How About Some Good News?
Who says this blog is all doom and gloom, eh? Philippine troops completed their pull-out from Iraq yesterday, which can't be a bad thing. President Arroyo won an election last month and was no doubt glad for an excuse to get out of Iraq, whatever half-hearted criticism from Bush's dying regime she may have to cop.
Hopefully it will soon be a happy home-coming for the kidnapped Filippino hostage, Angelo de la Cruz, who comes from an impoverished family. Locals are tying yellow ribbons around his village and a local construction firm is building his long-suffering family a new house.
Meanwhile, it seems the CIA may not want to play war games with the neo-cons any more. John McLaughlin, the acting director of the CIA, says the CIA can't prove an Iran-Sept 11 link:
"We have no evidence that there is some sort of official sanction by the government of Iran for this activity. We have no evidence that there is some sort of official connection between Iran and 9/11."
Of course, that doesn't stop Bush talking up the connection! Consider this: a terrorist hit on US soil in the lead-up to the Nov 2 election, the White House immediately blames Iran, 150,000 US soldiers in neighbouring Iraq...
But for the time being, McLaughlin is no doubt more concerned with an aggressive lobbying campaign by September 11 commissioners, who want the White House and Congress to overhaul US intelligence agencies. The danger here is that we still haven't heard the truth about the Bush/neo-con distortions of intelligence. Any reform now could well play into their hands and give their cabal even more power.
Let's take out the poison before we stitch up the wound.