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May 31, 2006

An Uninformed President

President Bush learned about the alleged massacre in Haditha, which occurred in November, when a Time magazine reporter started asking questions in March.  He was only briefed by his staff because he was likely to get questions from reporters.  What is going on here?  The President learns of these critical turning points of the war at the same time the American public does?  The same thing happened at the time of the Abu Ghraib revelations. Bush wasn't aware of the reports of torture until five months after they occurred.  As the Carpetbagger Report asks, "if the president's advisors aren't keeping him informed about crises like Haditha and Abu Ghraib, what, exactly, are they covering in those military briefings?"  And, how the heck can he direct the war in Iraq if he doesn't know what is going on? 

Posted by Lynn Allen on May 31, 2006 at 08:43 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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