Friday, October 29, 2004

Does the video lie?

Why don't you be the judge. (KSTP story). The video clearly shows US troops unsealing IAEA-sealed explosives well after the invasion date. These are HMX containers.

And no, it's not the fault of the 101st for not securing these munitions. They were ordered to continue on and not secure the facility because they didn't have enough troops to do so. Why didn't they have enough troops? Because Bush and his advisors ignored the advice of generals and operated on a fairy-tale "best-case" scenario that had little chance of coming true.

Yet another example of Bush's incompetence in Iraq comes to light. How can anyone seriously support four more years of this ineptitude?

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Probably not the right thing to say

Today, as Kerry and Bush have been verbally boxing over the disappearing Iraqi explosives, Bush fired off this ill-planned phrase, meant to be about Kerry's criticisms over the explosives:

For a political candidate to jump to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief

Um...hmmm....Mr President, isn't that what people could say about your WMD reasoning for invading Iraq? In fact, isn't that exactly what you did?

Guess I'll be taking your advice...

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Can you vote for a President who...

This President has been a disaster, both domestically and internationally. He has to harp upon the message of fear because that is all he has. He can't run on an economy that has lost jobs. He can't run on his stewardship of the US finances since he's run up the most massive deficit we've ever had in a single year. He can't run on his dedication to reducing spending since he passed a $500 billion Medicare giveaway bill that will more likely cost us trillions of dollars and has not vetoed a single spending bill. He can't run on Iraq (though he tries), because that has devolved into a mess b/c he and his advisors assumed we'd be welcomed with open arms. And when we weren't, he had no backup plan. He can't even run on making us a safer nation. Cargo isn't inspected, policemen were laid off after he slashed funding, and the border with Mexico is porous as ever.

The only thing Bush can run on is fear. The fear of the United States being attacked again. And man, is he ever pounding that drum.

I can't vote for this man. And you should ask this simple question, one a truly great President asked in his quest to be elected in 1980: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

I can't say that I am. How many of us truly can? And if that is the case, don't I have a responsibility to try and change the equation? But if that isn't enough, the St. Petersburg Times gives you some other metrics to compare. But when more families go on food stamps while consumer debt increases and the national deficit soars, that should begin to give you an idea that things aren't great.

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