Thursday, January 26, 2006

Alternative Reality

Either I am a complete Wacktivist (as my politically-connected cousin calls me on occasion) or there is no justification for this Op/Ed headline from the Baltimore Sun:

Bin Laden's reappearance is boost to Bush

Really? Why? Doesn't his reappearance signal the FAILURE of the Bush misAdministration to capture the terrorist mastermind and "bring him to justice"? What happened to "Wanted: Dead or Alive"?

A quick refresher for the kool-aide drinking minions of this country who would follow George off a cliff if he told them that he was doing it to protect their freedom. From a March 13, 2002 White House Press Conference:

Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate the threat of --

THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is -- really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission.

Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match. He is -- as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide -- if, in fact, he's hiding at all.

So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. [snip]

Q But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.

But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore. And if we -- excuse me for a minute -- and if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it. Either we will or our friends will. That's one of the things -- part of the new phase that's becoming apparent to the American people is that we're working closely with other governments to deny sanctuary, or training, or a place to hide, or a place to raise money
This government is so full of shit, I can hardly contain my outrage. We are truly fucked with these people in power. To all the media puppets who magnify the lies of the Bush War Council, and to all the Senators who trust these batshit crazy assholes' judgement (especially on the Alito nomination): "Fuck you very much!"

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