Sep 122004

According to George Bush, depending on the day, either two-thirds or three-fourths of them have been captured. Well, two-thirds or three-fourths of how many?

Newsweek reports, "Without any public explanation, President George W. Bush last week increased the estimate of al Qaeda leaders who have been killed or captured." Bush claimed for the first time that "more than three quarters of al Qaeda’s key members and associates have been detained or killed." In his previous statements, Bush said the number was "nearly two-thirds." According to Newsweek, "White House and U.S. intelligence officials declined to provide any back-up data for how they developed the new number?or even to explain the methodology that was used." An official from the recently disbanded 9/11 Commission said, "It was meaningless when they said two-thirds and it’s meaningless when they said three-fourths. This sounds like it was pulled out of somebody’s orifice." The vast majority of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists are still at large.

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