Friday, July 01, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

Take a look at this exchange from a Bush press conference in March of 2002. It's most enlightening:

"Q: ... don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

BUSH: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban. But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore."

Whoops! I guess he does now! And wouldn't you know it -- that's George W. Bush's brand new rationale for war. How convenient.

-- From democraticunderground.com, June 29

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another Bush quote, demonstrating his own policies have created the terrorist training ground in Iraq he warned us about would happen under Sadaam.

On Nov. 4, 2002, Bush said: "Imagine a terrorist network with Iraq as an arsenal and as a training ground,
so that a Saddam Hussein could use his shadowy group of people to attack his enemy and leave no fingerprint behind."*

*From www.thinkprogress.org

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Fourth of July. Why don't we all take a break from the partisan gang attack on President Bush and remember what happend on Sept. 11 and the disgusting hole in ground that remains where our shinning towers once stood. There are scores of brave citizens who volunteered to fight in Iraq and Afganastan in the wake of that horrible day. And many have died. God Bless America.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for that reminder anonymous, I agree completely. Can we all try to get the liars in Washington to refocus on what happened on September 11th, 2001 again?

Any ideas on a protest we can hold to remind the Bush/Cheney/Haliburton gangsters that we don't want our troops, money and attention wasted on endless nation-building exercises in places like Iraq, which had nothing to do with the September 11th attacks? Especially when we haven't yet finished the job in Afghanistan?

There's an excellent suggestion at United for Peace.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Agreed, American Dissident.

The problem is, anonymous, we want to have closure from Sept. 11th. That means capturing Osama and dismantling Al Qaeda.

President Bush stood on the rubble of the WTC, days after the attacks, and said that Osama would be brought to justice, dead or alive. Regardless of any other partisan back-and-forth, I think all Americans hope he can keep his word on this promise.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Real Patriot said...

Reported on June 30, 2005 (yes, just two days ago)

"Violence has increased sharply in recent months, with a resurgent Taliban movement mounting daily attacks in southern Afghanistan, gangs kidnapping foreigners here in the capital, and radical Islamists orchestrating violent demonstrations against the government and foreign-financed organizations.

The steady stream of violence, culminating in the crash of the helicopter, which was apparently brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade, has dealt a new blow to this still traumatized nation of 25 million."

I wonder if the new terrorists in Afgahnistan are training in Bush's Iraq, before heading off to shoot down our soldiers?

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. The Veterans for Peace website http://www.veteransforpeace.org/ has some good protest actions too.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You tell "em American Dissident!
Let's respect and honor our soldiers in Iraq this fourth of July by demanding this administration tells the truth about what got us into this mess in Iraq.
What's more, we can give our dues to the soldiers on our nation's birthday via ripping the mask of the Bush Administration whenever it spews rhetoric pretending to support the U.S. military.
Please consider:
USA Today reports today that "U.S. military deaths have increased by about one-third in the past year, even as Iraq established its own government and assumed more responsibility for battling the insurgency."
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld went on KMBZ News Radio 980 in Kansas City, Mo. yesterday and accused the news media of "misinformation" for reporting "only the negative news of Iraq."
Rumsfeld would be happy if the media ceased reporting on U.S. military deaths in Iraq, in much the same way his Administration does not allow photographs of the coffins coming home.
Out of sight. Out of mind.
Furthermore, Reuders reports yesterday that certain Senate Republicans and members of the Pentagon are blaming the negative newsmedia and other lawmakers and war critics in general for the recruiting shortfall.
Hmmm, so the increasing numbers of dead soldiers has nothing to do with it.
That's right. Attack the messenger, not the message.
Thirdly, we also read this week that the Bush Administration had to be goaded into FINALLY increasing benefits for U.S. military veterans, including those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.
To the Bushies, these brave mean and women fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq just might as well be collateral damage throwing a monkey wrench into Bush's war propaganda and lies.

3:52 PM  

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