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Two aides to Sandy Berger have this to say in a new book:
More broadly, the authors argue that the Bush administration failed to respond to the terrorist threat before the Sept. 11 hijackings. Senior military officers who served during the Clinton-Bush transition are quoted in the book as saying that terrorism moved “farther to the back burner” in the early days of the Bush administration
Some light fare to start the morning:
1.) Will Warren on bomb-sniffing (ar anything sniffing, for that matter) police dogs.
Are the dogs a good idea? I suppose.
But a chap who does his thinking with his nose
Does not in me much confidence inspire:
Let’s put aside the bizarre political opinions.
Let’s put aside the fact that she thinks she should be able to influence political policy because many think she can sing well and she has earned a great deal of money.
Let’s put aside what she charges for concerts.
Let’s put aside that she is a singer, and she has her own self-adulating web-site rife with her political opinions.
I can put all that aside- but this is too much. In her defense (displayed prominently on her website) of the memo riddled with spelling errors that she sent to ‘Dick Gebhardt’ last week, she is not content telling us that it was dictated by phone and that her assistant made the mistake. That by itself is boorish- where I work, the boss is in charge of quality control, not the underlings. But check out this gem:
THE IRONIC FURTHER TRUTH.. Hidden in this example of diverted news priorities is the fact that Barbra Streisand is a former spelling bee champion, meticulous in her written communications!
That’s right, folks. All that AND a spelling bee champ!
*** UPDATE ***
Apparently, although she is a spelling bee champion, Babs is not a Shakespeare buff. According to Drudge, she was fooled by an internet hoax and recited a fake quote at a DNC Gala. Here is the Snopes debunking of the quote.
What a Maroon!
*** Update #2 ***
The United States hit determined opposition from Russia and France over its stance on Iraq on Monday, threatening its bid for tough new U.N.-imposed arms inspection rules as experts met in Vienna to discuss them.
I am sure that this story will be used by some to create an image of a unilateralist image of the United States and our renegade and dangerous President. If there is anything I have learned, it is that Bush’s policy opponents squeal the loudest right before completely they completely capitulate.
The REAL Story Behind the Toricelli Scandal
So Bob Toricelli is stepping down, and the Democrats are going to have to go through all sorts of illegal manipulations and court procedures to attempt to bypass New Jersey LAW in order to find someone who can beat the Republican candidate. That is a big story, but here is the real scandal:
Seven days ago, our esteemed Senate Majority Leader was in New Jersey, telling us to look beyond Toricelli’s past, and vote for him. That’s right, even though no new charges have surfaced and Mr. Toricelli has never served a day in jail or even been charged with a crime, he is so ethically tainted that he can not run for office. However, as Tom Daschle has NO ethics whatsoever, it is no big deal for him to publicly lie to voters that Mr. Toricelli is what is right for America:
Mr. Daschle urged New Jerseyans today to look beyond Mr. Torricelli’s ethical problems, however, because he said the stakes of the election were so steep.
“What America looks like in the years ahead will depend on the battles we fight right there on the Senate floor,” Mr. Daschle said. “And we have never had a race in which there was more at stake than what is happening right now.”
That is right. The day before Daschle accuses the President of politicizing the war on Iraq (an unfounded charge which we all know is based on intentionally mis-interpreted quotes from Bush), he is telling us that POLITICAL CONTROL OF THE SENATE is so important, we should disregard ethics. Remember, nothing has changed- no new charges have been brought against Toricelli- he is the SAME man Daschle was stumping for last week.
A fine party you Democrats run. Are you guys trying to help Clinton’s legacy by comparison? Meanwhile, Bonior and McDermott are in Iraq essentially committing treason.
On election day, everyone should ask themselves, why on earth should I trust these Democrats with my future, my wealth, and my security?
*** Update ***
Reader H. W. claims that something has changed- there is a new document being released. That may be true, but that is not my point. Nothing has changed about Toricelli, the man. He was a sewer trout last week, and he remains a pilfering egotist today. The nature of the man is still the same- he is scum. What has really changed are the polls numbers, and thus, the Democrats approach. Who needs a moral compass when you have a pollster?
Remember George Bush during the 2000 Republican Convention, discussing Al Gore:
It is the sum of his message — the politics of the roadblock, the philosophy of the stop sign.
If my opponent had been there at the moon launch, it would have been a “risky rocket scheme.”
If he’d been there when Edison was testing the light bulb, it would have been a “risky anti-candle scheme.”
And if he’d been there when the Internet was invented well … I understand he actually was there for that.
He now leads the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But the only thing he has to offer is fear itself.
Maybe Al Gore really is speaking for the Democrats. What do they have to offer? What are their suggestions? What are their plans? In which direction do they want to lead us?
They hate the tax cut, but they are afraid to do anything about it.
They hate the idea of action against Iraq, but they refuse to suggest an alternative, so all they do is talk.
Check out the fearmongering in Kristof’s article today. Listen to Fat Teddy Kennedy talking about a war with Iraq and the possible street fighting:
Meanwhile, senior Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy argued in a speech Friday that the administration has failed to make a persuasive case for going to war against Iraq and that the top U.S. priority should be getting U.N. inspectors back in Iraq, not preparing for unilateral military action.
“War should be a last resort, not the first response,” the Massachusetts senator said in a speech to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Does that make him a Chickendove? All Ted Kennedy has ever battled is the bottle, his beltline, and reality.
I look at people like Tom Delay, or Strom Thurmond, people who scare the hell out of me, and all I can think is what a sad situation it is that I would gladly vote for them over 90% of the Democrats out there right now.