Thursday, August 25, 2005

Is the AP surprised?

"It was not clear how many protestors, if any, want the United States to retreat from the Middle East entirely."

This is a sentence pulled out of an article which discusses the latest media strategy of team values: Accuse any critic of any U.S. policy of wanting the terrorists to win.

What did Bush sidente say?

"An immediate withdrawal of our troops in Iraq or the broader Middle East, as some have called for, would only embolden the terrorists and create a staging ground to launch more attacks against America and free nations," he told an audience mostly made up of Idaho National Guard members.

"So long as I'm the president, we will stay, we will fight, and we will win the war on terror," said Bush, who announced that global campaign after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."

So how many anti-war protestors want troops to be pulled out immediately?

And of the American public that is increasingly against the war, how many want immediate pull-outs?

Has a single politician gone on record calling for immediate pullouts? Has a single editorial page? Does Bush have any documentation of his claims at all?

Perhaps the random protestor, sure; but Bush is essentially making things up as he goes along. What is interesting, though, is that the vapid cue card readers (aka the media) have begun inserting momentary lapses of truthfulness into their otherwise dutiful echoing of the administration's propaganda; for instance, the quote with which I started.

Perhaps the nattering nabobs of the third estate have finally gotten the essential gear needed to deal with the current administration on the ever-changing terrain of Iraq war justifications.