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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:02 PM
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Dowd: The Orwellian Olsens (good one)
It's their reality. We just live and die in it.

In Bushworld, our troops go to war and get killed, but you never see the bodies coming home.

In Bushworld, flag-draped remains of the fallen are important to revere and show the nation, but only in political ads hawking the president's leadership against terror.

In Bushworld, we can create an exciting Iraqi democracy as long as it doesn't control its own military, pass any laws or have any power.

In Bushworld, we can win over Falluja by bulldozing it.

In Bushworld, it was worth going to war so Iraqis can express their feelings ("Down With America!") without having their tongues cut out, although we cannot yet allow them to express intemperate feelings in newspapers ("Down With America!") without shutting them down.

(snip)

In Bushworld, you don't consult your father, the expert in being president during a war with Iraq, but you do talk to your Higher Father, who can't talk back to warn you to get an exit strategy or chide you for using Him for political purposes.

(snip)

In Bushworld, you get to strut around like a tough military guy and paint your rival as a chicken hawk, even though he's the one who won medals in combat and was praised by his superior officers for fulfilling all his obligations.

(snip)

In Bushworld, it's perfectly natural for the president and vice president to appear before the 9/11 commission like the Olsen twins.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/25/opinion/25DOWD.html
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:05 PM
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1. Oh my....this should raise a few eyebrows.


Someone is finally calling a spade a spade. Maybe I'm making more out of this than I should, but for a NYT editorial to start drawing parallels between Orwell's 1984 and our present day situation is quite remarkable.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:05 PM
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2. Good one Mo
In Bushworld, there's no irony that so many who did so much to avoid the Vietnam draft have now strained the military so much that lawmakers are talking about bringing back the draft.
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kalian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:06 PM
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3. No kidding....
I'm sending this to everyone that I know. Hope it makes them think,
although I have my doubts that the sheeple are capable of independent
thought anymore.
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:17 PM
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4. Holy MODO!
I think this is one of the BEST summaries of Bush's hypocrisy, malice, and manipulation I've read in print so far.

This is so good, I almost forgive MoDo for her Clinton obsession.

Almost.
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madaboutharry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:22 PM
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5. Yes, almost
I was rather surprised to get to the end of her article without seeing the words: "And of course in Clintonworld..." Looks like MoDo is finding things a little scary too.
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wabeewoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:51 PM
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6. I sent her an email
telling her it was an excellent article. It captures the insanity that is bushworld.
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Mecil Donating Member (54 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 02:42 PM
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7. Good stuff

Great to have her back on track, this editorial truly shows how good she can be when she isn't raving about Wes Clark's sweater and etc.

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