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September 11, 2006  



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Dodd in Iowa

The Des Moines Register covered Sen. Christopher Dodd's (D-CN) visit to Iowa:

Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut said Sunday that he hasn’t decided whether he will run for president in 2008, but that if he does, the issue of public education will be a chief focus.

Dodd, a Democrat, capped off a weekend trip to Iowa with a roundtable discussion on early childhood learning with two key Des Moines educators and Des Moines school board member Connie Boesen. He had spent the previous two days campaigning for Democratic leaders, including U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell.

"I’m looking at the ’08 race with others, and there will be no formal decision until the first of next year," Dodd said. "Education is so critical, and you can’t minimize other issues, like (national) security, which is number one, but education is the most consistent issue that affects us all."

Rockefeller: World safer with Sadam

Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV) offered the unbelievable view that the world would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still in power in Iraq. According to WCBS-TV, NY:

Rockefeller went a step further. He says the world would be better off today if the United States had never invaded Iraq — even if it means Saddam Hussein would still be running Iraq.

He said he sees that as a better scenario, and a safer scenario, "because it is called the 'war on terror.'"

Does Rockefeller stands by his view, even if it means that Saddam Hussein could still be in power if the United States didn't invade?

"Yes. [Saddam] wasn't going to attack us. He would've been isolated there," Rockefeller said. "He would have been in control of that country but we wouldn't have depleted our resources preventing us from prosecuting a war on terror which is what this is all about."

It seems that Rockefeller has no concerns that Saddam continued to have the scientific knowledge of how to create weapons of mass-destruction including: chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. It seems that he is unconcerned about the fact that the isolation that he talks about allowed billions of dollars to flow into Saddam’s control under the corrupt "Food for Peace" program. It seems that he has no concerns that the French and Russians, who are helping Iran achieve a nuclear bomb, were pressing for the sanctions to end so that Saddam could have full access to $60 and $70 a barrel oil to pursue his state sponsorship of terrorism.

What is even worse is that Rockefeller has no concern for the individual Iraqis who were massacred by chemical and biological weapons. It seems Rockefeller has no concern for the individuals who were killed by inserting them feet first into shredders.

It seems that Rockefeller should not be on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

ABC’s edited "documentary"

The Associated Press covered the issue of how ABC edited the 9-11 documentary into a dramatization.

ABC made several editing changes to the first part of its miniseries "The Path to 9/11" following furious protests by Clinton administration officials that it fabricated scenes about their actions prior to the terrorist attacks.

But the network resisted calls to cancel the $40 million miniseries, airing commercial-free over two nights. Part two is scheduled for Monday, with an interruption for President Bush's address to the nation.

Several scenes were cut or changed from the movie that aired Sunday and finished 20 minutes shy of its three-hour time slot. ABC has called it a dramatization, not a documentary.

Cheney strong on Meet the Press

Vice President Dick Cheney spent an hour on NBC’s "Meet the Press with Tim Russert and held strong to the position that the world could not let madman Saddam Hussein (with billions of dollars in terrorist-sponsoring oil revenue) stand as the head of Iraq:

Asked by "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert whether the United States would have gone ahead with the invasion anyway if the CIA had reported that Saddam did not, in fact, have such weapons, Cheney said yes.

"He’d done it before," Cheney said. "He had produced chemical weapons before and used them. He had produced biological weapons. He had a robust nuclear program in ’91."

The U.S. invasion "was the right thing to do, and if we had to do it again, we would do exactly the same thing," he said.

Huckabee in Iowa

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) spent the weekend in Iowa making his 9th visit to Iowa. He made several stops for state Republican candidates including the hometown of Iowa Presidential Watch -- Webster City. Huckabee participates in a 9-11 service in Ankeny today.



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