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A Slam-Dunk In The Water

Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 2:10 PM


After the press conference where President Bush tried to disavow the phrase, "stay the course," he spoke with print columnists.

"I believe when you get attacked and somebody declares war on you, you fight back. And that's what we're doing," Bush said.

Whoa.

Back that up.

"I believe when you get attacked and somebody declares war on you, you fight back. And that's what we're doing."

Were we attacked? Most certainly. By hijackers affiliated with al-Qaeda. What did Saddam have to do with 9/11? Nothing, Bush admitted on a previous occasion. Did Saddam have ties to al-Qaeda? Not according to intelligence findings.

Did Iraq declare war on us? News to me.


The transcript also has two instances where the participants go, 'off the record,' with their comments redacted by the White House.

That wouldn't be for the President to share classified documents, would it?


And the White House is saying that Dick Cheney's no-brainer his agreeing with a conservative radio host on the value of a, 'dunk in the water,' didn't mean waterboarding.

President Bush fell back on what is now an apparent literal truth. "This country doesn't torture. We're not going to torture."

And if waterboarding falls outside the definition of torture in the Military Commissions Act, well, that's absolutely true. We aren't torturing people according to our definition.

When a reporter asked White House Spokesman Tony Snow to define, 'a dunk in the water,' Snow answered, "It's a dunk in the water."

That moral high ground is looking a tad unstable, don't you think?


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