Skip to comments.Getting Desperate, Bush Plays The Terror Card (Bill Press Barf Alert)
Posted on 09/13/2006 2:13:51 PM PDT by lowbridge
Getting Desperate, Bush Plays The Terror Card
In a way, you cant blame him. He cant defend his record on the economy, health care, immigration or Social Security. He certainly cant defend the war in Iraq. Theres only one way George Bush and Republicans can possibly win in November and thats to scare the hell out of the American people.
So its no surprise that President Bush gave four speeches in one week, all trying to tie an unpopular war in Iraq to a still-popular (barely) war on terror. If you believe George Bush and fewer and fewer Americans do the war in Iraq is directly linked to Sept. 11; Iraq is the frontline in the war on terror; and, by fighting terrorists in Iraq, we are saving ourselves the headache of having to fight them in downtown Des Moines, Dallas or Seattle. And, by the way, were not torturing prisoners, either.
Nonsense. Bushs attempt to equate the war in Iraq with the war on terror worked in 2004, but its not going to work in 2006. Why? Because the American people are smarter. As any thinking person now knows and any thinking person not on the Bush payroll would admit that Iraq had nothing to do with Sept. 11. There was no al-Qaida presence in Iraq. The terrorist organization received no weapons, cash or logistical support from Iraq. And Saddam Hussein was no ally of Osama bin Laden. The road from Ground Zero to Afghanistan was a righteous straight line. The road from Afghanistan to Iraq remains a tragic, and unnecessary, detour.
Nor does the continuing violence in Iraq have anything to do with the war on terror. Whos getting killed there today? Shiites and Sunnis, victims of sectarian violence in Iraqs open civil warfare. And American troops, caught in the crossfire, where they dont belong and should not be forced to stay.
Theres only one real connection between Iraq and the war on terror: the fact that Iraq sucks our time, attention and resources away from the real enemy. Yes, there are still evil people planning attacks against the United States. But theyre not in Iraq. Theyre in Germany, France, Spain, the U.K., Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other hot spots. Every time they hear President Bush say were going to stay the course in Iraq, they say Thank You, George for giving them more time to plot, plan, raise money and round up new recruits.
The most cynical part of Bushs new terror offensive is his promise to clean up the legal mess at Guantanamo Bay. This is nothing but pure political grandstanding. Bush is simply trying to take a disastrous Supreme Court decision which declared his military tribunals unconstitutional and turn it to his political advantage. So what does he do? After admitting hes operating a secret network of CIA torture prisons around the world and still holding hundreds of prisoners at Gitmo with no charges filed and no opportunity to see a lawyer, Bush now says hes willing to start obeying the law. Sort of. As long as Congress swallows the legislation hes trying to force down their throats. Wow! A president agrees to obey the law . . . maybe. This is progress?
Americans wont be fooled by Bushs new terror tactics, any more than theyll be spooked by his new fondness for comparing Osama bin Laden to Hitler and critics of the Iraq war to Nazi sympathizers. But Bush keeps plugging away, on the theory that if he tells the same lies often enough, people will start believing them. As he explained in March 2005: In my line of work, you gotta keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in . . . to kind of catapult the propaganda.
Sound familiar? It should. Bushs words are strikingly similar to those of another famous propagandist: Of course, the people dont want war. But after all, its the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and its always a simple matter to drag the people along. . . . Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. Thats how Hermann Goering put it at the Nuremberg trials in 1945.
So whos sounding like a Nazi now?
Taken out of context (By the way, it wasnt in March, it was in May):
May 24, 2005
President Participates in Social Security Conversation in New York
think -- I was doing one of these events with Senator McCain, who told me that his rate of return on his money was, like, 7 percent over the last 20 years. That's a lot better than the 1.8 percent we now get for you in the Social Security system. And so my attitude about this issue on thrift savings plans when I speak to members of the Congress is pretty simple -- if the idea of taking some of your own money and setting it aside in a conservative mix of bonds and stocks is good enough for you, Mr. Senator, it is good enough for workers all across the United States of America. (Applause.) You'll be happy to hear Senator McCain agrees with me, because he's seen his money grow.
Now, a personal savings account would be a part of a Social Security retirement system. It would be a part of what you would have to retire when you reach retirement age. As you -- as I mentioned to you earlier, we're going to redesign the current system. If you've retired, you don't have anything to worry about -- third time I've said that. (Laughter.) I'll probably say it three more times. See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda. (Applause.)
But if you choose to have one of these accounts -- notice I keep saying "if you choose" -- the government is not going to tell you, you have to do this. I think the government ought to give you the opportunity to set up one of these accounts. And the account becomes a part of your retirement plan. It's your own asset. It's something you leave to somebody -- whomever you choose. And it makes the system eminently more fair.
And then there's this from his column:
As any thinking person now knows and any thinking person not on the Bush payroll would admit that Iraq had nothing to do with Sept. 11.
There was no al-Qaida presence in Iraq.
Bush is the one getting desperate? Then how come the polls have been moving against the Dems lately huh Bill?
As opposed to when Slickster really was desperate and started lobbing tomahawks into Afganistan?
Bill Mess, a big stupid, neurotic drama queen if you ever heard one.
Is that so d@mn hard for the left to understand?
Actually, to be quite technical, its the terrorists who have played the terror card. That, I suppose, should mean that they are "desperate".
They should be. In their line of work, there is no 401K retirement. Its usually soon and final.
In a way, you cant blame him. He cant defend his record on the economy,
And exactly why can't Bush defend his record on the economy? I just love how liberals start out their little articles. It's the ol' "do you still hate black people' trick.
Mr. Press, just how bad is your internal polling? You are only fooling the MSM and fellow losers.
Record on the economy: booming stock market, record tax
revenues, low unemployment (spending too high, though)..
Record on Social Security: attempt to reform system
TOTALLY BLOCKED BY DEMOCRAPS
Bill Press = Just another whiner. Nothing here. Move along.
Gee, bill press calls Bush a Nazi. Who'da thunk it? Press is so stupid I really believe he must be an embarrassment to those few of his fellow RATS with half a brain.
He did that while the bimbo was down on her knees servicing him. He shot more than cruise missiles. Check the blue dress.
Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew.
"Gas prices are down, unemployment is down, the stock market is up....
...YOU LOSE, YOU LOSE, YOU LOSE!!!!"
Since about 6000+ citizens and military have died due to terrorists, I think Bush is allowed to play the terror card about 6000 times until he's used it all up.
Bill Press is a has been and has offered nothing to this country other than loser liberal politicians.
Bill Press is doing the Terrorist's propaganda work, which allows them to concentrate more of their time on plans to kill us.
"Bush plays the terror card ?" How soon they forget.
This also seems like preparing the ground work to explain a Democratic defeat.
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