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Getting Desperate, Bush Plays The Terror Card (Bill Press Barf Alert)
http://www.billpress.com/ ^ | September 7, 2006 | Bill Press

Posted on 09/13/2006 2:13:51 PM PDT by lowbridge

Getting Desperate, Bush Plays The Terror Card

In a way, you can’t blame him. He can’t defend his record on the economy, health care, immigration or Social Security. He certainly can’t defend the war in Iraq. There’s only one way George Bush and Republicans can possibly win in November — and that’s to scare the hell out of the American people.

So it’s 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, we’re not torturing prisoners, either.

Nonsense. Bush’s attempt to equate the war in Iraq with the war on terror worked in 2004, but it’s 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. Who’s getting killed there today? Shiites and Sunnis, victims of sectarian violence in Iraq’s open civil warfare. And American troops, caught in the crossfire, where they don’t belong and should not be forced to stay.

There’s 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 they’re not in Iraq. They’re in Germany, France, Spain, the U.K., Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other hot spots. Every time they hear President Bush say we’re 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 Bush’s 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 he’s 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 he’s willing to start obeying the law. Sort of. As long as Congress swallows the legislation he’s trying to force down their throats. Wow! A president agrees to obey the law . . . maybe. This is progress?

Americans won’t be fooled by Bush’s new terror tactics, any more than they’ll 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. Bush’s words are strikingly similar to those of another famous propagandist: “Of course, the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s 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.” That’s how Hermann Goering put it at the Nuremberg trials in 1945.

So who’s sounding like a Nazi now?


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alternateuniverse; billpress; bush; treasonmedia; wot
"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.”

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

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/05/20050524-3.html

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.

Strawman.

MSNBC LIES: Cheney did not associate 9/11 with Iraq

There was no al-Qaida presence in Iraq.

Uh huh.

FLASHBACK: Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1698201/posts?page=8#8

Rules of Evidence: A new Senate report on Iraq and al Qaeda ignores everything which . . .

http://www.freerepublic.com/~jveritas/

1 posted on 09/13/2006 2:13:52 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Bush is the one getting desperate? Then how come the polls have been moving against the Dems lately huh Bill?


2 posted on 09/13/2006 2:15:31 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: lowbridge

As opposed to when Slickster really was desperate and started lobbing tomahawks into Afganistan?


3 posted on 09/13/2006 2:16:35 PM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: lowbridge

Bill Mess, a big stupid, neurotic drama queen if you ever heard one.


4 posted on 09/13/2006 2:16:38 PM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: lowbridge
If our nation isn't defended and protected from those who wish to destroy us, the rest means squat.

Is that so d@mn hard for the left to understand?

5 posted on 09/13/2006 2:17:24 PM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Gun owners have illustrated rights are individual and can be protected by individuals.)
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To: lowbridge

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.


6 posted on 09/13/2006 2:18:09 PM PDT by marron
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To: mainepatsfan

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In a way, you can’t blame him. He can’t defend his record on the economy,
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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.


7 posted on 09/13/2006 2:18:15 PM PDT by avacado
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To: mainepatsfan

Mr. Press, just how bad is your internal polling? You are only fooling the MSM and fellow losers.


8 posted on 09/13/2006 2:18:48 PM PDT by bybybill (`IF TH E RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: lowbridge

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


9 posted on 09/13/2006 2:18:59 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: lowbridge
Quote: "In a way, you can’t blame him. He can’t defend his record on the economy, health care, immigration or Social Security. He certainly can’t defend the war in Iraq. There’s only one way George Bush and Republicans can possibly win in November — and that’s to scare the hell out of the American people."

Right. The economy is just so terrible right now. All those people not out of work, that is just terrible, for the democrats.

And yes, Bush killed Social Security reform, except he didn't, it was the dems who stood up and applauded killing it during the State of the Union address.

And the only way the dems can win is to tell the American people that we aren't at war, terrorism was caused by George Bush, and 9/11 was his fault. Is that why, Mr. Press, you folks on the left reacted so viscerally to an ABC movie?
10 posted on 09/13/2006 2:19:05 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: lowbridge

Bill Press = Just another whiner. Nothing here. Move along.


11 posted on 09/13/2006 2:19:35 PM PDT by pankot
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To: lowbridge

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.


12 posted on 09/13/2006 2:20:31 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: presidio9

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.


13 posted on 09/13/2006 2:20:46 PM PDT by shankbear
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To: lowbridge
Back in the 1990s when anyone on the Internet mentioned NAZIs or Hitler that meant that they lost the argument. Does that still apply today?
14 posted on 09/13/2006 2:20:55 PM PDT by avacado
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To: lowbridge
To Democrats,

"Gas prices are down, unemployment is down, the stock market is up....

