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Done being 'taken for a ride.'
By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 3:43pm PT  

Despite Bush's invocation of Poland twice at last week's debate, only once correctly, it looks like they've had enough of both Bush and Iraq according to this just in from AFP:

Poland said that it aims to withdraw all of its 2,500 troops from Iraq during the course of next year, a major disappointment for Washington which sees Warsaw as one of its staunchest allies in Iraq.

In the first Presidential Debate, Bush had attempted to correct a statement by Kerry...

KERRY: ...Secondly, when we went in, there were three countries: Great Britain, Australia and the United States. That's not a grand coalition. We can do better.

LEHRER: Thirty seconds, Mr. President.

BUSH: Well, actually, he forgot Poland. And now there's 30 nations involved, standing side by side with our American troops.

Well, actually...he didn't Mr. "President". Poland was not there when you rushed in to find no Weapons of Mass Destruction with no plans on how to win your war. Poland didn't add troops to the effort until after Baghdad fell. (After the "Mission" was "Accomplished").

Poland, who's President told reporters last March, "[T]hey deceived us about the weapons of mass destruction, that's true. We were taken for a ride," now becomes the 10th country (if my count is accurate...it's hard to really tell who was ever in or out) to pull out of Bush's "Miscalculation".

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By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 2:08pm PT  

(Thanks AMERICABlog and Counterspin Central for staying on this one!...As silly as it all is.)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/4/2004 1:13pm PT  

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Condoleeza Rice is a National Embarrassment
Please fire this woman.
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 11:28pm PT  

I give up. Just saw Condi on This Week. The blog item it would take to detail the number of lies she told in a single interview would crash my server.

Not only can I not believe that woman is still National Security Advisor, I can't believe she's still employed. At all. Anywhere. Couldn't find a transcript for you, but here's a short article on the appearance that covers the tiniest fraction of her utter and complete soulless continuation of misleading America. Apparently not enough bandwidth over at ABC to cover all her nonsense either.

If I have a stomach for it, I'll try to hit some specifics in the morning via comments. Otherwise, see my previous item on her CNN appearance this morning, and Aravosis' detail of just one of her This Week lies this morning. If you have the stomach for it.

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Bush Lead 'Evaporated' After Debate
Race Now A Tie According to Gallup
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 10:24pm PT  

And if Gallup says it's tied...[fill in own thoughts here].

Favorable public reaction to his performance in the first presidential debate has boosted Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and narrowed the contest with President Bush to a tie, according to a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll.

Bush's lead of 8 percentage points before Thursday's debate evaporated in a survey taken Friday through Sunday. Among likely voters, Bush and Kerry are at 49% each.

[Kerry] Was judged the winner of the debate by more than 2-to-1, 57% to 25%. By 13 points, voters say Kerry expresses himself more clearly than Bush. By 10 points, they say he is more intelligent.

In the 17 states seen by both sides as most competitive, Kerry has a slight lead, 47% to 45%. Before the debate, he lagged by 7 points in those battlegrounds.

...according to Gallup anyway. And we all know that Gallup [fill in own thoughts here].

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By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 6:48pm PT  

(Tip of the hat to Fin at "What We Know")

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Condi Lies Again!
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 6:10pm PT  

This morning on CNN's Late Edition Condi Rice was asked about her September 2002 statement to CNN, during the buildup to the War on Iraq, when she told America about Iraq's attempts to procure "high-quality aluminum tubes that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs." (That was the same day she'd also said "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.")

Her reply to being confronted today about that statement two years ago was, of course, to obfuscate the issue by saying "Well, at that time, when I came on your show, I knew there was some debate out there. But I tell you, I did not know the nature of the debate."

Never mind that The New York Times reports today that for a year prior to her initial statement on CNN her office had been told otherwise:

But almost a year before, Ms. Rice's staff had been told that the government's foremost nuclear experts seriously doubted that the tubes were for nuclear weapons, according to four officials at the Central Intelligence Agency and two senior administration officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. The experts, at the Energy Department, believed the tubes were likely intended for small artillery rockets.

