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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Administration officials say the darnedest things

Tony Snow's honeymoon appears to be over. The hostility started when Snow tried to insist that Iraq Prime Minister Al Maliki had been misquoted when he said, "This is a phenomenon that has become common among many of the multinational forces. No respect for citizens, smashing civilian cars and killing on a suspicion or a hunch. It's unacceptable."

Then the press corp went after him for Bush's emphasis on gay marriage and wher that falls in the priorities of the nation.
Q So when you say you don't know how to attach a priority to it, I think you pretty well do, just like you do on other issues. So the President is making it a priority now, at a time when it is politically expedient. Do you dispute that?....

Q We've got Iran. We've got hurricane season beginning. We've got terrorism funding. And yet the President has chosen for his radio address the subject of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Does the President see gay marriage as such a gathering storm that he feels the need to focus on that?

Also: Rumsfeld had a doozy yesterday, calling on China to "demystify" their defense spending. How do you think big Don would react if China called on his department to make public all the US's intelligence and "black" programs?

3 Comments:

  • What's to demystify? They spend about a 50th of what we do, what are they gonna spend it on? Not the really big ticket items, that's for sure.

    By Blogger Kvatch, at 6:52 PM  

  • Right now they're spending it on missiles, satellites, and electronic warfare research. That's why Don's so pissed. Because despite all the Patriot missile hype, we really don't have the ability to stop a massive missile attack on, let's say Taiwan.

    Also, Nobody has ever tried to compete with the US in the electronic spectrum and that's been a tremendous edge. Imagine the chaos it would cause the "networked" army if communications were jammed. Or even something as simple as scrambling GPS. Or if the US's spy and communications satellites were disabled or hindered. The US is in a massive buildup of electronic spectrum and space capabilities, and the only real competition is China.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:41 PM  

  • But...China has the advantage of a much more limited perspective of where they need to focus their efforts. Taiwan, country's with natural resources they need (read oil)--much closer--no navy required, no aircraft carriers.

    Almost parallels how Reagan spent the Soviets into oblivion, only with us as the Soviets.

    By Blogger Kvatch, at 7:01 PM  

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