SADDAM CAUGHT..... WAR OVER..... LET'S GO HOME!
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Saturday, September 27, 2003
OH THAT THERE WERE EQUAL TIME
Bush: World Safer Without Saddam
Sat Sep 27, 5:00 PM ET, By Steve Holland and Fiona O'Brien
WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President Bush saying the world was a safer place without Saddam Hussein sought on Saturday to justify his war with Iraq to the American people. (link)
Saddam: World Safer Without Bush
TIKRIT (Al Geezera) - Saddam Hussein told a reporter today "I told you I didn't have no stinkin' nuclear weapons" and "I told you idiots Bush was a threat to world peace." (satire)
US INCREASES CENSORSHIP IN IRAQ
New media rules cast a pall over coverage of US-occupied Iraq
DAILY TIMES, PAKISTAN
BAGHDAD: Western media expressed concern Wednesday over new reporting rules issued by Iraq’s US-installed Governing Council warning against coverage that could incite violence or comfort supporters of Saddam Hussein.
“Of course we would oppose anything that stopped us doing our job and providing a full and accurate picture of what’s going on in this country,” said John Daniszewski, of the Baghdad bureau for the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s important that journalists can work unimpeded.”
He said it was equally important to cover the remnants of the ousted Baath Party but this did not mean correspondents were inciting disorder, violence or advocating a return of Saddam.
“If the Baath Party were to appear, it’s important that people know about that,” he told AFP.
The rules barred media from coverage that could incite violence, disorder or religious or racial tensions, advocate the return of the Baath Party or represent Saddam’s group directly or indirectly.
The council vowed to keep a close watch to make sure news organisations toed the line.
The five rules were included with a ban on Arab satellite TV stations Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya from reporting on government activities for two weeks because of their “irresponsible actions.” LINK
Not much made of this in the US media. Could it be the Pakistan press is freer than our own?
BIG TROUBLE FOR THE BUSH LEAGUE
CIA seeks probe of White House
Agency asks Justice to investigate leak of employee’s identity
EXCLUSIVE - MSNBC AND NBC NEWS
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 — The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that the White House broke federal laws by revealing the identity of one of its undercover employees in retaliation against the woman’s husband, a former ambassador who publicly criticized President Bush’s since-discredited claim that Iraq had sought weapons-grade uranium from Africa, NBC News has learned. LINK
OUTRAGE OF THE MONTH CLUB
Read here how Chris Whittle started Edison Schools which put teachers out of work, hollowed it out to pay off personal debts, and used Jeb Bush connections to get bailed out by the Florida teachers pension fund.
THE NOW I'M TOTALLY CONVINCED, DEPT.
U.S.: Iraq May Have Helped '93 WTC Bomber
Fri Sep 26, 8:26 AM ET
By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - U.S. teams in Iraq have uncovered some signs that a participant in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center may have received help from the government of Saddam Hussein after the bombing, Bush administration officials say.
Vice President Dick Cheney first asserted that one of the bombers — a U.S. citizen and one of the FBI's most-wanted terrorists — received help from Iraq, although he offered little detail. LINK
Gee, more ten year old evidence that something MAY have happened. A real smoking gun.
Hey, I heard Bush Sr MAY have been involved in the Kennedy Assassination. Let's GET him!
MORE SNAKE OIL ANYONE?
The NY Times seems to still employ some Bush propagandists, for example:
In a Democracy, the President Is Also Salesman in Chief
By ELISABETH BUMILLER 10:37 AM ET, NY TIMES
The consensus among historians, ad executives and pollsters is that President Bush has to do a more extensive job of selling Americans on Iraq. LINK
That's right, sell us some more lies. But would YOU buy a used war from this man?
REMEMBER THE DRONES?
Air Force Analysts Feel Vindicated on Iraqi Drones
By Bradley Graham, Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 26, 2003; Page A23
Flipping through photographs of drone aircraft uncovered by U.S. search teams in Iraq, Robert S. Boyd, the Air Force's senior intelligence analyst, stopped at one showing the inside of a fuselage.
