Hurricane Isabel is apporaching the East Coast and could make landfall somewhere along the Mid-Altantic coastline. I’m watching in anticipation, given the saturation of the ground from all the regular rainfall we’ve received and that in 1999, Floyd caused flooding that filled the basement of the house I’m living in and hit my neighborhood pretty hard. While I lament the destruction of property, I’m always enthralled by natural disasters, especially when I’m experiencing them up close.
In other news, Cheney lied to the media again, rehasing old, discredited arguments for the war against Iraq. The WaPo takes him to task on several points, such as the Atta-Iraq connection, stating
An FBI investigation concluded that Atta was apparently in Florida at the time of the alleged meeting, and the CIA has always doubted it took place. Czech authorities, who first mentioned the alleged meeting in October 2001 to U.S. officials, have since said they no longer are certain the individual in the video of the supposed meeting was Atta. Meanwhile, in July, the U.S. military captured the Iraqi intelligence officer who was supposed to have met Atta and has not obtained confirmation from him.
Then we have the familiar line about the mobile weapons labs. Unfortunately, there is once again evidence to the contrary.
The CIA report on the trucks said their “most likely use” was for biological weapons, though other scientists who have studied them in Baghdad, including the late British scientist David Kelly, doubted that finding.
And there’s a myriad of other allegations and exchanges, such as this one…
Cheney also spoke of a “a gentleman” who had come forward “with full designs for a process centrifuge system to enrich uranium and the key parts that you need to build such a system.” The man, Iraqi scientist Mahdi Obeidi, had denied that the nuclear program had been reconstituted after 1991.
…that are simply contrary to what is known. All in all, I’d say Cheney is either senile as old age sets in or he’s simply not reading the memos. Believing something to be true, unfortunately for him, doesn’t make it true, no matter how hard you try.