Tuesday, April 03, 2007

"On The Front Lines"

As the showdown over funding for Iraq comes to a head, the rhetoric from at least one side gets more intense. During his brief opening remarks in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, the President said the word "troops" (as in supporting them) fifteen times, "war" four times, and what seems to be a new phrase for him -- "on the front lines" -- four times. Of course, the logical question one might ask about the location of those "front lines" in Iraq is beside the point.

Today Josh Marshall posted, "The Democrats need a more frontal response to the lies the president is now telling about Iraq funding." An obvious strategy, it seems to me, is to stop playing by the ground rules set by the Administration and its supporters. By allowing the issue to be defined by "war" and "the front lines," those trying to change our course in Iraq put themselves at a natural disadvantage. The White House needs those words, and anyone else who uses them essentially does the Administration's work for it.

A simple and effective alternative is here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

couldn't agree more, words are powerful and the democrats have to stop playing on the White House's playing field. Hell, we need to cut to the chase....they want funding for another year of no-bid contracts with no accountability. Let's call a spade a spade...they want another year of 2.5B per week with a 40% profit margin with no questions asked. Why doesn't someone talk about it in these terms.....and ask some very embarrassing questions? bush doesn't give a shit about the actual soldiers involved. what he cares about is runnning out the string for his backers......and putting massive amounts of our tax dollars in the pockets of his corporate supporters for another year and a half........

4/03/2007 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is known that D.C. staffers read Josh. Do you know if you have any of the same "type" of traffic??

4/03/2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger wendyo said...

For his next presser, Bush is polishing up the old chestnut, "foxhole."

4/03/2007 10:11 PM  
Blogger maeldon said...

Great Minds think alike.

4/05/2007 12:58 PM  
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