Monday, October 30, 2006

What a Lot of People Like Me Think

Bush national security adviser in Baghdad for talks - 30 Oct 2006 at 10:16am - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's national security adviser Stephen Hadley took an unannounced trip to Baghdad for talks with leaders of the Iraqi government and U.S. military to assess the situation on the ground on Monday, as the American death toll climbed to 100 for October.
Because Hadley did such a great job assessing Saddam's WMD capability.

Really funny:
Bush accuses Democrats of lacking plan for Iraq - 30 Oct 2006 at 1:20pm - STATESBORO, Georgia (Reuters) - Weakened by the unpopular Iraq war, President George W. Bush accused Democrats of lacking a plan to win it on Monday as he opened a weeklong drive to try to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. Congress.
Report: 14,000 Weapons Missing In Iraq - 30 Oct 2006 at 10:46am - A report commissioned by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., found that 14,030 weapons given by the Pentagon to Iraqi security forces have gone missing. The Defense Department registered the serial numbers of only 10,000 of the 370,251 weapons it provided.

Britain calls for urgent climate change action - 30 Oct 2006 at 8:58am - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain issued a call for urgent action on climate change on Monday after a hard-hitting report painted an apocalyptic picture of the economic and environmental fallout from further global warming.

Red Cross faces post-Katrina overhaul - 30 Oct 2006 at 12:02pm - NEW YORK -- Sparked by criticism of its response to Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross released plans Monday for sweeping changes in the way it governs itself - measures that include slashing its 50-member board by more than half and reducing the influence of presidentially appointed overseers.

Bush Among Friends - October 26, 2006 - NEW YORK - If you've ever fantasized about what it would be like to eavesdrop on our president chatting with some of his strongest fans in the media, then your decidedly odd dream has come true. President Bush met with eight leading conservative columnists on Wednesday afternoon, and a transcript has just been released.

Another revealing moment comes when Bush flatly declares that only "25% or so" of Americans want the U.S. out of Iraq. In fact, a Gallup poll released this week shows that the number is actually 54% who want us out quickly -- within a year at most. Bush also mischaracterizes the war opponents, saying they "just don't believe in war," as if they are all pacifists.

Then he goes on: "I believe when you get attacked and somebody declares war on you, you fight back. And that's what we're doing." Of course, this ignores the fact that Iraq did not declare war on us -- but it's been so long now, maybe he's just forgotten.

But Bush calls the war "a struggle of good versus evil," adding, "Maybe it's not nuanced enough for some of the thinkers and all that stuff -- that's fine. But that's exactly what a lot of people like me think."

Sometimes the columnists offered Bush suggestions on how to sell the war on terror. This happened after the president described the enemy, bizarrely, in the broadest terms: "We will press and press and press to protect ourselves. And this stuff about how Iraq is causing the enemy -- whatever excuse they need, they have made up their mind to attack, and they grab on to things to kind of justify. But if it's not Iraq, it's Israel. If it's not Israel, it's the Crusades. If it's not the Crusades, it is the cartoon. I'm not kidding you. I'm not kidding you."

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