May 01, 2006

Death By A Thousand Lashes?

Mike Scheuer, who headed the CIA's bin Laden unit for six years before resigning in 2004, says Bush repeatedly turned down opportunities to kill al Zarqawi because he was "wining and dining the French."

Colin Powell takes another whack with his handbag:
"I made the case to General (Tommy) Franks, to (Defence) Secretary (Donald) Rumsfeld and to the president that I was not sure we had enough troops."
You tell 'em, bro.

Bruce Springsteen dedicates a song to "President Bystander" and says, "The criminal ineptitude makes you furious."

More importantly, Charlie Savage at the Boston Globe says Bush challenges hundreds of laws:
President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.


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