The sheer incompetence of the Bush administration apparently knows no bounds. This week we learn that the number of our troops on the ground in Iraq was insufficient to secure 380 tons of unusually powerful conventional explosives when we invaded that country in 2003. Less than one pound of this material was sufficient to bring down Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988. The bad guys in Iraq now have enough of this explosive to blow 760,000 civilian airliners out of the skies. Feeling safer everyone?
We also learn this week that the Bush administration is preparing another emergency request for between $40 and $70 billion to pay for the Iraq war during the remainder of this fiscal year. This is on top of the $25 billion already appropriated by Congress for this same period. Administration officials are conveniently waiting until after the election to name the final figure. One wonders how else thay are planning to waste our hard-earned money and the precious lives of our brave young Americans in the next four years.