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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Double plus ungood

Bush is spouting more doublespeak, and he's laying it on thick with the statements that brought on these latest headlines.
* Bush sees Iraqi violence as reflection of progress
* Bombings called sign of progress
The first of these articles reads like this:
US President George W. Bush vowed Monday to stay the course in Iraq, after a series of bold attacks around the Iraqi capital killed 43 people and wounded more than 200 in the deadliest day for two months.

"The more progress we make on the ground ... the more desperate these killers become," Bush said. [Emphasis mine] [LINK]
If we are to believe Bush (as William Saletan does), then War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength. This next headline reflects what Bush said, but its subtitle is more reassuring:
* Bush: Baghdad blasts show U.S. making progress
* Democratic presidential candidates ridicule statement
It goes on to say:
"Does the president really believe that suicide bombers are willing to strap explosives to their bodies because we're restoring electricity and creating jobs for Iraqis?" said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a White House candidate. "Is the president arguing that the better things get in Iraq, the more dangerous it will become for American soldiers?"


Democratic presidential candidates said the surge in violence only bolstered their contention that postwar Iraq is a mess.

"I just don't understand the president's logic -- that because there is more violence and more deaths, things are going well. In my book, that means things are worse," Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean said.

Said Kerry, a Vietnam War veteran: This sounds frighteningly like the 'light at the end of the tunnel' rhetoric of Vietnam. Every day, the White House's excuses become more insulting to our troops on the ground."

Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., said in New Hampshire that he was "startled" by Bush's words. "With all respect, it makes no sense: This is a tragedy that occurred today, and it's amid growing signs of dangerous disorder in Iraq."
Kerry and Dean are saying the right things, but that Lieberman is an idiot for continually kissing up to Bush!

Bush says elsewhere in the Olympian article:
"[T]he more electricity is available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become. They can't stand the thought of a free society. They hate freedom. They love terror. They love to try to create fear and chaos."
This is a nonsensical echo that hurts both my ears and my brain. As Richard Wolffe retorts:
The terrorists don’t want to shut down Iraq’s schools. They want to kick the occupiers out of the country by showing they can’t rule the place. [LINK]
When will the impeachment proceedings begin?
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