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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2004 4:01 pm    Post subject: The Khan Artist Reply with quote

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By MAUREEN DOWD

Published: February 12, 2004 (NY Times)

WASHINGTON

I think President Bush has cleared up everything now.

The U.S. invaded Iraq, which turned out not to have
what our pals in Pakistan did have and were giving out
willy-nilly to all the bad guys except Iraq, which
wouldn't take it.

Bush officials thought they knew what was going on
inside our enemy's country: that Iraq had W.M.D. and
might sell them on the black market. But they were
wrong.

Bush officials thought they knew what was going on
inside our friend's country: that Pakistanis were
trying to sell W.M.D. on the black market. But they
couldn't prove it - until about the time we were
invading Iraq.

"The grave and gathering threat" turned out to be not
Saddam's mushroom cloud but the president's
mushrooming deficits.

The president is having just as hard a time finding
his National Guard records as Iraqi W.M.D. - and those
pay stubs look as murky as those satellite photos of
trucks in Iraq.

Mr. Bush said yesterday that smaller developing
countries must stop developing nuclear fuel, even as
the U.S. develops a whole new arsenal of smaller
nuclear weapons to use against smaller developing
countries that might be thinking about developing
nuclear fuel.

After he weakened the U.N. for telling the truth about
Iraq's nonexistent W.M.D., Mr. Bush now calls on the
U.N. to be strong going after W.M.D.

Gen. Pervez Musharraf pardoned the Pakistani hero and
nuclear huckster Abdul Qadeer Khan after an
embarrassing debacle, praising the scientist's service
to his country. Mr. Bush pardoned George Tenet after
an embarrassing debacle, praising the spook's service
to his country. (So much for Mr. Bush's preachy odes
to responsibility and accountability.)

The president warned yesterday that "the greatest
threat before humanity" is the possibility of a sudden
W.M.D. attack. Not wanting nuclear technology to go to
North Korea, Iran or Libya, the White House demanded
tighter controls on black-market sales of W.M.D., even
while praising its good buddy Pakistan, whose
scientists were running a black market like a Sam's
Club for nukes, peddling to North Korea, Iran and
Libya.

Mr. Bush likes to present the world in black and
white, as good and evil, even as he's made a Faustian
deal with General Musharraf, perhaps hoping that one
day - maybe even on an October day - the cagey general
will decide to cough up Osama.

The president is spending $1.5 billion to persuade
more Americans to have happy married lives, but plans
to keep gay Americans from having happy married lives.

Mr. Bush said he wouldn't try to overturn abortion
rights. But John Ashcroft is intimidating women who
had certain abortions by subpoenaing records in six
hospitals in New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

The president set up the intelligence commission (with
few intelligence experts) because, he said, the best
intelligence is needed to win the war on terror. Yet
he doesn't want us to get the panel's crucial report
until after he's won the war on Kerry.

Mr. Bush said he had balked at giving the 9/11
commission the records of his daily briefings from the
C.I.A. until faced with a subpoena threat because it
might deter the C.I.A. from giving the president
"good, honest information." Wasn't it such "good,
honest information" that caused him to miss 9/11 and
mobilize the greatest war machine in history against
Saddam's empty cupboard?

Mr. Bush says he's working hard to create new jobs in
America, while his top economist says it's healthy for
jobs to be shipped overseas.

The president told Tim Russert that if you order a
country to disarm and it doesn't and you don't act,
you lose face. But how does a country that goes to war
to disarm a country without arms get back its face?

Mr. Bush said he was troubled that the Vietnam War was
"a political war," because civilian politicians didn't
let the generals decide how to fight it. But when Gen.
Eric Shinseki presciently told Congress in February
2003 that postwar Iraq would need several hundred
thousand U.S. soldiers to keep it secure and supplied,
he was swatted down by the Bush administration's
civilian politicians.

Yes, it all makes perfect sense, through the Bush
looking glass.


E-mail: liberties@nytimes.com


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2004 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful post Ferre. Ty that sounds like that reporter has it in perfect perspective. ~Lilli~
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