- I've shown astounding self-control in not writing about
the renewed shooting war in Iraq, Richard Clarke or Condoleezza Rice's
9/11 testimony in the past few weeks, wouldn't you say?
- Even my mother called up after watching some of Rice's
testimony to say, "That woman strikes me as a bigger liar than George
Bush. I'm finding it real disturbing that all the crazy things you've been
saying since 9/11 are turning out to be true."
- Well, if she can get her shots in I feel justified in
catching up on a few capsule comments on the administration's unravelling
claim to pre-9/11 cluelessness.
- How much more proof do we need than the President's Daily
Brief of Aug. 6, 2001 entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in
U.S." that alluded to 70 active investigations into Al Qaeda cells
operating in the country and preparations for hijackings?
- And yet Bush still has the nerve to claim he would've
"moved mountains" to prevent the attacks had he known they were
coming. He certainly moved mountains of bogus evidence indicating Iraq
was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks to the front while moving mountains
of legitimate proof that Iraq had no useable stocks of WMDs to the side
while he was dragging his nation into a war that was hailed 'round the
world as a disaster before the first shot was fired.
- I wonder if the big dope still thinks the situation in
Iraq is as funny as he did back on March 25 when he made light of the failure
to find weapons of mass destruction at a black-tie event for radio and
television journalists in Washington.
- The mountain-mover himself was narrating a high-larious
slide show sending up his administration's penchant for alienating allies
and spinning lies. He really brought the house down when a series of slides
showing the Prez looking under his office furniture were projected.
- "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be
here somewhere," he told the audience. "Nope, no weapons over
there," he said, laughing. "Maybe under here," he chortled,
as a third slide was shown.
- Stop! Oh golly, you slay me, Mr. President. You're almost
as funny as the inability of any legislators to summon the moral indignation
to mount a decent impeachment proceeding against you for lying to the world
and getting a hell of lot of people blown to tatters.
- Apparently, the President's jocularity is rubbing off
on his military commanders when they describe Operation (Fall on Your)
Resolute Sword as "going well." How nice to be so optimistic
about destroying neighbourhoods and body-bagging 70 marines this month
while putting down the bloody and popular joint Shiite and Sunni insurgency
against the American occupation.
- I'm sure that when they suspend shelling to distribute
food and water and allow civilians to bury their dead, the U.S. soldiers
are greeted as liberators and garlanded with flowers too, huh?
- Of course, the thigh-slapping irony of it all is that
extinguishment of the democratic fantasy in Iraq was precipitated by the
American closing of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr's newspaper Al Hawza. Because
nothing screams democracy like shutting down the news and views of those
who disagree with you, right?
- Well, thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Here's
a wee bone for those of you craving some local commentary: start conserving
water now. After an Easter weekend like that one, the writing on the wall
seems pretty plain.
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