“Start Angry, End Mad”

by matttbastard

There isn’t a brazen, two-bit, purse-snatching money caper you can think of that didn’t happen at least 10,000 times with your tax dollars in Iraq.

Was all prepared to highlight Matt Taibbi’s bile-inducing round-up of perpetual corporate malfeasance in Iraq (pigs gorging at the trough, US gov’t offering taxpayer-subsidized pearls before swine, [insert your own pork barrel metaphor here]) but can’t seem to muster the energy. Outrage fatigue? Hardly. More like ‘not enough epithets in the English language to properly encompass my disgust’.

Thankfully, the following tune by Brampton post-hardcore heroes Moneen says it better than I ever could (and with far less profanity):

You’re nothing, you’re worthless, except for these verses.

Update: Maybe American-style democracy is working in Iraq.  They’ve certainly got the corruption down pat.

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At Least He Didn’t Make the Introduction in a Wet Suit

by matttbastard

Sure, they’re dancing to the beat of a different drummer (and the tune is apropos), but dude, come on – WTH does a world music dance party have to do with energy policy? Oh, and somebody should tell Jack Layton to work on his Michael Buffer impression. Kee-hrist.

Via Uncorrected Proofs.

Related: SES/Sun Media poll indicates NDP may hold balance of power in minority Liberal government. Haven’t we heard this song before?

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Cooking the Books

by matttbastard

So how long before the GAO joins the CIA as a fixture in the rightie pantheon of bureaucratic liberal conspiracies? This is likely why the White House is handling the scripting for the Petraeus report:

The person who provided the draft report to The Post said it was being conveyed from a government official who feared that its pessimistic conclusions would be watered down in the final version — as some officials have said happened with security judgments in this month’s National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq. Congress requested the GAO report, along with an assessment of the Iraqi security forces by an independent commission headed by retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, to provide a basis for comparison with the administration’s scorecard. The Jones report is also scheduled for delivery next week.

Also, that ‘astonishing Anbar success’ meme? Cernig sticks a pin in the inflated claims.

Update: And so it begins

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