Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Bush, Iraq, Politics, Hypocrisy -- all in one!

President Bush just declassified the National Intelligence Assessment he was given in April that suggests the War in Iraq is contributing to terrorism. Unfortunately, the website with the report is crashing right now, but in the meantime, enjoy this little tidbit of hypocrisy (from the NY Times):

The president was clearly unhappy that findings from the report, a National Intelligence Estimate completed in April, had made their way into news reports. The New York Times disclosed some of the findings over the weekend.

Noting that evidence-gathering for the assessment had been concluded in February, and that the report itself had been finished two months later, Mr. Bush said: “Here we are, coming down the homestretch of an election campaign and it’s on the front page of your newspapers. Isn’t that interesting?”

Sure. Also interesting: the fact that, in the last two months, Bush mentioned the alleged hair-gel plot in London seventeen times, transferred Kalik Sheik Mohammed (the 9/11 mastermind) to Guantanamo for trial, and gave five major speeches about the War on Terror. Gee, that's an awful lot of legislative activity and hype regarding "terrorism", coming down the homestretch of an election campaign, from a President who's party is floundering on every other issue in America. Isn't that interesting?


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