The White House, though, embraced the disputed theory that the tubes were for nuclear centrifuges, an idea first championed in April 2001 by a junior analyst at the C.I.A. Senior nuclear scientists considered that notion implausible, yet in the months after 9/11, as the administration built a case for confronting Iraq, the centrifuge theory gained currency as it rose to the top of the government.

Senior administration officials repeatedly failed to fully disclose the contrary views of America's leading nuclear scientists.

There is a ton of information out there (just search the Whitehouse's website for "tubes" and you'll find the tip of the iceberg) on how they were selling the whole "Saddam/Nuclear Weapons" business to the American people in TV appearances, briefings, speeches and even to the U.N. in addresses by both Powell and Bush. They seemed to always leave the part out about how it was the idea of one junior analyst and was at odds with their Senior nuclear scientists. This White House has never much cared for scientists.

As I'm researching all of this, since Rice seemed to be lying yet again today, I come across this statement at the Whitehouse website. Rice is being interviewed on July 30, 2003 by Jim Lehrer after the end of "major hostilities" in Iraq when no WMD's were showing up. He asks her about Saddam's supposed nuclear weapons programs and the now infamous tubes that helped sell the American people on the war. At the end of what we now know was just more obfuscation and nonsense from her, she says to him:

It was a case that said, he is trying to reconstitute. He's trying to acquire nuclear weapons. Nobody ever said that it was going to be the next year.

Isn't that funny? Look what George W. Bush said in his now infamous speech to the U.N. back on September 12, 2002 (just days after Condi's initial lie about the tubes on CNN):

[Iraq] retains physical infrastructure needed to build a nuclear weapon. Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon. Should Iraq acquire fissile material, it would be able to build a nuclear weapon within a year.

Can anybody explain to me why this woman wasn't fired years ago?! Why they let her out of her cage to continue misleading people on CNN even today? (Both rhetorical questions, we all know the answers by now...if they'd fired everybody they should have for the debacles of these past four years, there would be no Republicans left to run the government.) Unbelievable.

Anyway, we'd expect nothing less from the woman who also said on today's interview, in regards to Bush's debate performance last week: "[He did] a fine job of showing the American people why he is the leader he is and why he is the leader to carry us through."

On that we sort of agree, Condi. He did a fine job indeed.

Four more weeks! Four more weeks! Four more weeks!

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Wingnuts Still Searching for Cause of Dubya's Debate Defeat
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 2:37pm PT  

If you've missed the latest buzz, the wingnuts, having gone frame-by-frame over last week's debate searching for Bush's credibility, have now decided that Kerry cheated by pulling "something that appears to be white and appears to have a straight edge" from his pocket at the top of the debate in violation of the agreed upon debate rules.

Never mind that Dubya was the only one to clearly break the rules the other night (by talking directly to Kerry), but now thanks to Yelladog who seems to have been able to use some advance technology to zoom in with great detail on the video, the mystery is now over about what Kerry actually pulled out of his pocket.

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...or the Price of Freedom.
By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:41pm PT  

A personal-ish side note...Over the last couple of months, traffic to the BRAD BLOG has steadily increased tremendously. And with it, much more of my time has been devoted to keeping readers here up to date with the latest and hopefully most interesting, enlightening and entertaining information and links as I come across them.

While we've had enough traffic here for some time to warrant the addition of Advertisements on the site, I've been somewhat loathe to do so for several reasons. For a start, I kinda enjoy the independence of being beholden to no one concerning content. Could I still enjoy that --- and the appearance of same --- if, for example, the Kerry Campaign decided to place an ad here? I also think it's nice to have a clean and simple format not cluttered up with a bunch of ads, though I'd like to believe I could add them in a way that wouldn't be too distracting from the content.

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The personal donations are great, when they come in, but they are currently a far cry from what is needed to keep this place up and rolling as I believe it's important to do. Ads might fill some of that gap, but I would like to hear if any of you have any thoughts about it before I go any further along that direction. Feel free to comment here or email me your thoughts.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/3/2004 1:23pm PT  

A couple of fun videos for an easy Sunday...Click and enjoy...

