Good Morning! It looks as though Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA 29th) isn't going to get that GAO investigation
into the costs of President Bush's recent carrier landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).
Damned shame, really, because it would have allowed both patries to have been investigated, such as Shrillary's and Chelsea's use of the plane normally known as "Air Force One" (a military aircraft only has the "One" designation when the President is aboard, regardless of branch) on their African safari during BJ Clinton's last year in office. Not to mention the concurrent requirement to investigate Federal lawmakers. Such as Ted Kennedy (can you say "Big Dig cost overruns of almost $5 BILLION
?"). In the Comptroller Generals statement, he declared, "In my view, it does not pass a cost-benefit test."
I think we ought to investigate Representative Waxman for trying to use a non-partisan office for political reasons, but there would probably have to be a full-time investigator hired just for that purpose, because Waxman has never been shy about trying to sling mud for political gain. Since when is it a "political" thing for the Commander-in-Chief to visit his troops? Or to use a military asset as a platform to deliver a speech? (Clinton did it three different times during his term, he just never did a carrier landing. So I guess it's the fact that the current President is not only a successful war-time President, he was also once a fighter pilot, where Clinton was busy protesting that war from a safe distance - London, if I remember correctly.)
In other news, looks like Al Qaeda managed another coordinated car-bomb attack, but they may have screwed up by setting off those bombs in their own back yard. It tends to make people think along the lines of "chickens coming home to roost" rather than "what did they do to deserve this?" If they were trying to punish "The Great Satan", then maybe they need to check those figures, because according to the latest reports
, more Al Qaeda members died than Americans (9 Al Qaeda versus 7 Americans). Not very cost-effective, but in terms of effectiveness, right up there with the 'not-so-smart bombs' in Israel who blow themselves up before they actually get inside the designated crowd of people.
I also find it interesting that the Saudis had been asked to provide additional security for the expatriates, but "couldn't get the Committee to resolve the issue in time". I guess it would have never occurred to them to actually put a few extra men out there until the attack had been deterred, though, would it? Because if they admitted that the foreigners were the targets, instead of the perpetrators, they would have to admit that they have real problems that have nothing to do with their "Holy Lands" (and you can't swing a cat without hitting a mosque or other "holy place" in that region).
Steven den Beste pointed this out, and did so in his usual superlative fashion
. Well worth a read, but just about everything by him is worth the time.
Well, I'm not sure what they mean by it, but today is apparently "Underground America Day". I think that means we're all supposed to dig a hole, or maybe go spelunking
. Have a great day, no matter what your choice is.