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The Blackwater saga never ends when it comes to murder.
According to CNN “Two men who worked as security contractors for the company formerly known as Blackwater have been charged with murder in the killings of two Afghan men, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.”
“Christopher Drotleff and Justin Cannon are charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder each in connection with the May shootings in Kabul. The 12-count, 19-page indictment returned by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia also includes weapons charges against the two men.”
“Drotleff, Cannon and two other contractors, Steven McClain and Armando Hamid, were involved in a shooting in Kabul on May 5, 2009, that left two Afghan civilians dead and another wounded. The men had been hired by Paravant, a subsidiary of Xe, the controversial military contracting firm formerly known as Blackwater, to help the U.S. Army train ..continue reading
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on ABC News This Week with George Stephanopoulos and declared that he has the answers on paying for Afghanistan and why health care reform will not reduce the deficit.
As many may recall Bush never paid for the war in Iraq. It was never part of the budget. We will be paying for that one for many years to come.
Graham’s solution is to take money from the Stimulus package to pay for the war. And to cut down on coming health care reform. And to sell your grandmother’s false teeth (OK I made up that one).
Graham said “Well, I’d like to see an endeavor to see if we can cut current spending and find some dollars that we’re spending today to pay for the war, and prioritize American spending. Where does our national security rate in terms of spending? Are there things that we can do in ..continue reading
When it comes to health care reform and probably most other issues hypocrisy by Republicans seems to be endless.
Today’s Republican hypocrisies: 1
One of the key issue for Republicans in fighting health care reform is that abortions will not be covered by insurance companies.
Politico reports that two sales agents at CIGNA confirmed that “As of Thursday (yesterday), the RNC’s plan covers elective abortion – a procedure the party’s own platform calls “a fundamental assault on innocent human life.”
The policy has been in effect since 1991. Since Politico discovered this the RNC claims that it will opt out of this option. But these actions appear to be a response to being discovered by the media, otherwise Republicans could have continued to use this insurance coverage while putting on a different face when fighting health care reform.
Today’s Republican hypocrisies: 2
One of the Republicans’ other major concerns with health care reform is its impact on the deficit.
According to thinkprogress many ..continue reading
The New York Times has a lead story this morning about Hamid Karzai’s brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai.
Ahmed Karzai who is suspected of being a key player in Afghanistan’s opium trade is being paid by the CIA for “a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar”.
A UN report released this week indicates that “Afghan farmers earn an estimated $1 billion annually off the country’s 7,000 metric ton opium crop.”
Opium plays a key part in funding terrorist operations in Afghanistan and around the world.
Last year in another New York Times article Ahmed’s involvement in the drug trade was questioned. ”Ever since the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, critics have charged that the Bush administration has failed to take aggressive action against the Afghan narcotics trade, because of both opposition from the Karzai government and reluctance by ..continue reading
While Cheney is out recovering from surgery Condi Rice has stepped in to try to continue the scare tactics made famous by the Bush administration.
She was interviewed by Fortune and said:
“The last time we left Afghanistan, and we abandoned Pakistan,” she said, “that territory became the very territory on which Al Qaeda trained and attacked us on September 11th. So our national security interests are very much tied up in not letting Afghanistan fail again and become a safe haven for terrorists.
“It’s that simple,” she declared, “if you want another terrorist attack in the U.S., abandon Afghanistan.”
Same old garbage trying to scare Americans.
Rice seems to forget that her administration took their eyes off the ball and led us into an unwarranted war in Iraq while those responsible for the attacks on the US were in Afghanistan and Pakistan. If the full effort would have been in that region the job ..continue reading