Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Sunday, September 26, 2004

News items 9/26/2004 

Election officials in Denver are working Saturdays and hiring temporary workers to keep up with the deluge of new voter registrations.

A week ago, we appointed a Gen. Talib al-Lahibi to a senior position in the Iraqi National Guard. Thursday, we arrested him for alleged links to insurgents. Interesting how we are making appointments in the military of a "sovereign" nation.

Paul Beat, a former counter-terrorist specialist in the British army, says Iraq is the world's "most hostile environment,"

"Terrorists are operating in larger and larger groups and becoming more and more daring ... They're launching bigger, multiple attacks. Now they use one vehicle at the entrance (to compounds) to knock out guards and then drive a second bomb through to get inside ... The Sunni extremists have moved out of their traditional strongholds of Falluja and Ramadi and are operating all over west and central Iraq with increasing boldness ... The Mehdi militia are operating all over south Iraq and there's increasing evidence of them operating in the center and north of Iraq ... There are large areas of Baghdad which are no-go for the coalition, and a lot of parts of Basra which are now no-go too."

Colin Powell diverges from the administration's message by recognizing the situation in Iraq is deteriorating, "We have seen an increase in anti-Americanism in the Muslim world. We'll not deny this." I wonder if he can get his boss to acknowledge it. Powell voiced optimism about the Afghani election, but voiced a tempered optimism about Iraq by adding, "if we can defeat the insurgency."

Bush says he has no regrets over declaring victory 16 months ago, and Kerry responds with bravado, "I will never be a president who just says, 'Mission Accomplished.'"

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