A few quick hits here courtesy of the ignoble Bush administration. We’re gonna have to get back to work on this Axis-of-Evil thing if we have any chance of
surviving getting re-elected.
First up on the roster is our good friend Scott McClellan, who wants us to know in no uncertain terms that Bush certainly will not apologize for any misleading intelligence he may have spread, even if Tony Blair has already put forth a mea culpa:
MR. McCLELLAN: The issue here is what do you to with a threat in a post-September 11th world? Either you live with a threat, or you confront the threat.
Q There was no threat.
MR. McCLELLAN: The President made the decision to confront the threat.
Q Saddam Hussein did not threaten this country.
MR. McCLELLAN: The world — the world, the Congress and the administration all disagree. They all recognized that there was a threat posed by Saddam Hussein. When it came to September 11th, that changed the equation. It taught us, as I said —
Q The Intelligence Committee said there was no threat.
But we don’t let pesky things like facts get in the way when we have an illustrious war to wage against the evildoers of the world. After all, Iran is a threat to American, and they have nukes, and they consorted with al Qaida. If all else fails, they are a non-democratic regime that needs to be replaced to make the world and America safer. Just ask the Seattle Post Intelligencier, and they’ll tell you as they did in this article:
“We will continue to look and see if the Iranians were involved,” Bush said. “I have long expressed my concerns about Iran. After all it’s a totalitarian society where people are not allowed to exercise their rights as human beings.”
It’s cool though, if he’s wrong, it’s not like CIA directors are all that attached to their jobs, and besides, we already have a vested interest in making Iran a freed and democracy-loathing nation. Just snap your fingers, and who comes to the moral-discarding rescue, none other than our regime looter buddies, Halliburton (yay!):
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas has subpoenaed documents from Halliburton in regards to their dealings with Iran. Halliburton did business in Iran, through a subsidiary based in the Cayman Islands, to the tune of $38 million last year.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has been investigating Halliburton’s operations in Iran since 2001, so I would assume that at least a portion of the investigation is concerned with business dealings while Dick Cheney was CEO of the oil field services corporation.
Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle [Eschaton]
[Seattle Post Intelligencier]
Halliburton Subpoenaed in U.S. Probe of Iran Business [Bloomberg]
Halliburton Gets Subpoena Over Iran Ties [Reuters]
Dick’s Flirtations with the Axis of Evil [Eschaton]