Tuesday, December 14

Tuesday Thunder

Bush on Tommy Franks: He "led the forces that fought and won two wars in the defense of the world's security and helped liberate more than 50 million people from two of the worst tyrannies in the world."

Tommy Franks? He's the guy that kept publicly denying the fact that he was secretly drawing up plans for the Iraq war long before the U.S. invaded. He also denied the entire Tora Bora fiasco, even though he was the man in charge when bin Laden got away.

Bush on George Tenet: He was "one of the first to recognize and address the threat to America from radical networks," and after 9-11, he was "ready with a plan to strike back at al-Qaida and to topple the Taliban."
...and then, he resigned. He left to spend more time with his family. Right. Prior to that, he indulged in a bit of self-flaggelation for being responsible for the "16 words" that Bush said during his 2003 State of the Union address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." This is a guy that almost single-handedly made a joke out of the CIA by politicizing the very process by which intelligence is handled. Didn't he sit directly behind Colin Powell during his ridiculous presentation of evidence of WMD's to the UN Security Council back in February of 2003? The bastard!
Bush on L. Paul (Jerry) Bremer: "For 14 months Jerry Bremer worked day and night in difficult and dangerous conditions to stabilize the country, to help its people rebuild and to establish a political process that would lead to justice and liberty."

Wasn't Bremer the guy that issued a slew of edicts for the interim Iraqi government immediately after the planned handover of political power? Some of the orders signed by Bremer, which will remain in effect unless overturned by Iraq's interim government, restrict the power of the interim government and impose U.S.-crafted rules for the country's democratic transition. Among the most controversial orders is the enactment of an elections law that gives a seven-member commission the power to disqualify political parties and any of the candidates they support. --By Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Walter PincusWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, June 27, 2004

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