Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Name That Loon
What potential 2008 presidential nominee said these words two years ago?
"The President was cautious, the President was prudent, the President did what a Commander in Chief should do. No matter how you try to blame it on the president the actual responsibility for it really would be for the troops that were there. Did they search carefully enough? Didn't they search carefully enough?"
What was his excuse?
Because I was talking about--if you listen to what I said before that and what I said right after, I'm talking about John Kerry's position. The point that I was making then, if I wasn't clear enough then, I've been clear since then and I'm clear now, but I think I was clear enough then, and they jumped on it.
How did the White House respond?
"He's talking about how we don't know the facts, we don't know what happened to these explosives. We know that we have seized and destroyed more than 400,000 munitions from some 10,000 caches spread all throughout Iraq. But when you look at the regime and you look at the way they operate, it is a likely possibility that they were removed prior to our forces arriving there. We don't know -- Senator Kerry shows that he will say anything for his own political advantage. And I think this goes to an issue that the American people will be looking at very closely. And that's, who can you trust to lead this nation forward on the big priorities? A President can't jump to conclusions without knowing the facts."
"What was current White House spokesman Tony Snow's take on it back then?
John Kerry -- the Kerry campaign is not criticizing the president here. They're criticizing our troops because those are the people who were going into the Al Qaqaa facility -- yes, that's its real name, the Al Qaqaa facility -- and what they're saying is, ah, these guys -- you know, they were in such haste to get to Baghdad, they didn't do their job."
Some elephants never forget how to spin.
(Answer can be found on this Quick Time video clip, formerly at a certain Massachusetts Senator's Web site)