Saturday, September 24, 2005

Bush administration facing serious trouble

Just take a quick look at the following news stories:

Aide Was Reticent on Lobbying for Foreign Clients

David H. Safavian, the Bush administration official arrested Monday, initially failed to disclose lobbying work he had done for several controversial foreign clients when he went before a Senate panel last year to be confirmedas chief of the White House's federal procurement office.

David Sagavian was arrested just after resigning his position as "chief of the White House's federal procurement office". He was in charge of billions of dollars.

Country is hurtling towards disintegration, Saudis warn

The Saudi government yesterday warned that Iraq is hurtling towards disintegration and that an election planned for December is unlikely to make any difference. The government said it was delivering this bleak assessment to both the US and British administrationsas a matter of urgency.

Things are not going well.

New Accounts of Torture by U.S. Troops

U.S. Army troops subjected Iraqi detainees to severe beatings and other torture at a base in central Iraq from 2003 through 2004, often under orders or with the approval of superior officers, according to accounts from soldiers released by Human Rights Watch today. The new report, "Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division," provides soldiers' accounts of abuses against detainees committed by troops of the 82nd Airborne stationed at ForwardOperating Base Mercury (FOB Mercury), near Fallujah.

Ok, these guys went to aids of Senators McCain and Warner and came forward with their testimony. McCain has been working to reign in the administration and conduct investigations
into torture accusations. So far Majority leader Frist has shelved those attempts:

McCain pushes for detainee amendment

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is threatening to attach an amendment to the defense appropriations bill defining acceptable treatment of military detainees if the defense authorization bill, to which it is currently attached, is not voted on this fall. “I hate to do this,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Airland Subcommittee. When Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) shelved the defense authorization bill before the August recess, the treatment of detainees was one of two contentious issues.

Now Majority leader Frist is in trouble of his own.

Frist Knew About Blind Trust Investments

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., was updated several times about his investments in blind trusts during 2002, the last time two weeks before he publicly denied any knowledge of what was in the accounts, documents show.

The updates included stock transactions involving HCA Inc., the hospital operating company founded by Frist's family.

All this spells real trouble for the Bush administration.


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Blogger Mr. Natural said...

Kenny, I hope they all choke and we live to dance on thier graves! Keep it up, man, if even one person reads our blogs and digs it, then we done our work, eh?

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Blogger Senihele said...

Let's not forget Karl Rove and the FEMA debacle. With Bush's poll numbers dropping it will be interesting to see if he will have any effect on legislation in his last three years. The RNC will need to spin over time to counter the fall's revelations.

Nice blog, Plunderer

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Blogger Senihele said...

Sorry. Just finished reading some of Plunder's links. My bad.

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