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Osama Who?

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 1:23 PM

According to Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard, catching Osama bin Laden isn't a large part of our national strategy to combat terrorism.

Now, I'm willing to grant that Bush's words may have been misinterpreted � that catching bin Laden would certainly not be V-T Day here in the States - but it's bizarre to hear Bush dismiss pursuing bin Laden, when the Administration continues to gush over its pasting of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, its capture and interrogation of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and so on.

Bush again demonstrated his ability to insult the American people. "It's impossible for someone to have grown up in the 50s and 60s to envision a conflict with people that just kill mercilessly, using techniques that are kind of foreign to modern warfare. But it's real. I'm telling you, it's real."

Yeah, Lord knows we were all a bunch of pot-smoking, flower-waving hippies here in San Francisco.

And nothing sells realism like a liar insisting his story is true.

A far more subtle note is Bush's admission that no one ever tells him he's wrong. "I listen to a lot of people. I've got smart people around me. And they can march right in here--this Oval Office can be slightly intimidating, but I've got people here who can fight through the aura and say, 'I think you're wrong. I think you're right.'"

And Colin Powell has concerns about our methods in this endless war (let's be realistic, we're going to fight until we destroy an extremist ideology ... even Nazism has modern-day adherents).

"The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism," said Powell, who served under Bush and is a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "To redefine Common Article 3 would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk."

The spin word for the Bush Administration is 'clarity.' They want legal clarity, moral clarity.

Here's legal clarity: it's wrong.

Here's moral clarity: it's wrong.

For a president who speaks in slogans, it should be obvious.

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Brin - 2006-09-14 17:16:28
I keep thinking of the old joke where you tell a new camper to hit two sticks together to keep away the saber toothed tigers. Does anybody parse that the fact that we make a lot of noise and the fact that there's been no domestic terrorism for five years just might only be a coincidence, hmmm? If you stand outside and throw enough rocks at the full moon, you'll eventually chip it away. :-P