SLIME AND DEFEND

SLIME AND DEFEND
If you’re a New York Times online subscriber (it’s free), there are two great editorials in today’s edition. One, by Bob Herbert, details how the house of cards built by the Bush administration is being shaken – domestically and internationally. The other, by Paul Krugman, tells how the White House will “slime and defend” to discredit those who dare to question their policies.

David Kay, the U.S.’s weapons inspector, says he hasn’t found any WMD. Now Bush wants another $600 million to keep looking – that would put the total at almost $1 billion. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the US has now had at least as much time to look for WMD as they gave the UN (probably more). And this after invading the country to look for the damn things with practically unfettered access.

A federal judge ruled that the US cannot seek the death penalty against suspected 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui because the government won’t let him interview members of Al qaeda for his defense. I suppose Bush will just have to declare him an enemy combatant and ship him off to Gitmo where the US Constitution doesn’t apply. How convenient.

An interesting article by William Greider suggests that the war has become such a political mess for Bush that he’ll have to just declare victory and send the troops home pretty soon if he stands any chance of being re-elected. Sounds perfectly plausible to me. It’s all about politics now.

Posted by Alan at October 3, 2003 07:39 AM