Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Could this get more ridiculous?

Here is part of the text of the speech Bush gave today in Ohio regarding the al Qaqaa incident (which I'm dubbing BoomGate):

I want to remind the American people, if Senator Kerry had his way, we would still be taking our global test. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: Saddam Hussein would still be in power. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: He would control all those weapons and explosives and could have shared them with our terrorist enemies. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: Now the Senator is making wild charges about missing explosives, when his top foreign policy advisor admits "we don't know the facts." End quote. Think about that. The Senator is denigrating the actions of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts. Unfortunately, that's part of the pattern of saying anything it takes to get elected. Like when he charged that our military failed to get Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora, even though our top military commander, General Tommy Franks, said, "The Senator's understanding of events does not square with reality," and intelligence reports place bin Laden in any of several different countries at the time. See, our military is now investigating a number of possible scenarios, including this one -- that explosives may have been moved before our troops even arrived, even arrived at the site. The investigation is important and ongoing. And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not the person you want as the Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.) We have a very different perspective when it comes to protecting the American people. Senator Kerry says that September the 11th did not change him much at all. AUDIENCE: Booo!
This is from the White House Web site via Josh Marshall, in case you were wondering. The part I want to you to pay particular attention to is the italicized part, because the guy in charge of monitoring sites in Iraq's ministry of science says:
"The officials that were inside this facility (Al-Qaqaa) beforehand confirm that not even a shred of paper left it before the fall and I spoke to them about it and they even issued certified statements to this effect which the US-led coalition was aware of." He said officials at Al-Qaqaa, including its general director, whom he refused to name, made contact with US troops before the fall in an effort to get them to provide security for the site. The regime's fall triggered a wave of looting of government and private property, which US-led troops struggled to contain as they were busy securing their own positions.
Looks like somebody is jumping to conclusions himself. Also, you'll notice that the blame is on not having enough troops to secure Iraq's weapons, which makes hash of the rationale for going there. It's pretty obvious from his rhetoric that Bush is hoping he can just bullshit his way through next Tuesday, hoping that we the people don't notice what a colossal blunder this is. I'm going to do everything in my power to make that impossible for him.


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