Monday, June 20, 2005


"The reality is that we're losing in Iraq"

In politics, who says it is just as important as what they say. Like this, from Republican Senator Chuck Hagel's interview with U.S. News and World Report (via HuffPost).:
"Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality."or this...
"It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."Seems to me that just a few weeks ago, one would be blasted for talking like that. Unfortunately, Bush's poll numbers no longer provide the kind of protection that partisan hackery requires.While we're on the topic, Jay Rosen's post on the Downing Street Memo is a must read. And a new AP report adds more fuel to the fire:
"U.S. scrambling to establish a link between Iraq and al-Qaida is so far frankly unconvincing," Ricketts says in the memo. "For Iraq, `regime change' does not stack up. It sounds like a grudge between Bush and Saddam."
The documents confirm Blair was genuinely concerned about Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction, but also indicate he was determined to go to war as America's top ally, even though his government thought a pre-emptive attack may be illegal under international law.
"The truth is that what has changed is not the pace of Saddam Hussein's WMD programs, but our tolerance of them post-11 September," said a typed copy of a March 22, 2002 memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press and written to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
"But even the best survey of Iraq's WMD programs will not show much advance in recent years on the nuclear, missile or CW/BW (chemical or biological weapons) fronts: the programs are extremely worrying but have not, as far as we know, been stepped up."
Jay says the Memos deserve "sustained news attention." I say they deserve an investigation - and not a sham investigation like the 9/11 Commission and it's Dr. Seussianesque report. Let's hope the critical mass of the blogosphere shows what it can do on this one.

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