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2005/12/27

Pro-Bush, Pro-War, and Taking to the Airwaves With Lies

@ 11:57 PM (105 months, 15 days ago)

A pro-war organization by the name of Move America Forward has taken to the airwaves with false claims that weapons of mass destruction, such as muster gas and anthrax, have been found in Iraq.  The group also claims that Iraq had "extensive" ties to Al Qaeda.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The television commercials are attention-grabbing: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas, and had "extensive ties" to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those "willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions."

The hard-hitting spots are part of a recent public-relations barrage aimed at reversing a decline in public support for President Bush's handling of Iraq. But these advertisements aren't paid for by the Republican National Committee or other established White House allies. Instead, they are sponsored by Move America Forward, a media-savvy outside advocacy group that has become one of the loudest -- and most controversial -- voices in the Iraq debate.

The Republican National Committe and the Bush Crime Team at 1600 Penn Avenue have had no comment about these ads, which is their usual M.O.  They never came out to denounce the lies in the ads run by the Swift Boat liars.

And they will not denounce the lies in the ads now being run by the Move America forward organization.

Pro-War Group Takes to the Airwaves

 

Culture of Life! Shoot Now- Ask Questions Never!

@ 11:29 PM (105 months, 15 days ago)

WJLA TV is running a heartbreaking AP story about 6 year old Eissa, an Iraqi who was killed by U.S. fire as he prepared to travel to Syria with his father.  Eissa's mother, Jameela, says says she does not know what U.S. forces were firing at when they killed her little boy.

(Note to Idiot Son, Rummy, Condi, and all the other neo-con "architechts" of the war: this is winning hearts and minds how?)

Violence Defies Reason for Many in Iraq

George Bush Admits He Never Focused on Human Cost of War

@ 12:25 AM (105 months, 16 days ago)

In his year-end interview with Jim Lehrer, George W. Bush admitted that he was never truly concerned with the human cost of war.

JIM LEHRER: But the risk factors that you took into consideration in making the decision did not involve specific numbers that, oh my goodness, this could cost us this many lives? Or how about Iraqi lives? You said this week that 30,000 Iraqis have died.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes.

JIM LEHRER: Was that on the table when you made the decision?

PRESIDENT BUSH: I think, well, first of all, I said 30,000, that's because it's kind of the general talk. And I don't know if we know specifically how many died. Nor do I think you don't sit around in a planning session and say, gosh, I wonder how many-- how many people are going to die because of suicide bombers or because of politics or-- I know this, that when we went in we had a plan to target the guilty and spare the innocent and with our precision weaponry and a military that is a humane group of people that we did a good job of that.

But war is brutal, war is death, war is-- and I knew that going in. I just don't remember people, you know, trying to guess.

Well, forget about George Bush not caring about Black people.  He doesn't care about people, period.  He cares about serving his own interests, regardless of the cost to anyone else.

As a Commander-in-Chief (even a half a&s one) you darn well need to be thinking about the human costs of commiting troops to war.

Please allow me to read this particular excerpt from the book "Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis" by Robert F. Kennedy.

In the book, Robert F. Kennedy writes, in part:

"By Thursday night, there was a majority opinion in our group for a blockade......We explained our recommendations to the President.....The next morning, at our meeting at the State Department, there were sharp disagreements again. The strain and the hours without sleep were beginning to take their toll.....Each one of us was being asked to make a recommendation which would affect the future of all mankind, a recommendation which, if wrong and if accepted, could mean the destruction of the human race..." (Pages 34-35)

The point being that President Kennedy, and the men and women who surrounded him, understood the human implications of whatever action they might decide to take against the Soviet Union.

They realized it wasn't just about John F. Kennedy and Khruschchev. It was about American children. It was about children in the Soviet Union. It was about people, in general, and our survival as a race.

And that is why President Kennedy did not rush to a decision. He understood the threat, but also realized the need to make the RIGHT decision.

Jim Lehrer Interview With George Bush