John Negroponte’s backing down as Director of National Intelligence left a vacuum Bush has decided to fill with Mike McConnell, who is apparently so much more qualified to occupy the post that one has to wonder why the hell Bush didn’t pick him first.
“He served as director of the National Security Agency in the 1990’s,” Mr. Bush said. “He was the intelligence officer for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the liberation of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm.”
Although he has been a private consultant for the last decade, Mr. McConnell said he had stayed in touch with intelligence agencies and issues.
His work, he said, “has allowed me to stay focused on national security and intelligence communities as a strategist and as a consultant. Therefore, in many respects, I never left.”
Meanwhile Il Duce is changing out a lot of the old Iraqi guard. Some of it is due to retirement — but as the Beeb notes, the timing sure is convenient. I guess this is the Textard’s way of trying to smokescreen. Look, I’m not staying the course; I’m surging and stuff, and we’re changing out the generals, so it’s all different now.
No, George, it’s no different at all. You’re just going to try to get away with gimping along for another 18 months or so … and then you’ll be able to dump the entire steaming mess of shit in the next poor bastard’s lap.
At this rate, that’ll only be another 2,000 or so American kids killed because of your unwillingness to accept personal responsibility for your stupidity and pigheadedness.
And yet … we have this. (H/T Pam.)
Jan. 4, 2007— ABC News has learned that President Bush will nominate Zalmay Khalilzad to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Khalilzad is currently the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. The announcement may come as soon as tomorrow. Khalilzad’s departure from Baghdad will happen as soon as he is confirmed as U.N. ambassador.
Zalmay Khalilzad, soon to be the UN Ambassador — replacing the utterly crappy Mark Bolton — is a Muslim.
Right: The Textard has named a Muslim to be the US ambassador to the UN. And lest you doubt the reasons, please note that Khalilzad is well qualilfied to fill the role.*
A consummate dealmaker, Khalilzad played an active role trying to push the Iraqi government toward political reconciliation. […] Before becoming U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Khalilzad served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. Prior to that, he served as a Special Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large for the Free Iraqis.
Now why didn’t Bush pick him in the first place? I mean, really — first Rummy gets it, then Rove gets shoved aside, and now all these other changes … along with Bush telling Congress to cut spending and lower the deficit. If he’d been behaving this way six months ago (or, dare we all hope, since 2000), this nation would be in far, far better condition than it currently is.
But shades of the old Textard still factor in. Japan, for instance, is developing a contingency plan to deal with a flood of Korean refugees should a war start there, or should the nation simply just collapse under the weight of Kim Jong Il’s hair.
The task force concluded more refugees could pour out of North Korea than Japan can possibly handle. It also concluded that the government would need to consider the possibility of transferring them to third countries.
The estimated influx does not include refugees from South Korea, the sources said.
Some estimates go as high as 150,000 possible displaced persons flooding Japan. Interesting that Bush, still dealing with his hardon for Iraq,** is conscientiously ignoring this fact, leaving it to junior officials to handle this remote Asian mess.
And now Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, has spoken out on the idiotic way Saddam Hussein was killed — saying baldly what I think I’ve been hinting at for several days now.
The circumstances of the hanging of Saddam Hussein have turned the former Iraqi leader into a martyr, Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has said.
“People are executed all over the world, but what happened in Baghdad on the first day of Eid al-Adha was unthinkable. I didn’t believe it was happening,” he said.
“Why did they have to hurry? Why hang him when people are reciting their holiday prayers? Then the pictures of the execution were revolting and barbaric.”
So on the one hand we have a Bush who seems to be willing to behave — for the first time in half a decade — in a semi-responsible fashion; and on the other we still have a spoiled dilettante who doesn’t seem to be in touch with anything at all.
My guess is that he’s stopped drinking again, and this is as close as we’ll ever see of him truly having his shit together.
And you know what? It still ain’t enough.
* Not that this is keeping the right-wing idiot fanatics from screaming in evident mortal agony. Maybe we’ll get very lucky and this decision really will kill them — or they’ll try to secede. I say this time we let them do it, too.
** Iraq is to war what coyote ugly is to one-night stands. That gnawing sound you hear from the White House is the Textard trying to escape.
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