February 18, 2005

Thugs We've Known And Loved

The Bush administration's love of freedom is on full display as these graphic and shocking photos demonstrate. Click here to see alarming images of Bush and his senior officials shaking hands with Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan's dictator. Even Rumsfeld has a couple pictures with Karimov, no doubt feeling a little sentimental towards the days when, instead of hanging around with two-bit tinpots from the 'Stans, he could shake the hand of a major league creep like Saddam Hussein.

Karimov is best known for his government's predilection for boiling people alive. But his brutal security forces are versatile and also employ old standards like beating, burning, suffocation, electric shock, and ripping out prisoners' fingernails and toenails.

In other news, Bush explains that Syria and Iran are destabilizing forces in the Middle East. Just after nominating a death squad organizer and Iran Contra participant to the post of intelligence chief. This bit from the Seattle P-I story is classic:

...Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at the National Security Archives in Washington, said declassified documents on the Iran-Contra scandal also showed that Negroponte was involved in seeking more guns for the Contras - "the role that normally would be reserved for the (CIA) station chief."

Kornbluh also said the documents he cited showed that Negroponte helped clear the way for a secret agreement under which the United States would provide more CIA money to Honduran army generals and additional military and economic aid to the country. In exchange, he said, Honduras agreed to allow the Contras to continue operating on Honduran soil.

Ironically, Kornbluh said, the controversy surrounding Negroponte's past helps qualify him for the job.

"Someone who is a career diplomat ... on paper doesn't seem to have the intelligence background needed," he said. "The fact that he certainly departed from his diplomatic role and was involved in paramilitary operations against Nicaragua ... means he has had a relationship with covert operations in the past."

When Leona Helmsley famously said that "only the little people pay taxes", she could have left the 'taxes' part off.

Posted by natasha at February 18, 2005 12:28 AM | International | Technorati links |

Bush had to get a list to pass by Abu Gonzales and his buddies -- where do you think he got all those ideas?

I suppose boiling was passed by because there is a problem with the water being shut off so often in Iraq.

Posted by: Scorpio at February 18, 2005 05:18 PM

Right you are...I was aghast when he appointed Negroponte to be the Iraq ambassador. I was thinking "ambassador of what?" Then they made up this new position and gave it to this turd who goes way back into VietNam, just like so many of thier neurocon friends...it is truly scary times, isn't it?
Great blog,

Posted by: Joe at February 20, 2005 09:26 AM