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Now it's Bush's turn to squirm
The Guardian ^ | Thursday September 9, 2004 | Sidney Blumenthal

Posted on 09/09/2004 6:36:18 AM PDT by Area Freeper

Republicans marched out of their convention intoxicated with the sensation of victory. President Bush, the "war president", was the most honest, moral, decisive, and strongest leader in the world. (The unvarying encomiums eerily echoed those of the brainwashed soldiers about the sleeper agent in The Manchurian Candidate: "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, warmest, bravest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.") After Bush's defiant speech - "Nothing will hold us back!" - his lead was reported by Time magazine to have climbed to 11 points, which was inhaled like pure oxygen by the Republican cadres. (Both John Kerry's and Bush's internal polls gave Bush only a four-point lead.)

Kerry seemed to be reeling in retreat. His disciplined campaign management had suppressed criticism of Bush, supposedly on the basis that swing voters are attracted by vague swirls of optimism. But the effect was that voters remained confused about the contrast between the candidates and Kerry's commitments. Kerry had delayed defending himself against the torpedoes of falsehood fired at his heroic military record by the Orwellianly named Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Perhaps his gravest self-inflicted wound was replying to Bush's challenge to answer whether he would still have voted for the war resolution on Iraq, knowing what he does today. Kerry said he would and tangled himself in a thicket of sticky nuance.

Bush could hardly believe that Kerry had fallen for the gambit. This sucker would buy a bridge in Brooklyn. The triumphant Republicans felt unrestrained in delivering blows to the prone Kerry. Dick Cheney announced that a vote against Bush was tantamount to a vote for a terrorist attack: "If we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again."

On the day that former President Clinton had his heart surgery, Cheney attacked him as weak on terrorism, and for good measure set upon Ronald Reagan too. The venerated Reagan had served his purpose as an icon at the convention, but now he was unceremoniously thrown overboard.

Only Bush was tough enough. Bush, adopting the tone of the fraternity house president he once was, sarcastically derided Kerry: "No matter how many times Senator Kerry flip-flops, we were right to make America safer by removing Saddam Hussein from power."

In fact, on the third day of the Republican convention, Kerry had given a penetrating and highly specific speech on the war on terrorism and Iraq, detailing how Bush's strategy amounted to a series of catastrophic blunders. "When it comes to Iraq," he said, "it's not that I would have done one thing differently, I would have done almost everything differently."

Kerry's speech was pointedly ignored by Bush who, with Cheney, rained a steady fire of ridicule down on Kerry. Meanwhile, the report on Iraq by the Royal Institute of International Affairs was buried in the back pages. "Iraq could splinter into civil war and destabilise the whole region if the interim government, US forces and United Nations fail to hold the ring among factions struggling for power." Civil war, the institute said, was "the most likely outcome". Kerry remarked that because of Bush's errors "terrorists have secured havens in Iraq that were not there before". The New York Times reported that Fallujah and many other cities in the Sunni triangle are under the control of Islamist insurgents. But Bush steadfastly refused to engage Kerry in debate. A report chronicling the undermining of the war against terrorism by James Fallows in The Atlantic, in which numerous military officials described how Afghanistan became a "sideshow" as resources were siphoned to Iraq, received almost no attention. "Our strategy is succeeding," Bush told his jubilant rallies.

Bush campaigns before the faithful; distressing facts are dismissed with sarcasm and ideology is implacable. Yet at this moment of disdain a discovery that cast light on Bush's character suddenly emerged, having the potential to alter the momentum of the campaign.

On Wednesday, the Boston Globe published documents proving that Bush, whose spotty record in the National Guard was always mysterious, "fell well short of meeting his military obligation". Maj Gen Paul A Weaver Jr., who retired in 2002 as the Pentagon's director of the Air National Guard, was quoted: "It appears that no one wanted to hold him accountable."

That night, CBS's 60 Minutes broadcast the first interview with former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes, who explained how he contrived to get young George his safe posting in the "champagne unit" of the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war. The programme also revealed further documents showing he never fulfilled his service.

Abruptly, the Republican marchers stumble as Kerry is galvanised. "His miscalculation was going to war without planning carefully and without the allies we should have had," he said yesterday. Meanwhile in the White House, aides anxiously wonder how to explain the president's haunted past and his long years of hiding it and who will have the task of facing the cameras.


