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Verdicts & Falsehoods

Monday, Jan. 02, 2006 1:16 PM

As noble as President Bush's admitting he erred on matters of intelligence and how he takes full responsibility for the decision to go to war, it turns out it isn't terribly sincere.

It's part of a strategy.

A strategy to position himself in the pages of history.

Well, gosh, that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. We lose an average of two soldiers a day, we're still struggling against insurgent attacks, and Mr. Bush is worried about what the verdict of history is going to be?

This even casts a shadow over Bush's vaunted instincts. If those instincts were driven by an innate sense of right and wrong, that'd be something. If they're driven by a perception of what history is going to say, that's just sad.

Do the job, Mr. President. That's what history expects of you, nothing more.

In the wake of the paid-propaganda story in Iraq comes this note. It appears that the same group that paid Iraqi media outlets to run positive stories about things also vetted and paid religious scholars to write favorable opinion pieces.

So, let me ask folks in the Bush Administration this question. How would you feel if someone had done this to sell Christ? Paid for a favorable opinion?

That's not democracy at work, that's pimping America.

Makes you want to take a shower, doesn't it?

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