Monday 25th of January 2021

stuffing the turkeys...


Donald Rumsfeld, much loathed and despised as a perpetrator of war and torture, has a message for the world: Don't blame me. That turns out to be the theme of his upcoming memoir, Known and Unknown, extracts of which appeared yesterday in the American press ahead of the book's publication next Tuesday.

Even the title is as misleading as the casus belli for the invasion of Iraq that the former US Secretary of Defence orchestrated for President 'Dubya' Bush. There is very little that is unknown in its 815 pages, but an awful lot of spin on what is known, and which did so much to despoil America's standing in the world.

A sprinkling of previously unknown tidbits, however, are profoundly revealing, although not in the way intended. In a book which is all about policy, they offer an insight into the man.

Rumsfeld writes that in the period just before 9/11, when the White House and security services fluffed it, he was distracted because his son, a drug addict, had relapsed and disappeared.

Later when he makes his notoriously insensitive claim that Iraqis had looted treasures from the national museum in Baghdad simply because "stuff happens", he reveals that he was under stress because his wife, Joyce, was in hospital with a ruptured appendix.

In other words, wife and son are to blame.

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Gus: all we need now is the "Memoirs" from Paul Wolfowitz and Cheney for the major set of lies and porkies about Iraq to be complete — adding to Blair, Bush and Howard's already published pickled crap. see the trilogy...

the cake of hypocrisy...

from Paul Wolfowitz...


It would be a cruel irony if, in an effort to avoid imposing democracy, the United States were to tip the scale toward dictators who impose their will on people struggling for freedom. And if we appear so desperate for negotiations that we will abandon those who support our principles, we weaken our own negotiating hand.

That does not mean that we need to pick sides in an Iranian election or claim to know its result. Obama could send a powerful message simply by placing his enormous personal prestige behind the peaceful conduct of the demonstrators and their demand for reform -- exactly the kind of peaceful, democratic change that he praised in his speech in Cairo.

Like the rest of the world, President Obama must have been surprised by the magnitude of the protests in Iran. Iranians are protesting not just election fraud but also the growing abuses of the Iranian people by a dictatorial regime. Now is not the time for the president to dig in to a neutral posture. It is time to change course.


Paul Wolfowitz, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, was deputy secretary of defense from 2001 to 2005.

a misstatement is a lie is a lie...

The former US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, admits in his memoirs that he made a mistake in claiming that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction sites round Baghdad and Tikrit, one of the main justifications for launching the Iraq invasion.

Rumsfeld says now: "I made a misstatement." What he meant to say is there were 'suspect sites'.

The incident is one of many in the 815-page autobiography, Known and Unknown, in which he seeks to revise the history of the Bush administration on issues ranging from Iraq to the Guantánamo detention centre.

Rumsfeld is one of the most controversial figures of the Bush era and his autobiography has long been awaited. The Guardian obtained an advance copy.

Gus: Ducky Rummy LIED like the others...

spruiking his new memoirs...

Donald Rumsfeld was spruiking his new memoirs on radio last week, when he was asked for his take on the revolutions in the Middle East. His response did nothing to dispel deep cynicism about United States foreign policy goals in the region.

You might have expected him to at least mention democracy. Maybe say something about the empowerment of Arab citizens? Or about the end of brutal regimes that tortured their own people? Perhaps make some reference to the role that poverty and inequity have played in bringing about the incredible transformations?

But instead the Bush administration defence secretary zeroed in on the only thing that really mattered in his eyes. That is, what the changes in the Middle East mean for US interests.

Rumsfeld: "I think what's happening is that we had good relations with many of the governments in there, in that region, and it was contributing to a stable situation with respect to the generally hostile attitude towards Israel". He singled out Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the ayatollahs in Iran. "So you could get the Muslim Brotherhood who are radical extremists over Egypt which would be terribly dangerous."

You might think Rumsfeld's views were to be expected. They reflect a pragmatic, realpolitik appraisal of the impact the dramatic changes in the Middle East will likely have on US foreign policy goals, as regimes previously accommodating of America lose their grip on power.

But they also jar.

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the nuts have it...

