09/18/2006 01:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

September 18 News Update

President Bush commemorates 5th anniversary of 9/11 by trying to justify War in Iraq. Next chance to politicize tragedy: Pearl Harbor Day?

Bush says "The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad." How do you say "domino theory" in Arabic?

Bush also acknowledges no link between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. Guess Cheney never got that memo.

President says America engaged in a "struggle for civilization." So how do we engage? More tax cuts for the rich?

Bush delivers address to nation sitting between busts of Lincoln and Churchill. Busts of Martin Van Buren and Napoleon would have been more appropriate.

Missing from 9/11 observances: "Dead or Alive."

Bush meets with conservative columnists, tells them "I've never been more convinced that the decisions I made are the right decisions," echoing Cheney who said if they had to do it all over again, they would do it. Administration learning curve at zero.

Bush also told them he got into politics to change the culture of the country. So that's why Congressman Bob Ney pleaded guilty in the Abramoff corruption scandal.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert muffs singing of National Anthem. Nancy Pelosi says she'll get it right when she becomes Speaker.

Some Republican Senators and former Secretary of State Colin Powell rebuff Bush's call for military tribunals for terrorist detainees. White House calls Powell "confused." When Powell was confused was when he got all that misleading intelligence information from the White House and CIA.

Pope Benedict apologizes for comments about Muhammed that Muslims found offensive. So touchy those Muslims. At least he didn't draw any cartoons. By the way, why aren't Muslims ever outraged by Muslim suicide bombers who blow up innocent civilians?

And Arnold Schwartzenegger apologizes for comments about "hot" Latina legislator. Hey, at least he didn't grope her.

Chief Judge at Saddam Hussein trial tells him he was "not a dictator." Isn't a judge supposed to exhibit some judgment?

Sen. Joe Lieberman gives 25-minute speech on national security, doesn't mention War in Iraq. Wonder why?

Planet Pluto renamed asteroid 134340. Mickey Mouse not expected to follow suit with his dog.

Neo-Nazis score gains in local elections in Germany while first rabbis ordained in Germany since Holocaust. Mazel Tov.

CBS Evening News back in third place after big first week with Katie Couric. Too late to bring back Cronkite?