Monday, September 10, 2007

Quick Hits and Fazed Cookies

With the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York looming tomorrow, we seem to have ignored an equally significant milestone last Saturday, September 8 -- the fifth anniversary of the Bush administration's initial media blitz to push war with Iraq. Frank Rich explains in a brilliant piece from Sunday's New York Times.

While we here in the States debate the merits of our most recent "troop surge" in Iraq, those who know best -- the Iraqi people -- have already formulated their opinion -- it's not working. So says a new ABC News survey.

Osama bin Laden's most recent video diatribe once again gave traction to the Bush Administration at a time when they needed it most. The timing could not have been better--with the White House report on progress in Iraq being mulled over in Congress, the president wasted no time mentioning the tape at the APEC summit meetings.

"If al-Qaeda bothers to mention Iraq, it’s because they want to achieve their objectives in Iraq, which is to drive us out,” said Bush, ignoring the fact that U.S. intelligence has long concluded that al-Qaeda really wants the opposite: to bog the United States down in a hopeless, bloody war in Iraq that has been a boon for recruiting young jihadists, raising money and protecting al-Qaeda’s leadership holed up in base camps inside Pakistan.

Speaking of the APEC summit, Bush made a fine impression on international leaders there, referring to the Australian troops as "Austrians" and whipping out the gem seen here.
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