Secretary of Defense Robert Gates yesterday became the latest member of the Bush cabinet to say something that can easily be proven wrong to support the White House.
As reported in the Washington Post, Gates said that a delay in getting the funds requested by the president for Iraq and Afghanistan would soon force him to start laying off employees and ceasing operations at bases.
Gates should know better, and should know that someone would quickly call him out on this.
One of the great numbers from the 1978 Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and the movie based on it was "Texas Has a Whorehouse In It," a supposed expose by a less-than-reputable newscaster about how he was absolutely shocked to discover a brothel that everyone knew knew was there.
f you saw the movie you'll almost certainly remember Dom DeLuise in this big production number with a chorus backing him up. It was outrageous, and outrageously funny.
I knew, but I didn't really know.
Peter Baker of The Washington Post had a good story today about the latest battle in the appropriations war between the Bush White House and Democratic Congress. The story talks about some of the parallels between the current situation and the standoff in 1995 that led to a government shutdown.
My column on nationaljournal.com this week explains why the debate is proving to be so difficult in spite of the fact that Congress is talking about providing a tax cut.