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Bush Administration - The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

Reported by Judy - March 13, 2006

Can George Bush's administration do anything right? I'm beginning to wonder. The latest screw-up is in the trial of the so-called "20th hijacker."

The defendant in this sentencing trial is Zacarias Moussaoui, the French Moroccan who was arrested prior to 9/11, and has pleaded guilty to various charges that he lied to federal investigators about Al Qaeda's plans to fly airplanes into buildings. The jury in the case is only being asked to decide whether Moussaoui deserves the death penalty, on the grounds that thousands of lives would have been saved if he had cooperated with investigators.

But now the federal judge in the case has halted the trial, as reported here, because a lawyer for the federal government allegedly coached witnesses.

Fox News reporter Mike Emmanuel filed a report on the Moussaou trial during "Special Report with Brit Hume" on Monday (March 13, 2006). Emmanuel's report suggested that the federal government, which hopes to get the death penalty for Moussaoui, may have to present its case without the testimony of the witnesses who were coached by being given copies of federal prosecutor's opening statements, against a direct order by the judge.

How stupid are the people the Bush administration hires? Can they get nothing right? We know Bush screwed up by not heeding the warnings prior to 9/11. Then they screwed up the Iraq war by not having enough troops on the ground when the country was first invaded. They screwed up before and after Katrina. Now, I'll admit, those were big jobs.

But couldn't they handle a trial? The guy has confessed. They don't even have to prove his guilt, just that he deserves the death penalty. Actually, I'd prefer that he not get the death penalty since I oppose it and it's what he wants. I think it would be more punishment for him to rot in a cell for decades, putting off his imagined reward in the hereafter. The death penalty for Moussaoui is Bush's goal. And it looks like they may have trouble getting that.

Is basic competence too much to ask from an administration, regardless of ideology? Guess that's what happens when you put people who hate government in charge of government.

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