JimSmith - 12/9/2005 4:39 PM
azimuth - 12/9/2005 11:22 AM
GermanStar - 12/9/2005 11:16 AM
azimuth - 12/9/2005 8:44 AM
kvining - 12/9/2005 10:30 AM
It is obvious the administration thought there would be enough WMDs found to use as an excuse for invading Iraq. An excuse is precisely what they sought - they always knew that Iraq was not a threat to the US. The plan was simple - invade, find a few tons of Vx and wag the dog. The fact there were zero WMDs was a big surprise.
I agree. What we are talking about is premeditated deception by the pres.
"There are no good targets in Afghanistan" -- Donald Rumsfeld (presidential lackey)
I also note that you are unimpressed by the administration's blatant attempts to link Iraq to 9/11. The timing alone is beyond suspicious.
Is rummy's statement a lie or a mistake?
I'm too slow to follow the second statement.
I'll be back later........Dentist.[V]
Given the belief Ossamma was in Afghanistan, I think Rummy's statement was a lie to cover up the fact that he could not find the good targets. It is a typical approach. Diplomacy is a skill this administration lacks, seriously. Instead of strengthening their team with some diplomatic skills and some diplomatic approaches to solving problems, they bad mouth diplomacy as an ineffective tool to getting your way. They tag it as requiring our Armed Forces to be "subjugated" to other decision makers.
Good luck with the dental work. Just the thought of the smell of a high speed drill making progress through a bit of tooth enamel weakened by decay makes my guts churn. Jim
Looks like Al-Libi was a better target after all......Does he have an alibi?
Al Qaeda fiend targeted Bush
By JAMES GORDON MEEK
WASHINGTON - Before he was captured last spring, Osama Bin Laden's top operational commander was solely focused on killing President Bush and Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharaff, the Daily News has learned.
The capture last May of Al Qaeda's No. 3 leader, Abu Faraj Al-Libi, apparently thwarted plots to assassinate the two partners in the global war on terror, said a senior Pakistani official, whose information was corroborated by two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials.
"Al-Libi had one mission: Kill Bush and Musharraf," the Pakistani official told The News. "He wanted to kill Bush in the White House, preferably."
"It was clearly something they wanted to do. There's no question about that. It's the holy grail of jihad," a senior U.S. counterterrorism official confirmed.
Al-Libi organized several failed assassination attempts on Musharraf before he was nabbed, officials have said. But the plot by Al Qaeda's international operations chief to send assassins to the U.S. to kill Bush was only disclosed this week.
The officials asked for anonymity because details of the Bush plot are still highly classified. The officials added that there is little evidence the U.S. mission advanced beyond initial planning by Al-Libi in Pakistan.
Two years before Al-Libi's capture by Pakistani and CIA operatives in Pakistan's mountainous North-West Frontier province, near where many believe Bin Laden is hiding, American officials were informed by Musharraf envoys that the top Al Qaeda thug was bent on assassinating Bush, officials said.
Officials said it was not known if Bin Laden or his deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, personally ordered Al-Libi to hit the U.S. President.
Al-Libi replaced 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in March 2003. Al-Libi's aide and successor, Abu Hamza Rabia, was killed this month in Pakistan by a missile fired from an unmanned CIA predator drone, sources said.