Friday, October 29, 2004

"I got mine..." 

My letter to Lou Dobbs today:

Your lead-off story yesterday was a reference to a Washington Moonie-owned Times article that Russia made off with the wmds. I guess you didn't listen to your own colleague recently, when he declared: game, set, and match:

Aaron Brown:
BROWN: "And was there anything else at the facility that would have been under IAEA seal?
KAY: Absolutely nothing. It was the HMX,RDX, the two high explosives.
BROWN: OK. Now, I want to take a look at the barrels here for a second and you can tell me what they tell you. They obviously to us just show us a bunch of barrels. You'll see it somewhat differently.
KAY: Well, it's interesting. There were three foreign suppliers to Iraq of this explosive in the 1980s. One of them used barrels like this and inside the barrel is a bag. HMX is in powdered form because you actually use it to shape a spherical lens that is used to create the triggering device for nuclear weapons.
And, particularly on the videotape,which is actually better than the still photos, as the soldier dips into it that's either HMX or RDX. I don't know of anything else in al Qa Qaa that was in that form.
BROWN: Let me ask you then, David, the question I asked Jamie. In regard to the dispute about whether that stuff was there when the Americans arrived, is it game, set, match? Is that part of the argument now over?
KAY: Well, at least with regard to this one bunker and the film shows one seal, one bunker, one group of soldiers going through and there were others there that were sealed, with this one, I think it is game, set and match."

Or Perhaps, MR. Dobbs, you are more concerned with what will likely be your repealed tax cut. In that case, you ought to read another of your colleagues, and get some perspective:

From CNN Money, Kathleen Hays:

"Beyond that, there are some of us who have secure, good-paying jobs, and money in the bank, houses that have skyrocketed in value, maybe even portfolios that are churning out a decent return. For us, the economy may not be roaring but it's doing well enough for us to feel good and to feel good about the guy who's been the White House the past four years.
Then there are those of us who have been laid off, or seen our colleagues laid off and unable to find new jobs with salaries close to what they made before -- if they can find jobs at all.
The pinch of rising health care costs, and higher gas prices makes it tougher to save money and get ahead. And oh, by the way, we may have aging parents to take care of and kids to put through college. This group isn't sure Bush is on the right track."

Nuff said.