Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Earth to Bush....earth to Bush
"That's why I said to the Taliban in Afghanistan: Get rid of al Qaeda; see, you're harboring al Qaeda. Remember this is a place where they trained -- al Qaeda trained thousands of people in Afghanistan. And the Taliban, I guess, just didn't believe me. And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence." (Bush, 9/27/04)

Sorry Houston, the Bushrocket has escaped Earth's reality:
And up to 90 percent of Country is Under Taliban Control: "A picture of Afghanistan's been painted I think overly optimistic. You read the newspapers, what you're talking about doesn't even exist from the reports that I read about what's really going on. And when you hear about Doctors Without Borders leaving after having been there through the Russian occupation, the U.N. wants to leave. Protection of the president is very precarious; we don't know what'll come of that. The airport's getting bombed. There's estimates that 90 percent of the country -- at least a very large percent of the country, is under the occupation of the Taliban and the warlords." (Rep. Paul (R-TX)., Remarks to House Committee on International Relations, 9/23/04)

Monday, September 27, 2004

The $700 Million Question
The story that so totally deserves to be a scandal.

The president allegedly took the money from one of the two supplemental spending bills passed after September 11 and left lawmakers "totally in the dark."

If true, the president violated the spirit of the Constitution, which vests the power of the purse with Congress. But his most serious transgression would not be constitutional. As White House spokesman Scott McClellan accurately noted, the president was granted "broad discretion" to spend these emergency funds. The problem is that that "broad discretion" was not a blank check. The spending bills legally required him to notify Congress before diverting money.

Why this story never got real traction is beyond me. Maybe it'll come come in the debates. The press is still a little wobbly when it comes to challenges Bush, God knows why. He's a civil servant who gets free health care.