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huckleberry Donating Member (729 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:35 PM
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NYT: Iraq and Ailing Economy Leave Bush Aides on Edge
I love the part about Dr. Dean!!


WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 When George W. Bush addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday as the unapologetic commander in chief, administration officials acknowledge, behind the proud words will be a president in a less potent political position than a year ago because of setbacks in Iraq and the loss of jobs at home.


Mr. Bush's speech will also serve as a central thrust of a White House communications push intended to show the president as proactive on Iraq and the economy, the areas where White House officials readily concede he is most vulnerable politically. Mr. Bush will continue to travel the nation promoting his tax cuts as a way to create jobs.


William Kristol, a conservative publisher with close ties to the administration, said that White House officials understood they had made mistakes, and that they had switched tactics.

"Until about two weeks ago they believed their own propaganda that all was well in Iraq and at home," Mr. Kristol said. "But reality has set in, and they're hard-headed in dealing with the problems they face."


For now, Mr. Bush's political aides are largely dismissive of the Democratic presidential candidates, although some Republicans say the White House is more worried than it lets on about the ability of Howard Dean to energize the Democrats. Mr. Bush, in an interview with Fox News broadcast today, said he was playing little attention to the rise of Dr. Dean.

"Occasionally it blips on my radar screen, but not nearly as much as you would think," he said.

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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:39 PM
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1. The blip on his radar screen...
Is really a load in his pants. Go George!

Go AWAY! Or go change. Phew.
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Demobrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:43 PM
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2. Heh.
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Flying_Pig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:50 PM
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3. Hmmm, this is same Kristol who signed PNAC's plan to invade
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 10:52 PM by Flying_Pig
Iraq in the first place, as part of their larger plan to dominate the ME and its resources, and to geopolitically benefit Israel. How crazy is this, that this jerk now comes out and criticizes his own plan, and the puppet they put in office??!!

Mr. Kristol, and his fellow PNAC'ers, Perle, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Jeb Bush, Woolsey, Feith, Abrams, Bolton, et al, are enemies of this nation, and our Constitution. They are traitors, and should be dealt with thusly. Their allegiance to PNAC, Likud, and world domination, is nothing less than a Fourth Reich, and all who love democracy, and this nation, will fight them to the last drop. To allow them to persevere, is to risk our children's future, the future of our country, our democracy, and everything we have.

Wake up people!!
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Resistance Is Futile Donating Member (693 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 03:15 AM
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5. The antics of PNAC
There are signs of a substantial division opening up between the PNACers and other portions of the administration. The PNAC crowd has taken to slamming Chimpy and Rumpsfeld not for invading Iraq but for bungling the invasion so badly that the remainder of PNAC's goals are off the table for the near term.

Lately, Kristol and John McCain (not part of PNAC per say but a close associate of Kristol) have been making a lot of noise that Chimpy should send more troops to control Iraq. Rumpsfeld appears to have fallen out of favor with these 'people,' indeed, the PNACers have described him as an obstructionist.

Now that the PNACers are openly gunning for Rumpsfeld for being insufficiently imperalist, it's more than fair to say that Chimpy doesn't have even half a clue the kind of mess he's standing in.

PNAC does not apppear to have been particularly happy with the administration ever since Rove smacked around Rumpsfeld and Wolfowitz for drawing up plans for the Iraqi invasion force to keep marching all the way into Syria. Without stopping.
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bigwoody Donating Member (182 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 01:04 PM
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6. Usually when he fucks up, GHWB just picks up the bat phone and fixes
everything. But now the fuck-ups affect millions of lives and not just a bunch of rich assholes from texass. Plus chimpy went against daddy's advice on this one. :nuke: In other word's, "Daddy, I broke the Middle East!"
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 01:45 PM
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7. You've hit it head-on.
The pattern we see repeated THROUGHOUT his life, from the way he got into the Ivy League to the way he skated through with such mediocre grades, at best, the way three oil companies, TEXAS oil companies no less, went belly-up in succession - on HIS watch. But he always managed to parachute out of there with LOTS of nice padding. I think what you infer is correct - THIS one's too big a mess for Poppy to clean up. He not only managed to break all his toys. He also broke the toy manufacturer.
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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:52 PM
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4. I'm sure the UN delegates will be wondering...
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 11:53 PM by grytpype
... why they are listening to this shitstain... he is a caretaker president from this point forward... too bad Dubya had it all before starting this ridiculous war in Iraq...
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