Wednesday, October 06, 2004

What Else Do You Need to Know?

Today's Top Story:
At the time of this posting, 1064 US soldiers have died in Iraq.

(Why is this "The Top Story"?

1. Each of these soldiers died in a war that was initiated by a President who intentionally misled the American people about the reasons for war in Iraq, (see below) and
2. Like Gen. Anthony Zinni, I believe that this has got to be more important than "American Idol").

Today's Feature: What Else Do You Need to Know?

The following item is reproduced verbatim from


In the lead up to war, President Bush argued that America must invade Iraq because it possessed weapons of mass destruction. For example, on 9/28/02 President Bush said, "the Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons."[1] On 10/7/02, President Bush said, "Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program."[2] Long after it became clear that there were no stockpiles of WMD in Iraq, President Bush has continued to insist that before the invasion "Iraq was a gathering threat."[3]

A comprehensive 1000-page report to be released today by the Bush administration's handpicked weapons inspector, Charles A. Duelfer, will reveal "Saddam Hussein posed a diminishing threat at the time the United States invaded and did not possess, or have concrete plans to develop, nuclear, chemical or biological weapons" according to the Washington Post.[4] According to Duelfer's report, U.N. sanctions prevented Hussein from reconstituting his weapons programs.[5]


1. "Radio Address by the President to the Nation," The White House,
2. "President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat," The White House, 10/07/02,
3. "Remarks by the President at Victory 2004 Rally," The White House,
4. Report Discounts Iraqi Arms Threat, Washington Post, 10/06/04,
5. Ibid,

Visit for more about Bush Administration distortion.

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Today's Recommended Blog:

Way back in May, when I started this rant, I recommended my daughter Katie's blog. Since then, my other daughter, Sarah, has begun a blog to record her experience and reflections on the process of applying to law school.

Check it out. Sarah may be a better writer than anyone I know. (She's certainly better than me.)

Finally: In Memoriam

The news today is filled with the news of Rodney Dangerfield's death. A sad day for all of us who were fans of the man and his movies. Maybe he didn't "get no respect", but for millions of bad golfers, like me, Caddyshack is in our all-time top 10 list. Thanks for making us laugh, Rodney!

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