Those “International Agreements” Sure Work Well, Don’t They?

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP – Latin America/Caribbean

Venezuela refused to sign an internationally brokered agreement Thursday for a referendum on President Hugo Chavez’s presidency.
The refusal cast doubt on prospects for any vote on Chavez’s six-year term, which ends in 2007. Venezuela’s opposition staged a two-month general strike this winter to demand the plebiscite.
Chavez didn’t budge, but after five months of negotiations, the Organization of American States announced on April 11 the two sides had agreed on a plan for a referendum.

Hell, He’s just another one of those bannana republic Presidente-For-Life’s the left loves. Don;t look for any elections anytime soon. Unless, of course, he can do one of those Saddam style ones.

KFC Will Get You Every Time

Oldest American, Mary Christian, dies at 113

Mary Christian lived long enough to see the turn of two centuries. Christian, who was certified as the longest-living American in November, died Sunday at the Creekside Healthcare Center in San Pablo after a bout with pneumonia. She was 113.
Before her diet was restricted to soft foods, Christian was fond of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Twinkies.
“She had a nice, long life,” said her niece, Rita Rinna.

What The Hell Are You Talking About?

North Korea’s Choices (washingtonpost.com)

[T]he Bush administration should at least test whether Pyongyang might choose a path of cooperation
North Korea certainly won’t give up its nuclear option, which it sees as its defense against a possible U.S. attack, unless the Bush administration is willing to forgo the option of forcible regime change.
The Clinton administration offered Mr. Kim that assurance, only to be deceived as North Korea froze one nuclear weapons program and secretly began another

It appears that the WaPo cannot be serious. This looks like some kind of CYA editorial. They can point to different parts as being correct no matter what the outcome.
In one column they call for the Bush administration to give the Norks a chance, that they might give up their Nuc’s for assurances and admit that when Clinton did that, Pyongyang cheated. Isn’t one definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results?

Can You Hear The Black Helicopters?

Tunnel between Camp David and Site R?
I was stationed at Ft Ritchie for a while. Never heard anything about a secret tunnel from Site R to Camp David. With both being on mountain tops that would be quite a feat. Site R was built back in the 50’s and 60’s and construction was no secret. The existance of Site R itself is not and never was a secret. I suppose it is possible there is a tunnel, but it sounds pretty far fetched. What would be the purpose? There is vehicle traffic to and from Site R all hours of the day or night, another one wouldn’t stand out and would be a hell of a lot cheaper and simpler than building a tunnel.
Yes, I know Ft Ritchie is supposed to be honeycombed with tunnels from the WWII days as an OSS training camp, but I never saw one of those or met anyone who had. It seems to be one of these “friend of a friend” things.
My son went to Ft. Ritchie a year or so ago while he was in D.C. for some kind of training. It is now defunct and has been sold off. I guess people bought the housing units and the buildings are now used for civilian things. If there’s a tunnel there, it’s still a secret.

Yankee Go Home, Let Us Install A New Dictator.

That seems to be the reigning attitude that Rajiv Chandrasekaran
found while doing this story for the WaPo.
Thanks for Ousting Hussein, ‘Now Please Go Home’ (washingtonpost.com)

BAGHDAD, April 21 — When Marines helped pull down a bronze statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad 12 days ago, Rafeh Mohammed took to the street and cheered the legions of American troops pouring into the city to end Hussein’s three-decade rule.
“We were so happy,” he said. “We were being liberated from a dictator. We thought life was surely going to get better.”
Today, Mohammed is a bitter man. “The Americans,” sniffed the 32-year-old trader, “have failed us.”

The first thing I’d like to know is, who in the hell is Rajiv Chandrasekaran? He is only described as “Washington Post Foreign Service”. What does that mean? Is he Iraqi? If so, did he live under the Hussein regime and did he let his work be censored by the “minders”?
What method did he use to find these disgruntled people, and who are they? There are a lot of people in Iraq that had much invested in the status quo under Hussein. What was these people’s relationship with the Ba’ath party?
Hathem Mohammed Bender, a poet? If he made a living as a poet under Hussein then he must have specialized in turning out the drivel that was pleasing the Saddam and sons. Is he expecting to make a living as a poet now? That’s not a very well-paying profession without sponsorship.

[D]emonstrators have gathered daily in front of a large downtown hotel housing U.S. troops and foreign journalists, calling for Iraqis to be allowed to manage their affairs immediately.

How many demonstrators? How much do they represent the people of Baghdad? Has anyone checked to see if perhaps these are Ba’ath party members or some of the Saddam Fedayeen that changed clothes and disappeared last week? I’m sure they would love for the Americans to go away so they could take over again.
I’m just not inclined to take any news writer’s word for things, especially after seeing the lengths some of them went to avoid reporting things in Iraq. It’s not just CNN, I don’t trust any of them anymore.