Hi 91 / Lo 76
|Volume 68, Issue 158,
Monday, July 21, 2003
Bridget Brown Matthew Dulin
Nixon's was Watergate, Clinton's was Lewinsky and the way the administration is unraveling, President Bush's political poison will come in the form of uranium.
After Bush toppled Saddam Hussein's regime, the man could do no wrong in the eyes of the public. But as soon as his now-famous 16 words were thrown under the scope, all those who weren't backing Bush's war have found reason to sling rocks toward the glass house this administration has built for itself. And now that the very thing he was counting on to win his re-election is under question, Bush seems to be squirming like Superman in a kryptonite-filled chamber.
This issue is clearly damaging President Bush's campaign more than any of the Democratic Party's candidates would ever do. So, without the help of Florida, how does such a figure salvage a couple of votes, if any?
Instead of blaming Britain, the U.S. intelligence agency's lack of intelligence or looking for a scapegoat before he can even get the cuffs off, Bush should take the blame for the inaccurate reporting and clear up the smoke coming out of an administration stranded on the side of the road. But it'd be asking for too much to have him admit that finding weapons of mass destruction should have come before shipping out the troops.
Now that the claims of Iraq looking to buy uranium have proven to be false, all Bush can do is tell the world how his administration was wrong. Not that everyone believed Bush when he mouthed anything about WMDs, but it'll help clear up a lot of things about this administration — especially how it acts first and thinks later.
Without the report, there is a strong chance that there would've still been a war against Iraq, but padding documents and sacrificing trust with the world shouldn't have been an answer to get this country's "go-ahead" sign.
But if it weren't for this allegation against Iraq, Americans might not have had the chance to break out their red, white and blue to provide an irreparable blow to terrorism. Bush might say he was shaking up the truth for the sake of safety, while others might view it as a lie in return for bragging rights.
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