Two glass viewing ports could be seen at the bottom of the metal frame. Fastened above was a bracket, which Boyd said was likely for mounting "a camera or recorder of some sort." Also squeezed into the cramped space were the flight controls, leaving little room, Boyd noted, for much else -- certainly not anything capable of dispensing biological or chemical warfare agents.
Discovery of such remnants of Iraq's drone program since U.S. forces seized Baghdad in April has left Air Force officials feeling vindicated. They argued before the Iraq war that the drones were never meant to spread toxins but to fly unarmed reconnaissance missions. LINK
What a surprise, more Bush lies. (hey it rhymes! Call up the DNC!)
North Korea calls Rumsfeld illiterate psychopath
What a great headline, but not entirely accurate. Bush is the illiterate psychopath. Rumsfeld is the LITERATE one.
Friday, September 26, 2003
White House Faces Crunch Time on 9/11 Files
Marie Cocco, NEWSDAY, September 25, 2003
Two weeks and counting.
After that, the independent commission investigating the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001, says it is going to blow the whistle. Again.
"We spend a long time on negotiating on access," said former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana, the 9/11 commission co-chairman. "And we have laid down a marker here in which we indicate that we need this information in two weeks' time. So we are approaching a crunch point, I believe."
You may wonder why, two years after the attacks that slaughtered more than 3,000 people and set the United States on a course of indefinite war, it has come down to these two weeks. The families of Sept. 11 surely do. It is nine months, after all, since the commission - the only one empowered to fully probe the events of that day - was established. There are only eight more left until, by law, it expires.
The answer is that the White House has never wanted this commission. It fought against it for a year. Once it became politically impossible to stop, the administration engaged in a rear-guard action to slow its work, a stall meant to last until May, when the panel goes out of existence. Documents and witnesses were coming forth with such determined sluggishness that Hamilton, a Democrat, and his Republican counterpart, former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, voiced concern about being thwarted. Since their extraordinary public complaint in July, much has gone better. Surprise.
"We had, shortly after that, a genuine flood of documents," Kean said at the panel's briefing on Tuesday.
Even from the White House. And except from the White House.
"Pending requests seek additional sensitive documents," the commission's latest report to the people says. "Extensive negotiations" continue and the commission has received "certain assurances" - but not all it needs - from the White House.
"We will inform the public very promptly if the commission does not receive the access that we need to do our job," Kean said.
The joint congressional committee that probed intelligence failures before the 9/11 attacks wrote, in its final report, a 15-page appendix about this very trouble. "Access Limitations Encountered by the Joint Inquiry," the chapter is called.
Information withheld from Congress included the president's daily brief, especially a crucial one produced in August 2001 that warned of possible terrorist attacks, including hijackings. Information relating to the development of a Bush counter-terrorism policy before 9/11 also was kept from the lawmakers.
"We will be very disappointed if we have to have such an appendix," Kean said.
The secrecy does not arise from worry over classified material. Reams of it was given to the congressional inquiry. More has gone to the independent commission. In the end, the executive branch agencies - the CIA, the FBI, the Defense Department, the White House - have the power to black out sensitive material from any eventual public report. Remember those 28 blank pages in the congressional report that are said to be about the Saudis?
"We have no power to declassify," Hamilton said. "The declassification power resides with the president."
So, too, does the power to let the 9/11 commission do its job.
In two weeks' time, this president must decide. He can live up to the rhetoric of cooperation and allow a full and fair inquiry into the catastrophe that redefined his presidency and all of our lives. Or he can assert executive privilege, withholding from the panel whatever White House documents, pretty much, he chooses.
The commission then would be duty-bound to tell us what these are. How could it do otherwise? The truth is not to be found in acquiescence.
The choice, when it is made, will have nothing at all to do with national security, though this would undoubtedly be the claim. It is, in the end, a matter of political security and how this White House decides to define it. LINK
Thursday, September 25, 2003
BUSH - BIN LADEN BROUHAHA PUTS TERROR ATTACK ON BACK BURNER
(Tora Bora) A rift between former buddies and erstwhile enemies George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden has put up a question mark about this fall's expected terrorist attack, said sources close to Bin Laden yesterday.
