Wednesday, August 25, 2004
"For instance, do you realize that as I speak a hundred
thousand lunatics of our species, wearing helmets, are busy killing and being
killed by a hundred thousand other animals in turbans, and that everywhere on
Earth this is how we have carried on since time immemorial?” -Voltaire
Monday, August 09, 2004
"What's the military mission in Iraq? Can it be clearly defined? "
Failure of Leadership By BOB HERBERT, 8/6/2004 N.Y. Times
"I think this is at the heart of a seeming paradox pointed out most recently
by Michael Kinsley: on practically every economic measure you can think of,
Democratic presidents do better than Republican ones."
Kevin Drum, Washingon Monthly, August 6, 2004
It would appear that Bush's cognitive dissonance is expanding and worsening.
Previously, it appeared to be limited to areas of foreign policy, as when he
insisted on the existence of non-existent relationships between al Qaeda and Iraq,
or when he failed to understand that a briefing entitled:
"Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US" might be an inkling that bin Laden
intended to strike in the U.S."
July 23, 2004 Bush Dissonance
Just yesterday Bush said:
''I told the commissioners right here in the Oval Office that had
we had any inkling whatsoever that terrorists were about to attack
our country, we would have moved heaven and earth to protect America.''
But right in the 9/11 Commission report, it says that on August 6, 2001,
Bush received a brief which in which a heading stated:
Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US
...this memo alone (set aside the score or so of other daily briefings
which mentioned the terror threat posed by al Qaeda) surely qualifies
as more than an "inkling" of an attack, doesn't it? In this ONE document,
we have "al Qaeda" "determined to strike at America" "hijackings" "New York"
and even "World Trade Center."
That's at least an "inkling" of an attack isn't it?