...YOU LOSE, YOU LOSE, YOU LOSE!!!!"


15 posted on 09/13/2006 2:22:06 PM PDT by jdm (I gotta give the Helen Thomas obsession a rest.)
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To: lowbridge

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.


16 posted on 09/13/2006 2:22:59 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (How to win over terrorist? KILL them with UNKINDNESS.)
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To: lowbridge

Bill Press is doing the Terrorist's propaganda work, which allows them to concentrate more of their time on plans to kill us.


17 posted on 09/13/2006 2:25:10 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: lowbridge
There’s only one way George Bush and Republicans can possibly win in November — and that’s the Democrats scaring the hell out of the American people

there, fixed it. These dimowits just don't get it do they? Watching the Democrats screem and rant and do nothing but make more mistakes, if I were not already a voting Republican, I would become one.
18 posted on 09/13/2006 2:25:14 PM PDT by Lucky9teen ("War is about killing & destroying their property, not about covering your asses in a conf. room")
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To: mainepatsfan

"Bush plays the terror card ?" How soon they forget.


19 posted on 09/13/2006 2:26:06 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: lowbridge

This also seems like preparing the ground work to explain a Democratic defeat.


20 posted on 09/13/2006 2:27:57 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: lowbridge
Post 33 of this thread for a list of links -- Al Qaeda and Iraq

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1697938/posts

21 posted on 09/13/2006 2:31:29 PM PDT by evad (sarcasm may be introduced at any moment of any post)
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To: mainepatsfan
all trying to tie an unpopular war in Iraq to a still-popular (barely) war on terror.

Is Bill trying to sting our egos over lost popularity? Shows massive immaturity on his part to think the citizenry will sell out their freedom for vanity's sake.

The best decision is not always the popular decision.

22 posted on 09/13/2006 2:31:35 PM PDT by Mad Dash
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To: mainepatsfan

Bill is another one....can't hold a job as all his
talking points are used up the first half-hour on
any program that is desperate and needs a dummy to fill in..
Press me..He's a dummy..... Jake


23 posted on 09/13/2006 2:33:00 PM PDT by sanjacjake
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To: lowbridge

And it's working, Bill.

And the reason why it's working is that the Dems have no credibility on terror.


24 posted on 09/13/2006 2:35:00 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: lowbridge
There was no al-Qaida presence in Iraq.

LOL, FOAD Bill Presstitute. F-O-A-D

25 posted on 09/13/2006 2:37:26 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: lowbridge

Leading up to the 2000 election I watched Bill almost nightly on Crossfire. It is always good to know what the enemy is up to.


26 posted on 09/13/2006 2:39:41 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: lowbridge

I am going to SCREAM if I hear one more Rat act as if the economy is something to be ashamed of.

Where do they come up with this complete and total horsesheeeet!???

What alternative universe do you have to live in to even begin approaching the conclusion that we are still "in the worst economy since Herbert Hoover?"


27 posted on 09/13/2006 2:40:12 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: lowbridge

I guess Bill got a copy of the DIMORCATICIDIOTS TALKING points!!!!!!


28 posted on 09/13/2006 2:42:19 PM PDT by JFC (President George W Bush, the comforter in chief.)
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To: lowbridge

"projectile vomit alert" is no longer strong enough for Bill Press..... it should be "Projectile Diarrhea Alert!! .... coming out of his mouth"


So Bill Press thinks that a Bush quote (near the end of the spew) stating how hard he has to work to "catapult" his message over all the left-wing MSM propaganda is comparable to Herman Goering and the Nazis?? Just who is the loathsome propagandist here, Bill Press, you snivelling puling puking weasel?


29 posted on 09/13/2006 2:44:11 PM PDT by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Mainstream Journalism)
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To: mainepatsfan

No matter the polls, the President will hold fast. Because patriots do not have control of the msm, attacks on Bush and his administration and his determination to fight the enemy in Iraq and elsewhere will continue to come under fire. What all Americans need to remember is that his efforts have kept us safe in our own land for five years. Would the same have held true if democrats were making policy? I more than doubt it! Democrats have a history of getting other people killed! They should NEVER EVER BE ALLOWED to hold any office of importance in this country!


30 posted on 09/13/2006 2:57:34 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: lowbridge

It's simple- DEMS ARE UNPATRIOTIC. They just hate that statement, so I said it.


