Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to do this thing these days so I missed a bunch of stuff I'd like to make snarky comments about, but can I just say that inauguration was a total sham.
I mean, look at the amount of security around bush going down Pennsylvania Ave. My God, it looked like we were invading Baghdad again. Did anyone notice the 10 lines of police in front of the protest pen at John Marshall park?
What did they think they were going to do? There were obviously many dangerous people like Michael Berg and that crazy Sue Niederer! Quick, call out Delta Force!
The Washington Post reported that despite the ring of steel around the motorcade someone managed to hit the M1 limo with an orange at 13th and Penn.
Condi, uniquely unqualified.
Condi Rice showed her usual lack of respect for the truth and the congress with her testimony at her confirmation hearing. Thank God for Barbara Boxer.
Can you believe Diane Feinstein? What is her deal?
Has she forgotten about Harvey Milk and where she came from and what she fought for? Disgusting!
One thing no one brought up was Rice's insistence that nobody could have known Al-Qaeda would use planes as weapons.
As I wrote last year:
"In her Op-ED "9/11: For The Record" [March,22] Condoleezza Rice continues to claim "Despite what some have suggested, we received no intelligence that terrorists were preparing to attack the homeland using airplanes as missiles." There is, however, ample evidence to the contrary.
An article in the Washington Post by Steve Fainaru [Clues pointed to changing terrorist tactics, May 19 2002] reported that Abdul Hakim Murad, a Pakistani national, told Philippine authorities in the mid-nineties he would "crash a light aircraft loaded with explosives into CIA headquarters at Langley."
The article also says that during the Genoa summit in July of 2001 "...the Italian government closed airspace over Genoa and mounted antiaircraft batteries based on information that Islamic extremists were planning to use an airplane to kill President Bush."
Other examples of terrorist plots employing airplanes as missiles that should have been known to Ms. Rice have been cited to the National Commission on Terrorism Attacks Upon the United States."
Before she testified at the 9/11 commission, which she said on 60 minutes she would never do to preserve a "very important principle," she said she had "misspoke" and that she did know about planes being used as weapons.
Here is a record of her Misstatements on this subject.
To me, lying to the American people and the families of the 9/11 attacks is much more of an issue and should have disqualified her for such a high office.
How about that "Iraqi Stabilization Group" that Bush appointed her to lead, by the way? How's that going?
Remember, she was supposed to go in there and cut through the BS and get it done? What happened?
[Washington, 8 October 2003 (RFE/RL--
At a news conference in Washington on 6 October, U.S. President George W. Bush expressed confidence that all is going well in Iraq.
"The situation is improving on a daily basis inside Iraq. People are freer, the security situation is getting better, the infrastructure is getting better, the schools are opening, the hospitals are being modernized," Bush said.
During the same appearance, however, Bush appeared to contradict that conclusion by discussing the creation of the Iraq Stabilization Group, under which the ultimate oversight of Iraqi reconstruction will no longer rest with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld but with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and the White House National Security Council.]
I really can't think of anyone less qualified for the job of Secretary of State. She is just a travesty.
But, don't say anything, she like Alberto "waterboard" Gonzales, are great American success stories. Is this the republican version of Affirmative action?
37 killed yesterday, defending freedom.
We lost a lot of good people yesterday, so its good that the president came right out and said he was sorry. Oh, he didn't? He had to be asked about it?
What did he say about it?
"The story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people. I understand that. We value life. And we weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life.
But it is the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom.
I though it was mushroom clouds and WMD that they were dying for. I hope the parents and family members of those who died realize it's for the freedom of the world they died for.
Remember, Iran is next.
Since W didn't read Seymour Hersh's article, or the Washington Post story on secret pentagon teams going around the world doing god knows what in our name, he can't comment. Seems like everything the White House does is designed to be plausibly denied.