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KEYWORDS: gwb2004; kerry; sidneyblumenthal
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Uh Sid? Last time I checked, the President wasn't running on his war record. Get it?
1 posted on 09/09/2004 6:36:18 AM PDT by Area Freeper
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To: Area Freeper

Sid the Squid knows all about squirming. ;)


2 posted on 09/09/2004 6:37:35 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves
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To: Area Freeper

ROFL. Sidney Blumenthal is spinning. Fortunately for our side, Kerry is no Clinton.


3 posted on 09/09/2004 6:37:43 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Area Freeper
Uh Sid? Last time I checked, the President wasn't running on his war record. Get it?

Just wishful thinking by the left. Voters are smarter than the left gives them credit for. Repackaging old stories isn't gonna win over voters.

4 posted on 09/09/2004 6:38:28 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Area Freeper

Hi, my name is Sidney Blumenthal, girlyman extraordinaire. What do you mean, have I stopped beating my wife yet?


5 posted on 09/09/2004 6:38:46 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: Area Freeper
Yet at this moment of disdain a discovery that cast light on Bush's character suddenly emerged, having the potential to alter the momentum of the campaign.

This is nothing more than wishful thinking. It is the Kerry campaign that is running on stuff that happened 30 years ago. No one else really cares that much.

6 posted on 09/09/2004 6:39:10 AM PDT by Pete
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To: Area Freeper
Kerry had given a penetrating and highly specific speech on the war on terrorism and Iraq, detailing how Bush's strategy amounted to a series of catastrophic blunders. "When it comes to Iraq," he said, "it's not that I would have done one thing differently, I would have done almost everything differently."

Boy that is specific, HA

7 posted on 09/09/2004 6:39:16 AM PDT by frog_jerk_2004
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To: Area Freeper
Meanwhile in the White House, aides anxiously wonder how to explain the president's haunted past and his long years of hiding it and who will have the task of facing the cameras.

This reads like a mystery novel...How lame.

Their response was simple.

"Bush has already said Kerry's service was admirable and more illustrious than Bush's. This is just politics from some old story that has already been thoroughly investigated and proven false."

8 posted on 09/09/2004 6:40:17 AM PDT by smith288 (Did you know John Kerry was a senator? What's his record, I wonder...)
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To: Area Freeper
Kerry's speech was pointedly ignored by Bush

This is yet another reason to like BUSH!

9 posted on 09/09/2004 6:40:42 AM PDT by frog_jerk_2004
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Ben Barnes is a political hack who is in so tight with the Kerry party his limbs are turning black. He lies, He has been involved in lies since his big banking scandal back in the 70's. Everyone in Texas equates Ben Barnes with Kitty Kat.


10 posted on 09/09/2004 6:40:50 AM PDT by JFC
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To: Area Freeper

Sid believes Bush will squirm? W doesn't squirm. Hasn't Sid figured that out yet? I'm getting whiplash from the spin again.


11 posted on 09/09/2004 6:41:06 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Area Freeper

Before you fall for Dems’ spin, here are the facts

http://www.thehill.com/york/090904.aspx


12 posted on 09/09/2004 6:41:17 AM PDT by gilliam
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To: Area Freeper
Sid "Oh-How-I-Want-To-Be-Relevant" Blumenthal??????
13 posted on 09/09/2004 6:41:25 AM PDT by soozla ("I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure............"-John Kerry)
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To: Area Freeper

We are doomed,doomed I tell ya!


14 posted on 09/09/2004 6:41:34 AM PDT by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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To: Area Freeper
On Wednesday, the Boston Globe published documents proving that Bush, whose spotty record in the National Guard was always mysterious, "fell well short of meeting his military obligation".

Three lies in one sentence. Not bad, even for the Boston Fishwrap.

15 posted on 09/09/2004 6:42:00 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Area Freeper

Like people cared that Clinton was a draft-dodger. Rats are full of it as usual.


16 posted on 09/09/2004 6:42:10 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Area Freeper
Poor Sid!

If crapola didn't work for Ann Richards what makes you think it will work for John Fn Kerry?

17 posted on 09/09/2004 6:42:14 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Area Freeper

Kerry must have promised Sid his old closet in the WH basement.


