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Tilting at Windmills

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September 19, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

MISSING MONEY....File this under "Hmmm...." Teddy Kennedy thinks Bush lied about the war:

The case for going to war against Iraq was a fraud "made up in Texas" to give Republicans a political boost, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said today.

...."There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud," Kennedy said.

That's about what you'd expect Teddy to say, so no big deal. But then there was this:

Kennedy also said the Bush administration has failed to account for nearly half of the $4 billion the war is costing each month. He said he believes much of the unaccounted-for money is being used to bribe foreign leaders to send in troops.

....Kennedy said a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office showed that only about $2.5 billion of the $4 billion being spent monthly on the war can be accounted for by the administration. "My belief is this money is being shuffled all around to these political leaders in all parts of the world, bribing them to send in troops," he said.

Kennedy's disdain for Bush is neither surprising nor unexpected he is the Senate's leading liberal, after all but he doesn't have a reputation for shooting off his mouth with weird conspiracy theories. If he thinks money is being parceled out clandestinely to foreign leaders, he probably has at least some reason to think so.

I wonder if we'll hear any more about this?

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