After Chechen rebels took a school by force and killed more than 340 people — more than half of them children — Bush sought to take political advantage of the tragedy, calling it a "grim reminder of the nature of the terrorists we face."

The horror that transpired in Russia could also be part of the administration's continuing failure to combat terrorism. Even the U.S. State Department acknowledges global terrorism has actually increased over the past couple of years.

Not only wrong in the so-called war on terror ("I don't think you can't win it" vs. "We will win" — We're after WMD vs. we're liberating Iraq), Bush is also wrong on the economic situation in America ("Census: Poverty rose by million") and the state of health care for the elderly (Medicare costs to rise a record 17 percent to $78.20 per doctor visit.)

Do you ever get the feeling you're being hoodwinked?

The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reports:

The Labor Department also revised its initial report of 32,000 new jobs in July — a figure that sparked fear of a stalling recovery — to a less alarming 73,000. ...

Experts say employers must add an average of 100,000 to 200,000 new jobs a month just to keep up with the nation's growing population. While job growth averaged a robust 300,000 a month from March through May, it has since slowed and is less vigorous than in previous economic recoveries.

Today, of course, Bush also ignored both the net job loss in the U.S. and another failure, writes the AP:

As he had from the convention podium, he omitted mention of the fact that Osama bin Laden remains at large nearly three years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The failure of his ideological, unnecessary and costly war in Iraq to find bin Laden and hold Saudis responsible is a repugnant insult to the concept of true freedom and a government that takes care of its own.

Perhaps Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, a firm that lost more two-thirds of its works in the attacks, should run the country. It's one of the few to point a finger at the real suspects in a $7 billion lawsuit the AP says seeks restitution "for allegedly supporting al-Qaida prior to the Sept. 11 attack through financing, safe houses, weapons and money laundering."


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