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"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.The scary thing is that these folks clearly believe they are going to get away with it.
"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].'"
"... 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.Why?
"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..."
...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?
"...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".
"...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.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!!"
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.
“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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