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Sunday, January 04, 2004
 
Worked a 3 leg trip today...we have new security directives regarding cockpit security. I won't go into them here, but I don't feel safer. Mr. Osama has released another tape....good thing we got the REAL bad guy last month; or wait, did we? Dean has been castigated for saying that Saddam's capture hasn't made us safer, but from where I sit (at the front end of an airliner), he's exactly right. Saddam was/is a bad guy, but he wasn't OUR bad guy. Osama is the one we need to get: as long as he's loose and releasing his periodic kill-all-infidels tapes we will have suicidally crazed Islamic Fundamentalists trying to carry out his wishes. He is magic to these guys; the greatest military power in the world has failed to nail him for 2 1/2 years after 9/11.

The Bush administration has led us on a merry snipe hunt to Iraq for their own reasons. WMD was not a real reason. Liberating the Iraqi people was not a real reason. The real reasons may or may not be worthwhile, but since they haven't been revealed or debated, it's kind of tough to say. In the meantime, Osama is still sending his tapes, Afghanistan is lapsing back into the feudal, warlord-dominated society that spawned the Taliban and sheltered Osama, and we are stretched too thin to do squat about it.

Clark and Dean are dead on: gw took his eye off the ball (Osama, Afghanistan) and we will all suffer for it (monster deficit spending on Iraq, feeling safer yet?). This idiot has to go. We can't leave Iraq anytime soon, but the boob who put us there shouldn't get more chances to make extremely bad choices for our country.
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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