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Posted by Tim Ireland at June 9, 2008

Category: George W. Bush

Chimpy McFlightsuit began his lame duck tour of Europe today and it looks like he’ll be providing Brown with a few headaches when he arrives in Britain this weekend because, shockingly, not everyone thinks that Brown should be inviting this war criminal back to his place for dinner and a show of loyalty.

If you’re not joining us for Operation Manticore, I urge you to support the protest organised by the Stop the War Coalition on 15 June… but don’t plan on being allowed to hang around in Westminster for too long; the police will be instructed to keep noisy crowds away from Downing Street while Bush and Brown are inside chewing the fat.

UPDATE – The protest linked above has now been moved to 5pm (i.e. much closer to dinner time).

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 6, 2008

Category: George W. Bush

Independent – US issues threat to Iraq’s $50bn foreign reserves in military deal: The US is holding hostage some $50bn of Iraq’s money in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pressure the Iraqi government into signing an agreement seen by many Iraqis as prolonging the US occupation indefinitely, according to information leaked to The Independent.

I can’t possibly improve on RickB’s headline, so I won’t try:

Ten Percent – The Rape of Iraq: Bribed With It’s Own Money

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 5, 2008

Category: George W. Bush

Get Reading – Reading magistrates asked for Bush arrest warrant: A peace campaigner from Newtown will tomorrow ask Reading magistrates for a warrant to arrest George W Bush. Peter Burt, of Biko Court, is taking his case to court to try to get the American president arrested for war crimes. Mr Burt, of Reading Peace Group, plans to outline the offences that ‘Dubya’, left, has committed and the international laws that he has broken, including the invasion of Iraq, the bombing of Afghanistan and the abduction, illegal detention and torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. He said: “The historians of the future will mention the name Bush in the same breath as the names of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and other great criminals who have committed the most appalling crimes that humanity has known. “I will be asking Reading magistrates to stand up for international law by issuing an arrest warrant so that George Bush can be held to account for his crimes in the International Criminal Court.” Magistrates have the power to issue an arrest warrant under section one of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1980 if information about a suspected offence is laid before them. ‘Laying an information’ is usually done by the police or other law enforcement agencies but it can also be done by a member of the public.

And getting back to the crime in progress…

Independent – Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control: A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November. The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq’s position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country. But the accord also threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated.

[Psst! First round of invites for Operation Manticore go out this afternoon.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 4, 2008

Category: George W. Bush

Ten Percent has reminded me via a link to an old article that Scotland Yard only pressed for partial closure of London’s mobile phone network after Bush was told he wasn’t allowed to use his shiny black helicopters that block mobile phone signals.

In the end, he had to make do with a shiny black truck that followed the motorcade, blocking mobile phone signals.

(FFS! The rest of us get by with tinfoil.)

His bubble got a lot smaller as a result.

Seeing as many of the world’s problems with this administration stem from Bush insisting that he spend his entire life in a bubble so sterile that not even information can pass through, I saw this as a good thing.

In fact, I dared to hope that Bush’s bubble had finally become so small that he could actually see reality from where he was sitting.

Of course, Blair had to f**k it all up by creating a fantasy-land for him in Sedgefield (building Britain’s very first official free speech zone in the process) but Brown is not likely to be (a) that stupid and (b) under anywhere near as much pressure… especially after today.

The race for the White House is on* and McCain has begun by running a mile from Bush.

(*Don’t tell Hillary… she’s in a bubble of her own.)

[Psst! Items of interest here for Scotch and Ten Percent. The first round of invites for Operation Manticore are going out tomorrow latest.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 3, 2008

Category: George W. Bush

Sorry about the delay. I was all set to go at a few minutes to midnight last night, but there was a rebuild problem. Looks to be clear now.

Operation Manticore is go. I repeat; Operation Manticore is go.

The back-end should be fully secure and ready to roll for the first round of invites tomorrow.

Cheers all.

UPDATE – Oh, and thanks to the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchezdo, we have a fresh eye-opener for the few remaining Bush-lovers:

“Kick ass! If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them! We must be tougher than hell! This Vietnam stuff, this is not even close. It is a mind-set. We can’t send that message. It’s an excuse to prepare us for withdrawal. There is a series of moments and this is one of them. Our will is being tested, but we are resolute. We have a better way. Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! Prevail! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking!” – George W. Bush (source)

1. Bloody hell. What a hero.

2. Come to think of it, we could do with a march to democracy over this way…

(reaches for weapon)

1. Joseph Obi is on the warpath.

The attack on Louise Redvers is particularly appalling… and actionable. Sadly, The Obi One has yet to reveal what he’s really angry about (i.e. what triggered this greatly delayed outburst).

2. Thank you, Gordon.

(That is what you’re fishing for, yes? Next time, try to take the lead before you’re backed into a corner, eh?)

3. Independent – Clive Stafford Smith: Why has the Government forsaken Binyam Mohamed?: Why would the British Government refuse to disclose this kind of critical information? Here, we are left to speculate, since they won’t give an explanation. Sadly, the most likely reason is that there is much more evidence that they would rather remained hidden – such as proof of systematic British co-operation in the US rendition process.