"We had it all set up to do a big one this fall, but now Bush is backing out," complained one Al Qaeda lieutenant known as "Agli". "The deal was whenever Bush's popularity sinks to 50% or lower, then we're allowed to make an attack."
Bin Laden sources speculated that Bush may have had cold feet due to the polls which also suggested the American public now believes the Iraq war has caused chances of terror attacks to have increased.
"Bush promised us the Iraq war would take the heat off us, which it did. But what good is peace and quiet if we can't do what we do best?" Agli asked.
Agli explained that Al Qaeda had a three attack deal with Bush that would have taken them through the 2006 midterm elections. "Now everything is up in the air, so to speak," he said.
He went on to explain that this fall's attack plan was fiendishly clever. "Last time, when we got the WTC in New York, it created too much sympathy for New Yorkers, which after all is a Democratic state. This time Bush was going to have us attack Texas or Indiana to generate sympathy for the Republicans."
"But we've learned to be patient with Bush. After all, Osama's dad financed Bush's first ten oil rigs and not one of them struck oil. He's a slow b-stard, but he is our b-stard."
BUSH HYPOCRISY ON SEX TRADE
Are our tax dollars are rewarding a company that traded sex slaves in Bosnia?
UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES: A reader sent me a whole host of links about how Bush's emphasis, yesterday, on the sex slave trade during his UN speech, was hypocritical.
Why? Because, thanks to Bush and his buddies, YOU and I are providing millions of our tax dollars to DynCorp, which is ostensibly providing maintenance support, and other "services" in Iraq.
DynCorp was recently involved in a whistleblower scandal when an employee of theirs working in Bosnia ratted some fellow employees out for facilitating the sex trade there.
"Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing business in Bosnia.
According to the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) lawsuit filed in Texas on behalf of the former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, "in the latter part of 1999 Johnston learned that employees and supervisors from DynCorp were engaging in perverse, illegal and inhumane behavior [and] were purchasing illegal weapons, women, forged passports and [participating in] other immoral acts. Johnston witnessed coworkers and supervisors literally buying and selling women for their own personal enjoyment, and employees would brag about the various ages and talents of the individual slaves they had purchased."
BUSH: WE HAVE TO KILL THE ELDERLY IN ORDER TO SAVE THEM
Proposed Rule Would Ease Stance on Feeding at Nursing Homes
By ROBERT PEAR, NY TIMES
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 — The Bush administration is relaxing regulation of nursing homes to allow low-paid workers with one day of training to feed patients who cannot feed themselves.
Administration officials said the new workers would improve the quality of care, providing additional assistance to patients at busy mealtimes. LINK
Sounds like the "Clean Skies Initiative" for easing air pollution standards. If there is a employee shortage at nursing homes, wouldn't a better answer be paying them MORE, not allowing them to be trained less and paid less?
"Open your mouth grandma, while I shovel down some peas..."
JUST ADMIT YOU F--ING LIED, COLIN
Powell tries to explain 2001 remarks on Iraq
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has tried to explain away remarks on Iraq dating back to the beginning of the Bush administration, before the United States decided to invade Iraq.
Speaking in Cairo in February 2001, on his first Middle East trip, Powell said that Iraq had not developed "any significant capacity" in weapons of mass destruction and was not able to attack his neighbours with conventional weapons.
A Democratic congressional aide dug out his remarks this week and has circulated them to the media.
Asked why he changed his assessment, Powell said on Thursday: "I didn't change my assessment... I did not say he (Iraqi President Saddam Hussein) didn't have weapons of mass destruction." link
Just no SIGNIFICANT weapons of mass distraction. "I thought maybe he had some eeny-weeny widdle weapons of mass destructions, you know..."
CHUMP CHANGE FOR THE CHIMP
Brussels to give E200m to rebuild Iraq
By Judy Dempsey in Brussels and Edward Alden in Washington
Published: September 24 2003 21:57, FINANCIAL TIMES
The European Commission is expected to commit only €200m ($180m) to the rebuilding of Iraq, a tiny fraction of what the US needs and much smaller than the European Union contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The small sum, which the commission is expected to pledge at next month's donors conference, illustrates the poor response to president to President George W. Bush's call for more international military and financial support. LINK
Prenez cela, vous chimpanze souriant! (translate here)
NOT IN THEIR NAME EITHER
Iraqis Negative About Bush's U.N. Speech
By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqis gave largely negative reviews Wednesday to President Bush's speech to the United Nations in which he said Washington would not be forced into a hasty return of power to local authorities....
