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dreissig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 12:23 AM
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Bush Owns the Iraq War
Bush can't hide from the Iraq War, especially now that he's gone over there endorsing it. No, it didn't just happen, and it was not a response to September 11th.

He's been quiet about the troops ever since Mission Accomplished bit him in the ass. He was deservedly criticized for distancing himself from the people he put into danger. Dropping by on Thanksgiving was absolutely the least he could do.

It's not the war on terrorism, it's Bush's war against Saddam, waged for reasons other than the ones he presented. He totally owns this war, it's an albatross about his neck. If he's going to claim being a swell commander-in-chief, he has some questions to answer about the whole venture.

It's Bush's war, it's Bush's war, it's Bush's war. Say it like a mantra.

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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 12:28 AM
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1. Yes, he's capitalized on it in the most obvious of ways....
When the Shiites take over and form an Islamic state, he might regret this....
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dreissig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 01:47 AM
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5. His Hand Was Forced
If Bush didn't go he'd have to go at Christmas, when it would be a whole lot more dangerous. Tomorrow there will be photographs of Hillary shaking hands with the troops, making Bush look like a coward. That's a popular (and well-founded) perception of him.

Bush was well-briefed on how to act for his 2-hour walk-on today. But he's still stuck with the war. He owns it now! No ducking away from it anymore.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 12:30 AM
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2. (1)"war on terror"Osama (2)Invasion and occupationof Iraq: Bush's war
Edited on Fri Nov-28-03 12:31 AM by oasis
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nofurylike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 12:35 AM
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3. saying it. thank you. n/t
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 12:37 AM
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4. It's all his
indeed
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 01:50 AM
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6. I wonder what it will take for Herr Coke-n-Smoke to attend his first...
Edited on Fri Nov-28-03 01:50 AM by Media_Lies_Daily
...funeral. Will Hillary have to do that first, too?
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 07:41 AM
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7. KICK!
May bu$h receive every blessing from this "war." May he reap a bountiful crop from what he has sown, and may all the reactions from his actions come truthfully home to him.

Amen.

:evilgrin:
dbt
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quaker bill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 07:52 AM
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8. It was a obvious move
It is capitulation to the notion that this is his war. He was never going to get away with disowning it anyway.

So Bush/Rove decided to plant their flag on it. They will be working to spin it up into a success and make it his hallmark of 'great leadership'.

That's the game plan folks. You just saw one of the first moves. As determined as we are to make the war an issue, they are determined to make it a winner for them. (or at least neutralize it)

Bush had to go somewhere to deliver those lines (sound bites) to a nothing but cheering audience. Baghdad international is probably the best place to pull that off.
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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 07:59 AM
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9. He also owns the war as an issue. How do dems think they're going to beat
him on it?

I can see how Clark softens the war issue, but I don't see how anyone can go head-to-head with Bush on the war issue.

It's too easy for him, as President and C-i-C to get a photo op from it, or change policies.

Anyway, has America EVER changed horses mid stream during a time that has been sold as a war? I can't think of any examples.

Part of the reason they got into the war was so they could have a crappy ecnomy and pull a lot of shit without having to worry about losing the election.
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dreissig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 12:14 PM
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11. The War Issue
You're right that people balk at taking on the war issue directly. But if the war doesn't improve, it makes Bush vulnerable on other issues which will serve as a cover for the war issue. I think Nixon's failure to handle the Vietnam War was the real reason for his Watergate collapse. Nobody at the time thought it was a big deal, but it matured into a major political crisis. However, that crisis wasn't Watergate itself, it was the Vietnam War and Nixon's inept handling of it.

Bush is equally inept at handling the Iraq war as Nixon was at handling the Vietnam War. This makes him extremely vulnerable on some other issue. The Watergate burglary didn't reach the White House until Nixon's many opponents kept pressing until they made the connection.

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cthrumatrix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 08:01 AM
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10. he also owns 911 which he will not let be investigated...think about it
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