If you’d like a hint as to the most likely outcome, here it is; Jack Straw still holds a cabinet position.

4. BBC – Blair ‘to devote life to faith’: Former prime minister Tony Blair has promised to “spend the rest of my life” uniting the world’s religions

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh, do excuse me. That’s unforgivably rude. I should kn*…. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

5. Emptywheel – George Bush Authorized the Leak of Valerie Wilson’s Identity: Scottie McC doesn’t know it yet. But that’s basically what he revealed this morning on the Today Show…

See also: Scott McClellan on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Oh, and Matthew Norman’s description of Bush as an “an arrogant, self-deceiving fantasist” reminded me of this little item.

6. LayScience and Septicisle on the recent Standpoint nonsense.

(Speaking of right-wing magazines, someone has a tough job ahead of them.)

7. I had four beers last night, and I’m seriously considering breaking my curfew on Saturday night so I can see a movie with the missus.

I’m a bad boy…. but you ain’t seen nothing yet:

8. Manticore. Monday.

SPECIAL BONUS LINK: An incredible timesaver for 98% of the remaining* regular contributors to Iain Dale’s website. (*Most of the sensible people have grown tried of being ignored, censored, abused by anonymous cowards or told to “piss off” by the great man himself.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 28, 2008

Category: George W. Bush, The Political Weblog Movement, UK Libel Law, Updates

1. Nadine Dorries is telling porkies again. Oh, and did everyone watch the sun come up this morning? It came as a hell of a surprise, let me tell you.

2. Richard Bartholomew offers an excellent post on UK libel law here.

3. When greedy meets sneaky with a big dash of cheeky.

Mark Steel made me laugh with this; “But here is the best part. The “difficulties” raised by this complex and sensitive issue have been investigated by the politicians themselves, and one of the measures they’ve decided on is that all MPs should receive an automatic annual allowance of 23K for their second home. So no doubt some of them will now yell: “That’s not fair, now the others get a bonus but we were swiping that much already.””

4. Not a drop of alcohol has passed my lips since the 16th, but I did almost forget about my curfew last night. My only excuse is that, unlike some people, I don’t have an electronic tag to remind me that i should be home before 9pm.

5. Operation Manticore: With you shortly. I’ve worked out a way to allow newcomers and outsiders to join in, but dealing with a total shit like George W. Bush means that (a) a lot of SH! is required and (b) there are many Is to dot and Ts to cross.

UPDATE – Make that six:

BorisWatch – Boris, Dean Godson, Andrew Gilligan and, er, the Routemaster bus?
BorisWatch – This Think Tank Is A Powerful Vehicle

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 21, 2008

Category: George W. Bush

Tools down, folks. Dubya is coming to town.

Press Association – George Bush to visit UK: US President George Bush is to visit Britain next month during a tour of European nations, the White House has announced. The trip, from June 9 to 16, is intended to mark the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after the Second World War and the Berlin Airlift. Mr Bush will also visit Germany, Italy, the Vatican, and France, as well as attending the annual US-EU summit in Slovenia. The trip follows Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s visit to the United States last month.

He’s not going to be here for long, and he could turn up anywhere… but I’ve been planning this one for a long time.

Remember Chasing Bush? Far too conspicuous.

All sleeper agents prepare for Operation Manticore. I repeat; all sleeper agents prepare for Operation Manticore.

No details from previous briefings in emails, please. Just check in.

(Everyone else, please speak your mind here if you want to move the libel matter forward in the meantime.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 10, 2007

Category: George W. Bush

Independent – Comedians lead protests at Sydney gathering of world leaders: As leaders of the Apec nations, which include China, Japan and Russia, prepared to hold their annual summit this weekend, several demonstrations were staged. In Hyde Park, in Sydney city centre, dozens of people held a “Bums for Bush” protest, baring their bottoms in unison. They also performed a “21 Bum Salute” to the 21 member nations, with their bottoms spelling out the words “Bums not Bombs”. After rain dispersed the protesters, they spilled on to the nearby street, where they held up an official motorcade. Scuffles broke out as police pushed the demonstrators – carrying placards that stated “Sign Kyoto, you wankers” – out of the way.

Posted by Tim Ireland at August 20, 2007

Category: George W. Bush – Reagan Diaries: George W: “Find the Kid a Job”…: Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES. The entry is dated May 17, 1986…. ‘A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his ne’re-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I’ll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they’ll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.’ (via)

Sorry, but if this is real, it still doesn’t count. Karl Rove established a long time ago that ‘born again’ means ‘born again’ and anything that happens before the age of 40 is a ‘youthful mistake’ regardless.

If any admission arises, it’ll probably take the form that this was George at his lowest ebb etc., just before he found God and turned his back on liquor… and cocaine… and wild women…

Perhaps we’ll even get to see a hitherto-undiscovered entry from the next day, which begins; “Boy, was I wrong about that young Bush lad…”

[Psst! Regulars: have you noticed the year? I call ‘nexus’.]

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