Friday, March 28, 2008

Joe Wilson Slams Barack Obama

I guess things must not be going well with Joe Wilson's (and wife Valerie Plame's) movie. It was hyped bigtime over a year ago and now that Warner Bros project appears to have dropped out of sight. I sure know Wilson's book is way down in the DUMPS at #1,310,194 in Amazon. The paperback edition isn't doing much better at #266,321. This might explain Joe Wilson's over-the-top partisanship in favor of Hillary. 'Fess up, Joe. What did Hillary promise you? The Secretary of State slot if she is elected president? In any event, it is entertaining to watch Wilson viciously attack Obama as you can see in his HUffington Post BLOG titled "Smears and Tears: How Obama's National Security Week Turned Into the Mendacity of Hype." Yet another symptom that Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos is working beautifully. So let us now watch Joe Wilson attack Obama in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, enjoying the spectacle of Wilson desperately fighting to overturn his well deserved has-been status, is in the [brackets]:


Smears and Tears: How Obama's National Security Week Turned Into the Mendacity of Hype


[From an expert in mendacity.]


The past week marked the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War and the milestone of the 4,000th American soldier killed in that disastrous adventure. Commemorating and underscoring the urgent need for a new policy direction, Senator Clinton delivered a serious and detailed address clearly setting out her vision for and commitment to ending the conflict. Her approach includes a direct critique of the most glaring failures of the Bush administration: its unwillingness to use political pressure and intense international diplomacy to effect a resolution of the outstanding differences that have driven the region into a proxy war within Iraq with the United States manning and supporting combatants on all sides. For years American generals have been telling the administration, the Congress, and the public that Iraq is not a situation that lends itself to a military solution and will only be resolved politically. While the focus of American opprobrium has been on the Iraqi government for its failure to find those solutions, Senator Clinton, in her speech, is the first presidential candidate to spell out in a precise plan the elements required for an international effort, including co-opting and controlling the enablers of the ongoing violence in Iraq, to promote political reconciliation and reform.


[I guess the news about the success of the Surge has never reached Joe Wilson.]


My wife, former CIA agent, Valerie, and I accompanied Senator Clinton to Philadelphia the day after her speech. Valerie pointed out in her comments how, in the run up to the invasion, the administration lied to the Congress and the American people about the nature and the seriousness of the weapons of mass destruction threat posed by Saddam Hussein. The Bush administration's willful twisting of intelligence was crucial to manipulation of the press, the public and the Congress. Not until months later, after the invasion, did the facts of the administration's distortion of intelligence slowly begin to trickle out, partly as a result of my own efforts in a New York Times opinion piece in July 2003.


[Did Valerie Plame also finally admit to lying about how she had no role in sending hubby Wilson to Niger?]


Understandably, Senator Obama's speech on race relations overshadowed Senator Clinton's policy pronouncements. While laudable in intent, Senator Obama would never have made the speech had his relationship with fiery pastor Jeremiah Wright not become a public relations nightmare for him. Among other things, Wright preaches that the United States government unleashed the HIV virus in Africa to kill blacks. (Having worked in Africa for much of my adult life, including with one of the early AIDS researchers, Dr. Jonathan Mann, I can safely say that there is absolutely no evidence to sustain Wright's reckless charge.) Obama had no choice but to address his 20-year close relationship with a man he still considers, as he made clear in his speech, a mentor.


[Team Clinton will hit on that Rev. Wright connection again and again and again. Another product of Operation Chaos.]


In the immediate aftermath, the Obama campaign dispatched several foreign policy surrogates to blitz the airwaves, supposedly to offer alternatives to Clinton's recommendations. But that's not what happened. Instead, Hillary was subjected to yet another round of personal abuse, denigration and ridicule rather than a serious debate of the issues. The real subtext of the Obama campaign was to attack Hillary in order to distract from Obama's association with his anti-American preacher. National security went un-addressed. Rather than filling in his largely absent record, Obama had his surrogates engage in what can be termed the mendacity of hype.


