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Saturday, March 20, 2004
 
Quick! Get your WMD while they're hot!
Ebay is auctioning off Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction. Bid fast, since I have the feeling this won't be allowed to stay up long.
 
Friday, March 19, 2004
 
Does anyone still have doubts that Iraq was #1on the hit parade
from Bush's first day in office? 60 minutes interviews Richard Clarke this Sunday. It should be informative; unless you believe that all truth comes from FoxNews and only from FoxNews (why do people watch such obvious propaganda?) An excerpt from 60 minutes:
"They were talking about Iraq on 9/11. They were talking about it on 9/12," says Clarke.The top counter-terrorism advisor, Clarke was briefing the highest government officials, including President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

"Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq....We all said, 'but no, no. Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan," recounts Clarke, "and Rumsfeld said, 'There aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.' I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with [the September 11 attacks].'"
The scary thing is that these folks clearly believe they are going to get away with it.

They may be right.
 
 
Krugman is worth reading today
As usual.
 
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
 
The Bush campaign is really trying to make an issue
out of Kerry's claim that he has been told, in confidence, by some world leaders that they hope he beats Bush in November. Today, *W announced that Kerry should go public with the names of these leaders.
"... Bush, meanwhile, criticized Kerry from the Oval Office for suggesting he has support from world leaders -- whom he has refused to identify -- who want him elected president.

"If you're going to make an accusation in the course of a presidential campaign, you ought to back it up with facts," Bush said..."
Why?

So that The Bushistas can accuse him of not being able to keep a secret? Yeah, riiight.

I've got a better idea: Why doesn't *W line up all the world leaders who hope that he wins and have them make public statements of support?

Well? We're waiting......
 
 
What the heck are we supposed to think about this?
The Al Qaeda affiliated group that has publicly taken responsibility for the Madrid bombings released a very chatty letter today, saying among other things:
...The statement said it supported President Bush (news - web sites) in his reelection campaign, and would prefer him to win in November rather than the Democratic candidate John Kerry (news - web sites), as it was not possible to find a leader "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom." ...
So ask yourself, who does this "endorsement" actually help? Bush or Kerry? Then ask yourself, who has access to covert operatives who could manufacture a letter like this?

Did you get the same answer both times? I did.
 
 
I wonder if this leak will lead back to Cheney's office, too?
"...WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. officials say CIA surveillance aircraft video that they think shows Osama bin Laden in 2000 was "highly classified," and that the CIA will investigate who leaked it to the media.The CIA often investigates when unauthorized material is leaked to the media, U.S. officials said. No decision has been made on whether the matter would be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Funny how this stuff sort of pops up out of nowhere when the media start talking too much about *W's "negatives".


 
Monday, March 15, 2004
 
This steams me.
We can fight all we want about whether it was the right thing to send these guys over to fight a war under false pretenses, but couldn't we at least PAY them??
"...one of the reasons the Guard has been especially hard hit is that, in the words of another congressman, Christopher Shays, its payroll system is "old and leaky and antiquated," designed for an era when the members of the Guard were seen as little more than weekend warriors.

That system has been unable to cope with widespread call-ups to extended periods of active duty and deployment to places in which personnel qualify for a variety of special pay and allowances, particularly in combat zones.
It's enough of a nightmare for the families and the soldiers to find that the paycheck is wrong and doesn't cover the bills during peacetime deployments. Must be totally insane stress to have this going on while you're in a war zone. And our preznit sez: "Bring 'em on!!"

 
 
Here we are again!
MMMmmmmm. Caaaaable...this is nice.
 
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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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