Monday, May 03, 2004

Oh what fools these mortals be

Want to see something truly ridiculous?

Check out this report from the AP wires:

“May 2, 2004 | BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said Sunday he regrets a statement he made more than six months before the Sept. 11 attacks that the Bush administration was "paying no attention" to terrorism.

Bremer said any implied criticism that President Bush was not acting against terrorism was "unfair."

Ahead of the November election, Bush is facing criticism he didn't make terrorism his No. 1 priority before the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center and then weakened the war on terror by invading Iraq and shifting the focus from Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. The resurfacing of Bremer's comments added to administration frustrations.

At a McCormick Tribune Foundation conference on terrorism on Feb. 26, 2001, Bremer said, "The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism. What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh, my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?'”

So… he said this six months before September 11th, and he only regrets saying it… now?

More on the War on Terror will be coming up from Parabasis this week, partly in response to the NYTimes Magazine, and partly because, well, tis the season.


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