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Kennedy calls case for war a 'fraud'
Associated Press

The case for going to war against Iraq was a fraud "made up in Texas" to give Republicans a political boost, Sen. Edward Kennedy said Thursday.

IN AN INTERVIEW with The Associated Press, Kennedy also said the Bush administration has failed to account for nearly half of the $4 billion the war is costing each month. He said he believes much of the unaccounted-for money is being used to bribe foreign leaders to send in troops. He called the Bush administration's current Iraq policy "adrift."

The Massachusetts Democrat expressed doubts about how serious a threat Saddam Hussein posed to the United States in its battle against terrorism. He said administration officials relied on "distortion, misrepresentation, a selection of intelligence" to justify their case for war.

"There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office showed that only about $2.5 billion of the $4 billion being spent monthly on the war can be accounted for by the Bush administration.

"My belief is this money is being shuffled all around to these political leaders in all parts of the world, bribing them to send in troops," he said.

Of the $87 billion in new money requested by President Bush for the war, Kennedy said the administration should be required to report back to the Congress to account for the spending.

"We want to support our troops because they didn't make the decision to go there ... but I don't think it should be open-ended. We ought to have a benchmark where the administration has to come back and give us a report," he added.

Kennedy said the focus on Iraq has drawn the nation's attention away from more direct threats, including al-Qaida, instability in Afghanistan or the nuclear ambitions of North Korea.

"I think all of those pose a threat to the security of the people of Massachusetts much more than the threat from Iraq," Kennedy said. "Terror has been put on the sidelines for the last 12 months."

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"Kennedy said the focus on Iraq has drawn the nation's attention away from more direct threats, including al-Qaida, instability in Afghanistan or the nuclear ambitions of North Korea."

Thats pretty funny coming from a man who supported Bubba Clinton. I think he's about 6-7 years behind the times with that statement.

What did Kennedy say regarding what it was that drew the attention away from his good ole boy Bubba Clinton "from more direct threats, including al-Qaida, instability in Afghanistan or the nuclear ambitions of North Korea???"

I don't recall anyone, especially Kennedy, urging Bubba that we need do something about Al qaida, Afghanistan, or North Korea, do you? Shouldn't he have been more concerned when it actually mattered?

I mean, all three situations were totally ignored and encouraged to blossom by him and his friend Bubba clinton during the nineties, which led directly to the situations we see in all 3 areas today.

Must be the booze eating away his brain after all these years.

Kennedy is a joke.
Hmmm ... seems to me, if I can read a calandar right, that when Clinton was President, al-Qaida hadn't yet used 4 of our jetliners as weapons of mass destruction and killed over three thousand innocent people! Eek

Nor were the Taliban and al-Qaida guerilla fighting us from the hills of Afghanistan ... in fact .... a month before 9/11, the Bush Administration were hosting meetings with the Taliban regarding the pipeline they were trying to get to run through that territory!! Eek

Nor had North Korea come out and publicly state to us and the rest of the world that they had nukes and and might, just one day use or sell them!! Eek

Nope, according to my calandar, that all happened on Bush's watch .... all three posing a most "direct threat" to this country!!

Hmmmm ... and speaking of a direct threat ... seems like, also on Bush's watch, Sadaam Hussein was sitting over there in Iraq with no WMD's, no chemical weapons, no way to get them over here, no link to 9/11 .... but he's who we put forth our full military power on!!! Of all the "direct threats" facing us, was he really the most serious one?? Confused Eek

Hey, I'll tell you what ... while you're trying to explain that one to me, why don't you take a look at my calandar ... seems you have your dates just a little confused ....

Free your mind, and the rest will follow.
Well at least Bubba did not have to blame his problems on the administration that preceded him. It is funny to watch this country in shambles and the loyalists still try to defend W as if he as done ANYTHING right.....ya'll (Texan) crack me up.......

This country is getting pimped so hard it is unbelievable. Once you observe the mindset of the blind patriotic fool loyalists, then you see how W was able to manipulate them to be flag wavers while he gratifies his ego with Sadam because of his daddy, tries to steal oil from the middle east and takes YOUR tax dollars and feed it to his rich cronies while unemployment remains day they'll get it......

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