Wednesday | October 08, 2003
Bush launches defense of Iraq
Once upon a time, Bush and his Chickenhawk cabal hoped to ride the Iraq War to an easy reelection victory, and four more years of warmongering.
But even the best laid plans go awry.
Now Bush is being forced on the defensive, launching a PR offensive to defend the war.
The attempt to gain control of the Iraq debate comes as Bush's job approval ratings have been falling and the White House has been on the defensive over a leak investigation and failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq [...]Good. Maybe Bush can use the opportunity to let Rumsfeld know he is fired from running Iraq.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he was not told in advance about a reorganization of the Iraq reconstruction, which he heads. He said he still does not know the reason for the shake-up.And then Bush can segue skillfully into why a WMD-less Iraq was worth the lives of 377 US and allied troops, or nearly two dead per day.
After that, he can fill us in where that $87 billion (on top of a previous $70+ billion) to fund his wars is coming from. Remember, he has repeatedly stated that he won't burden our children and grandchildren with the problems of today. So does that mean that his rich buddies will pony up and spare the taxpayers a half trillion dollar deficit?
Then he can try to remind us why we went to war. And no, it wasn't because of Saddam's human rights abuses. Otherwise, we had lots easier targets (Liberia, for one. Bush ally Uzbekistan another).
And then he can tell us all about those massive stockpiles of WMDs that we didn't find. And how his administration manipulated intelligence to make a case the evidence didn't support.
So yeah, it's good Bush wants to talk Iraq. He's got a lot of explaining to do.Posted October 08, 2003 08:11 AM | Comments (79)