Sunday, July 17, 2005

Looks Like Sy Hersh Has Another Scoop

This morning's NYT reports that the Bush team intended to fix the free election in Iraq this past January. And Seymour Hersh tells all (or as much of all as it's possible to tell) in the July 18th issue of The New Yorker. The NYT article by Douglas Jehl and David E. Sanger, “Plan Called for Covert Aid in Iraq Vote” reports “In the months before the Iraqi elections in January, President Bush approved a plan to provide covert support to certain Iraqi candidates and political parties, but rescinded the proposal because of Congressional opposition, current and former government officials said Saturday.” According to the NYT, Seymour M. Hersh's New Yorker article says “the administration proceeded with the covert plan over the Congressional objections. Several senior Bush administration officials disputed that, although they recalled renewed discussions within the administration last fall about how the United States might counter what was seen as extensive Iranian support to pro-Iranian Shiite parties.” The NYT says “Time magazine first reported in October 2004 that the administration had encountered Congressional opposition over a plan to provide covert support to Iraqi candidates." The Time mag article said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had "strong words" with then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. Once again we see the fine hand of the White House Ladies trying to run the world by illegal means. The sole woman in the WH Ladies' club, Condoleezza Rice, promoted the scheme to fix the Iraq election. Of course, at the same moment as Rice and her pal, George W. Bush, had decided to mount a covert plan to fix the election, they were making high-flown statements about how the United States would faithfully abide by the persons and the parties the Iraqis chose in their so-called free elections. In the end, the plan to influence the election was never put into action because members of Congress strongly objected. The NYT said that President Bush had either signed the secret formal authorization, or was about to sign it, when the whole nefarious scheme was quashed. Lies to promote the unnecessary and illegal war in Iraq, false stories intended to ruin lives, whispers down the lane revealing state secrets, a fixed US election in 2000 with the help of the Supreme Court and now covert plans to influence the Iraqi elections. This is the legacy of the two GW Bush administrations. Tell me again, why are we allowing the White House Ladies to run our country?

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