Holy Jesus

I wonder what peole will say about this:

President Bush’s erroneous reference to an Iraqi-Africa uranium link was understandable, former President Clinton said Tuesday, in part because Saddam Hussein’s regime had not accounted for some weapons by the time Clinton ended his term in 2001.

Clinton’s comments reinforce one of the pillars of Bush’s defense of the war in Iraq — that his Democratic predecessor was never satisfied that Saddam had rid himself of weapons of mass destruction.

“When I left office, there was a substantial amount of biological and chemical material unaccounted for,” Clinton said during a televised interview.

Clinton said he never found out whether a U.S.-British bombing campaign he ordered in 1998 ended Saddam’s capability of producing chemical and biological weapons. “We might have gotten it all, we might have gotten half of it, we might have gotten none of it,” he said.

In his State of the Union (search) speech in February justifying the planned war in Iraq, Bush referred to British intelligence reports that Saddam had tried to purchase uranium for nuclear weapons production. His administration says it now believes those reports were based in part on forged documents.

Clinton confined his remarks to biological and chemical weapons, and did not say whether he would consider credible any report that Saddam had wanted to build a nuclear weapons program.

Nonetheless, he suggested that Bush’s mistake was par for the course — and that it was time to move on now that Bush had acknowledged the error.

“You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president,” he said. “I mean, you can’t make as many calls as you have to without messing up once in a while. The thing we ought to be focused on is what is the right thing to do now.”

Clinton said ending tensions in Iraq should be the priority now — another echo of the current White House’s talking points. “We should be pulling for America on this. We should be pulling for the people of Iraq.”


(Via Hanks)

When I am Wrong, I am REALLY Wrong

This thread about Democrats planning strategy and accidentally broadcasting their meeting was kind of amusing:
The conversation was transmitted to roughly 500 “squawk boxes” around Sacramento that political staff, lobbyists and reporters use to listen in on legislative proceedings.

….”Since this is going to be a crisis, the crisis could be this year,” Goldberg said, according to a transcript. “No one’s running [for reelection]. And maybe you end up better off than you would have, and maybe you don’t. But what you do is you show people that you can’t get to this without a 55% vote.”

….After about 90 minutes, a staffer interrupted to alert lawmakers that their meeting was not private at all:

“Excuse me, guys, you can be heard outside,” an unidentified staff member said.

“Oh [expletive], [expletive],” Goldberg said.

That is amusing enough, but it started to make me think about the California problem again. I have decided that if there was ever one thing I was wrong about, it was term limits. And, boy, was I wrong. Is there anyone out there who thinks that if a competent legislature with experience were in place, California would be in half as bad a mess as it is now?

As much as it hurts me, I am with Willie Brown. Term limits are not the answer.

Nothing to Offer But Fear Itself

More for the “They Just Don’t Get It” file. Gov. Dean, the Democrat frontrunner, IMHO, is guest blogging on Lawrence Lessig’s blog:

Its been a busy day, but its great to blog here on Larry Lessigs blog.

Ill be writing all week, but if theres a day I cant make it, Joe Trippi, my campaign manager, will fill in for me. Thank you Professor Lessig for inviting me.

The Internet might soon be the last place where open dialogue occurs. One of the most dangerous things that has happened in the past few years is the deregulation of media ownership rules that began in 1996. Michael Powell and the Bush FCC are continuing that assault today (see the June 2nd ruling).

The danger of relaxing media ownership rules became clear to me when I saw what happened with the Dixie Chicks.

George Bush had it right when talking about Gore in his acceptance speech:

“If my opponent had been there at the moon launch, it would have been a ‘risky rocket scheme,'” Bush charged to cheers and laughter. “If he had been there when Edison was testing the light bulb, it would have been a ‘risky anti-candle scheme.’ … He now leads the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but the only thing he has to offer is fear itself.”

A Moder Day Rorschach Test

The CalPundit has found an interesting modern day Rorschach test:

What to think? If you believe that Bush is sincere, this makes perfect sense. Maybe we really can’t ramp up spending that fast without wasting a lot of it.

But if he’s not, then it’s just a cynical effort to get public credit for being compassionate without having to follow through on it.

Which is it?

It is funny that so much of modern politics boils down to things like this. Go read to find out what Kevin is taling about.

I am ready…

For Yglesias to return from his European Vacation.