[Back to Rev. Wright again. The favorite topic of the Clinton surrogates.]


Zbigniew Brzezinski, an otherwise serious person, made the extraordinarily silly comment belittling two-term Senator Clinton by comparing her experience to that of Mamie Eisenhower and his own travel agent after offering an analysis of the situation in Iraq and the path to a resolution that essentially mirrored the basic points Senator Clinton made in her speech. Brzezinski was not asked and did not explain why Obama early embraced him as an adviser and openly praised him, but recently has coldly distanced himself because of Brzezinski's controversial views on Israel.


[Great. Keep labeling Obama as anti-Israel. It will help him NOT in the general election. Another result of Operation Chaos.]


Nor did Brzezinski address the bloody issue of mercenary forces like Blackwater, which Obama states should be allowed to remain part of our military force in Iraq -- a position challenged by Senator Clinton, who has called for phasing them out. In place of practical policies, Brzezinski offered his vague "sense" that Obama is a person who understands change before it takes place and is therefore capable of making "transcendental" decisions, whatever that might mean. For a man with a reputation as tough-minded, Brzezinski retreated into cloudy abstraction in his defense of Obama, who, according to the Senator, he, Brzezinksi, knows hardly at all.


[I'm not sure that Obama can even spell "Brzezinksi."]


Senator John Kerry, another Obama surrogate, offered the startling observation that Obama is better equipped than anyone else to bridge the divide between the U.S. and the Muslim world and end Islamic extremism and terorrism -- "because he's a black man." There is absolutely no empirical evidence to sustain that claim, the notion that a single individual, even one with a resume filled with appropriate experience, would be able to halt terrorism because of the color of his skin. It is patently absurd. But Kerry presented nothing to back up his astounding racial reasoning. And the Obama campaign was remarkably silent on Kerry's racialization of the foreign policy discussion.


[John Kerry has Obama's back.]


Next, Governor Bill Richardson, who campaigned on his resume as a foreign policy practitioner, "agonized," he explained, before putting his faith in a "once in a lifetime leader" and endorsed Obama, repudiating his own rationale of experience as a prerequisite for being President. Rather than state why he believes Obama has superior national security credentials and positions, he opted to complain instead about James Carville comparing him to Judas Iscariot. Since Richardson made foreign policy the centerpiece of his campaign -- a direct consequence of President Bill Clinton's appointments -- and of the salience of foreign policy as an issue in the election, he owed an explanation of how Obama's foreign policy would make us stronger and more secure that Clinton's. But, preferring to defend himself against the charge of having betrayed the Clintons he neglected to discuss such policy.


[Check out this great VIDEO of Richardson and Obama being interviewed together. Huevos Rancheros!]


Then, there was retired Air Force General, Merrill "Tony" McPeak, whose media appearance last week consisted of making the outrageous charge that Bill Clinton was using "McCarthy-like tactics" simply because he mentioned, in the event of a Hillary-McCain match-up, that Hillary and McCain are good patriots and that the campaign should be devoted to a substantive debate of the issues. Even the right wing National Review's Kathleen Parker, who was at the event, felt compelled to correct the record. "Bill Clinton was saying that Hillary and McCain are both good patriots who love their country, not that all those unmentioned are something else."


[Huevos Rancheros! Sorry. I just couldn't get that phrase out of my mind.]


Bill Clinton, of course, was not using "McCarthy-like tactics," but the Obama campaign was eager to smear him. Which was guilty of "McCarthy-like tactics"? Attack the character of your adversaries; demean them; turn them into caricatures; while lying about someone, claim they are liars.


[That sounds like a game plan fresh out of the Clinton War Room.]


Finally, the Obama campaign pushed a compliant press corps, all too eager to do its bidding rather than maintain its standards of objectivity and skepticism, into hyping a mini-pseudo-scandal: whether Hillary "misspoke" about being under sniper fire when she paid a visit to Tuzla in Bosnia in 1996. In fact, the then-First Lady was told the plane was diving to land to avoid possible sniper fire. Whether there was or not is irrelevant. Anybody who has been involved in these situations, as I have, knows this. The threat was apparently real enough for U.S. military on the ground, the pilot and her security detail to engage in evasive procedures. That should have been the end of the matter. But the cable TV talking heads nattered the Obama campaign talking points endlessly.


