just a thought
This morning, in the reaction to the SotU speech carried by NPR, one of the Republican Congressmen waxing rhapsodic over Bush's speech said something to the effect of "At last, Bush has had a chance to take his case for war with Iraq straight to the American people."
Baloney. Bush has had two years to sell the policy that he and his advisors almost certainly entered office with. Bush has an opportunity every single day to talk to the press, and chooses not to do so to such an extent that the mere occurrence of a Presidential press conference is a newsworthy event (of course, in doing so, he'd have to take questions...). The President could also request network TV air time whenever he pleases. No, this was an opportunity to sell the the same lame rhetoric he always engages in, and before an audience of mostly supportive Congresscritters who dutifully applaud the
One more thing--I'm sick of hearing unsupported allegations that "evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications and statements by people now in custody, reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaeda." If there is indeed credible evidence of Iraqi support for al Qaeda, the while inspection/disarmament issue is moot--the resolution passed in the aftermath of 9/11 already authorizes the President to take action (although, of course, the American people and their representatives in Congress are entitled to see and evaluate the evidence) against those involved with, or supporting, al Qaeda.
Make no mistake about it: If the President has evidence that Iraq does indeed support al Qaeda, that's all the causus belli he needs; furthermore, NATO has already agreed to assist in such action. Bush must know this, and yet while his administration repeatedly claims to have evidence, it repeatedly fails to provide it.
Bush says he has evidence. Now let him provide it. Until he does, I'll regard the claim as another lie.
Show me the money.