The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at Langley.In other news, Kid Rock will not be performing for the Bush twins' concert. World Net Daily reports that pro-family Americans expressed outrage. I'm pro-family and I'm outraged at the outrage. Have we not lossed our freedom of speech that our Constitution gives us?
In interviews, officials who served with the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) said the violence in Iraq, coupled with a lack of new information, led them to fold up the effort shortly before Christmas.
Four months after Charles A. Duelfer, who led the weapons hunt in 2004, submitted an interim report to Congress that contradicted nearly every prewar assertion about Iraq made by top Bush administration officials, a senior intelligence official said the findings will stand as the ISG's final conclusions and will be published this spring.
President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials asserted before the U.S. invasion in March 2003 that Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program, had chemical and biological weapons, and maintained links to al Qaeda affiliates to whom it might give such weapons to use against the United States.
Bush has expressed disappointment that no weapons or weapons programs were found, but the White House has been reluctant to call off the hunt, holding out the possibility that weapons were moved out of Iraq before the war or are well hidden somewhere inside the country. But the intelligence official said that possibility is very small.
Duelfer is back in Washington, finishing some addenda to his September report before it is reprinted.
Kid Rock, the vulgar rock-rapper whom inauguration staff initially talked of headlining the youth concert next week as part of the festivities for President Bush's swearing in, will not be appearing after all.Talk about family values...
"He's not performing," a spokesman for the Presidential Inauguration Committee confirmed for WND.
Committee spokeswoman Jill Willis would not comment on the decision not to have Kid Rock perform.
"We're hoping to have our list of entertainers for inaugural events out sometime tomorrow, hopefully," she said.
So, why was Kid Rock bumped?
"I don't have a comment," Willis told WND. "We'll talk about the performers who will be performing after that information is released."
Later this afternoon, committee staff emphasized that Kid Rock was never officially booked to appear, arguing that he therefore could not have been canceled.[...]
After reading some of Kid Rock's lyrics, Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, was outraged the rapper would be a part of the president's festivities.
"I just read Kid Rock's sexually explicit lyrics and feel ashamed and dirty for even looking at his songs," he told WND. "If this sex-crazed animal, whose favorite word is the F-word, is allowed to sing at Bush's inauguration this will send a clear message to pro-family Americans that the Republican Party has taken them for a ride and ditched them in the gutter."
Besides Thomasson's group, other pro-family organizations, including Concerned Women for America and the American Family Association, decried the planned appearance of Kid Rock and asked supporters to express their outrage to the inauguration committee. AFA sent an e-mail to 2.5 million supporters asking them to take action.
After initial publicity about Kid Rock performing, the committee backpedaled on the issue, saying the vulgar entertainer was "not confirmed" to appear at the Bush youth concert.
AFA Chairman Don Wildmon told AgapePress he was frustrated after trying for several days to get a straight answer out of the committee about Kid Rock.
"All you have to say is yes, he's is going to be here; no, he's not going to be here," he said. "But they refuse to do that – which leads me to think that they have the man signed up [and] ready to come, but they're afraid of the backlash and they're waiting to see what's going to happen."
White House spokesman Tim Goeglein said yesterday that while he could not speak for the inauguration committee, "Based on the [Kid Rock] lyrics that I have been told about ... I can tell you that the president would never endorse such lyrics and would never condone them."
According to a Scripps-Howard report today, daughter Barbara helped arrange for JoJo and Hilary Duff to entertain, and "is still working on Kid Rock."