"Our InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion poll asked this:Human Events!
"Would you favor or oppose the impeachment by Congress of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?"
Undecided/Don't Know: 6%"
Currently, there are numerous examples of prominent neoconservatives who are accused of criminal acts or serious ethical improprieties -- Lewis Libby, Conrad Black, Paul Wolfowitz, and several AIPAC officials accused of espionage. And one of the current highest ranking neoconservatives in the Bush White House, Elliot Abrams, is a convicted criminal, which has not reduced his standing at all in this movement.
In each of these cases, neoconservatives -- with virtual unanimity -- insist that their neoconservative comrades are guilty of nothing, and that they are merely being persecuted by their accusers, who are the real wrongdoers. They make these claims before even a fraction of the relevant evidence is available. These defenses almost always accompany character smears against those who bring the charges. And the neoconservative defense of their comrades always rests on the ultimate defense that even if they engaged in wrongdoing, they are people who crusade for the Good, and these acts were undertaken for the Greater Good, and they therefore ought to be immune from punishment.
* Mark Levey has a great, highly recc'd diary at DKOS:
"George Tenet's new book, At the Center of the Storm, reveals something extremely important about events in the final weeks before 9/11. For the first time, the former CIA Director admits he flew to Crawford in late August, just weeks before the attack by al-Qaeda cells known to be in the U.S., and briefed President George W. Bush personally about the threat.
This briefing followed a CIA PDB read to the President on August 6 in a meeting with Harriet Miers, then the President's lawyer, and an emergency meeting between Tenet and Condi Rice on July 10 on the same subject.
It also reveals that in order to cover up the last meeting, Tenet committed perjury before the 9/11 Commission when he denied meeting with Bush in the month before the attack. According to the White House website, Bush met in Crawford with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Condi Rice, and the present and former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Generals Meyers and Pace, on August 24, 2001. "
"One In Eight Iraqi Children Die Before the Age of Five
Iraq's infant mortality rate has soared by 150 percent since 1990 according to a new report by the charity Save the Children. One in eight Iraqi children now die of disease or violence before the age of five. In 2005 alone, 122,000 Iraqi children died before reaching their fifth birthday. Save the Children said Iraq's child-survival ranking is now the lowest in the world."
Most Democratic Candidates Support Enlarging U.S. Military
A new survey conducted by the Hill newspaper has found the majority of Democratic presidential candidates back increasing the size of the military. Last month Senator Barack Obama called for an increase in Pentagon spending and an extra 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines. Senators Hillary Clinton and Joseph Biden and former Senator John Edwards have also backed building a larger military. The Hill reports that only two Democratic candidates -- New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Congressman Dennis Kucinich -- are openly discussing cutting the Pentagon's budget.
"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.""
"It ruins my morning to read yet again that the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) are investigating Justice Department misconduct--whether it's USAgate, or the hiring of Jay "We need White History Month" Apperson. These offices should not be given the same weight as Congress, or any weight at all. They have lost all credibility in my book because of my personal experience of having Glenn A. Fine and H. Marshall Jarrett investigate the destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice in the case of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, only for me (the complainant) to become the target of the investigation itself."