31 posted on 09/13/2006 2:57:37 PM PDT by Mark (REMEMBER: Mean spirited, angry remarks against my postings won't feed even one hungry child.)
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To: lowbridge
There’s only one way George Bush and Republicans can possibly win in November — and that’s to scare the hell out of the American people.

Nah, there's another way: We can steal the election like we did the last two Presidential elections. ;-)

One word, Bill: Diebold.

32 posted on 09/13/2006 3:05:08 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: lowbridge

I seem to recall that Bill Press once worked for the CIA, which alone would explain why that agency is STILL so screwed up. If neurons were matches and flints he would be unable to start a fire no matter how desperate the situation. An utter waste of oxygen.


33 posted on 09/13/2006 3:18:22 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mainepatsfan

It is the communists in Congress who is getting desperate. The reason? The Communist Democrat Party is in serious decline. While putting up a brave front the party has lost election after election for the past few decades.

Democrats are unable to raise money except from wealthy special interest rich guys. Democrat's core voters have slipped away leaving only blacks, illegal aliens and tombstones to depend on.

The Democrat Party has become the mirror image of the British Socialist Labor Party, and it shows

The only hope Democrats have of winning the Congress and the White House in 08 is either by assassinations or to stage a military coup using U.N troops.


34 posted on 09/13/2006 3:55:42 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: R.W.Ratikal

As previously stated, these people have been lying to us for so long they have come to be self decieved. Look for exploding heads in November. When the time finally ripens for the revival of tar and feathers, Press should be among the first in the river.


35 posted on 09/13/2006 4:37:34 PM PDT by prov1813man
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To: Ladysmith

Ditto.


36 posted on 09/13/2006 4:57:11 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: lowbridge

Looks like the DNC toolbar has been downloaded by the Deaniacs. If one cannot see that Saddam was the one celebrating after 9/11, I cannot help you. Sadly, we have too many who think all terrorists are in the mountainous area of Aghan and Pakistan. Funny how they have hit so many countries on different continents while supposedly living in this one region in their caves where the DEMS and the MSM claim we should be.

The author is another MSM liberal diehard. He ignores the terrorists arrested all over the globe to include those in the USA. He basically mocks the President for being tough on terror, and; he calls it scare tactics to progangandize us, makes us all fools, in his opinion, if we buy into the terror threat. He complains and has he no real solution.

I suggest we take the terror threats seriously, as the terrorists are hell bent on going way beyond Malta where they were last soundly defeated on 9/11 around 1565.


37 posted on 09/13/2006 6:17:20 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: lowbridge
Many thanks for posting this most enjoyable article. Press begins with the stock blustering about the "poor" economy (oh, really? News to me), the failed Social Security reform (who killed that one, Bill?), and the other parts of Bush's record which are actually looking pretty good at the moment, which, I suppose, is why Press is bleating that they're really bad. If only we could just shut our eyes and pretend, why, it might just come true, right, Bill?

And finally, in an already hilarious column Press crosses the line into shrieking irrelevance by invoking the dread term "Nazi," evidently unacquaited with the Internet rule that who first uses the term loses the argument. That isn't all Press is unacquainted with.

38 posted on 09/13/2006 6:48:54 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: lowbridge
Getting Desperate, Bush Plays The Terror Card

Getting Retarded, Bill Press Plays The "I Don't Believe There's A Terror Threat and You Can't Make Me" Card

39 posted on 09/13/2006 6:54:06 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Would you like to join the OFFICIAL Oakland Raiders ping list? Sure you would, send me freepmail.)
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To: lowbridge
"But Bush keeps plugging away, on the theory that if he tells the same lies often enough, people will start believing them."

Liberals always accuse Republicans of exactly what they themselves are doing!

40 posted on 09/13/2006 7:11:09 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: lowbridge

http://www.billpress.com/bio.html

Take a look at where this warped mind comes from.


41 posted on 09/13/2006 7:12:20 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: jdm

"GOOD DAY SIR"


42 posted on 09/13/2006 7:16:17 PM PDT by Semus Dynnen (I am a great sinner. But Jesus is a greater savior.)
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To: presidio9

Where have you been? Moving still?


43 posted on 09/18/2006 8:36:18 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

No I haven't moved yet. Suspended for a week. Ostensibly for improperly excerpting an article from the NY Post, but mostly because Jim and his loser hand-picked moderators don't like the fact that I am not afraid to point out that they are a bunch of libertarians running this so-called conservative site. They are also way too tolerant of all the attacks on Catholicism that goes on here.


44 posted on 09/20/2006 7:06:10 PM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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