September 15, 2007

I believe him, don't you?

Just one tiny issue with reality, among many, in Bush's speech from Friday on his morass in Iraq.

This kind of exemplifies the sort of bald-faced lying and manipulation of the truth that he's willingly tried to shovel to the American public for years now.

There are still some, including a few who speak up here, who apparently still think he's an honest guy. These people are obviously too far gone for help.

From Talking Points Memo:

The President's Math

The White House has provided us with the list of 36 nations the President was referring to last night in his speech when he said, "We thank the 36 nations who have troops on the ground in Iraq and the many others who are helping that young democracy."

The key phrase there is "troops on the ground."

If you take a look at the list we were provided, by a National Security Council official, the first heading is "Countries with troops on ground in Iraq." Only 26 countries appear in that category. The remaining 10 countries are assigned to either United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq or to NATO Training NTM-I.

So by the President's own accounting, the math is wrong. As Spencer Ackerman points out, there are other problems with the numbers. Canada is listed, for example, among the 36, but it pulled out its one and only person in Iraq months ago. The numbers, in short, are a sham.

Now, whether it's 36 countries or 106, shouldn't distract from the larger shams, such as the implication that there remains international support for the U.S. mission in Iraq or the suggestion that anyone other than the U.S. is doing virtually all of the heavy lifting there.

But after the famous 16 words on Niger in his State of the Union speech, after 4 1/2 years of duck and cover on Iraq, after all of the lies, deceptions, and falsehoods, it plumbs news depths of dishonesty to include such a bogus number as "36 nations" in a speech that begins with the following lines: "In the life of all free nations, there come moments that decide the direction of a country and reveal the character of its people. We are now at such a moment."

The President once again revealed his character. Were that it was of the same quality as that of the people he leads.

--David Kurtz

Chris Matthews reporting on this bullshit attempt noted that many of the countries Bush counted among the "coalition of the willing", have literally as few as ONE person on the ground in Iraq, and Iceland just announced it was pulling it's lone representive out.

Out of the 36 nations Bush wants us to think are helping us out in Iraq, only three, Britain, Australia, and South Korea, have more than a thousand troops there.

Yeah George, it's a big happy coalition. All for one and one for all. Except that the number of foreign troops in Iraq is about 1/500th the number of U.S. troops.

But, hey, people are stupid. Especially your "base". Might as well try to snooker 'em one more time.

Seriously, since when is this considered acceptible in our country's top leader? How low have we sunk when this is considered acceptible practice?


At 9/15/2007 10:32 AM, Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Why use the number 36, in Thursday the 13th's speech?

Hello Inside...,

Want to know the true significance of the number 36 in Bush's speech? There obviously are not 36 countries fighting in "Babble on." So why did our Bonesman President use it in his speech last night?

Discerning the truth about the USA


At 9/18/2007 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope, the fact that you would post this comment most definately indicates that you all (your liberal, 'I hate Bush'fringe) are a bunch of lunitics!

At 9/19/2007 10:04 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm surprised you think that posting your comment proves I'm nuts somehow. Oh well.


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