Thursday, July 08, 2004

Sometimes, It's Enough to Make You Weep

Out of frustration, sadness, anger . . . .

Over at TPM, Josh Marshall posts this graf from tomorrow's NYT:

[Update: you know, I keep re-reading this, to make sure I got it right, and I keep getting it the same way, which makes it worse and worse upon re-reading. I'm going to highlight some of the key points and words.]

A bipartisan Senate report to be issued Friday that is highly critical of prewar intelligence on Iraq will sidestep the question of how the Bush administration used that information to make the case for war, Congressional officials said Wednesday. But Democrats are maneuvering to raise the issue in separate statements. Under a deal reached this year between Republicans and Democrats, the Bush administration's role will not be addressed until the Senate Intelligence Committee completes a further stage of its inquiry, but probably not until after the November election. As a result, said the officials, both Democratic and Republican, the committee's initial, unanimous report will focus solely on misjudgments by intelligence agencies, not the White House, in the assessments about Iraq, illicit weapons and Al Qaeda that the administration used as a rationale for the war.*

As Josh says, "convenient . . . "

Among other things . . . .

And they say the spirit of bipartisanship is wanning in the US.

I can appreciate Democratic "maneuvering" to issue separate statements (that can then be conveniently debunked by Bush via Fox et al. as liberal hooey spilled for political gain - after all, if they felt so strongly, why didn't they make their case during report's drafting?) - but, come on! My party agreed to let that issue go until AFTER NOVEMBER?

It's almost - and I stress almost - enough to make a girl write-in Kucinich.

(*There is no direct link to the article, but Josh lists its author as Douglas Jehl. I'll try to find the link and update this post tomorrow).

[Update 2]: How dumb do they think we are? Okay, how dumb have we proved to be - "a lot" is a valid answer for both.

Note these two other TPM posts - both dealing with earlier mentions of the Bush Admin suggesting that the end of July would be the ideal time to find some juicy Al-Q operative if Afghanistan, etc. The second post quotes an article from The New Republic, "July Surprise?":

A third source, an official who works under ISI's director, Lieutenant General Ehsan ul-Haq, informed tnr that the Pakistanis "have been told at every level that apprehension or killing of HVTs before [the] election is [an] absolute must." What's more, this source claims that Bush administration officials have told their Pakistani counterparts they have a date in mind for announcing this achievement: "The last ten days of July deadline has been given repeatedly by visitors to Islamabad and during [ul-Haq's] meetings in Washington." Says McCormack: "I'm aware of no such comment." But according to this ISI official, a White House aide told ul-Haq last spring that "it would be best if the arrest or killing of [any] HVT were announced on twenty-six, twenty-seven, or twenty-eight July"--the first three days of the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

I no longer think I can comment "oh, the audacity," because that word means "bold or insolent heedlessness of restraints," which would imply that there are any restraints on this runaway country and its leadership. At this point - there are none. People don't seem to be getting it - or if they do get it, they don't seem to mind it.

I still mind it and I'm still floored. I hope you are too. And I hope when my predictions, Boondock's predictions, and everyone else's predictions come true - when OBL is magically pulled from a cave on July 30 or on October 26 - America gets it and minds 50%+1's worth.

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