Monday, May 29, 2006

Sticking To The Script

From President Bush's commencement address at West Point:
When the United Nations Security Council gave him one final chance to disclose and disarm, or face serious consequences, he refused to take that final opportunity. So coalition forces went into Iraq and removed his cruel regime.
Disclose and disarm what weapons?

At this point there are only two possibilities: the president is deluded enough to believe his own words, or he thinks people are stupid enough to believe him. Which is it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

TCR, Choice B is my FINAL answer.

5/29/2006 3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that and the meme "people are sour on Iraq because
of what they see on their TV screens"

People are sour on the war DESPITE what they aren't seeing on their TV screens. Maybe its them "internets" but Bush wouldn't know about that...

5/29/2006 7:21 AM  
Blogger SimoneDB said...

Choice B. Bush isn't all that book-smart but he's crafty and manipulative as hell.

5/29/2006 9:12 AM  
Blogger Spider said...

There is another answer, "C: Both A & B are correct." That's what I choose.

The answer "D: neither A or B are correct" is just a pipe dream.

5/29/2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger Jay C said...

"...the president is deluded enough to believe his own words, or he thinks people are stupid enough to believe him. Which is it?"

TCR: why can't it it be "both"? After all, GWB can't be that much of a simpleton, right?

5/29/2006 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just FYI, Bush has been consistent on this theme for years!

November 27, 2002: Saddam permits U.N. Weapons Inspectors complete access to sites of their choice in Iraq, including sites such as palaces where they were not allowed before. Inspectors find nothing significant.

March 18, 2003: War begins.

July 14, 2003: Bush says "We gave him (Saddam Hussein) a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power."

January 27, 2004: Bush says, "And then we went to the United Nations, of course, and got an overwhelming resolution -- 1441 -- unanimous resolution, that said to Saddam, you must disclose and destroy your weapons programs, which obviously meant the world felt he had such programs. He chose defiance. It was his choice to make, and he did not let us in."

Presidential Debate, September 30, 2004: Bush says "And secondly, to think that another round of resolutions would have caused Saddam Hussein to disarm, disclose, is ludicrous, in my judgment. ... We tried diplomacy. We did our best." (Again, as TCR notes, Saddam would disarm and disclose -- what, exactly?)

March 21, 2006: Bush says, "We worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny the inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did." (video)

I have been showing these quotes to my Bush-supporter friends and relatives for years, and they just answer me, "Well, uh, slip-of-the-tongue, you know, Bush isn't a liar." I think Bush is not the only one who rewrites reality. Many Bush supporters, I suspect, simply wanted to kill Arabs after 9/11, indiscriminate of whether there was any connection -- but they know they can't get caught saying that in public, and so in order to avoid even the chance of making a slip, they re-write history in their own minds.

(I recall several other instances of this, but I should be working right now and don't have time to back them all up with links. Still, let's not forget:
March 19, 2004: Donald Rumsfeld -- "In September 2002, President Bush went to the United Nations, which gave Iraq still another ‘final opportunity’ to disarm and to prove it had done so... Saddam Hussein passed up that final opportunity. Only then, after every peaceful option had been exhausted, did the president and our coalition partners order the liberation of Iraq".
May 16, 2005: Scott McClellan, then-Whitehouse spokesman -- "Saddam Hussein was the one, in the end, who chose continued defiance. And only then was the decision made, as a last resort, to go into Iraq." )

And people are only now noticing this?

Let me put it clearly: THIS . MAN . CANNOT . ADMIT . HE . WAS . WRONG . Yeah, sure, occasionally he says "I regret" or "I take responsibility," but he doesn't really mean it because he never proposes any kind of penalty or restitution measures. That's not contrition. There's a difference between cynical lip-service and acnowledging an error. This man would rather rewrite history in his own mind, history which he experienced first-hand, than even say he made an error.

This sort of thing lends a lot of credence to the quote from unidentified sources about how the Bush Administration {sic} believes it can rewrite reality...

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

...and, if you don't like the way you actually performed when confronted with history -- hey, create your own reality ! You've got a second chance ! In your own minds, anyway. Note the use of the word "We", implying that others in the White House believe that (a) America is an Empire, and (b) The White House can modify reality in any way it wishes.

