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6 October 2006

All I can say is I'd sure like to be a fly on the wall in the White House these days.  But somehow I suspect there are lots of holes in the wall these days, so maybe that wouldn't be so safe.

I'm also wondering how the Democrats are going to screw this up.  Each day the Republicans seem to be handing them Congress on a silver platter.

"Here--we don't want it any more.   Show this to the American public and you're a shoe-in!" (or perhaps they are saying, "we're fed up with this war; why don't you see what YOU can do with the power for a change.")

We've had the triumverate this week -- or are there more.  I've honestly lost count.

First there was Bob Woodward's book.  I really admire Woodward.  He is first and foremost an investigative reporter and his first two rather positive books about the Bush White House disappointed me, mostly because I really wanted to find out that things were as bad as I hoped they were, but I trusted him as a reporter and was sad to discover that things apparently weren't that bad.   Woodward presented the facts and the facts seemed to be rather complimentary.

But now that "State of Denial" is out, suddenly he's the bad guy.  Bush won't meet with him.  Tony Snow passes it off as fabrication.  The guy who was their golden boy is now in disfavor. 

Woodward was asked about his seeming shift in attitude about the White House on Larry King.

"This is not a 180 [degree shift] on Bush," he insisted, and, in typical Washington fashion, shifted to a baseball metaphor. Writing the three books was like writing about three baseball games, Woodward said. One game was good (Bush's preparation for war), one was mixed (the initial attack), and the third? A disaster: "It's 18-0," he said.

Neither Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney sat down with Woodward for this book as they had done in the past, and King wanted to know if this meant that the author's critics are correct–that he only treats well the people who agree to be interviewed.

Woodward had a ready answer: Rumsfeld, he said, is on record at length in the book.

The thing about Woodward is that no matter what I've seen him asked, he doesn't give his opinion, he shows documents, videotape, interviews.  It backs up all the grumbling we've been hearing for months from all over the place.  And it's documented.  There's no "stay the course" or "flip flop" or "cut and run" or other pet phrase to distract from the facts.  There are just the facts, ma'am, and the documentation to prove them.

Along comes the good old Mark Foley scandal.   When the whole sleazy mess came out, Foley said he was gay, as if that excused it.   On Day #2 he said he was an alcoholic, as if that excused it.  On Day #3 he said he had been molested, which his spokesman said was no excuse, but it was obviously a convenient sympathy ploy.  Day #4 it turns out that there was nothing wrong because some of the boys were 16, which is the age of consent in some states.

I can hardly wait to see what else he is going to pin his lust for young boys on. 

Then there was Dennis Hastert, presumably one of the good ol' boys who have been covering this whole thing up, who tries to make this the fault of the Democrats.  "Isn't it strange that this is all showing up now, right before Congress goes into recess to go home and campaign for re-election," claiming, along with Rush Limbaugh that this is all a Democratic plot. 

Yeah.  Right.  If it had shown up six months ago, it would have been so much more innocent!

But the topper belongs to Bill Frist, who now thinks that maybe we should just give part of the Afghanistan government to the Taliban because they aren't going to go away anyway. 

...the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and [he] urged support for efforts to bring "people who call themselves Taliban" and their allies into the government.

The Tennessee Republican said he learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated on the battlefield....

Excuse me...but why did we send our boys to be killed in Afghanistan and wasn't it the man in the White House who less than 2 weeks ago, in listing his many accomplishments since coming to office, bragged that we had routed the Taliban from Afghanistan and freed the Afghan people from their rule?

Continuing the Frist article...

...Afghanistan is suffering its heaviest insurgent attacks since a U.S.-led military force toppled the Taliban in late 2001 for harboring Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.

According to an Associated Press count, based on reports from U.S., NATO and Afghan officials, at least 2,800 people have been killed nationwide so far this year. The count, which includes militants and civilians, is about 1,300 more than the toll for all of 2005.

(emphasis mine)

I do wish these guys would talk to each other and get their stories straight!  Oh yeah--and nobody has commented on the flip-flop on Bin Laden. 

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."
- G.W. Bush, 9/13/01

"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"
- G.W. Bush, 9/17/01, UPI

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
- G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

"I am truly not that concerned about him."
- G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts, 3/13/02 (The New American, 4/8/02)

Can you just imagine what would have been made if John Kerry had made these statements?

People say that issues like these won't sway the elections at all, because the American people are more interested in simpler things like homeland security (remember that?) and education for our children (when was the last time someone mentioned that?), and lower taxes for the people who make less than a bazillion dollars a year (fat chance).

But I dunno...there seem to be such massive blunders coming out of Washington, such back pedaling, such finger pointing, such scrambling to cover up or explain away terrible things (without a Democrat in sight to blame it on), that it makes you wonder how many things haven't even been uncovered yet.

Will someone please find Mr. Bush a pimp so he can get an intern under his desk and then maybe something can actually get accomplished in this administration.



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