Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Terror Card

When the going gets particularly tough, what do you think George Bush might choose to talk about, and where? Would making a speech about the war on terror in front of an adoring, hand-picked military audience be too obvious? How Bush spent his Friday, from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
President Bush, his administration reeling from the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers and the CIA-leak investigation, traveled to Norfolk yesterday to drum up support for continuing the fight in Iraq.

"We will confront this mortal danger to all humanity," Bush told a mostly friendly gathering of about 2,500 military personnel and business and political leaders at Norfolk's Chrysler Hall. "And we will not tire, and we will not rest until the war on terror is won."

Those in Bush's Norfolk audience -- roughly half of whom wore the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines treated him to warm applause throughout.

No tickets were available to the general public, but several dozen protesters massed outside the hall, carrying placards with messages such as "Bush lies" and "No Human Sacrifice to the God of Oil." One managed to get inside and heckle Bush, shouting from the balcony, "Mr. President, war is terror!" Bush kept speaking as the crowd booed the heckler, who was quickly escorted out.

The president flew into Norfolk International Airport and rode to Chrysler Hall in a motorcade, which briefly halted traffic in downtown Norfolk and the interstates leading there. Bush spoke against a backdrop of red-white-and-blue images and the words, "Strategy for Victory." Seated to either side of him on the stage behind the podium were roughly 100 military men and women.

Of bin Laden, Bush said: "What this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers. He assures them that this is the road to paradise, though he never offers to go along for the ride."
The OBL mention is telling. During the past four years, Bush has uttered his name only when he's forced to do so---as in the debate with Kerry---or when he's desperate, as is the case now.

As far as I'm concerned, as long as this president countenances Pakistan's ongoing don't ask/don't tell song and dance about OBL's whereabouts, he forfeits his right to invoke Bin Laden's name.

Amazing it's come to this going on a half-decade since 9/11 and wanted dead or alive, eh?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No tickets were available to the general public."

Indeed.

10/29/2005 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Antonie said...

Who knows whether OBL is dead or alive? This situation is very convenient to the administration.

10/29/2005 8:22 AM  
Anonymous marycal said...

Goss has said he's not only alive, but he's also implied he's in Pakistan. Which is shameful, considering Pakistan is an "ally" of ours.

10/29/2005 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Stygius said...

Like LBJ, these 'puissant' performances only highlight the weakness of isolation.

10/30/2005 6:14 PM  
Anonymous jay said...

"We will confront this mortal danger to all humanity," Bush told a mostly friendly gathering of about 2,500 military personnel and business and political leaders at Norfolk's Chrysler Hall.


'This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite - I call you my base.'



"And we will not tire, and we will not rest until the war on terror is won."


Btw, how's the war on drugs going?

The war on poverty?

10/30/2005 9:34 PM  
Anonymous semper fubar said...

What this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor [Americans] is that they become killers and ... bombers. He assures them that this is the road to [freedom], though he never offers to go along for the ride."

OBL and GWB -- two sides of the same coin.

10/31/2005 12:31 PM  
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Great editorial comments in Sunday's WaPo. The editorial was basically how the administration has never gotten around to governing becuase it was too busy campaigning.

Meanwhile, many in the administration -- and in the media -- simply turned their minds away from engaging a dissent from a Bush policy on its merits if the critic wasn't a Republican. That a critic might be a Democrat and correct -- or a Republican outsider offering a useful counterpoint -- seemed to be a contradiction in terms for people around Bush.

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