Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The lies our President tells

The White House has made national security, and the war in Iraq, the centerpieces of Mr. Bush’s strategy for helping Republicans try to retain control of Congress in this year’s election. Nonetheless, as he traveled to Arkansas and Tennessee today to raise money for Republican candidates, Mr. Bush insisted that his “series of speeches, they are not political speeches.”

“These are important times, and I seriously hope people wouldn’t politicize these issues I’m going to talk about,” Mr. Bush said after a fund-raising event at a private home in Little Rock before flying to another fund-raiser in Nashville. “We have a duty in this country to defeat the terrorists.”

-- NY Times, 8/30/06

My vow to the readers of this blog: every time I read a quote between now and the midterm elections wherein Bush or one of his senior advisors "politicize" the War on Terror, or the War in Iraq, I will post it on this site. Some groundrules:

The comment/quote must be obviously partisan. Statements such as "We have a duty in this country to defeat the terrorists," while being vague, obvious and inane, do not qualify. On the other hand, the following would qualify:

"It seems that in some quarters there's more of a focus on dividing our country than acting with unity against the gathering threats" -- Donald Rumsfeld, yesteday.

Although not mentioning anyone or any party by name, Rumsfeld's comments are an obvious attack on, well, anyone who disagrees with the Administration's handling of the war, using the old "If you're not with us, you're against us" canard.

This is just the first of what promises to be many, many "politicizations" of the War(s). Read them all here!


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