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Factcheck on the Wolves Ad

I guess this is what you call a new low for the Bush campaign. You know that gloriously positive Wolves ad that the Bush campaign put forward?

It throws out this apparently new charge that Kerry cut six billion dollars from intelligence after the first terrorist attacks. But of course, with the Bush campaign, that all depends on what the nuances of the words are.

Yeah, that's right, the nuances. Bush is very talented at putting forward nuancing that doesn't sound like nuance. In this case? The truth of the ad all depends on whether you think they mean 9/11, or the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center.

That's right, that's what they meant.

Just wait a second. It gets better!

Here's a comment from Dick Cheney's favorite site.

Take note (so I don't have to argue with anybody over this) that these suggested cuts, though initially resisted, became so uncontroversial that "In 1995 Republican Senator Arlen Specter proposed to cut $1 billion from the super-secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for fiscal year 1996. That cut was considered so uncontroversial that it passed by a voice vote."

As for the second cut that's often mentioned, that one was well justified, because it involved an illegal slushfund that was funneling billions of dollars out of taxpayers pockets.

They weren't going to gut the agency either. This was going to be one billion dollars of cuts a year for five years out of a thirty billion dollar budget. Cuts in human intelligence were made long before.

So what do we have here? Scare tactics that don't even feature information that should legitimately scare people.

What people should be genuinely disgusted about, in intelligence terms, is a Sitting president making jokes about a intelligence failure that has cost over a thousand lives.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty at October 22, 2004 6:04 PM