While Joe Lieberman, Fox News and the GOP make hay from this week's British terror suspects hubbub, and Cheney et al thump the dumdum, all accusing Democrats of being pantywaists on terror, an AP story in our local paper ("Bush Tried to Divert Detection $$", The Brattleboro Reformer, Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13, 2006, pg. 20) notes how "the Bush Administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology," even as the UK terror suspects were busily prepping their schemes.
As if Katrina wasn't enough to rip the blinders from those still stupid enough to believe Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and team give a flying fuck about national security and our collective well-being, these kinds of shenanigans continue to put paid to the lies this Administration campaigned so fervently over back in '04. The AP story quotes a June 29th bipartisan report from the Appropriations Committee concerning the Homeland Security Department's Sciences & Technology Directorate research division as being "a rudderless ship without a clear way to get back on course... The committee is extremely disappointed with the manner in which S&T is being managed within the Department..." Republican and Democratic senators are joining forces to block the administration's ongoing attempts to divert funds.
The yawning chasm between Bush's bankrupt "stay the course" dogma and the ongoing evidence of the complete incompetency and utter, abject failure of Bush and his dog pack to do anything but cover their asses while protecting no one and only further entrenching our entire country and culture in the Iraq War tarbaby is an obscenity. These dogs have had their day, and we as a country, culture, and people are paying too dearly for their madness.
Thankfully, more and more of the populace seems to be waking up to the reality those in power are so intent upon denying.
More later, on other things...