Friday, September 21, 2007

how many times can a man turn his head... 

...pretending he just doesn't hear?

I thought an interesting comment was made — somebody said to me, I heard somebody say, “Now, where’s Mandela?” Well, Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas. - George W. Bush, Sept. 20, 2007

4 Sept., 2002:
Nelson Mandela, whose struggle against white supremacy in South Africa inspired people all over the world, says he was rebuffed in an attempt to call George W. Bush, whose life of entitlement stands in marked contrast to Mandela’s personal sacrifice.

Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent more than two decades in prison, said Bush was not available when the former South African president called to discuss the Bush administration’s threats to mount a unilateral invasion of Iraq. Unable to reach Bush, who has spent the last month on vacation and raising money for Republican candidates, Mandela said he spoke with Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, about his son’s behavior. Mandela says the younger Bush “is introducing chaos in international affairs.” [AP, Sept. 3, 2002]


"We are really appalled by any country, whether a superpower or a small country, that goes outside the U.N. and attacks independent countries,” said Mandela in a reference to Bush’s threats to invade Iraq. “No country should be allowed to take the law into their own hands. … What they are saying is introducing chaos in international affairs, and we condemn that in the strongest terms.” [AP, Sept. 3, 2002]

[See: When Silence Isn't Golden (Consortium News; Sept. 4, 2002) ]

(emphasis mine)

4 Two shots of Grand Marnier and a pitcher of cheap patio sangria and the stoopid silly bastard is babbling like a mountain brook after a Spring rain. (don't tell everyone what i just told anyone!):

J. Michael McConnell asserts that congressional questioning could cost U.S. lives; Rep. Eshoo voices skepticism. By Peter Spiegel, Los Angeles Times:
WASHINGTON -- -- The nation's top spy told Congress on Thursday that the public debate over the Bush administration's controversial warrantless wiretapping program would lead to American deaths by revealing sensitive surveillance methods to potential terrorists.


The national intelligence director has also angered members of Congress in both parties by revealing once-classified portions of the intelligence program. They include the fact that about 100 people inside the U.S. are under surveillance by intelligence agencies. McConnell divulged that in an interview with a small Texas newspaper last month, even as he told members of Congress that the information could not be shared publicly.


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