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markbark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:17 PM
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Ellen Goodman in WashPost. Drip, Drip, Drip
Quoth the pundit:
Sunday night we saw a sober president admitting that the scenario of swift victory in Iraq was far too rosy. This was no flight deck photo op. The "Mission Accomplished" speech of May has become the "Mission Prolonged" speech of September -- with an $87 billion price tag.

But repeatedly, deliberately, the president connected the dots between Sept. 11 and the war in Iraq. Since "those deadly attacks on our country," he said, "we have carried the fight to the enemy." "For America," he said, "there will be no going back to the era before Sept. 11 -- to false comfort in a dangerous world." And finally, he told Americans that we are fighting the enemy today, "so that we do not meet him again on our own streets in our own cities."

The trouble is that the dots he connected are cartoon bubbles drawn by the White House and its speechmakers.


The whole shebang @ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3549-200...

The mainstream grumblings are picking up steam. Watch for the BFEE derailment soon.


--MAB
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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:34 PM
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1. "Sober president"!
Thanks for my laugh of the day!

I'm sure Ellen didn't do that by accident.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:35 PM
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2. Good for her for exposing the lie, but why aren't the Democrats?
Seriously, even those very critical of Bush these days haven't called him on this, and as a result, 69% of the people believe Iraq was involved in 9-11.
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:36 PM
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3. one powerful statement
That article is deadcenter. If only the people who need to read it would, and with an open mind.
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:20 PM
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10. They won't read it with an open mind, because...
Patriotism is calibrated by a willingness to follow the dots of propaganda.
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KC21304 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:50 PM
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4. Thanks for a great article. It should be front page headlines.
Today Josh Marshall called Cheney a liar for his Meet The Press charade.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/sept0302.html#091403413pm
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 05:04 PM
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7. Thanks for posting this link
I was very frustrated during MTP today. Cheney is doing his job, I guess, as advertising/marketing mouthpiece of the BFEE. No matter how many lies it takes to do that job.
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KC21304 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 07:08 PM
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9. Your very welcome. Josh is the first person I visit in the morning
and many, many times during the day to see if he has posted. He has so many connections and is always up on the latest behind the scenes scoop.
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:32 PM
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Here's another from Josh Marshall:
Edited on Sun Sep-14-03 09:33 PM by Martin Eden
Just in case you missed it, here's a great full-length article written by Josh for the Washington Monthly
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0309.mar...
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:32 PM
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11. Here's abother from Josh Marshall:
Just in case you missed it, here's a great full-length article written by Josh for the Washington Monthly
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0309.mar...
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:32 PM
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12. Here's abother from Josh Marshall:
Just in case you missed it, here's a great full-length article written by Josh for the Washington Monthly
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0309.mar...
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meti57b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:53 PM
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5. "so that we do not meet him (the enemy) again in our own cities."
unless you live in Washington DC, Crawford, TX, or you attend a lot of republican fundraisers.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:13 PM
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13. tee hee hee
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:54 PM
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6. Yes, she speaks the truth...
Edited on Sun Sep-14-03 04:54 PM by Rowdyboy
God (or Goddess) bless her!
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 06:02 PM
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8. Wow, spot on!
Eloquently written, excellent!

It ought to be interesting to see what other papers around the country add this to their editorial pages. Ellen Goodman columns still appear fairly often in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Think about it. When we see a column by a syndicated writer in a mainstream publication, it means that any number of other papers might also pick it up. Finding out where else it's been published is a way of measuring how much the word is getting around.

I have loved Ms. Goodman's writings for many years -- and this piece, imho, is one her most striking and important pieces yet.

It always does my heart good to know that we DO have some powerful voices on our side.

Peace,
sw
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