[A dangerous situation in Tuzla. Hillary was forced to delay eating her plate of huevos rancheros.]


Obama's week of rolling out national security surrogates and talking points was not a pretty sight and turned out to have almost nothing to do with bolstering his thin credentials. His distracting efforts were a clear attempt to deflect attention from them, in fact. In response to Hillary's detailed, substantive speech on Iraq, Obama replied with ad hominem insults. Instead of presenting his own plan, his campaign indulged in character assassination.


[May I have ad hominey grits with my huevos rancheros?]


Senator Obama and his campaign should get back to defending his policy positions and record rather than diminish a good person and an accomplished public servant. They know better.


[And I know better than to interfere with your Operation Chaos inspired attacks on Barack Obama. And now to hear from the HUffies before I consume a plate of huevos rancheros...]


This makes me sad. I used to respect Joseph Wilson, but I'm losing more respect for him with every piece of his I read that lauds Hillary and attacks Barack.


[The left is now being forced to see the real Joe Wilson thanks to Operation Chaos.]


It is evident, although still hoping for a last second win, Clnton is laying the groundwork for a 2012 run by using the quoted "Tanya Harding option". Cripple Obama in the general election to help McCain win.


[Hee! Hee! Thank you, Hillary!]


Sadly, it appears Hillary would rather ruin the party than simply help out her country. ... That sounds harsher than I want it to, but it is the way she is being perceived. With her skills backing up Obama, or even vice-versa, now that would have been a team. But now that she clearly can NOT win without hi-jinks, her current scorched earth approach are making such options mighty scarce.


[Just don't scorch my huevos rancheros.]


I admire Wilson for standing up to Bush and Co . But is saddens me that he had become part of the Clinton attack machine. I don't know what he has been offered but it must be sweet.


[I'm thinking the Secretary of State slot.]


Joe I find it ironic that you come out with a hit job piece using Reverend Wright in part of your attack. I would hope you would show more character after being smeared by the Bush Administration. Talk about policy and how it will affect us but don't bring mudsling Republican tactics to your arguement. Like the Clintons, I have now lost respect for you also. Kind of makes me wonder if my past support was a mistake.


[It was.]


And one more thing: Why are all Hillary supporters completely clueless on issues regarding foreign and domestic policy? I think the majority of Hillary voters spend more time reading The Davinci Code than anything really substantive.


[Da Vinci Code. Most boring movie ever until the Plame-Wilson movie...if it is ever made.]


as for the Judas remark. I don't know of course but I believe that there was a very pointed message for Richardson that would be known between them. Perhaps he had already been offered and accepted a position in the cabinet if Hillary won and when he got a better deal he turned. That is kind of a betrayal I'd say. Of course I don't know but watching Carvill sticking to his remmark just gave me that feeling.


[An egg is a premature chicken.]


It's embarrassing to see Joe Wilson use what happened to his wife to nakedly shill for Hillary. It makes all three of them look bad. I imagine that's precisely why Arianna continues to allow Joe to do it; he seems to be blissfully unaware he's in a hole and can't stop digging.


[Joe Wilson is standing at the highway underpass with a sign that says: "Will Shill For Work."]


Jesus Christ, Joe! Stop it!


[Don't stop, Joe!]


Every time you post a pro-Hillary article here, you further destroy your own reputation. You brandish bias like it's a virtue. Your selective recollection and misrepresentation of the facts are even worse than Wolfson's. At least with him, everyone knows it's his JOB to twist reality to make his boss look good. He's not putting his own personal credibility on the line when he lies, because everyone knows it's just part of the job. Hillary's reputation takes a hit, not his. When you post comments like this, you are allegedly doing so as a concerned individual. It's YOUR credibility that is at stake when you post. YOU are the one who has to suffer the consequences.


[Keep destroying your reputation!]


