Sunday, September 10, 2006

Happy Anniversary?

It was one year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the Bush Administration's criminal neglect during the Katrina disaster, that I started this blog.

Sadly, Bush & Co. have only gotten worse in the intervening months. The Katrina recovery effort remains disappointing to me -- and devastating to the actual victims.

Now we've reached the fifth anniversary of 9/11 and Bush, Cheney and the rest of the right-wing wrecking crew are still lying about it. A Washington Post article on the bungled hunt for Osama bin Laden only reinforces my outrage against these political hacks. The article details how, after bin Laden fled from his Tora Bora stronghold (his escape assisted by the refusal of Team Bush to commit enough troops to the task), Americans did not have the equipment to track, detect or kill him because of the emphasis on Iraq. (!!!)

Although the hunt for bin Laden has depended to a large extent on technology, until recently unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were in short supply, especially when the war in Iraq became a priority in 2003.

In July 2003, Vines said that U.S. forces under his command thought they were close to striking bin Laden, but had only one drone to send over three possible routes he might take. "A UAV was positioned on the route that was most likely, but he didn't go that way," Vines said. "We believed that we were within a half-hour of possibly getting him, but nothing materialized."
Ironically, ABC-TV has scheduled a mini-series for the 9/11 anniversary that (according to advance criticism) blames Clinton's team for letting bin Laden escape certain death from a potential missile strike.

How many blunders and broken promises do we have to suffer through before voters toss out these scoundrels? Hopefully, by my second anniversary we will have started to fix the problem at home so that we can finally deal with all of the problems overseas.

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