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Tuesday, July 06, 2004


A Few Interesting Stories

Before turning in for the night, I would like to direct your attention to a few interesting stories.

On the economy:

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy appears headed for a banner year despite a springtime spike in energy prices and a recent increase in interest rates.
In fact, many analysts are forecasting that the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, will grow by 4.6 percent or better this year, the fastest in two decades.
Whether or not this pans out, any improvements in the economy can only help Americans, help President and hurt the Democrats. I don't envy the Left that position.

Let us also not forget that the 4.6% growth rate under the Clinton years was due at least in part to artificial inflations of the numbers and the infamous 'tech bubble.'

On Iraq:

WASHINGTON, July 6 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham (news - web sites) announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have completed a joint operation to secure and remove from Iraq (news - web sites) radiological and nuclear materials that could potentially be used in a radiological dispersal device or diverted to support a nuclear weapons program.


Twenty experts from DOE's national laboratory complex packaged 1.77 metric tons of low-enriched uranium and roughly 1000 highly radioactive sources from the former Iraq nuclear research facility. The DOD airlifted the material to the United States on June 23 and provided security, coordination, planning, ground transportation, and funding for the mission.
Now, where did all this come from? I thought there weren't any WMDs in Iraq. Guess I'm just confused.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Sept. 11 commission is standing by its finding that al-Qaida had only limited contact with Iraq before the terrorist attacks, a determination disputed by Vice President Dick Cheney.


Cheney's spokesman, Kevin Kellems, said on Tuesday the vice president was satisfied the panel had all relevant information to make an accurate determination. Cheney's main concern was about some media reports suggesting that al-Qaida and Iraq had no ties whatsoever, he said.
Well, it would seem that everyone is in agreement...almost. For starters, the fact is that there were connection/links/etc. between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaida. So any claim that there never were any are simply false. For finishers, I take extreme umbrage at this line in the story:

Those ties were a central justification the Bush administration gave for going to war with Iraq and were called into question after the commission released a preliminary report last month. The report cited contacts between Saddam's regime and Osama bin Laden but said there was no "collaborative relationship."
This is an out and out distortion, if not a lie. The Liberation of Iraq was justified by a number of factors. The 'central justification' for going in was that the action would be preemptive, thereby preventing another North Korea-like situation from developing. It seems that so many people (especially in the Media) have forgotten this and simply continue to put words into the President’s mouth.

I will end with story that I'm sure made many on the Left drool with excitement...and has only reinforced my opinion that the Media cannot be trusted. Here is the headline:

Blair admits Saddam's WMD may never be found

From that, one might assume that Tony Blair "admits" that Saddam never had any WMDs to find. In fact, he did no such thing. Here is what he really said:

Appearing before the Commons liaison committee Mr Blair said he had been "very, very confident" chemical and biological weapons would be found in the country. "I was very confident when I spoke to you this time last year that the Iraq Survey Group would find them," he said. "I have to accept that we have not found them - that we may not find them. [Saddam Hussein] may have removed or hidden or even destroyed those weapons. We don't know."
Humm...slightly different than what the headline implies, huh? Obviously we expected to find stockpiles of WMDs following the Liberation of Iraq. We obviously have not. I've said it before and I'll say it again: The absence of proof is not the proof of absence. Saddam had upwards of 14 months (during our 'rush' to war) to hide, transport and maybe even destroy any WMDs he may have possessed. It is stupid, naive and quite dangerous to assume that since we have yet to find stock piles of WMDs that they never existed or that they might not have in the near future except that we intervened. And let's not even mention the WMDs that have been found in Iraq (Sarin and Mustard Gas, banned missile engines, a whole freaking list!).


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