So, just stop it!


[Don't stop, Joe!]


You used to be a hero to me, but now your "kitchen sink" smears against Obama have destroyed all of the goodwill you had built up with your opposition to the war.


[Don't toss my huevos rancheros into the kitchen sink.]


Must be hard out there for a pimp... As we continue to see Joe Wilson pimp out not only himself but his wife's issues with the Bush administration in service of the Madam, Hillary Clinton. It is sad to watch someone who COULD still be of service to country being tainted by association with the Clintons (Valerie Plame) and disgusting to watch someone who provide other service to the country and to his party, decide to abandon all scruples and squandor his personal credibility by becoming a thug in service of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sadly for Wilson, he does not realize this is not about government jobs, but the respect of the people he onced served. Our respect is gone, never to return. Growing up, I was often admonished to be careful of the company I kept and more importantly, what I had to do to keep them. Joe's mama must have forgotten to deliver that lesson.


[Folks, this disenchantment with Joe Wilson by the left goes on for at least 19 pages at the HUffington POst. You are welcome to enter this goldmine of material and post the best of the nuggets. As for me, I am too hungry for huevos rancheros to continue.]

29 Comments:

Anonymous dubya said...

Wilson's a putz! That much was clear when he tried to spin the words "sought to obtain" into "obtained" and to blame others for "outing" his wife whom he constantly introduced on the cocktail circuit as "Jane Bond."

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anon 1:50 said...

QUOTE: "My wife, former CIA agent, Valerie, and I accompanied Senator Clinton to Philadelphia..."

Jeebus, Joe! We know your wife was a CIA secretary. WE KNOW IT. You cannot borrow her employment history to give yourself credibility.

You're both lying, weaselly poseurs.

Why you thought this windy writers wankfest would be of interest to anyone is beyond me. You and your opinions are, and always will be, the suspect writings of a self-aggrandizing political prostitute.

Please rejoin Will Pitt, and Ashley Alexandra "Kristen" Dupre over on the "Done Media Whores" bench.

Oh! Take Val with ya.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Son Of The Godfather said...

OMG, Joe, your wife worked for the CIA?

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone catch this:

"...the bloody issue of mercenary forces like Blackwater, which Obama states should be allowed to remain part of our military force in Iraq -- ..."

When the hell did THAT happen?

Nobody tells me anything.

-N. O'Brain

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Ray said...

"Your selective recollection and misrepresentation of the facts are even worse than Wolfson's."

You're just now figuring that out? Hell, we've been saying that for the last 4 years!

"You used to be a hero to me,"
when you were a useful weapon against Bush, but

"but now your "kitchen sink" smears against Obama have destroyed all of the goodwill you had built up with your opposition to the war. now you're an enemy simply because you oppose MY candidate.

So, you used to support Wilson because he was used as a tool to attack Bush but don't support him now because he's being used as a tool to attack Obama. Around these parts, we call that liberal hypocrisy.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous dubya said...

"liberal hypocrisy"

One is the definition of the other, therefore redundant. 8)

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do
you
have
a
brain?
if
so
does
it
work?

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This makes me sad. I used to respect Joseph Wilson..."

Dude, if you respected Joe Wilson, nobody had to MAKE you sad: you were a sad excuse for a person already.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yet another symptom that Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos is working beautifully." PJ

No, it's not.

Is there one smidgen of data that proves this? Never has been and never will be because it's bullshit.

Does anyone here actually believe Wilson went after Obama because of "Operation Chaos"? WTF? You people are friggin nuts. That's all there is to it. "Operation Chaos". Jesus. Was this a night mission? Did you need your infrared night-vision goggles?

