… is what I am eating this morning.
Yikes, did the Red Stars ever spank the Breakers! It was a 4-0 rout on a chilly Chicago night. The webcast was much appreciated, despite the outcome. I’m hoping that we’ll see more of that as the season progresses.
As for the game, I thought the Breakers were on their heels and chasing the ball for most of the match – while the Red Stars looked crisp and in control. Wondering what the deal is with A-Rod, as it feels like she’s not yet in the flow of things. The Red Stars are a good team, that’s for sure. Hats off to them … and I’ll have a house salad with that crow, if you don’t mind.
In other WPS play, the Marta-less Sol managed a 0-0 tie with the yet-to-score Athletica.
Tonight it’s the Freedom vs. FC Gold Pride. So far I am batting 0.00 – so look for the Freedom to notch their first vitory of this inaugural season! 😉
In other news, we have Frank Rich’s excellent editorial from Today’s Times, titled “The Banality of Bush White House Evil” and chronicling just that. None of it surprises me in the least – honestly. It is chilling and weirdly validating to read the details as they emerge.
The report found that Maj. Paul Burney, a United States Army psychiatrist assigned to interrogations in Guantánamo Bay that summer of 2002, told Army investigators of another White House imperative: “A large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq and we were not being successful.” As higher-ups got more “frustrated” at the inability to prove this connection, the major said, “there was more and more pressure to resort to measures” that might produce that intelligence.
In other words, the ticking time bomb was not another potential Qaeda attack on America but the Bush administration’s ticking timetable for selling a war in Iraq; it wanted to pressure Congress to pass a war resolution before the 2002 midterm elections. Bybee’s memo was written the week after the then-secret (and subsequently leaked) “Downing Street memo,” in which the head of British intelligence informed Tony Blair that the Bush White House was so determined to go to war in Iraq that “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” A month after Bybee’s memo, on Sept. 8, 2002, Cheney would make his infamous appearance on “Meet the Press,” hyping both Saddam’s W.M.D.s and the “number of contacts over the years” between Al Qaeda and Iraq. If only 9/11 could somehow be pinned on Iraq, the case for war would be a slamdunk.
But there were no links between 9/11 and Iraq, and the White House knew it. Torture may have been the last hope for coercing such bogus “intelligence” from detainees who would be tempted to say anything to stop the waterboarding.
Last week Bush-Cheney defenders, true to form, dismissed the Senate Armed Services Committee report as “partisan.” But as the committee chairman, Carl Levin, told me, the report received unanimous support from its members — John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman included.
I hope Congress and the Justice Department pursue this ’til Cheney is indicted for war crimes, or dies in an apoplectic fit (or both). Not just Cheney, either … every last one of ’em.