"HOW BUSH DID - The essence of his performance, in strict chronological sequence". A hysterical compilation from last week's debate. Click to view. (Requires Windows Media Player)

"How do you run a convention on a record of failure? 9/11 baby!" The Republican Convention and GOP Platform summarized in one swell compilation. Click to view. (Requires QuickTime)

Bush/Cheney '04: Don't forget Poland!

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Got something to hide, boys?
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 8:34pm PT  

Can you spot the picture of George W. Bush on the front page of the GOP's website?

How about here at George W. Bush's own official website?

Ironically, the Right has been charging for months that the only thing Dems have going for them is that their candidate is not Bush. Yet, what do those two graphics tell you about how the Republicans hope to defeat Kerry? It certainly ain't by publicizing their candidate!

(Feel free to compare to Kerry's official site, or that of the DNC.)

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Think Again.
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 7:46pm PT  

I realize it's somewhat "off-message" to raise expectations for this Tuesday's Veep Debate in St. Louis, but I try to call 'em as I see 'em.

While the Lamestream Media has been carrying the water for the Right by echoing the "Where's John Edwards?" mantra of late, the fact is Edwards has been out there campaigning every day. But the Media has chosen to show pictures of John Kerry's tan, Dick Cheney's smarm and George W. Bush's misleading ads instead.

I had the good fortune to tune into ABC News Now last night (this morning) at around 4am where they were carrying a John Edwards rally in Ohio uncut and unedited. And lemme tell ya, it was a stemwinder! Edwards had the facts down hard and the crowd leaping to their feet every three minutes.

Anybody who thinks Edwards' is an empty suit with nice teeth is likely gonna be in for yet another surprise this Tuesday. He absolutely knocked the cover off the ball in that rally.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find a link to the video of rally over at C-SPAN. If anyone has it, feel free to share.

(REMINDER: Once again we'll be having an Open Thread here during the debate on Tuesday! Please join us to toss in your play-by-play impressions during the big show!)

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Honoring the Dead
By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:58pm PT  

A few months ago, I reported on the obit I'd found while in Washington state of a WWII veteran whose last request was to defeat George W. Bush this fall.

Looks like it's now officially a trend. The obituary of a Wisconsin woman, Jane Buffett, has just done the same:

"Jane was outraged that any politician who would cut back cancer treatment options for Social Security recipients, who would invade a foreign country and then expect her grandchildren to pay the bills, could claim to be a 'compassionate conservative.' Once he became the nominee, she saw John Kerry as the candidate who would most conserve everything she valued. Jane fought to live long enough to be able to vote this November. To honor her memory, please do everything you can to elect John Kerry."

And while researching the story, I came across the story of another woman in Wisconsin who did similarly and who was apparently an inspiration for Ms. Buffett. Sally Baron's obituary from August of 2003 concluded:

"Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush."

Let's remember to properly honor the dead this November 2nd, shall we?

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By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:22pm PT  


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By Brad Friedman on 10/2/2004 6:06pm PT  

A few moments from the debate the other night were just bizarre. Here's just a few that I recall:

Bush on Parental Advice...

KERRY: ...I acknowledge that his daughters --- I've watched them. I've chuckled a few times at some of their comments. And...

BUSH: I'm trying to put a leash on them.

KERRY: Well, I know. I've learned not to do that.

Bush on the widow of a man killed in Iraq (is the woman an OB-GYN, by any chance?)...

BUSH:...You know, it's hard work to try to love her as best as I can...

Bush on Iranian mullahs...Transcript modified here to demonstrate Bush's actual pronunciation of the word...

BUSH: ...On Iran, I hope we can do the same thing, continue to work with the world to convince the Iranian mooo-lahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions.

We worked very closely with the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Great Britain, who have been the folks delivering the message to the mooo-lahs...

And finally, Bush accidentally tells the truth...(thanks Amir for this one!)

I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made.

Got any other favorites? Share 'em in Comments. Here's the official Debate #1 Transcript for your reading pleasure.

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