Talk about symptoms. Go to the Emergency Room for Christ's sake. Keep repeating "Operation Chaos is working beautifully...Operation Chaos is working beautifully...Operation Chaos is working beautifully". And when the Mental Health guy shows up and asks you why you believe this, just tell them it's all because of Rush. I'm pretty sure they'll stop right there and give you 72 hours worth of free meals and a bed. You might even get a little thorazine thrown into the deal.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dude, if you respected Joe Wilson, nobody had to MAKE you sad: you were a sad excuse for a person already." anon

Is that right. You respect W, anon? Cheney? Libby? Rove? And all the rest (the list is too long and I'm too tired)? In my book, that not only makes YOU a sad excuse, it MAKES you mentally ill. Joe Wilson, as it turned out, told the truth. Sorry. And there's no tooth fairy. Again, sorry dude.

Did Joe Wilson decide to invade Iraq? No. Did Joe Wilson have one frickin thing to do with the decisions involving economy, energy policy, or environment? No.

Did Joe Wilson find evidence of yellow cake being sought by Saddam? No.

Turns out he was right about the yellow cake. And there is no tooth fairy. Anyone disputing those last two statements is delusional. Sorry, dude.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Keif said...

I was gone for a little while, and I forgot what I was missing. There is great stuff here as usual! Keep promoting this site other than once per year at a web contest.

I cannot follow the news right now, but I can figure it out and get some laughs at the same time by reading this...

3:06 AM  
Blogger Son Of The Godfather said...

Did Joe Wilson find evidence of yellow cake being sought by Saddam? No.

British intelligence made the claim that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger was "credible". There was not conclusive evidence Iraq actually purchased the material, nor did the government make that claim.
It is true that there isn't any evidence that any was bought but that was never the claim. The claim was that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium from Niger.

So, anonymous... You believe fat Joe over British Intelligence. You may have a point, as I'm certain Joe's "secret gathering" ability learned from his super-top-secret wife allowed him to collect all the pertinent information from his poolside lounger.

Get a grip, anonymous. Joe has been exposed as a fraud, along with his publicity-seeking CIA secretary wife.

If that gives you an ulcer, seek help.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Shambhala said...

Troglaman is off his meds its seems

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Ray said...

"Turns out he was right about the yellow cake."

Actually, it turns out he LIED about the yellow cake, the results of his intelligence gathering trip, and just about everything else. He's just another opportunistic liberal trying to regain his past glory. And you're just another moonbat who believes him simply because he tells you what you want to hear. Do yourself a favor, dump the insanity and rejoin reality before it's too late.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was Joe Wilson's 1999 trip that raised the issue of yellowcake in the first place. He reconfirmed it in the 2002 trip. Documented in numerous places. Who lied?

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anon 1:50 said...

Do the Plame/Wilsons have any other lawsuits pending (which they will also lose?)

11:14 AM  
Anonymous dubya said...

troglaman sees himself as one of Rousseau's "noble savages" that is, a mindless brute who is entirely ignorant of literature, philosophy, and science—and yet is morally superior to civilized men.

As I said earlier, somebody should've snuffed Kant and burned all his writings... nip that shit in the bud!

All people of reason can do now is hope these ignorant, relativist, "feelers" go extinct soon.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anon 1:50 said...

On this very topic... this hilarious piece from dKos (via NewsBusters)

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2008/03/29/daily-kos-conservatives-are-naive-afraid-allergic-deep-thinking

"Daily Kos: Conservatives Are Naive, Afraid, Allergic to Deep Thinking"

AND from our own KayInSane (on Easter, yet):

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
kayinmaine said...
So this is the day all you reich wing NEOCON godfucks *spit* believe HAHAHAHAHAHA! that some fairy tale god HAHAHAHAHAHHA! actually came back from the dead?!!!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
If I pray for anything its for Iran to get A MILLION NUKES!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Yeah... that's some brave, nuanced, serious liberal thinkin' there, Lou. Makes me wanna dash right out and join that... asylum.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing I like better than seeing the dimwit dems eating their own. LOL!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous DumbAss Tanker said...

Anonynous 2:11 said:
"Is that right. You respect W, anon? Cheney? Libby? Rove? And all the rest (the list is too long and I'm too tired)? In my book, that not only makes YOU a sad excuse, it MAKES you mentally ill. Joe Wilson, as it turned out, told the truth. Sorry. And there's no tooth fairy. Again, sorry dude."


