it has given to defibrillators.

Apparently, the leads on Meditronic defribullators have been failing and have led to several patient deaths. Thousands of patients are at risk and will need to undergo operations to repair the bad leads.

Neither the F.D.A. nor any of the device makers have any effective means of tracking these failures.
At the very least the F.D.A. is considering better testing. Megan Moynahan, a branch chief at the F.D.A. Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said that the agency was reviewing whether to require more strenuous laboratory testing of such products before they go on the market.
I feel much better now that they are thinking about improving the testing.
I kind of feel sorry that thousands of people who will continue to receive unreliable leads with their defribullators.
I bet Dead-eye Dick Cheney received the top of the line model with leads as strong as battery cables.

These are only a few examples. I haven't even touched on the insufficient testing for mercury in fish, refusing to test a statistically significant number of cows for mad cow, provide a tracking system for meat cuts from ranch to store shelves, or the expanding use of carbon dioxide to extend the pleasant red color on meat even if it is spoiled.

So who is watching our backs, well...nobody?
The Consumer Protection Agency head makes no effort to even pretend where her priorities are. Just as you brazenly vetoed the SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Plan, she has gone on record of saying she is rejecting additional money or staffing to improve testing of children's toys or any other consumer products.
Chairwoman Nancy Nord actually opposes a bill that would double the agency's budget over the next seven years to more than $141 million a year.

Outraged Democrats have called on her to resign.

"At this point I have no intention of resigning," said acting Chairwoman Nancy Nord. "I'm doing my job, and part of my job is to talk with Congress about the tools and resources we need."

"Nord rejected criticism that she is controlled by the White House and too cozy with manufacturers." I believe that as much as I believe that you really care about Americans.

Some people would read about all these issues and say you, and your administration's policies have created unfortunate byproducts which hurt and kill more Americans than Bin Laden and al queda could ever hope for.

If Bin Laden handed out an al quaeda Medal of Islam, you have to be a leading candidate, for helping him recruit thousands of followers and for imposing more serious harm upon the American people than anyone else in the world junior. Now THAT is a legacy.

Date: November 1, 2007 3:15:05 AM CDT

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

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