Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Friday, April 30, 2004

It never stops.

Here's George Bush, this afternoon:

A year ago, I did give the speech from the carrier, saying that we had achieved an important objective, that we'd accomplished a mission, which was the removal of Saddam Hussein. And as a result, there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves in Iraq.

Quite a little statement there. First, a bit of revisionist history: the "mission" that was "accomplished" was merely the "removal of Saddam Hussein." Then the whopper: on the same day that it's become very clear that U.S. soldiers & contractors have stepped in to fill the rape & torture void left by the old regime, Bush is blithely claiming that there are "no longer torture chambers or rape rooms."

Sheesh. Not even the rooms are gone: this stuff has been happening in Saddam Hussein's old Abu Ghraib prison. Is it possible, you might think, that Bush just hadn't heard the news? Not a chance. Moments later, during the same "press availability:"

Q What is your reaction to photos of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners? How are you going to win their hearts and minds with these sort of tactics?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated. Their treatment does not reflect the nature of the American people. That's not the way we do things in America. And so I - - I didn't like it one bit.

Again, the effortless sidestepping of the flat-out lie. That may not be "the way we do things in America." The problem is what we're doing in Iraq.

That's all, folks. Pay no attention to the contradictions. "We're making progress, you bet."



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