Monday, October 25, 2004

More Breathtaking Bush Admin Incompetence

"BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 24 - The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives - used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons - are missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations.

The huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no man's land, still picked over by looters as recently as Sunday. United Nations weapons inspectors had monitored the explosives for many years, but White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished sometime after the American-led invasion last year...

The International Atomic Energy Agency publicly warned about the danger of these explosives before the war, and after the invasion it specifically told United States officials about the need to keep the explosives secured, European diplomats said in interviews last week. Administration officials say they cannot explain why the explosives were not safeguarded, beyond the fact that the occupation force was overwhelmed by the amount of munitions they found throughout the country."

Why is it that so many people confuse TALKING tough about terrorism and actually DOING something? Perhaps an entire administration whose ideology holds that government itself is the problem and never the solution is incapable of competent work. Certainly those of you who think that terrorism is the most important issue of our times should demand, DEMAND that your federal government function efficiently and effectively--if no other time then at least when dealing with terrorism. It's clear that what we are getting from Washington these days is Karl Rove pumping meaningless blather through his Bush puppet and pathetic incompetence in nearly every area of responsibility. Yes--we are far, far LESS SAFE under these bumblers than we would be under any president with a brain.

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