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The Tangled Web of Republican Lies

"Oh! What a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!"

    -- Sir Walter Scott

Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff kicked off the latest administration lie-fest a couple of weeks ago. He cited his "gut feeling" that al-Qaeda might be dropping by for tea sometime soon, which in turn sparked a sharp reaction from responsible officials, like Governor Patrick of Massachusetts, who were caught wondering what action to take on this "gut feeling."

That got the latest blinding snowball of lies rolling, and was quickly followed by another bit of web-weaving fear mongering otherwise known as the NIE Report, which has been described by analysts as pure pablum.

The administration has been shaking their Osama bin-Laden dolls at the American public (claiming bin-Laden was holed up in Pakistan) for so long now that Pakistan is getting understandably frustrated:

Pakistan denies Osama bin Laden on its soil

Pakistan on Sunday denied a US claim that Osama bin Laden is in the country's tribal areas, saying that if Washington knows the Al Qaeda leader's whereabouts then it should inform Islamabad.

US intelligence chief Mike McConnell told American television on Sunday that he believed bin Laden is alive and sheltering in lawless parts of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan.

"Our stance is that Osama bin Laden is not present in Pakistan," the country's Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao told AFP. "If anyone has the information he should give it to us, so that we can apprehend him."

If the administration believes bin-Laden is in Pakistan and remains an active threat why the frick aren't we trying to apprehend him? As is obvious from the reaction of the Pakistan government no one in the US intelligence community is even talking with them about bin-Laden's possible locations!

I think nobody is talking to the Pakistan government about the apprehension of bin-Laden because we don't really have any specific knowledge that bin-Laden is really there, and the liars in the administration aren't real smart about covering their bases.

And when administration officials earlier today said they'd consider attacking al-Qaeda inside of Pakistan, the reaction was sharp and swift:

Frances Fragos Townsend, the homeland security adviser, said that if the United States had "actionable targets, anywhere in the world," including Pakistan, then "we would pursue those targets."

"There are no options that are off the table," she said on CNN.

But a clearly testy Pakistani foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, warned against American attacks in his country; he said Pakistani forces were capable of policing the area and destroying Al Qaeda targets, but with less chance of killing civilians

The truth always catches up to habitual liars like the Republicans in the White House, and since they don't appear capable or interested in changing their web-weaving ways these days, even when they are caught in their lies by a watchful press and public, we seem to be in for more of the same.

Prepare to be tangled even more in the months ahead....

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Comments (2)



Is that like their in their last throes, according to the VP, that is?


what, exactly, did Chertoff say that was a lie, Lee?

and the analyst quoted on the NIE is Richard Clark, who has a bitter history with the current administration and has many times disgreed with them, right or wrong. not exactly an impartial analysis.

McConnell used the word "believe" to me that indicates that though he may have indications that OBL is in Pakistan, he has no hard proof. where is the lie in that? it's been bandied about for a long time that OBL more very well be holed up in mountain country in Pakistan. and if the pakistan government can't confirm that, neither can they deny it, since there are parts of Pakistan that the government has little to no sway or presence. personally, if OBL is still alive, i think it is likely he is holed up somewhere in the mountains of Pakistan.

so, please, what exactly are the lies you are pointing out in your post?


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