IN BUSH ALTERNATIVE REALITY, HE NEVER SAID HE WAS "STAY THE COURSE" IN IRAQ
Does President Bush even know what the internet is?
D0es he understand what search engines like Google and Lexis Nexus can actually do, in seconds?
Does he not comprehend that when he tries to deny he ever said something, the truth can be discovered and published on the internet before he even finishes his speech?
President Bush has given a series of drab, talking points infested interviews since the fifth anniversary of September 11.
Through virtually all of them, Bush managed to concede that very little was going wrong in Iraq. He refused to accept that his 'stay the course' solution to Iraq's problems was simply not working, and everyone but him and Prime Minister Blair knew that, had already accepted that as a basic fact.
But not President Bush.
Bush managed to sit through interview after interview and blindly deny reality. He failed to even acknowledgement the stream of credible, respected advice and commentary coming from within the senior ranks of his own military, along with former officials of his own administration, all sounding urgent warnings on the disaster that is Iraq today.
In the end, Bush had no choice but to admit they were wrong about Iraq. It had been an admission delayed for months. Obviously he could not deny it any longer.
"Well, hey, listen, we’ve never been “stay the course.”It is perhaps a sign of the state of utter desperation now gripping the White House and just how quickly the pressure from around the world has manifested, that President Bush seemed medicated in his interview yesterday with ABC News.
Maybe he demanded medication if he was being told to go on television and deny one of the key matras of his Iraq War policy, one that has been all but essential to the chaos and piles of corpses in Iraq.
But the 'Stay The Course' line has also been used by two White house press spokesmen, by the Secretary of State, the Defence Secretary, the Vice President and a vast sprawl of right-wing, conservative talk back radio, newspaper columnists, headline writers and TV news producers.
'Stay The Course' was not only the Bush message, it was the Bush media message and and an endlessly recyclable headline. Too much going wrong in Iraq for your conservative publication's editorial policy to ignore? Simple, 'Bush Says 'Stay The Course".'
Bush's option to go for utter denial either proves the president will flat-out lie when backed into a corner, or he really has suffered serious brain damage from his days of alcohol and cocaine abuse.
How could he have forgotten such a powerful set of words that he himself had said and sometimes shouted literally dozens of times in the past three years, in speeches, in interviews, on his weekly radio address and on television.
Here's a few examples :
December 15, 2003 : "We will stay the course until the job is done...We're just going to stay the course."
April 13, 2004 : "...my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course."
April 16, 2004 : "And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq."
April 5, 2004 : "...we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course."
April 8, 2005 : "We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq."And now, only a few weeks after he last said it?
September 30, 2006 "We will stay the course."
"Well, hey, listen, we've never been 'Stay The Course'."
Well hey, listen, you've never been anything but Stay The Course..
(Bush quote dates sourced from ThinkProgress.com)
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