..."Bush's speech was bad. He talked about liberating Iraqi people while the reality is that the Americans liberated only the criminals and bad people who are looting the country," said Anmar Mohammed, a former military officer who is now unemployed.
"He talked about Iraq being the front line for combating terrorism, while it was Bush's war that brought terrorists to our country. He talked about better life for the Iraqis, while now most of them are jobless," he said.... LINK
Hey, don't complain, dude. It's the same thing he did in America.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Long time Bush Dynasty supporter and Mega-Cult Leader Sun Myung Moon has gained Govt funding according to this Slate article. You probably know he called gays "dung-eating dogs," and American women "a line of prostitutes", and said the Holocaust was payback for the Jews... But what's most interesting to the perv in me is his view of sex:
Bad Moon on the rise
Overcoming his church's bizarre reputation and his own criminal record, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon has cemented ties with the Bush administration -- and gained government funding for his closest disciples.
By John Gorenfeld
...His solution is a world theocracy that will enforce proper sexual habits in order to bring about heaven on earth.
What sort of proper sexual habits?
...when sexual consummation does happen, it must adhere to very specific instructions. First, a photograph of Moon must be nearby, so that everything occurs under the reverend's watchful eye. After two nights of woman-on-top sex, the couple reverse positions, whereupon the man, according to Moon, restores dominion over Eve, via the proper missionary position. Then, according to the instructions attributed to the U.C.'s American Blessed Family Department, "after the act of love, both spouses should wipe their sexual areas with the Holy Handkerchief" --referring to the church-supplied washcloth -- which must "be kept individually labeled and should never be laundered or mixed up." link
Stinky, no? No wonder he needs government funding.
ASHCROFT DOES IT AGAIN
New Plea Bargain Limits Could Swamp Courts, Experts Say
By ADAM LIPTAK and ERIC LICHTBLAU, NY TIMES
If Attorney General John Ashcroft's new directive limiting the use of plea bargains in federal prosecutions were enforced to the letter, legal experts said, the criminal justice system would soon face a crisis.
"If even just a small fraction of the 96 percent of all defendants who currently plead guilty end up going to trial, the courts will be overrun in no time," said Marc Mauer, the assistant director of the Sentencing Project, a research group in Washington that supports prisoners' rights.
The directive, which was issued on Monday to all federal prosecutors, requires them to charge defendants with "the most serious, readily provable offense" in every case and, with some exceptions, not to engage in plea negotiations thereafter. LINK
ANARCHY IN IRAQ
Over 1,500 violent civilian deaths in occupied Baghdad
IRAQ BODY COUNT Press Releases - PR5 - September 23rd 2003
The first definitive total of violent civilian deaths in Baghdad since mid April has been published by Iraq Body Count (IBC), an Anglo-American research group tracking media-reported civilian deaths occuring as a consequence of the US/UK military intervention in Iraq.
From April 14th to 31st August, 2,846 violent deaths were recorded by the Baghdad city morgue. When corrected for pre-war death rates in the city a total of at least 1,519 excess violent deaths in Baghdad emerges from reports based on the morgue's records.
IBC's latest study is the first comprehensive count to adjust for the comparable "background level" of deaths in Baghdad in recent pre-war times. It is therefore an estimate of additional deaths in the city directly attributable to the breakdown of law and order following the US takeover and occupation of Baghdad.
The study confirms the widespread anecdotal evidence that violence on the streets of Baghdad has skyrocketed, with the average daily death rate almost tripling since mid April from around 10 per day to over 28 per day during August.
Another worrying development is that during the pre-war period deaths from gunshot wounds accounted for approximately 10% of bodies brought to the morgue, but now account for over 60% of those killed. The small number of reports available for other cities indicate that these trends are being mirrored elsewhere in the country. MORE
WHAT'S UP WITH THE TIMING ON THE GUANTANAMO ARRESTS?
