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Archive for September 26th, 2008

The fool who cried (for) Wolf(owitz): Bush’s Iraq War lies complicate economic bailout

Posted by James McPherson on September 26, 2008

Paul Wolfowitz, of course, was the Bush secretary of defense and one of the architects of the Iraq War, which we now know to be based on administration lies. Now talks about how to “save” the economy have stalled, perhaps partly because John McCain felt compelled to try to play hero and ended up looking silly while doing more harm than good, but mostly because of opposition from conservative Republicans who refuse to go along with George Bush’s bailout plan.

A big reason those Republicans oppose a bailout is because of what they’re hearing from constituents, who apparently refuse to believe that the situation is as dire as the administration claims. “We’ve been listening to the American people, and the American people have told us that they don’t want to foot the bill,” Rep. Judy Biggert was quoted as saying in a CNN story today.

As for me, I don’t know what to believe, either, because Bush has proven he can’t be trusted. As the president himself has said, “Fool me once… Shame on… Shame on you… Fool me… Can’t get fooled again.”

Many people suspected that the Iraq War would seriously hurt the U.S. economy. Now it seems that we may have seriously underestimated just how devastating it might be.

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McCain ‘wins’ debate–before announcing he’ll participate

Posted by James McPherson on September 26, 2008

In the latest apparent misstep of the ongoing on-again off-again farce that the John McCain campaign has become, his campaign supposedly today released an ad announcing that he had “won” tonight’s debate–even before the candidate himself announced he would participate. (Note the qualifying words “apparent” and “supposedly”–I don’t discount the possibility of fakery, and have seen no confirmation yet from the McCain camp).

The best part of the story, if true: McCain campaign manager Rick Davis’ quote stating, “McCain won the debate–hands down.” You can see a screenshot of the ad (as linked from the Washington Post article) below.

Same day update: During the “suspended” part of his campaign, McCain apparently managed to work in at least a couple of hours of debate prep.

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Warku #15

Posted by James McPherson on September 26, 2008

This is the 15th of a series related to Bush’s war, perhaps the most astoundingly stupid presidential event in American history. Also see Warku #1, #2, #3#4#5, #6#7, #8, #9, #10#11#12, #13, and #14.


Shake bittersweet Rice

From a sheltered brittle Bush

Harvest has its price


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