Monday, August 05, 2002

Why Am I Not Surprised?

When this week's Time revealed that after he seized power, The Squatter's priorities listed dissing President Clinton much higher than fighting terrorism, my first reaction was, "Tell me something I didn't guess months ago."

As the U.K.'s Guardian summarized in an article in its Monday edition:

The Bush administration sat on a Clinton-era plan to attack al-Qaida in Afghanistan for eight months because of political hostility to the outgoing president and competing priorities, it was reported yesterday.

The plan, under which special forces troops would have been sent after Osama bin Laden, was drawn up in the last days of the Clinton administration but a decision was left to the incoming Bush team.

However, a top-level discussion of the proposals took place only on September 4, a week before the al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington. In the months in between, the plan was shuffled through the bureaucracy by an administration distrustful of anything to do with Bill Clinton and which appeared fixated on national missile defence and the war on drugs, rather than the struggle against terrorism.

When it comes down to a choice between ensuring national security and getting President Clinton on something, on anything, the ReTHUGlicans will always choose the latter. After all, didn't they pretty much shut down the entire country for over a year so they could attempt to force him out of office over a lie about a blowjob?

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