Lead news on cnn.com last night was the arrest of a 2nd Guantanamo serviceman. But further down the page was the fact he was actually arrested Sept 10. And the other one was arresting in JULY. Why suddenly announce them NOW? Could it be to push Bush's UN fiasco off the front page? Just asking.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
THE BIG LIE
Here's the proof that the Bush Administration knew Saddam was no threat, but lied anyway:
THE BIG LIE
JOHN PILGER REVEALS WMDs WERE JUST A PRETEXT FOR PLANNED WAR ON IRAQ
John Pilger, Sep 22 2003, THE MIRROR
EXACTLY one year ago, Tony Blair told Parliament: "Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing.
"The policy of containment is not working. The weapons of mass destruction programme is not shut down. It is up and running now."
Not only was every word of this false, it was part of a big lie invented in Washington within hours of the attacks of September 11 2001 and used to hoodwink the American public and distract the media from the real reason for attacking Iraq. "It was 95 per cent charade," a former senior CIA analyst told me.
An investigation of files and archive film for my TV documentary Breaking The Silence, together with interviews with former intelligence officers and senior Bush officials have revealed that Bush and Blair knew all along that Saddam Hussein was effectively disarmed.
Both Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, and Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's closest adviser, made clear before September 11 2001 that Saddam Hussein was no threat - to America, Europe or the Middle East.
In Cairo, on February 24 2001, Powell said: "He (Saddam Hussein) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbours."
This is the very opposite of what Bush and Blair said in public.
Powell even boasted that it was the US policy of "containment" that had effectively disarmed the Iraqi dictator - again the very opposite of what Blair said time and again. On May 15 2001, Powell went further and said that Saddam Hussein had not been able to "build his military back up or to develop weapons of mass destruction" for "the last 10 years". America, he said, had been successful in keeping him "in a box".
Two months later, Condoleezza Rice also described a weak, divided and militarily defenceless Iraq. "Saddam does not control the northern part of the country," she said. "We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."
So here were two of Bush's most important officials putting the lie to their own propaganda... MORE
Monday, September 22, 2003
STORM CLOUDS FOR BUSH AS NEW POLL PUTS HIM BEHIND
... Of the 877 registered voters included in the [CNN/Gallup] poll, 49 percent said they would vote for Clark, compared with 46 percent for Bush. Each of the four other major Democratic candidates came within three points of Clark's showing in a hypothetical head-to-head race with the president, the poll found.
Kerry [also] narrowly outpaced the president, 48-percent to 47-percent. link
Daily Kos comments:
The Gallup poll has always been friendly to Bush. Nothing ideological or nefarious. But whatever methodology they used always gave Bush some of his highest numbers amongst the various polling outfits.
So it's amazing to see a 9-point drop in Bush's approval numbers over the past three weeks. That's no typo. The floor is collapsing under the Bush presidency.
Actually, the CNN/Gallup bias for Bush IS nefarious. Their methodology in essence allows respondents to "vote" more than once by weighting the response by how strongly they feel. In 2000, it was the CNN/Gallup polls that allowed the Bush campaign to claim they won the debates. In reality, it was measuring the emotion that the born-again Bushies felt about their political messiah. Remember CNN/Gallup had Bush winning by 4% on the day of the election. Oops.
Forecast: More Storm clouds ahead for Bush. Chance of terrorist attacks increasingly likely.
America puts Iraq up for sale
By Philip Thornton in Dubai and Andrew Gumbel, THE INDEPENDENT, 22 September 2003
Iraq was in effect put up for sale yesterday when the American-appointed administration announced it was opening up all sectors of the economy to foreign investors in a desperate attempt to deliver much-needed reconstruction against a daily backdrop of kidnappings, looting and violent death.
In an unexpected move unveiled at the meeting in Dubai of the Group of Seven rich nations, the Iraqi Governing Council announced sweeping reforms to allow total foreign ownership without the need for prior approval.
The initiative bore all the hallmarks of Washington's ascendant neoconservative lobby, complete with tax cuts and trade tariff rollbacks. It will apply to everything from industry to health and water, although not oil. LINK
Of course not the oil, that's for us and us alone. But anyone wanna buy a small war-torn country?
