Tuesday :: Mar 28, 2006

This Way To The Egress

by pessimist

Despite all the recent denials issued concerning White House plans to respond to the calls for a staff shake-up, White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Josh Bolten.

Card came to Bush recently and suggested that he should step down from the job that he has held from the first day of Bush's presidency, said the administration official.

Here's another who should have taken that action - over a year ago:

Former FEMA director Michael D. Brown is tired of being caricatured as an incompetent federal appointee who stood by idly while the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now he's embarking on the next step of his rehabilitation tour: He's going on The Colbert Report.

They just don't get it, do they?

King George's aides aren't the only ones who can see the hand writing on the wall. Election-fixer Katharine Harris is losing her staff more rapidly now that she's resorting to religion to help her faltering campaign for the Senate.

But getting a little closer to King George again, Karl Rove just might consider having Hizz Hindni$$ make a change at the Court of St. James. The Mayor of London has exposed the Ambassador for what he is:

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, launched an attack on the US Ambassador yesterday, accusing him of being a "chiselling little crook" and also likened Robert Tuttle to a car salesman.

That sounds about right! Nothing like the truth, especially where the 'abilities' of Iraqi forces are concerned:

A national security expert “has a valid point” when he says that turning over large portions of battle space to Iraqi forces is meaningless if most of that land is desert, said Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the U.S. commander in charge of training Iraq forces.

With almost the entire western half of Iraq virtually empty desert, “the figures vastly overestimate the actual area of influence and are at least as meaningless as the worst reporting on pacification in Vietnam,” Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, wrote in a March 22 paper for CSIS.

In addition to the Ambassodor to Britain, the Pentagon could use a little airing out! THE Donald Rummy-Dummy had a brain fart which allowed him to speak the truth for once. He had the temerity to reveal that he understands the government does not communicate effectively:

"If I were grading I would say we probably deserve a 'D' or a 'D-plus' as a country as to how well we're doing in the battle of ideas that's taking place in the world today," he told his questioner.

And how about cleaning out Homeland Security? Considering that Congressional investigators successfully smuggled into the United States enough radioactive material to make two dirty bombs, even after it set off alarms on radiation detectors installed at border checkpoints, a lot of political somebodies aren't doing the job!

[F]laws in the inspection procedures and limitations with the equipment mean that nuclear materials may still be able to be sent illegally into the country through seaports or land borders, the study found. And because the program for installing radiation detectors is far behind schedule, many border crossing points, including many seaports, still have no detection equipment, the report says.

And isn't interesting that truth can sometimes slip out when one polical campaign wanders into territory considered home by another!

Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts raised cash for his campaign committee on Monday in what is shaping up as enemy territory — the home state of potential 2008 presidential rival John McCain of Arizona.

In repeated interviews, Romney has questioned the effectiveness of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, arguing it has had "unintended consequences" and "driven money into secret corners."

"Romney's comments have not gone unnoticed, and his visit to Phoenix to raise some money has raised some eyebrows," said Scott Reed, a Republican political consultant who was campaign manager for Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.

"I'm not sure it's a smart long-term strategy," Reed added. "One thing I've learned about this business is that candidates remember — especially early on in campaigns when people are just getting started."

But that doesn't mean that someone else won't jump in with another revealed truth:

During a recent visit to the Olympics in Italy, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani — who is also considering a 2008 bid — said the security in Turin "is even an improvement" over the tight security at the Salt Lake City games in 2002.

Left unsaid was that Romney had run those Olympics in Utah.

It's no wonder that the truth rarely gets out. It opens up the media to examination, and sometimes an unpleasant truth gets out:

Your critique of CNN's war coverage indicates that you, reader, are on the 'fringe.'
"One man's fact is another man's opinion."
That in a nutshell is Jonathan Klein's answer to the many questions and criticisms posed in this space recently by me and you concerning CNN's coverage of the ongoing war in Iraq.

To the president of CNN/US, we're "naive, highly partisan extremists," a "definite minority out on the fringe" whose tone is strident but whose criticism is insubstantial, and clearly out of step with "the vast majority of Americans who simply do not feel" the way we do.

It's really a shame when the media isn't paying attention to the polls they present as being factual.

Maybe they aren't - which would be the saddest truth of all. Maybe that's why it seems like truth is lacking in so many things concerning the Bu$h (mi$)Admini$tration - maybe it's already been shown to the egress.

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