Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Weasel Boy McClellan At It Again

If only White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan claiming that the Bush administration is making terrorism go away would actually make it so...

Here's a reporter's question and Mr. McClellan's kinda, sorta answer at yesterday's press briefing:
Question: We're approaching the four-year anniversary of 9/11. And right after 9/11 the President said he wanted Osama bin Laden dead or alive. Do you consider it a failure by either the military or the intelligence that four years later Osama bin Laden is not only on the loose, but is still being tied to terrorist activities extending into Spain, Egypt, Iraq and England?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, first of all, I don't think you're trying to draw conclusions about who exactly is responsible for those attacks. Those investigations are continuing, and I don't think they're -- we're in position to draw final conclusions about who exactly is responsible for those attacks, and what people in other parts of the world -- what role they may or may not have had.

In terms of Osama bin Laden, he is someone that is on the run. We have made significant progress in dismantling the al Qaeda network. We continue to pursue him. He will be brought to justice. We have brought to justice a number of his leaders, and that has been an important success in our efforts to better protect the American people and to prevent attacks from happening in the first place. We have learned a lot of valuable information from some of the leaders that we have gone after and captured to help us disrupt attacks or prevent attacks from happening in the first place.

But there has been significant progress. The war on terrorism is broader than any one person. But he is someone we continue to pursue, and he will brought to justice. And you have to look at the overall progress that we've made in the war on terrorism. We've made substantial progress to prevail in the war on terrorism.

I beg to differ, Mr. McClellan.

Not only have you made our country less safe than it was before September 11, but the only area in which you guys have made "substantial progress" is making Iraq a boot camp for terrorists from all over the world.

In fact, the London Times says terrorism is way up in the world – what it calls a "... dramatic increase in global attacks." This article reports that terrorist attacks increased by five times the amount the U.S. State Department had originally claimed for 2004 over previous years.

Sorry, Scott, but the truth will keep coming back to haunt you if you don't start learning what it looks like.