Daily Archives: October 31, 2004

More of Bush’s failures

Holy Zarqawi – Why Bush let Iraq’s top terrorist walk. By Daniel Benjamin

This article details yet another Bush failure in Iraq.

Specifically, the Bush administration justified its invasion of Iraq in part on the fact that a terrorist with likely ties to Bin Ladin was operating on Iraqi soil (though in territorry the Kurd’s controlled with the help of US airpower), but it made no plans to deal with him. In fact, it repeatedly ignored plans put forward by the CIA to neutralize him

That terrorist was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the same terrorist claiming responsibility for attacks within Iraq ranging from the execution of 49 police recruits this last week, to scores of truck and car bombings, to the execution of multiple hostages.

Bush’s failure to dispatch al-Zarqawi, like his failure to deal with the tons and tons of high explosives that have gone missing since the invasion, are two more reasons why things are going so badly in Iraq.

The root cause is clear right now: Bush and his team are fuck-ups. Do not wait until after the election to figure that out. It’s time for some accountability. It’s time to throw Bush out.

One of the lies Bush supporters tell us is that Bush’s flip flopping on “no nation building” by invading Afghanistan and Iraq is actually a virtue, representing his willingness to respond to the new realities posed by 9/11.

This is a lie, because the record makes it clear that the administration started plotting an invasion of Iraq shortly after taking office. In fact, it is two lies, because pushing forward with the invasion of Iraq, and diverting resources from Afghanistan and hunting Bin Ladin, represents an unwillingness to respond to to the new realities posed by 9/11.

I’m not sure if they actually believe these lies themselves, but you shouldn’t believe them when they repeat it.




adj : characteristic of someone who employs terrorism (especially as a political weapon); “terrorist activity”; “terrorist state” n : a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities

New York Daily News – Home – Analysis: See tape as boost for Prez

“We want people to think ‘terrorism’ for the last four days,” said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. “And anything that raises the issue in people’s minds is good for us.”

A senior GOP strategist added, “anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush.”

He called it “a little gift,” saying it helps the President but doesn’t guarantee his reelection.

Think about it.