Sunday, August 13, 2006

Finish the story!

Headline: Bush sought to cut $6M in screening technology. Why, on it's face it must be an outrage, right?

That's a tempting conclusion. But we aren't told exactly what the $6M was for, nor where it was redirected. In particular, I want to know if it was taken from research in *liquid* explosives detection.

You can bet your sweet patootie that we wouldn't have heard a peep about this but for the latest events in the UK. Instead we might be hearing "why are we spending all this money on explosives detection technology? It's been years since the terrorists blew up a plane, and our boys need more body armor!" or whatever last captured the critics' imaginations.

So I'm not prepared to make this out as if it shows that the Bush administration is screwing up. Give us the rest of the story first. Given the media's persistent bias against Bush, I wouldn't be surprised if the *whole* truth sounded a lot more innocent.

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