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Paragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:31 AM
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New Bush meme: We've been in Iraq to fight AL-QAIDA
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/05/25/bush_react... /

George W. Bush began and ended his speech with a brazen lie. He claimed that the United States is in Iraq to fight al-Qaida.

Before the war, Bush, Cheney and the neoconservatives did all they could to convince the American people that there was some link between Saddam Hussein's tyranny in Iraq and al-Qaida. They succeeded in deceiving a large number of Americans. Now Bush is trying the same trick again. He is trying to justify his failed and unnecessary war in Iraq by parading, once again, the corpses of those murdered by Osama bin laden and his followers in New York, Washington and Bali. The shamelessness of George W. Bush is matched only by his contempt for the intelligence of the American people.

Near the beginning of his address, the president claimed: "Iraq is now the central front in the war on terror." The United States must prevail in Iraq to deny "the terrorists" a "base of operation" -- a reference to al-Qaida, presumably, with its need for bases for worldwide operations. As if to underline the implication that Iraq, like Afghanistan, had been a "base" for al-Qaida, Bush said: "This will be a decisive blow to terrorism at the heart of its power."

Bush repeated this lie at the end of his address. He accurately described al-Qaida as totalitarian and seeking to impose Taliban-like regimes throughout the Middle East. But then, with breathtaking cynicism, he linked the U.S. war in Iraq to al-Qaida once again, following a recitation of al-Qaida attacks in Tunis and Bali with a recitation of places in Iraq where American soldiers now are fighting and dying...
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bigbillhaywood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:34 AM
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1. Oh, but it is an Al-Qaeda base ever since we invaded and
mayhem ensued.
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mia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:11 AM
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3. and spores of terror
will mushroom in the dark, dank atmosphere of our occupation.

Our leaders have led us into grave danger and terrorism will follow us whenever we trespass against the rights of others.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:04 AM
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2. Wow, whoever put together the compendium of Salon articles in the link-
Did a fabulous job of incarcerating Bush in a lock down of dead ends.

Kudos!



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durutti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:44 AM
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4. Don't say "meme"...
I was going to start a thread about this, but what the hell...

I hate the term "meme" an all it stands for. Culture can't be reduced to "memes".
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Michael_UK Donating Member (285 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:06 AM
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5. There was a funny letter in the Guardian
that went along the lines of

"Invade a country claiming it harboured terrorists (which it didn't). Wait until the place is swarming with them then pull out. Brilliant"

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truthspeaker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:01 AM
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6. this is why Kerry and other Dems have to call Bush a LIAR
Keep repeating the LIE accusation until the media has to address it.
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