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Friday, October 29, 2004

8000 Oklahoma Cities just small potatoes

According to the Washington Post, Kerry's concern over the missing 377 tons of high explosives from al Qaqaa have "struck some defense experts as exaggerated," given that there are some 250,000 more tons of explosives in the country whose whereabouts are unknown.
"There is something truly absurd about focusing on 377 tons of rather ordinary explosives, regardless of what actually happened at al Qaqaa," Anthony H. Cordesman, a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in an assessment yesterday. "The munitions at al Qaqaa were at most around 0.06 percent of the total."
Okay. I feel better, don't you? Why worry about enough explosives to blow up one million airliners being unaccounted for, when there is 1600 times as much actually out there? Why should I worry about U.S. citizen Jose Padilla being jailed for over two years without rights of any kind, when there are so many other people being held illegally? Why cry over that one poor Iraqi boy who lost both arms and his entire family in the "shock and awe" bombings at the start of the war, when tens of thousands of other Iraqis have been killed or maimed? Why feel sorry for my friend who lost his job when millions of other Americans are losing theirs? Why complain about the Patriot Act's provision allowing the FBI to inspect my library records, when it takes away so many other rights as well?

I can't really tell what the Post's slant is on this article. While at first reading it could be seen as anti-Kerry, accusing him of another one of those "ex-agg-er-AY-shuns," a more thorough reading would be that we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg. While the invasion of Iraq didn't prevent the world's most dangerous "weapons of mass destruction" from ending up in the hands of terrorists (because there were no such weapons there), it seems to have greatly facilitated the wide dispersal of the world's most dangerous "conventional" weapons. These are now likely in the hands of not only people we would have considered "terrorists" before the invasion, but thousands more who now see the US as the enemy. And no matter how much Rudy Giuliani tries to blame the troops for this monstrous Cheney-up, the blame clearly belongs to the idiot-in-chief. Worst president ever.

BTW, Giuliani apparently isn't backing down:
"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?" he said on NBC's "Today" show.

That rankled Eleanor Kjellman of Henniker, an Air Force veteran whose son Kurt is an Army reservist in the Mideast.

"That was such a demoralizing, destructive statement for Rudolph Giuliani to make. Once again they (the troops) are scapegoats for the administration's failures," she said at a Democratic protest before a planned appearance by Giuliani in Bedford.

As Kjellman was speaking out, Giuliani was at a GOP event in Gilford. There, he said that in blaming Bush for the missing explosives, Kerry himself was implicitly blaming the troops.
Well, the wingnuts have been trying for two years to equate supporting the troops with supporting the pResident. Now Giuliani is equating blaming the pResident with blaming the troops, clearly a vile and despicable thing for Kerry to do, when he should know that the honorable thing to do is to criticize the troops directly, like Rudy. What a despicable excuse for a human being Giuliani is.