Kennerly emailed:

"Indeed, it is my pic, taken at a state dinner featuring Geisha, in Kyoto, November 21, 1974… Rumsfeld, then the White House Chief of Staff, participated in this Japanese parlor game that involved passing a piece of straw held between the upper lip and nose to the person next to him (a Geisha dressed in colorful attire, in this case). Rumsfeld, defying tradition as is his way, used a chopstick instead of the obligatory straw. The nose-down winner, however, was Sec[retary of State Henry] Kissinger, who invoked the ‘closer-to-the-upper-lip-with-his-schnoz’ rule, thereby defeating Rumsfeld and President Ford, who was also in the competition.

The host of the dinner, Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, was later caught up in the Lockheed scandal, but that’s another story, and another evening altogether."

Tyrrell’s licensed Kennerly’s picture through the agency Getty Images; the image is also held in the Ford Library. The photographer finds its new deployment startling but curiously apt. “It’s a clever and funny campaign,” Kennerly writes. “The nuts are wasabi-coated. Rumsfeld, as we know, is a person whose actions have often caused people to sweat, so this is fitting.

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when torture improved al-Qahtani heart rate...


The CIA received similar advice in 2002 and 2005 from the Justice Department, whose torture memos recommended that physicians and psychologists be present for the interrogation of "high value al Qaeda detainees." These doctors, the lawyers argued, would see to it that interrogators didn't torture detainees by intentionally inflicting "serious or permanent harm."

But it was in June 2005 that the Pentagon delivered its biggest ethical bombshell, a memo that allowed doctors to participate in torture and share medical records with interrogators so long as the detainee in question wasn't officially their patient. The directive's author, physician and top Pentagon health official William Winkenwerder Jr., received a prestigious award from the AMA that year for outstanding contributions "to the betterment of the public health."

Field medics like Duffy, who were still being trained to do no harm according to the military's old ethical standards, faced a rude awakening on the ground. "You have all these codes you follow as a health care worker, but then it's, 'Now we're in Iraq, forget those,'" Duffy told me.

Plenty of doctors in uniform felt similarly but, like Duffy, did as they were told. A 2007 Red Cross report indicates that CIA medical personnel presided over hundreds of waterboardings, including those of Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. One Al Qaeda associate, an amputee named Walid bin Attash, told the Red Cross that health workers periodically measured the swelling in his remaining leg as he was shackled in a stress position at a CIA black site. Gitmo military doctors twice sent alleged 9/11 planner Mohammed al-Qahtani to the hospital after his heart rate fell to dangerously low levels, only to send him back to the torture chamber when he improved.

Aware of the breaches, Xenakis says, a few military physicians called for ethical reviews. But the Pentagon overruled them, and the protests ceased. 

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Hitler would have been proud... See toon at top.

And we cannot forget nor forgive the trilogy...

the liar is invited to bullshit some more...

In an interview with SPIEGEL, former United States Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has called for the declassification of intelligence service reports on Russian meddling in the U.S. election. "The American people need to know the truth about Russian interference in last year's elections completely and quickly," Wolfowitz told SPIEGEL in this week's cover story. "The reports that have been the basis for various anonymous leaks should be made public as fast as possible," he said. "The relevant committees of Congress, along with the FBI, have the ability to uncover the truth and to make it public and they are the right institutions to do so."

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Wolfowitz is a born liar. He is responsible for around 50 per cent of the war on Saddam Hussein in 2003. He lied and the president lied and Tony Blair lied and John Howard lied. There were many other liar in this scheme to invade another country. Wolfowitz should be behind bars — not being interviewed by Der Speigel, a newspaper the reputation of which is going south at the rate of knots. Der Speigel stinks of Empire's smelly socks and boots.


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"we don't do" torture, CIA style...


Jessen, one of the two contract psychologists who designed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques,” spent ten days in the secret prison near Kabul, Afghanistan in November 2002. Five days after he left, Rahman, naked from the waist down and shackled to the cold concrete floor, was discovered dead in his cell from hypothermia.

In August, Gul Rahman’s family and Mohamed Ben Soud and Suleiman Abdullah Salim, two surviving prisoners of the Afghan black site, reached an out of court settlement in their lawsuit against Jessen and James Mitchell seeking restitution for torture.

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