PUT A FORK IN CHENEY, HE'S DONE
Richard Reeves in an Op-Ed column says out loud what a lot of people have been thinking. Cheney is toast. LINK
Every time the guy opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it, as it the interview last week where he claimed Saddam and 9-11 were linked so many times that finally Bush himself had to deny it. Which was also the real reason why he was exiled to his "secure location" for a year after 9-11, when he let slip the fact Bush wasn't running things.
Don't expect to see Cheney much this year, and don't expect to see him on the ticket in '04.
Last American Combat Troops Quit Saudi Arabia
By DON VAN NATTA Jr., September 22, 2003, NY TIMES
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 18 — The last few American combat troops pulled out of the Prince Sultan Air Base here earlier this month, officially closing the Persian Gulf headquarters used by the Air Force during both Iraq wars and concluding a nearly 13-year run of extensive United States military operations in Saudi Arabia.
The withdrawal signaled the end of a long strategic arrangement, mutually beneficial until it fell victim to tensions resulting from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, in which 15 of 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. Since then, the countries' fragile diplomatic relations have undergone considerable strain — only worsened in recent months by the American military presence in the kingdom, American and Saudi officials said here this week. link
Commanding Officer Colonel Milo Minderbinder stopped for a quick comment as he boarded a plane for Baghdad, "Those lefties are always saying it was all about Iraq's oil. They couldn't have been more wrong. After 9-11, we needed a new staging area. Now with all of Iraq as our base, we're ready to take on the big dog .... Iran... and get THEIR oil."
Sunday, September 21, 2003
REPOST: WAR IN IRAN SCHEDULED IN TIME FOR '04 ELECTION?
IRAN WAR SCHEDULED FOR 2004
Special forces 'prepare for Iran attack'
By Robert Fox, Evening Standard, 17 June 2003
British and American intelligence and special forces have been put on alert for a conflict with Iran within the next 12 months, as fears grow that Tehran is building a nuclear weapons programme.
Iran has been constructing a nuclear civil power programme for some years. It is due to start generating significant amounts of electricity for the national power grid in two years. LINK
The reason why it is scheduled for next year, as I've said before, is to rebuild our stocks of precision missiles, and to coincide with the election year.
-Originally posted by manis2society 1:02 PM, June 18, 2003 link
Soldier kills Iraqi tiger after drunken colleague gets clawed at Zoo
U.S. soldier kills Baghdad tiger
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) --A U.S. soldier shot dead a rare Bengal tiger at Baghdad zoo after the animal injured another soldier who was trying to feed it through the cage bars, the zoo's manager said on Saturday.
Adil Salman Mousa told Reuters a group of U.S. soldiers were having a party in the zoo on Thursday night after it had closed.
"Someone was trying to feed the tigers,'' he said. "The tiger bit his finger off and clawed his arm. So his colleague took a gun and shot the tiger.''
The night watchman said the soldiers had arrived in military vehicles but were casually dressed and were drinking beer.
A U.S. military spokesman confirmed that a member of the coalition forces shot and killed a tiger but gave no further details.
At the tiger's cage, now empty, pools of blood showed that the soldier passed through a first cage intended only for keepers and stood next to the inner cage's narrow bars.
ROVE QUESTIONING NEO-CON IRAQ POLICY
(Same old tricks - with marginal comments)
Bush questioning hard-line Iraq policies
By JOHN WALCOTT, Knight Ridder Newspapers, Posted on Sat, Sep. 20, 2003
WASHINGTON - Faced with rising costs, sinking polls, unsympathetic allies, an increasingly skeptical Congress and potential splits in his political party, President Bush has begun to question the hard-line Iraq policies long championed by Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld....
- As if Bush made any of his own policy decisions. Now he can say he was misled.
...The officials said Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, was concerned about new polls that suggest sinking support for the president's handling of Iraq....
- That's the REAL story.
..."The election is still ours to lose," one senior official said. "What's new is that some people now see ways we could do that, even against this field of Democrats..."
- Couldn't resist a chance to plant a seed of disinformation, just like they did with WMDs, 9-11, and even back in 2000 with Al Gore.