August 25, 2005

The Illogical Logic of George W. Bush

Joe Conason in the NY Observer...
Challenged to justify the war in Iraq by his critics—and in particular by bereaved Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan—President George W. Bush has answered with logic that is almost perfectly circular. Speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Salt Lake City on Aug. 22, he explained that our troops must keep fighting and dying in order to justify the sacrifice of those who fought and died before them.
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However deeply George W. Bush indeed may care about the pain endured by our military families, his remarks at the V.F.W. convention didn’t comfort those who question the necessity of that suffering. Stripped of the boilerplate verbiage about “the blessings of liberty,” which remain remote in Iraq, he seemed to be saying that more Americans must die there because of the many already lost.
Indeed.
"We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
- John Kerry, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 22, 1971

4 Comments:

At 8/25/2005 3:43 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Hey you sure have a great blog here Dope!
George Bush is fufilling what the Republicans wanted back in the Reagen administration.
Declare a war on someone in another hemisphere.
You can gve the contracts to your corprate freinds and hopefully stimulate the economy.
Also all the underhanded shit they can do to working people ,the envoirment, minorities, etc no one will question during a war.
But it's really been hard to find someone with an adequete military and a big enough villan to fit the bill.
I guess they just don't make em like they used to.
Oh you also need a major attack to get buy in for a war. Something along the lines of a 9/11.

 
At 8/26/2005 6:48 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

With all the other justifications for the war having been shown to be false President Bush is now claiming that to withdraw now would dishonor those who have already died in the war. It's like claiming that even though you now realize that someone has been cheating you, stealing your money, you must, for honor's sake, keep on paying them.
At least no one is claiming, as they did during the Vietnam War, that withdrawing the troops would dishonor us as a nation. I guess that since the Administration has claimed that they do not care what the rest of the world thinks they cannot use the "we must not lose face" argument.

 
At 8/26/2005 6:52 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dave Barrett - good points. Perhaps Karl Rove is reading out of the pages of Nixon's history to get his inspiration on how to handle things.

Remember the press just ain't what it used to be -- and that must be why it's working for him.

 
At 8/26/2005 6:50 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Man I missed an opportunity to sell some of those nifty yellow devices to put on yer ears - drat!!

 

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