18 posted on 09/09/2004 6:42:27 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Abortion: The American Holocaust.)
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To: Area Freeper

19 posted on 09/09/2004 6:43:11 AM PDT by IncPen (Every Word From Kerry's Mouth is a Dishonorable Discharge)
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To: pabianice

I counted four, but your point is well taken.


20 posted on 09/09/2004 6:43:32 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Abortion: The American Holocaust.)
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To: smith288

I think we have discovered who helped Hillary pen the bedroom scene with Bubba. Gasp.


21 posted on 09/09/2004 6:43:35 AM PDT by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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To: Area Freeper
Preview of the new Michael Moore Movie: Act III Scene II:

Abruptly, the Republican marchers stumble as Kerry is galvanised. "His miscalculation was going to war without planning carefully and without the allies we should have had," he said yesterday. Meanwhile in the White House, aides anxiously wonder how to explain the president's haunted past and his long years of hiding it and who will have the task of facing the cameras.

22 posted on 09/09/2004 6:43:58 AM PDT by frog_jerk_2004
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To: Area Freeper

What a pathetic rant. After the big lead-in, I was expecting something more than Bush was late or absent a few times from Gaurd drills. I wonder what page this appeared on in the Gaurdian?


23 posted on 09/09/2004 6:46:14 AM PDT by B.Bumbleberry
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To: Area Freeper
I find it interesting that the RAT internal polls showed W up by four after the convention. That is quite an admission.

On the other hand, I don't believe his lie that the GOP internals showed the same. They likely showed the seven point (or so) lead that Gallup and now CBS have confirmed.

So, some good news for the Pres. even in this vile article from Sid.

24 posted on 09/09/2004 6:46:19 AM PDT by comebacknewt
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To: Area Freeper

Hey Sid read this:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/09/opinion/polls/main642108.shtml


25 posted on 09/09/2004 6:46:36 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Area Freeper
re: His disciplined campaign management had suppressed criticism of Bush)))

LOL!

26 posted on 09/09/2004 6:46:47 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Area Freeper
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNNNN..........blink, blink, blink........Swift Boats!!!

Pray for W and Our Troops

27 posted on 09/09/2004 6:46:56 AM PDT by bray (Some men have skeletons in their closets, some have cemetaries!!)
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To: Area Freeper
The panel discussed this yesterday on Fox News Special Report. Even Mara Liason (who is fairly balanced but leans left) couldn't come up with anything to say in defense of this strategy. They all (Jeff Greenfield, Charles Krauthammer and Mara) agreed that what the Dems are missing is that W has 4 years as commander in chief which counts a heck of a lot more to the voting public than his National Guard service. Plus they pointed out that this has been brought up many times. Mara said that the time to bring this up was in 2000 when we didn't yet know how W would lead and this might have been a clue. At this point it just reeks of desperation.
28 posted on 09/09/2004 6:47:01 AM PDT by luv2ski
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To: comebacknewt

The words 'vile' and 'Sid Blumenthal' just go together so well, don't they?


29 posted on 09/09/2004 6:49:05 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Abortion: The American Holocaust.)
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To: Area Freeper

30 posted on 09/09/2004 6:49:08 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: linn37
I think we have discovered who helped Hillary pen the bedroom scene with Bubba. Gasp.

Hmmm....

Kerry said he would and tangled himself in a thicket of sticky nuance.

Kerry, you see, has nuance.

Bush and Company are ham-handed and lack 'nuance'.

Now we know where the leftmedia got this term.

31 posted on 09/09/2004 6:49:42 AM PDT by IncPen (Every Word From Kerry's Mouth is a Dishonorable Discharge)
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To: Area Freeper
The unvarying encomiums eerily echoed those of the brainwashed soldiers about the sleeper agent in The Manchurian Candidate: "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, warmest, bravest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Sid describes perfectly Kerry's 'Band of Brothers.'

32 posted on 09/09/2004 6:51:52 AM PDT by Petronski (With what? Spitballs!?!)
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To: frog_jerk_2004

kerry has really lost his way,hasn't he? he is worse than mondale or mcgovern. this has to be the worst candidate to hit the national scene since i've been alive. did you hear his crap about the war costing too much? what a strong argument that was. i'm sure france and germany are just biting at the bit to help us defend and pay for iraq. wasn't the cost argument originally a nancy " tough as toilet paper" pelosi idea that was laughed off the evening news ? when your "logic" places you along side nancy pelosi, then you have a serious , serious problem.


