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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Okay, I understand this now. But I'm furious!
Yesterday I suggested that Bush didn't have a good way out after a Saudi prince "insisted" that the 28 redacted pages from the 9/11 report be made public without resorting to some seriously dangerous wag the dog action (I'm not talking about Sen. Santorum here).

But then I read Bartcop's report from yesterday, where he said:

Sure, he (the prince) said that after Bush guaranteed them he'd hide the findings from the American voters.

That BartCop hit the nail on the head was confirmed by the prince's statements after meeting with Bush, who "turned down" the request:

"We are disappointed," the prince said of the administration's refusal. "But we understand the reasons."
"Anyone who believes that this president would cover up for anyone involved with 9/11 must be out of touch with reality," the prince said as he reasserted that his country is a full partner with the United States in battling terrorism.

Sorry Prince, but anyone who still believes, after he has delayed and hindered any and all investigations for the last two years, that Bush is NOT covering up something is an idiot, a liar, or both.

Clearly, this was one of Karl Rove's masterpieces. Have the Saudis "insist" that the pages be exposed while guaranteeing them that they won't be, protecting them and Bush. Last week the Saudis were saying:

Last week, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, expressed outrage at the decision to keep parts of the report dealing with Saudi Arabia classified.

"Saudi Arabia has nothing to hide. We can deal with questions in public, but we cannot respond to blank pages," the prince said.

He called it "unfortunate that false accusations against Saudi Arabia continue to be made by some for political purposes.
-- CNN

Now we're supposed to believe that Bush is some kind of diplomatic genius, quicky defusing the "outrage" and leading the Saudis to "understand the reasons" which even Republican Senator Richard Shelby doesn't understand. What a charade.