the buck stops… way down there

After a few days of ignoring the story, and one day of suggesting that the 380 tons of ammunition were already gone by the time that US forces got there, the administration tried something new today. They sent America’s favorite mayor, Rudy Guiliani, onto national television to blame the troops. Yup, the new Bush angle is to concede the fact that, since the US took occupation of Al Qaqaa, Iraq, 380 tons of ammunition have disappeared, but make it very clear that it wasn’t the fault of the administration… So, not sending enough men to safeguard the areas that the administration had been told numerous times needed to be safeguarded, wasn’t the problem. And, the problem wasn’t with Rumsfeld’s plan for occupying Iraq on the cheap. No, the problem was with the soldiers on the ground who didn’t do their jobs. Good story. Let’s see how the men and women in the military like it when it comes time to vote… The bottom line is that we sent too few people to occupy the country, and we only safeguarded the oil fields. And now we’re paying the price for it. It’s about time Bush is held accountable. (The accompanying images show the explosives as they were when the Americans first moved into Al Qaqaa. Those bunkers are now empty.)

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8 Comments

  1. Posted October 28, 2004 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Mark,
    I hope you’re planning to use the opportunity your wonderful blog affords to encourage everyone to VOTE

    PLEASE PEOPLE, VOTE
    DON’T FORGET TO VOTE
    IT’S REALY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO VOTE
    PEOPLE DIED FOR YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
    WHATEVER YOUR POLITICAL VIEW, VOTE

  2. mark
    Posted October 28, 2004 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    No, not everyone.

  3. Posted October 29, 2004 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    If anyone needs rides to any Michigan polls: I took the day off and removed offensive stickers from the 8-passenger van to take them there.

    Seriously.

  4. Posted October 29, 2004 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I done voted. Hopefully the troops over there have time to allow this to influence their vote. I can no longer recall when we needed to have absentee ballots in by from when I was in the military. The Administration has some nerve, doesn’t it?

    Oh yeah, and you should pity me. EVERY other artist in my department, and all of the AEs (I think) are Republicans. I am so freaking outnumbered that when people start praising Bush or commenting on how he’s being unfairly treated by… well, everyone… I have to put on my headphones and tune them out.

  5. mark
    Posted October 29, 2004 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for voting, Collin. Colorado, went to Bush with an 8 point margin in 2000. According to the most recent Zogby poll, however, it looks like Kerry’s up by 4. It must feel nice to flip a red state blue… If your coworkers don’t like it, tell ’em they can move to Alabama.

  6. Posted November 1, 2004 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Collin – I’m with you on the headphones. And the ones I have are really good at blocking out the people around me which is extremely helpful when the guy across from me gets going on how horrible the Democrats are and how great Dubya is.

    It’s funny, the Democrats here all whisper to each other (because we are surrounded), but the Republicans just talk as loudly as they can. Working in this building just plain scares me. People this stupid shouldn’t be voting. ;-)

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