Hey, are there any pictures that haven't been colored yet in 'Your book?'

Meh.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"troglaman sees himself as one of Rousseau's "noble savages" that is, a mindless brute who is entirely ignorant of literature, philosophy, and science—and yet is morally superior to civilized men." dubya

Really? Damn. You're good, dub. Pegged me. Girls love the "noble savage" stuff though. Works much better than "I'm a War Mongrel". Oh, I get it, they're both the same thing! Clever bastard.

dubya doesn't know me. He doesn't. That's all there is to it. But dubya claims to have some sort of magical insight into who I am. Sadly, his association to Rousseau and mindless brutes and noble savages is entirely his own...um...metaphor. It's his invention, not mine. Don't even try to convince me otherwise.

3:49 AM  
Anonymous dubya said...

troglaman:

I deduce you through your writing and your self-identification with "troglodytes." 8)

Rousseau (amplifying Kant) insisted that reality is only what an individual imagines or "feels", thus your claim that my "magical insight" is "his invention, not mine" is entirely consistent with such a, uh, "world view" and confirms my rational assessment.

Which of us is the knuckle-dragger?

10:17 AM  
Blogger Tazzerman said...

Joe Wilson is a consumate liar, fake and a huckster of the worst sort who's ONLY priority is to further his own career and line his pockets with money.

Read the Senate Intelligence Commitee report. His summary of the trip to Niger is there. His report is there and in black and white, under oath, it contradicts his later op/ed piece and book 100%.

He COUNTS on the fact that 99% of the folks in this country haven't read the SIC report. He also knows that the media will carry his water as long as he's smearing the Bush administration.

Read it yourself. His summary ACTUALLY MAKES THE CASE that Hussien did attempt to purchase yellowcake from Niger.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Ray said...

"Don't even try to convince me otherwise."

A closed mind is a terrible thing to waste.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I deduce you through your writing and your self-identification with "troglodytes." 8) dubya

Deduce away. Your assessment of me is YOUR assessment of me. It's your invention.

I'm your Rorshak, dubya. When you say things like "troglaman sees himself as one of Rousseau's 'noble savages'," you're really just filling in the blanks. I can assure you, even after carefully considering your supposition, I'm not a noble savage. But you think I am. Hmmm. So rational.

And back off the Troglodytes. We're people too. Haven't you seen the commercials?

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There was not conclusive evidence Iraq actually purchased the material, nor did the government make that claim." son

You're right, they didn't. They said they had credible evidence Saddam was attempting to buy yellow-cake.

Let's get this out of the way - Did we ever find any yellow-cake? W himself retracted the claim made about it during his first SOTU. Why?

Because Wilson was right. No yellow-cake anywhere. That's what he said and that's the way it turned out. It's a simple truth though I must say I'm very impressed with all your complicated and compelling denial mechanisms.

Ten years from now (featured on the Discovery Channel), I'm sure there'll be a wingnttia preserve somewhere - Wingnuttia Island - where caged and abused wingnuts are given *sob* another chance at life. You'll all love us liberals then.

1:54 AM  
Anonymous dubya said...

t-man and other moonbats' obfuscation aside, Wilson is still a putz! Nothing they dissemble about will change that.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"t-man and other moonbats' obfuscation aside, Wilson is still a putz! Nothing they dissemble about will change that." dubya

"A putz". An elegant argument, my friend. A sublime intellectual feast.

Wilson was proven to be right. Then there's Val. You guys want to get into a "link war" about that? I, troglaman, will kick your ass.

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nothing I like better than seeing the dimwit dems eating their own. LOL!" anon

You know, I don't find the fact that RepubliDUms are being convicted right and left as funny, a Laugh Out Loud moment. Not that I don't take a certain satisfaction. All the same, I don't think it's funny.

But now that you mention it, the fact many of these RepubliDUms are being convicted by RepubliDUm judges does have a dark cannibalistic, enticing humor about it, doesn't it? Ironic. Yeah. You're right. It's funny.

2:15 AM  

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