Thursday, September 16, 2004

Pitiful Embarrassing Dangerous

YT adds Fucked Fucked Fucked to the Republican Senators' outrage.
"It's beyond pitiful, it's beyond embarrassing, it's now in the zone of dangerous," said Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record), R-Neb., referring to figures showing only about 6 percent of the reconstruction money approved by Congress last year has been spent.

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Hagel said the shift in funds "does not add up in my opinion to a pretty picture, to a picture that shows that we're winning. But it does add up to this: an acknowledgment that we are in deep trouble."

Hagel, Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and other committee members have long argued — even before the war — that administration plans for rebuilding Iraq were inadequate and based on overly optimistic assumptions that Americans would be greeted as liberators.

But the criticism from the panel's top Republicans had an extra sting coming less than seven weeks before the presidential election in which President Bush (news - web sites)'s handling of the war is a top issue.

"Our committee heard blindly optimistic people from the administration prior to the war and people outside the administration — what I call the 'dancing in the street crowd,' that we just simply will be greeted with open arms," Lugar said. "The nonsense of all of that is apparent. The lack of planning is apparent."

He said the need to shift the reconstruction funds was clear in July, but the administration was slow to make the request.

"This is an extraordinary, ineffective administrative procedure. It is exasperating from anybody looking at this from any vantage point," he said.

No shit? Welcome to the party, pal. Imagine the view from six feet under.

Meanwhile Iraq burns, with no end in sight:
A U.S. intelligence report prepared for President Bush in July offered a gloomy outlook for Iraq through the end of 2005, with the worst scenario being a deterioration into civil war, U.S. government officials said on Thursday.

The report is at odds with the generally optimistic tenor of the Bush's administration's public statements on Iraq, although Bush said last week it was "still tough" there but insisted elections would be held as scheduled in January despite doubts.

The National Intelligence Estimate, which is a compilation of views from various intelligence agencies, predicted three possible scenarios ranging from a tenuous stability to political fragmentation to the most negative assessment of civil war, the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"There doesn't seem to be much optimism," the official said.

Another official added, "It's a difficult environment, a challenging environment."

And Scottie-if-my-lips-are-moving-I'm-lyin' McClellan has the fucking nerve to call everyone not drinking the Bush Kool-aide "pessimists" and "hand-wringers."

YT's totally digging MoveOn.org's new ad: "George Bush got us into this quagmire. It will take a new president to get us out."

Are you listening, America?

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