Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Abu Ghraib As Fundraiser?
They appear to be angry that Mr. Kerry is using the abuse of Iraqi prisoners Abu Ghraib as an example of incompetence in the present administration.
Apparently, Mr. Kerry's campaign is asking like-minded people, those who also think the present administration is incompetent, and who think that the way the present administration handled the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib is an example of that incompetence, to give some money to elect a new president.
Republicans accuse Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign of "politicizing" the Iraqi POW scandal to raise cash.What to say, what to say.
"The prison images from Baghdad are clearly disgusting, but it's harder to find words to describe those whose first instinct upon seeing them is to raise campaign cash with them," said RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie in a press release dated Sunday.
According to Gillespie, Kerry's campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill, made fund-raising pitches over the weekend urging Kerry supporters to send money to the campaign as a way of showing support for Kerry's demand that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resign.
- I'd like to ask those on the right, all fulsome in their rage, to get back to me when their rage grows to encompass Mr. Bush's use of flag-draped bodies being removed from Ground Zero to promote his political goals.
- Remember this? The use, by the Republican Party, of pictures of Mr. Bush on Air Force One on 9/11 for fundraising purposes?
Which, to be fair, the Democrats moaned about.
- And, there is that old, "if you can do it, why can't I do it too," argument.
If it's ok for Mr. Bush and the Republican Party to use 9/11 - and they used actual images of flag-draped bodies - then why is it NOT ok for Mr. Kerry to point out that the abuse of Iraqi prisoners Abu Ghraib an example of incompetence in the present administration and ask for funds to facilitate it's removal?