Thursday, June 17, 2004


Once Again The Bush Administration Is Worse Than I Had Imagined

It's as Brad DeLong says:

Once again the Bush Administration is worse than I had imagined, even though I thought I had already taken account of the fact that the Bush administration is invariably worse than I can imagine.

Mr. Bush and company are now saying that Iraq met with Al Qaeda, once or twice, and Iraq then did nothing to help Al Qaeda.

And that, according to Mr. Bush, means that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda had a "relationship."

I've seen Burt Young at the Daily Grill in Studio City a couple of times though I've never spoken to him. Had I spoken to him, I guess that would mean, according to the logic of the Bush adminisration, that we have a relationship.

Here is Mr. Bush's steel-trap logical argument:

The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda [is] because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.

Well, there you go. That about does it, let's move on. Mr. Bush, of course, does move on, he moves on and sings a couple of choruses of 'Saddam Hussein Was A Bad Man.'

To shore up this implication, Mr. Bush makes mention of Abu Zarqawi:

Bush said Hussein had "provided safe haven for a terrorist like Zarqawi, who is still killing innocents inside of Iraq."

Considering this, that takes a certain amount of gall.

The insidious part is that by tossing Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda into the same sentence as many times as possible, Mr. Bush and company are clearly trying to lead the public to places where they can not honestly go in flat out statements. They parse, they cajole, they imply. And in doing so, they point the way through insinuation and hope the American people will make the next logical step unaided.

And that, apparently, has happened:

More than two-thirds of Americans expressed a belief last year that Iraq was behind the attacks, and Cheney said at the time, "It's not surprising people make that connection."

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