33 posted on 09/09/2004 6:52:35 AM PDT by badmrbunny
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To: Area Freeper

We must weigh the facts:
1. Bush didnt want to get a physical-Kerry aided the enemies of the United States
2. Bush recieved an honorable discharge but was not sent to vietnam-Kerry was sent to vietnam and then supported the communist military and political delegations.
3. Bush was not an overachiever in his military career-Kerry put himself in for many decorations
4. Bush is responsible for his actions because he was an officer and and a 25 year old adult-Kerry was not really responsible for his actions because of his youthful exuberance at age 27 and he was only a reserve officer.
5. Bush a well meaning american that made some mistakes as a young man-Kerry well meaning young communist sympathizer that says he doesnt make mistakes


34 posted on 09/09/2004 6:57:37 AM PDT by bdfromlv (leavenworth hard time)
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To: finnman69

Is that for real?


35 posted on 09/09/2004 6:59:07 AM PDT by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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To: JFC
Ben Barnes is a political hack who is in so tight with the Kerry party his limbs are turning black. He lies, He has been involved in lies since his big banking scandal back in the 70's. Everyone in Texas equates Ben Barnes with Kitty Kat.

The ONLY thing that sticks in my mind about Ben Barnes, is the Sharpstown Scandals.

See how this article reveals the real Barnes.

WHO IS BEN BARNES? A Deep-Pocketed Kerry Partisan Who Can't Keep His Stories Straight / Barnes Under Oath

36 posted on 09/09/2004 7:00:32 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Charter member of the VRWC - and proud of it.)
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To: Area Freeper

bump


37 posted on 09/09/2004 7:01:06 AM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Area Freeper
On Wednesday, the Boston Globe published documents proving that Bush, whose spotty record in the National Guard was always mysterious, "fell well short of meeting his military obligation". Maj Gen Paul A Weaver Jr., who retired in 2002 as the Pentagon's director of the Air "National Guard, was quoted: "It appears that no one wanted to hold him accountable." That night, CBS's 60 Minutes broadcast the first interview with former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes, who explained how he contrived to get young George his safe posting in the "champagne unit" of the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war. The programme also revealed further documents showing he never fulfilled his service. "

Atleast Sid is consistent from his Clinton days: he still shows no shame in defending scumbag frauds.

The Democrats are acting like the fact that their relatively minor charges, as compared to sKerry meeting with North Viet leaders while still in the reserves, are being made by the MSM gives them greater credibility than the veterans they trash as liars. In reality, anyone who pays attention knows the facts are that the MSM is the Pravda of the Progressive Caste Party.

38 posted on 09/09/2004 7:08:38 AM PDT by intolerancewillNOTbetolerated (Misunderestimated Again Bush/Cheney '04)
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"The ONLY thing that sticks in my mind about Ben Barnes, is the Sharpstown Scandals"

The problem is that most people won't even remember Ben Barnes name, let alone Sharpstown. They'll only remember that 60 Minutes had some guy on saying he knows the President shirked his duty.

Democrats have not cared about truth, (except on the part of their enemies), for years. All they care about is the perception they can create.

I just saw a pair of talking head "strategists" on FNC, and the smirking Democrat won that battle because he said the AP refuted the SwiftVets as liars and this big legitimate news organization is the one bringing these latest charges against the President, not some bunch of "proven liars". He clearly implied the "liars" are not independent but part of the Bush campaign. Neither point was refuted at all, and the Republican looked sheepish saying only "We need to concentrate on the issues the American people want to hear about."

39 posted on 09/09/2004 7:19:24 AM PDT by intolerancewillNOTbetolerated (Misunderestimated Again Bush/Cheney '04)
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To: intolerancewillNOTbetolerated

Byline: Sidney Blumenthal, hmmmm... this should be objective.


40 posted on 09/09/2004 7:21:13 AM PDT by johnnycap
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To: bdfromlv
"2. Bush recieved an honorable discharge but was not sent to vietnam-Kerry was sent to vietnam and then supported the communist military and political delegations."

