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The White House spin cycle

The White House spin cycle (David Shuster)

I don't know if things are getting better or worse in Iraq. But I do know the Bush administration is now in total panic mode over the erosion of public support for the occupation. How else could one explain the President's bizarre radio address this past Saturday or the even more surreal comments recently from other administration officials?

First, the president's radio address: On Saturday President Bush defended the war in Iraq saying, "We went to war because we were attacked." Huh? In September 2003, the President himself stated, "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th attacks." (For the record, the 9/11 Commission is on the side of the Sept. 2003 President Bush — The commission found there was "no collaborative relationship between Iraq and Al-Qaeda.")

On Sunday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said criticism of the handling of the war isn't justified because "The administration, I think, has said to the American people that it is a generational commitment to Iraq." What? That was said... but it came from Senators pouring cold water on the administration's optimistic pre-war predictions. What were those predictions? Vice President Cheney (March 16, 2003) said, "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators... I think it will go relatively quickly... in weeks rather than months." Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld on Feb. 7, 2003 said, "It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." Former Budget director Mitch Daniels (March 28, 2003) stated, "The United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from the conflict, but Iraq will not require sustained aid."

Iraq will not require sustained aid? Hmmm. Today, Congress voted to send the Pentagon another $45 billion for operations in Iraq. That brings the total amount appropriated so far, for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to $322.40 billion.

The administration seems to think that by shifting the justification for the war or changing what administration officials said 3 years ago, the president's poll numbers will magically turn around. The pretzel shaped logic of this strategy is mind-boggling. And one begins to wonder if the gang that helped President Bush win a 2nd term has been stuffed into a closet.

The math on this is simple. If the war was going well, the public would support the occupation of Iraq, regardless of whatever reasons the administration gave for the invasion. The problem is, according to republican Senator Chuck Hagel, "The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along."

And now, the public is tired of this deadly trip through fantasyland — a place where White House P.R. strategies seem to matter more than holding anybody accountable for the war's mistakes and mismanagement.



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Dear David Shuster,

Things are going so beautifully in Iraq lets book a civilian flight for W, Cheney and Rumsfeld straight to the Baghdad airport.

There they will be greeted with chocolates and flowers.

They will see our troops relaxed over the success of a clear, absolutely vital, and compelling mission. Good thing our precious extra troops were sent to Iraq as opposed to say, Tora Bora, or reinforcing the border of North Korea.

W, Cheney, and Rumsfeld will be able to drive their car down any road they want to and visit the Iraqi security forces that are lining up in record numbers.

They will hold Iraqi children and babies in their arms, knowing that the future is secure-- that Iraq has, with the aid of a humble, Geneva-convention-respecting, international-law-abiding superpower, been welcomed back into the international community.

Abu Ghraib will always be associated with the Hussein family.

Oil will flow again and only benefit the Iraqi economy-- heck, Halliburton is too busy building new prison camps to be worried about oil! Besides, the US is pioneering and looking for clean energy alternatives now, what with global warming and all.

Send W, Cheney, and Rumsfeld to Iraq now.

Let them tour every corner, shake every hand.

Send the troops home. Give the troops a well-deserved break.

Iraq is W's, Cheney's, and Rumsfeld's cake.
Let them proudly eat it.

We need to constantly remind the nation and congress that little George Stupid does not have the final say as to when we leave Iraq. All congress has to do is cut spending for little George Stupid's war and he will have to start the troops coming home tomorrow.

Well tomorrow is an exageration, but the point is no money no war, this is in our hands. It was congress finally cutting the money that finally ended Vietnam war.

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