November 17, 2005

Patriotism, Republicans & Scoundrels

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

The leaders of the Republican party President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney continue to have approve ratings under 36%, with indictments, failed Iraq, terrorism and economic policies, criticism from fanatic and centrist within their party, and a Democratic Party willing to fight back they only have one attack left to lie and question the patriotism of anyone who dares to speak against them.

Dick Cheney
Vice President Dick Cheney accused Democratic senators who allege the Bush administration distorted intelligence to justify the war in Iraq of making "one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."

Speaking at a Wednesday night dinner of the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, a conservative research organization, Cheney said Democrats who say they were misled by the administration are "making a play for political advantage in the middle of a war."

The criticism, Cheney said, threatens to undermine the morale of U.S. troops who are risking their lives while "a few opportunists are suggesting they were sent into battle for a lie."

"The president and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone," Cheney said. "But we're not going to sit back and let them rewrite history."
Republican party are the real opportunist.
Neither side wants to talk about the context in which Bush won a blank check from Congress to invade Iraq. He doesn't want us to remember that he injected the war debate into the 2002 midterm election campaign for partisan purposes, and he doesn't want to acknowledge that he used the post-9/11 mood to do all he could to intimidate Democrats from raising questions more of them should have raised.
The Republican party lead by Bush, Cheney and Rove use the Iraq war and 9/11 for partisan gains. Now, they attack Democrats for pointing out their failures as dishonest and reprehensible. It will not work.
The bad faith of Bush's current argument is staggering. He wants to say that the “more than a hundred Democrats in the House and Senate” who “voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power” thereby gave up their right to question his use of intelligence forever after. But he does not want to acknowledge that he forced the war vote to take place under circumstances that guaranteed the minimum amount of reflection and debate, and that opened anyone who dared question his policies to charges, right before an election, that they were soft on Saddam.

By linking the war on terror to a partisan war against Democrats, Bush undercut his capacity to lead the nation in this fight. And by resorting to partisan attacks again last week, Bush only reminded us of the shameful circumstances in which the whole thing started.
Indeed. President Bush and this Republican party choose to use the Iraq war, terrorism and 9/11 as a partisan hammer against Democratic Party rather than lead a successful war against our enemies.
Had we stuck to our guns instead of going off to Iraq, we would have decapitated them in Afghanistan and be able to destroy their other outlets. Instead now, they’re all over the place (Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bali, to name a few)
The Republican party is using Karl Rove old and tried play book to cover up their failures. It will not work, Dick Cheney is a proven lair and American people are not buy what they are selling.

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.


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