Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Now cannot see Iraq-9/11 Connection
Best of the Headlines
• More Bush Administration Lies Exposed:
CNN: Rumsfeld: Al Qaeda comments 'misunderstood' and concedes WMD claims about Iraq were proved wrong
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld conceded Monday that U.S. intelligence was wrong in its conclusions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and appeared to back off earlier statements suggesting former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had links to al Qaeda.
• Bush Blog- Spin Desperately Needed
The Bushites are begging their supporters to spread their love for Dr. Doom after tonight's debate with John Edwards. Various message boards are being recommended as the chosen platform for Republicans to spout their spin. They provide us with an easy guide to send our own comments. Check it out.
• ABC News/Reuters- Bremer Says Not Enough U.S. Troops in Iraq
L. Paul Bremer Tells Group U.S. Didn't Have Enough Troops Upon Arriving in Postwar Iraq
Poland unexpectedly says troops may quit Iraq in 2005. "Poland is like any other country. The public do not like the war. The government cannot ignore that," said a Polish diplomat, who asked not to be named.
• US Newswire- More than 180 Former U.S. Ambassadors from Republican and Democratic Administrations Endorse Kerry
At a news conference at the National Press Club, members of Ambassadors for Kerry-Edwards issued a letter stating, "We believe it is imperative to our national security that we change the leadership of the nation we all love and elect John Kerry and John Edwards." The statement criticized President Bush for needlessly squandering the good will and support of the world following the September 11 attacks and undermining our ability to win the war on terror by eroding our strong international alliances.
• USA Today- Nice guy vs. The Ice Guy, Tuesday night in Cleveland
Advisers underline that Edwards has an advantage Lieberman did not have: Cheney now has a nearly four-year record that he'll have to defend.
• Christian Science Monitor- How VP debate can help - or hurt
"It's Dr. Doom versus Huck Finn," says Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "Very little rides on this debate, but it's going to be enormously interesting. People will be interested to see this fairly curious matchup."
• Towanda Daily Review- Topic of Bush's Speech to Invitation Only Crowd in PA Will Unexpectedly Change
Bush changes content of planned speech to make up for lost ground in polls
The official said the president might still touch on medical malpractice, but the majority of his speech would be on the war on terror and the economy.
He did not offer a reason why the decision was made.
• Reuters-Iraq Muslim Clerics Express Doubts Over Elections
"An influential group of Iraqi Sunni Muslim clerics said Tuesday that elections scheduled for January would be a farce unless they were nationwide."
• New York Times- Randal Archibold: Edward Notes Cheney Warned of Getting "Bogged Down" in Iraq
Seizing on a published report that Vice President Dick Cheney warned 12 years ago of getting 'bogged down' in Iraq, Senator John Edwards on Wednesday accused the Bush administration of botching plans for occupying that nation. 'He knew - that's the worse part about this - he knew how dangerous this was,' Mr. Edwards told a crowd here. 'They knew that there were enormous predictors of what would be happening there, and they still didn't have a plan even though they knew what might be coming'.'' (See also Robert Dreyfuss' "Well, Iraq Worked, Right?").
• American Prospect-Robert Reich: Where Are the Rational Greedy Bastards?
"Privately, CEOs and Wall Street bankers fret about the mounting red ink. They remember what happened to the economy under previous Republicans, and they know supply-side economics is bunk masquerading as a free lunch... A rationally self-interested greedy bastard who never thought about the future would far prefer the Clinton years to another four years of Bush, even with Bush’s tax cuts. John Kerry promises to continue Clinton’s economic policies, so the greedy bastard should line up behind Kerry."
• Guardian (U.K.)-Sidney Blumenthal: Retreat Into a Substitute Reality:
By touching on Bush's ambivalent relations with his father, Kerry exposed his delusions about Iraq.
• Vanity Fair (via Make Them Accountable), October 2004 issue- David Margolick, Evgenia Peretz, and Michael Shnayerson: The Path to Florida
Here is a long, detailed examination of the 2000 election fiasco and fraud that was Florida 2000, with questions about how much has changed in Florida since that scandal four years ago. Short answer: Not much. "[The authors zero] in on the frenzied 36 days that followed the 2000 election, investigate the 'Brooks Brothers riot,' Jeb Bush's high-tech felon hunt, and the new voting machines that leave no paper trail, and ask, Could it happen again?
• Independent (U.K.)- Andrew Woodcook: War Planned "Months Before Vote"
Britain was involved in planning for war in Iraq for at least nine months before MPs approved military action, according to a document apparently leaked from the Pentagon. Details from the secret briefing paper, published in London's Evening Standard, suggest that military commanders took part in a war planning conference with US counterparts as early as June 2002. At the time, Prime Minister Tony Blair [along with Bush] was insisting that no decisions had been taken on military action. Today's leak, on the eve of a crucial debate on Iraq at Labour's conference in Brighton, will fuel speculation that Mr Blair agreed in principle to join the US in military action at his April 2002 summit at President George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas - something the Prime Minister has always denied.
• DON'T MISS THE DNC VIDEO- BUSH: "FACES OF FRUSTRATION"