Kennedy’s attack on Bush
Senator Ted Kennedy’s speech attacking Bush was a good summation of the liberal Democratic case against the administration. One allegation caught my eye, concerning Iraq:
“He said Bush officials had failed to account for $1.5 billion of the $4 billion the war costs each month, citing a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office. “My belief is this money is being shuffled all around to these political leaders in all parts of the world, bribing them to send in troops,” he told the AP.“
That’s an interesting idea. We know that a lot of the so-called Coalition of the Willing are actually being bribed to be in Iraq, and the money has to come from somewhere. But I also wonder whether a lot of people inside Iraq aren’t being bribed not to make trouble. A lack of transparency that comes to $18 bn. a year unaccounted for is pretty breathtaking.