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    Thumbs down Bush uses the "I didn't know" excuse for everything, even 9/11

    Hmm.. Why is it the President doesn't know about anything that comes back to bite him in the ass? it's a wee bit convenient to sit there and say "I was in the dark!" about all the negative stuff (which is, I suppose, somehow less damaging than saying 'I fucked up, my bad.') but then grasp at all the credit you can when something finally, miraculously happens in your favor.

    Bush... ignorant (i didn't know) or just incompetent (i fucked up again) ?

    Which is worse?

    By Patricia Wilson - Analysis
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - What didn't the president know and when didn't he know it?

    Faced with a rebellion in his own Republican party over an Arab company's planned takeover of operations at six U.S. ports, the White House says President George W. Bush was in the dark about it until last week.

    While Bush adamantly defended the deal again on Thursday, the I-did-not-know strategy has puzzled some political analysts and communications experts.

    "It's a disaster for him, I think," said Michael Hogan, professor of communication, arts and sciences at Pennsylvania State University. "It's never a good thing for a president to say he doesn't know something."

    Another analyst thought the strategy was an attempt to shift blame away from Bush. It might also give the president some leeway to compromise, perhaps by accepting a slight delay in the deal while Congress is fully briefed.

    White House officials said Bush was trying to stay above the political fray and hoping to demonstrate he would treat the Middle East fairly.

    It is a familiar approach for a president who prides himself on his management-school background. Bush responded to accusations of a botched federal response to Hurricane Katrina by arguing that no one could have anticipated that New Orleans' levees would fail. He also said, in response to accusations over intelligence failures before the September 11 attacks, that he had no idea U.S. enemies would use "airplanes to kill."

    Bush did not hear personally from Vice President Dick Cheney until about 36 hours after Cheney accidentally shot a hunting partner in Texas.

    The White House was surprised by a bipartisan criticisms that the ports deal raised concerns of a terrorism risk. It acknowledged that it wrongly failed to explain to Congress the administration's approval of the sale of British-based company P&O that now manages terminal operations at the six ports to Dubai Ports World, a state-owned firm based in the United Arab Emirates.

    Bush learned of the deal on February 16 from White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, when the issue was in the beginning stages of "increased congressional interest and increased press interest," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

    The deal was approved a month earlier, on January 17.

    There were no objections -- national security or otherwise -- during the review process that would have warranted its being brought to Bush's attention, McClellan said.

    "Its really a strategy for shifting blame," said Dean Spiliotes, director of Research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. "But it is dangerous because the average person doesn't necessarily know that this is not something the president is typically going to involve himself in."

    "It's a risk because it makes him look like they sort of dropped the ball."

    The ports furor added to the impression that a White House once considered politically sure-footed may have lost its touch.

    "Why didn't a bulb go off in somebody's head that this could be a problem given the criticism of the administration on port security and the sensitivity of dealing with countries in the Middle East right now?" asked Spiliotes.

    Treasury Secretary John Snow argued that the officials who investigated such transactions weren't "political people."

    Hogan suggested the problem might be second-term malaise.

    "It may have something to do with the fact that they don't worry about this stuff as much as they did in the first term," he said. "This administration is not handling its public face as effectively as it might."
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    Default Re: Bush uses the "I didn't know" excuse for everything, even 9/11

    Treasury Secretary John Snow argued that the officials who investigated such transactions weren't "political people."
    I think this is a nice way of saying that there is a lot of interdepartmental
    rivalry between the various agencies involved. Someone was promised
    the control of those terminals/ports and when DP World got them, they
    lost million$. Perhaps this is a retroactive smear campaign designed to
    make the President and the Replutocrats look like they're in the dark
    about everything.

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    Default Re: Bush uses the "I didn't know" excuse for everything, even 9/11

    No, I think they do a pretty good job of that themselves.
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    Default Re: Bush uses the "I didn't know" excuse for everything, even 9/11

    He should know that ignorance is not a legal defense.

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    Default Re: Bush uses the "I didn't know" excuse for everything, even 9/11

    Plausible deniability?
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