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Norbizness’s version of the Shrubbery’s speech reads better than the Washington Post transcript.

I found the first paragraph interesting:

Four years ago today coalition forces launched Operation Iraqi Freedom to remove Saddam Hussein from power. They did so to eliminate the threat his regime posed to the Middle East and to the world.

We know now, that there was no threat to anyone outside of Iraq because of the containment put in place after Gulf War I, but the Shrubbery keeps trying to convince people that invading another country and throwing it into turmoil was the right thing to do.

Apparently our current goal is to pacify Baghdad. Four years and we don’t even control the capital city is a pretty sad state of affairs. You would think that we would have been able to restore electricity, water, and sewer, but that is apparently beyond the scope of no-bid contracts. [Natasha at Pacific Views wonders the same thing – four years and we need more time to control Baghdad?]

In other news in the Washington Post, Ann Scott Tyson writes that the U.S. military ill-prepared for other conflicts. We are running out of everything and Rummy wasn’t buying replacements for the equipment that was being blown up in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If Robert Gates is an honest man, I hope he will issue a report at some point explaining where in hell all of the money that Congress gave to the Department of Defense went, because we know it wasn’t used to buy equipment, repair buildings, or pay light bills.

The Republans keep talking about running government like a business, but they don’t seem to believe in accounting. Accounting is not a barrel of laughs, but no matter how large or small a business is accounting is the only real way of knowing how things are going.


1 Scorpio { 03.19.07 at 10:16 pm }

They also don’t strive to hire the most competent people and fire the incompetent.

Who ever heard of an Attorney General who didn’t know that the right to habeas corpus is written into the Constitution?

2 Bryan { 03.19.07 at 10:40 pm }

You have to remember he was on the Supreme Court of the state of Texas. Pretty scary isn’t it?

Hey, it is a long time since 9th grade social studies; you forget things.

I have heard from a number of people who knew him that Ed Meece was a great neighbor, but one of the least qualified people to ever become the Attorney General. Alberto has moved Ed down the list. It’s almost a fetish with these people to improve the status of every other administration this country has ever had.

3 BadTux { 03.19.07 at 11:58 pm }

Of course they’re running the government like a business. Like Enron. Duh!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

4 Bryan { 03.20.07 at 11:00 am }

It’s something in the water in Texas, probably a result of drilling.

5 Steve Bates { 03.20.07 at 3:37 pm }

Just you wait… I’ll start showing symptoms any day. Only here in Houston, it’s in the air, a product of refineries and chemical plants.

As for AG being on the SC of TX, remember, Texas elects judges. In this case, it really is our own fault.

6 Bryan { 03.20.07 at 5:48 pm }

Don’t get to rueful, Steve, because my understanding is that he was appointed before the election, so the election was for an incumbent.