I just hope that, in late 2008, the 22nd Amendment doesn't simply get written out of Bush-based reality. "The Amendments skip from 21 to 23, Original Intent and all that, the Founding Fathers didn't really mean for a successful president to get replaced simply with the passage of a few years. You were just imagining what they taught you in grade-school Civics class."

5/29/2006 12:04 PM  
Blogger Bravo 2-1 said...

Repetition = reality.

As for your question: Both!

5/29/2006 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you catch that SNL cartoon skit that shows someone urping everytime a member of this administration speaks.

It is all politics of the worse kind. I hope and pray our Constitution and country and survive it.

5/29/2006 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to go with both. There are 59 million Homer Simpsons running around out there, and we can't expect them to change any time soon, or at all. Moreover, Chimpy McFlightsuit has proven deft at divorcing himself from reality.

5/29/2006 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin Wohlmut: Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for laying it all out.

TCR: The answer is, you can fool all of the people some of the time. Rove thinks you can fool most of the people all of the time——and that's when democracies fail.

5/30/2006 12:22 AM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Stupid. Bush's contention last week that Abu Ghraib was our worst mistake in Iraq ranks as one of his best efforts to insult the intelligence of Americans. He knows US taxpayers pay Rush Limbaugh to broadcast his hilarious take on Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo to troops around the world. Rush thinks torturing Muslims is a scream and certainly nothing to get worked up about. His Club Git'mo 4 Children web page is a hoot.

I bet Rush is busy today, polishing his routine on the stupidity of anyone who considers the murder of those Iraqis at Hiadatha as anything more than a few Marines letting off steam. Rush is sure to bust a gut laughing as he mimics an Iraqi woman begging our Marines for mercy on her children. Then splat! Her head is blown off and once again, Rush makes killing and torturing Muslims seem like a fun thing to do.

Our secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, appears regularly on Rush's show. Rush Limbaugh's steady barrage of derogatory remarks about Muslims surely reflect the opinion of the secretary and the Pentagon brass because no one there ever criticizes Limbaugh for being out of line.

Yeah, yeah, I know - Rush Limbaugh's Muslim schtick is not the biggest problem in the world right now but, boy, do I resent having to pay for it with my hard-earned tax dollars.

5/30/2006 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace Take Courage
If this 15 year old girl in Alabama can do it, while receiving death threats, why can't Bush and co.

5/30/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd agree that "Both" is the correct answer. The Oval Office Resident is in deep over his not-very-bright head, but (with the aid of his smarter colleagues) he's been successful in deluding at least a vocal minority of American citizens into believing his flagrant lies. Why shouldn't he believe that we're all at least as dumb as he is? -- Anne Laurie

5/30/2006 8:30 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Well, if you saw Robot Chicken Sunday night you'd already know the answer. ;)

5/31/2006 12:05 PM  
Blogger Old Lady said...

Neither-he knows the truth as well do the people. Anyone who spouts this drivel is trying to convince themselves that what we did was right and just.

5/31/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger Wild Clover said...

And THAT question is one I've been asking since the war started. At the time, any dissent was viewed as traitorous. Anyone who could intimate that either our daddy President would delude us purposely, or that he himself was deluded was ridden hard by hecklers and unthinking reight-wing "patriots".

I think Bush's greatest ability is to convince himself that unpalatable truths are non-existant. It is how he has survived. Look at his past anyone could be unashamed of the performance of his various business ventures? Of his National Guard days? He's never had to pay consequences, and since as a good Christian and "conservative" consequences are part of his belief system, if there were none, well, then there must have been no mistake, no wrongdoing. He evises his failures into triumphs, because to not would be to admit to himself what he is...a petty failure who only has suceeded because of family name and connections. I think he begins by manipulating the truth with a goal in mind, then revises his own mind to delete the manipulations. It is like my 6 year old...when his actions create an undesired result, he tries very hard to ignore discussion of what happened. He does not want to admit an imperfection. Unlike George, he's outgrowing it.For whatever reason, George never did, and his memory revision is a survival mechanism. Lack of exit strategies, secrecy, all are symptoms of trying to keep reality away.

Because to admit reality would be to admit that you are as fallable as the bum asking handouts, or the working poor, and that would be unthinkable.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Our heads of state have achieved this.

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