Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Gail and an article

Gail - one day old.

Happy Birthday, Gail

To be honest, my daughter's birthday was the 8th, but since I forgot to add it to yesterday's post I am a day late. Sorry, Honey. I hope it was a great day.

Once more I am going to make an excuse for not writing my own post. I am still playing 'catch up' from being so inactive for so long. My house has suffered from lack of care and I really need to remedy that situation.

The good news is that I finally feel good. I am no longer weak and shaky and, with the exception of bending over, I can do much the needs to be done (Providing it's above the waist.) The things that have to be tended to by bending over will be done by a cleaning lady who is coming tomorrow.

You are aware that all housewives clean their house before the cleaning lady comes in order to preserve their image? I am no exception. Today I must dust and start putting things away that I hadn't gotten to before breaking my hip. I know just how ridiculous this may seem, but it's the way I function.

With no further apologies, I am posting an article that I found to be very interesting. I am so sick of hearing Bush and Cheney trying to rewrite history and one of the things that Bush has always bragged about is that there were no more 9/11's on his watch. Since he could have avoided the first 9/11 if he had paid attention to his intelligence reports I find this claim to be repulsive.

Read on for the truth.

(Arrgh! No matter how many times I edit the text size, blog spot does it their way. I have tried to make the print consistent, but it's hopeless. I wish I could tell whoever designed this site what I think of the glitches we have to endure.)


President Bush Saved US Lives? That's Only More Karl Rove-Style Spin

by: Richard Clarke, The New York Daily News

George Bush, still President, is engaging in a legacy tour of media outlets. This comes despite his earlier having said he did not know how history would judge the Iraq war "because we'll all be dead."

Actually, many people are already dead because of Bush, and that is the point to keep in mind when he talks about his legacy.

Among the themes Bush is striking are that through action at home and fighting "them" over there, not over here, his administration stopped terrorist attacks and prevented another 9/11. There is a surface plausibility to those claims, as there has often been with the messaging served up by the Karl Rove spin machine. But let's look beneath the surface of the assertions.

Bush stopped terrorist attacks? Yes, some of the many alleged plots cited by the White House probably would have matured into attacks had not the U.S. intelligence community acted. Many were more aspirational than operational, and others were the pure inventions of FBI informants. (In the Miami Liberty City case, an FBI informant apparently bribed people who previously had no interest in Al Qaeda. When they swore the oath to Osama Bin Laden, they were then arrested for doing so.)

But even if taken on its face as true, should having stopped terrorist attacks earn this President a Harry Truman-like reassessment down the road? I can attest from firsthand knowledge that the Clinton administration stopped numerous terrorist operations that would have resulted in American deaths. Yet I don't hear Bill Clinton running around boasting about that. Clinton has other things to lay claim to - a balanced budget, huge job growth and eight years without a major war. If you don't think the Clinton administration stopped a major terrorist attack in New York City, you might want to talk with the blind sheik, who was involved in a plot to blow up the United Nations, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington Bridge and a federal building housing the FBI. But that would be tough to do because Omar Abdel-Rahman is in solitary in a federal prison in Colorado.

There wasn't a second 9/11? That's obviously true, but it misses the point. First, we must remember that Al Qaeda terrorists are patient, deliberate planners who often wait years between strikes. Second, there was the first 9/11 - and it happened on Bush's watch. Without rehashing the entire 9/11 Commission Report, the historical record is pretty clear by now that Bush did virtually nothing about the repeated warnings to him that those cataclysmic attacks were coming. Unfortunately, I can personally attest to that as well.

Bush saved American lives? Tell that to the families of the 4,200 U.S. military personnel who have perished in the needless war in Iraq. While they served heroically and deserve the great thanks of the American people, the tragic truth is that they were engaged in a war we should not have been fighting and which was sold to the Congress, the media and American people with exaggerated and even false claims.

Beyond the needless American deaths that are Bush's legacy, there are the Iraqis we almost never think about. Iraq Body Count is an ongoing human security project that claims to maintain "the world's largest public database of violent civilian deaths during and since the 2003 invasion." They say their data "encompasses noncombatants killed by military or paramilitary action and the breakdown in civil security following the invasion." Currently, their estimate - conservative when put alongside other totals - is that between 90,253 and 98,521 Iraqis were killed because George Bush invaded that country. That's thirty 9/11s.

Let George Bush keep pushing the buttons on the spin machine. That cannot change the facts. His administration's actions on terrorism, including Iraq, killed many more Americans than U.S. intelligence agencies saved in the past eight years.


Clarke was a counterterrorism adviser to former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is the author of "Against All Enemies" and "Your Government Failed You."

My most recent photo of Gail holding her youngest daughter, Sarah.

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One Woman's Journey said...

Darlene, what a beautiful picture.
I am so happy you are feeling better. Take care my dear online friend. Thanks for your comment today on my baby girl playing checkers.

kenju said...

Clarke spoke at my daughter's law school graduation and he was very interesting!

Gail was a beautiful baby and that's a very nice photo of her now, with her daughter. Happy belated Birthday, Gail.

I am so glad to know that you are feeling better and getting stronger - now take it easy so you don't undo the good stuff!

Lydia said...

It's wonderful to read that you are feeling so much better. I've never had a cleaning service come in and boy do I need it. I absolutely wouldn't clean in advance, however!

Happy birthday to your pretty daughter, whose day was one day before mine!

Take care, Darlene.

Rinkly Rimes said...

It's so nice to have the old feisty Darlene back. Your daughter looks lovely. And the article was an eye-opener, particularly the part about terrorist threats in Clinton's day.

Darlene said...

Thank you Ernestine,Kenju, Lydia, and Rinkly Rimes for your comments on my well being. Three nights in a row of enough sleep has really made my recovery speed up.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your beautiful girl....then...and now Darlene. So good to hear you're feeling better sweetie...just keep on going. I can actually tell in your writing. Is that possible? Yep, more and more feisty like Rinkly Rimes mentioned. Take care Darlene.... Hugs, Joy

Nancy said...


You always print the most interesting and informative articles.

I love that Richard Ckarke gives Clinton credit for no attacks on his watch. I never saw that before.

Everybody is usually so busy criticizing Clinton for his sexual activity that they overlook the fact that he was the best President we have had for many years, Monica aside.

The picture of Gail and her daughter is lovely. Did you look like Gail looks when you were her age? She is very attractive....

Yes, I always straighten up for the cleaning crew. I pay them to clean, not put stuff where it belongs. By the time they get to my house the place looks beautiful except that it needs dusting and vacuuming and other cleaning. They get a lot more cleaning done when they don't have to straighten up first.

Beverly said...

I saw the picture of Joy at one day of age. It made me smile because I recognize the crib she is in. That is the kind we used in the 60's and 70's, in fact we still have one in our nursery. So funny.