The Republicans need to be voted out of power this Tuesday. They’ve controlled all three branches of government for years now and have made a mess of our country. Government spending is out of control; our country is sinking into debt; good soldiers are dying in Iraq because the Republicans refuse to give them enough body armor.
And yesterday the New York Times revealed that the Republicans, in a partisan effort to create a talking point, posted Irag’s nuclear weapon research from the 1980s in Arabic on a government website. They don’t want to give terrorists lawyers, but they’ll give them the bomb, all to win a blog war.
WTF? We need a change, if only so that Congress will actually investigate the ineptness that is currently controlling Washington.
Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.
But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.
Last night, the government shut down the Web site after The New York Times asked about complaints from weapons experts and arms-control officials. A spokesman for the director of national intelligence said access to the site had been suspended “pending a review to ensure its content is appropriate for public viewing.”
Officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency, fearing that the information could help states like Iran develop nuclear arms, had privately protested last week to the American ambassador to the agency, according to European diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. One diplomat said the agency’s technical experts “were shocked” at the public disclosures.
Here is Keith Olbermann’s take.