mr. zilla goes to town

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

home on the range

It's a sunny Monday morning. Just two days ago you flew home for a well deserved, month-long holiday. You pick up the day's paper (not from the front lawn, mind you, but handed to you by a serious gentleman with dark glasses and an earpiece) and have a skim through it.

Nothin' to worry about. Back to clearing the brush behind the house. The weather is tinder dry, so you don't want to go lighting any fires (for example, under the arses of your intelligence agencies). A snooze by the pool after lunch might be nice while Laura works in the flower garden.

Nothin' to worry about.

George W. Bush: keeping America safe since September 12, 2001.

Update: Not that I'm claiming the opinion-forming powers of the midday meal, but its nice when other folks who put a lot more time and research in come out the following day with confirmation of the gist of a rant:

Ashcroft said that before 9/11, his "number-one goal" at the Justice Department "was the prevention of terrorist acts" and that he immediately "began to shape the department and its efforts in that respect"1. But according to the Washington Post, internal Administration documents from before 9/11 "show that Ashcroft ranked counterterrorism efforts as a lower priority than his predecessor did"2. The documents "indicate that before Sept. 11, Ashcroft did not give terrorism top billing in his strategic plans for the Justice Department, which includes the FBI. A draft of Ashcroft's 'Strategic Plan' from Aug. 9, 2001, does not put fighting terrorism as one of the department's seven goals, ranking it as a sub-goal beneath gun violence and drugs."

Am I being too harsh on GWB though? After all, this strategic plan wasn't released until three days after Bush read the August 6 memo. I know how hard it is to get to necessary paperwork when you're on holidays. He'd probably forgotten he read it by then anway...


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