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Shedding light on the long shadow behind the Bush



The above photograph and corresponding video of Cheney lurking in the bushes during President Bush's press conference earlier this week has been the butt of many a joke. But mind control and ventriloquism jokes aside, never to my knowledge has there been a better illustration of the Bush administration. For all the protestations of Bush as The Decider, the influence of his VP has always lurked nearby, hidden from the spotlight, pulling the strings.

But ever so slowly, light has begun to be shined on the lies and obfuscations of this administration.

From WaPo:
Captured Iraqi documents and intelligence interrogations of Saddam Hussein and two former aides "all confirmed" that Hussein's regime was not directly cooperating with al-Qaeda before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to a declassified Defense Department report released yesterday.

The declassified version of the report, by acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble, also contains new details about the intelligence community's prewar consensus that the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda figures had only limited contacts, and about its judgments that reports of deeper links were based on dubious or unconfirmed information. The report had been released in summary form in February.

Chalk this up as yet another nail in the coffin that is to be the tomb of the Bush legacy. One can only hope that the damage it has caused can be reversed and that the members who contributed to the devastation never darken the doorsteps of our government with their long shadows ever again.

Meme roundup.

(Filed at State of the Day)

I've been wondering if there's a shotgun just below the shrubs in front of Cheney.

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