- It was bad enough on Monday when Washington state Congressman
"Baghdad" Jim McDermott suggested that President Bush could have
captured Saddam Hussein long ago, but moved only when the news would have
had maximum political effect.
- But now, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
is telling reporters that the Bush administration may already have captured
Osama bin Laden and will release the news just before next year's presidential
- On Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Brit
Hume," Roll Call reporter Morton Kondracke recounted Albright's comments
to him during an encounter before Tuesday night's broadcast, while she
was waiting in the green room to appear on another show.
- Kondracke said the former Clinton official approached
him and asked, "Do you suppose that the Bush administration has Osama
bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the election?"
- Kondracke said that Albright didn't seem to be joking,
explaining, "She was not smiling."
- He shot back, "You can't seriously believe that."
- Albright replied that she thought a bin Laden October
Surprise orchestrated by Bush was "a possibility."
- Reacting to Albright's bizarre outburst, former Reagan
administration drug czar Bill Bennett told Fox News Channel's "Hannity
& Colmes": "It's nuts. It's staggering. It's paranoid.
- "Maybe this is the style of thinking she'd grown
accustomed to in the Clinton administration," he added. "Shame
on her for saying that, as a former secretary of state of the United States."
- From Tim Kugel
- If this were used as military deception - to encourage
supporters of terror to "out" themselves and be killed - these
turkeys would gobble a different tune (and for that mater, if Mort Kondrake
or Bill Bennett were reliable sources, then Nixon was Venus and Mitchell
- As for the election - what election?
- Come on. We don't have elections anymore.