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Friday, May 07, 2004

The Many Faces of Bremer 

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: May 02, 2004 - May 08, 2004 Archives

Josh Mica quotes this WaPo article:
Some U.S. officials said Rumsfeld was resistant to repeated warnings from Iraq governor L. Paul Bremer -- delivered as early as last fall -- that the United States was detaining too many Iraqis for too long and in poor conditions. Bremer told Rumsfeld and other senior administration officials that if the problem persisted, the political fallout in Iraq would be serious, the officials said.
After seeing this, I went back and re-read Bremer's recent apology for things he said in February of 2001.
"I am strongly supportive and grateful for the President's leadership and strategy in combating terrorism and protecting American national security throughout his first term in office."
Nope, I don't think so. I just ain't buyin' it.

Bremer knew that he was working for a bunch of ass-covering incompetents long before the Abu Ghraib pictures became public. That's obvious from the fact that he was trying to convince Rumsfeld that the fallout from Iraq would be serious if they didn't fix the abuse problems. So he also knew that the president's strategy in combating terrorism and protecting American National security as recently as January of this year was FUBAR. And if he knew that the policy was a mess in January, then there can be no real truth in his professions of faith in the president's leadership "throughout his first ONLY term in office."


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