In Kerry's case the decision of the military (ie, a citation sKerry wrote but issued by the Navy) legitimizes it). In characteristic fashion, a document (Honorable Discharge) should be second-guessed.

41 posted on 09/09/2004 7:26:10 AM PDT by intolerancewillNOTbetolerated (Misunderestimated Again Bush/Cheney '04)
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To: luv2ski


Dubya's National Guard service is kinda like Bubba's marital history. In both cases there were "blemishes" but most voters decided they didn't matter. The only voters ticked off about Dubya's guard service (i.e. how his dad pulled strings to get him in, how he apparently played "hooky" towards the end of his hitch etc.) will only offend those voters who'd never vote for him anyway, just as voters professing anger over Gennifer Flowers etc. would never have voted for Clinton.


42 posted on 09/09/2004 7:30:12 AM PDT by Stop_Neocons (No good deed goes unpunished.)
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To: Area Freeper
It is worse that what has already been said for the DemocRATS.

These papers are forgeries. Look at them they are in New Times Roman. No typewriter in existence in 1971 could type this non proportional font. Furthermore the heading is also typed in a larger font not printed as would have been the case. This is a real problem as no typewriter typed this a font in more than one size.

Look at the two l's on the one document they are the same size as a w or m elsewhere. That is simply impossible. Read them they even sound like the Democrat Talking points.
43 posted on 09/09/2004 7:32:40 AM PDT by ImphClinton
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To: Area Freeper

re: "fell well short of meeting his military obligation"

Well, then I suggest you take it up with the Air Force who gave him an honorable discharge. You're beef is not with George Bush, it's with whoever approved an honorable discharge that was not warranted.


44 posted on 09/09/2004 7:34:30 AM PDT by jwpjr
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To: Area Freeper

The President with face the cameras, as he always has, as he always will.

For Kerry, too busy windsurfing with the silly chastity belt looking windsurfing gear, the Spokesperson of the day will be sent out to remind us all once again of JFK's exploits during his three odd months on a boat in Vietnam.


45 posted on 09/09/2004 7:34:34 AM PDT by Twinkie
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To: intolerancewillNOTbetolerated

The honorable discharge is just as legitimized as any other military issued document. Having been there for 15 years, there is no difference other than the issuer.


46 posted on 09/09/2004 7:36:01 AM PDT by bdfromlv (leavenworth hard time)
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To: bdfromlv

Bottom line-
Bush's unattractive service never hurt anyone.
Kerry's actions during and after the war are being taken as a personnal attack. Could change if he apologized though. This is Kerry downfall, HE DOESN'T GET IT!!


47 posted on 09/09/2004 7:40:16 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Area Freeper

LOL! Fear, eh? I suppose the author of this column would also assert that: Saying you might get HIV if you have unprotected sex with someone having HIV -- is also fearmongering. Needless fearmongering. Or... that Dems disagreeing with Democratic party principles and candidate, and getting verbally abused for said disagreement... is senseless, groundless, excessive fearmongering. What a hoot!


48 posted on 09/09/2004 7:40:19 AM PDT by Alia
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To: Area Freeper
. "His miscalculation was going to war without planning carefully and without the allies we should have had,"

General George McClellan would say things along those lines to Abraham Lincoln as excuses for not fighting.

An Army that does not fight until every last planning detail is absolutely perfect is an Army that will never fight a single battle.


49 posted on 09/09/2004 7:53:22 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Area Freeper
On Wednesday, the Boston Globe published documents proving that Bush, whose spotty record in the National Guard was always mysterious, "fell well short of meeting his military obligation". Maj Gen Paul A Weaver Jr., who retired in 2002 as the Pentagon's director of the Air National Guard, was quoted: "It appears that no one wanted to hold him accountable."

That night, CBS's 60 Minutes broadcast the first interview with former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes, who explained how he contrived to get young George his safe posting in the "champagne unit" of the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war. The programme also revealed further documents showing he never fulfilled his service.

So, is George W. Bush a stalker, Sidney?

Oops, I referenced the wrong Talking Points sheet from Sid The Squid's Big Democrat Talking Points file. ;-)

If this doesn't prove that The Squid is part of a coordinated Kerry-Democrat Media hit, I don't know what does.

50 posted on 09/09/2004 7:57:25 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Read John Kerry's new book: Mein Kampuchea)
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