Off The Reservation

by matttbastard

x-posted @ Comments From Left Field

One wonders which Alan Greenspan bombshell will provide more ammunition for right wing character assassins – claiming Iraq really was about the crude, dude; or “harshly criticising George W Bush for ‘abandoning fiscal constraint’ and praising Bill Clinton’s anti-deficit policies during the Nineties as ‘an act of political courage.'” Oh, and don’t forget the Big Dog’s “sharp and ‘curious’ mind, and ‘old-fashioned’ caution about the dangers of debt.”

Al’s really asking for a full-on bombardment from the flying monkey brigade.

Speaking of Iraq (and death from above), the same Observer article quoting Greenspan’s treasonous observations of President Clinton’s superior financial acumen also reports that a recent poll indicates more than 1.2 million Iraqis “may have died” as a result of the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation. ORB, the UK polling firm that conducted the survey, doesn’t cop out with the passive voice:

In the week in which General Patraeus reports back to US Congress on the impact the recent ‘surge’ is having in Iraq, a new poll reveals that more than 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have been murdered since the invasion took place in 2003.”

As John Boehner would say, ‘a small price’ to pay.

Related: Defense Secretary Robert “Iran Contra” Gates foresees a US presence in Iraq for a “protracted period” in a “much more limited role” if “conditions prevail in Iraq that allows us to continue the drawdown that the president has talked about” (in other words: “stay the course, motherfuckers”) as McClatchy factchecks (and finds wanting) President Bush’s spurious claim that “ordinary life is beginning to return” to Iraq as a result of the (PR) surge.

Update: More on Greenspan’s upcoming memoirs (including more praise for President Clinton) from Bob Woodward (h/t Raphael Alexander).

(Gates links edited to provide source(s) for Gates quote – damn AP and their continuous updates lol.)

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