February 1, 2006

State of the Onion

Onions smell, the State of the Onion address usually smells worse than that. I haven't watched many SOTU addresses over the year. Didn't watch Clinton's don't usually watch Bush ( though I did see him lie about uranium from Niger). One of my favorite blogs did a nice analysis of the SOTU address Here is an example of how they debunk W's bull.
Example:

SOTU: Bush Pushes Two Hijacker Myth

Bush said: "We now know that two of the hijackers in the United States placed telephone calls to al-Qaeda operatives overseas. But we did not know their plans until too late."

FACT - WE KNEW THE TERRORISTS WERE THERE BEFORE THE ATTACKS. BUREAUCRATIC PROBLEM, NOT SURVEILLANCE LAW, WAS THE REASON THEY WERE NOT DETAINED: Cheney made the same claim a couple of weeks ago, and the Washington Post debunked it:

But Cheney did not mention that the government had compiled significant information on the two suspects before the attacks and that bureaucratic problems - not a lack of information - were primary reasons for the security breakdown, according to congressional investigators and the Sept. 11 commission. Moreover, the administration had the power to eavesdrop on their calls and emails, as long as it sought permission from a secret court that oversees clandestine surveillance in the United States.

The bigger problem was that the FBI and other agencies did not know where the two suspects - Cheney's office confirmed that he was referring to Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar - were living in the United States and had missed numerous opportunities to track them down in the 20 months before the attacks, according to the Sept. 11 commission and other sources.

Sometimes you just have to wonder how much the country can stand. Between the incompetence of the Bush bureaucracy the budget busting deficits and the corrupt politics of Karl Rove et.al. We are sinking into a moral quagmire that we may not escape from. Where is the honest leader on the national scene. Certainly it is not the our current president.
Take some time comparing the words of Bush with the reality of the Administrations actions. It is frightening.

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