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Too much to ignore, Bush said WHAT?

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Well, I was writing a nice blog about elevator accidents, but it will have to wait. I can’t believe what I just saw in the news. Let me see if I can understand this. There is a media story about a report issued by the Natonal Counterterrorism Center, a government agency created by president Bush in 2004, whose mission is among other things to “integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism.” They issued a report that basically says that Al-Qaeda is as strong or stronger than they were before 911. That Al-Qaeda has rebuilt it’s operational capability that it lost in Afghanistan, mostly in rural Pakistan, and that Al Qaeda is probably capable of carrying out operations in Europe or the USA.

Bush’s response to this report? From the BBC:

But Mr Bush said it was “simply not the case” that al-Qaeda had successfully rebuilt itself despite a massive six-year campaign to dismantle it.

Huh? An agency he created says it is the case, but Bush doesn’t believe it? I don’t understand. “It’s not credible” seems to be his response to news he doesn’t like, but these are his own experts issuing the report. Does he think that he can change reality by simply saying so? Is he really this incapable of processing news he doesn’t like? What is going on here?

I’m frankly having trouble processing this. This is like the CEO of a corporation being handed a report by his accountants stating that the firm was losing money, and responding by simply saying “It’s not so.” What would the stockholders think? The employees? Where is Bush getting this information that contradicts what his own people are telling him? I don’t get it. Part of me wants to think he is just trying to reassure America and downplaying the threat, but, a man contradicting his own self appointed experts is not reassuring.

I’m sorry Mr Bush, no disrespect intended, I know that you and a lot of Americans sincerely thought that ramming that iceberg was a good idea at the time. I don’t know what to do, maybe we should man the lifeboats, maybe there are other alternatives…but your own crew says the ship is going down. “This isn’t happening, full speed ahead” doesn’t cut it anymore.

(The above contemporary illustration of the Titanic sinking dates from 1912 and is Public Domain under US copyright law.)

Written by unitedcats

July 12, 2007 at 1:18 pm

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  1. Isn’t this typical of the bush crime family? Anything they don’t agree with is wrong. It’s a shame that they didn’t use a credibility test on WMD in Iraq. My oldest son and our other young people in uniform would not now be serving over there. I want my son and the rest home now. Instead we get further bullshit from all the idiots in washingtOOn. That goes for both the dems and repubs. This idiot g’dubya should have been impeached months, if not years, ago!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer


    July 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm

  2. I was listening to Hannity on the way home and he gave this news a completely diferent spin, basically saying that they’re going to have “meetings” because Bush “understands the enemy we face”. Some real nutbar flavored kool-aid there.


    July 12, 2007 at 2:32 pm

  3. I approached this report differently than yours.

    Bush Iraq War Trouble. Al Qaida Back In News. Way to go!!!


    July 12, 2007 at 3:07 pm

  4. Bush said:”strong today as they were prior to September 11.”
    Expert said:””regrouped to an extent not seen since 2001,””
    I agree with you (doug) that it isn’t reassuring.It would also be ridiculous to stress the safety net difference between “since” and “prior” in the dueling quotes. The truth is though that AQ is enjoying the benefit of sanctuary in Pakistan.Add the endless supply of exploitable followers and they are equal to 9/11 strength.


    July 13, 2007 at 8:25 am

  5. Yeah, his speech sure got a lot of mixed reactions, though mostly it was people saying “Huh??” to some part of it. A strange and increasingly surreal presidency.


    July 13, 2007 at 8:41 am

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