Monday, September 27, 2004

Is he steadfast or stubborn?

Or is he stark-raving, frigging INSANE?

From Reuters:

Bush: Would Give 'Mission Accomplished' Speech Again

President Bush said he had no regrets about donning a flight suit to give his "Mission Accomplished" speech on Iraq in May 2003 and would do it all over again if he had the chance, according to excerpts from an television interview released on Sunday.

When asked by Fox News if he still would have put on a flight suit to declare major combat operations in Iraq over, Bush replied, "Absolutely."

When Bush gave his May 1 speech fewer than 150 Americans had died in the war. Since then more than 900 have died."

Gee, George, would you stuff a sock in your crotch the second time, too?

I don't even know what to make of this one. Even though Bush now knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the mission WASN'T accomplished, he'd still say it WAS?

Is he admitting that his governing philosophy is that PR trumps reality? As long as it looks good on camera, it doesn't matter if it's false?

Here is Kerry's excellent response:

"It is unbelievable that just this morning we learned that the president has said he would do it all over again and dress up in a flight suit, and land on an aircraft carrier, and say 'mission accomplished' again. Well, my friends, when the president landed on that aircraft carrier, 150 of our young sons and daughters had given their lives. Since then, tragically, since he said mission accomplished, tragically over 900 have now died..."

"I will never be a president who just says mission accomplished. I will get the mission accomplished. That's the difference."

One claim that is being made by Bush apologists is that Bush was referring to the tour of duty of that particular aircraft carrier, not the "mission" in Iraq as a whole. This, like most of the stuff that comes out of the mouths of Bush apologists, is a lie:

"America sent you on a mission to remove a grave threat and to liberate an oppressed people, and that mission has been accomplished," he said. Despite growing doubts at home and abroad, he reiterated that troops would find weapons of mass destruction, which were his rationale for striking first at Iraq.

O'Reilly shoud have asked Bush if he still blames the CREW for the "Mission Acomplished" banner.

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