Saturday, November 12, 2005

Shorter George W. Bush speech: even though members of my administrations have been indicted for crimes involving the manipulation of intelligence, pointing this out to criticize me is deeply irresponsible and sends the wrong message to the enemy.


At 2:44 PM, Blogger alex said...

Or the same thing more at length.

The most often quoted part of this speech:

"While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. (Applause.) Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure...These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will. As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them."

Whereas anyone who has followed the news knows that:

i. The administration repeatedly touted evidence that Iraq had bought uranium from Niger.
ii. The CIA's investigator of this claim - Joseph Wilson - had said it was false, privately and publicly.
iii. The administration ignored Wilson's reports and continued to tout the Niger evidence.
iv. At least one person from the administration has been indicted for a crime he committed in trying to tarnish Wilson.

If you are buying Bush argument, either you think that governments ought not to be questioned or criticized, or you have not been paying attention over these last few years, or you have problems with logical arguments.


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