Tuesday, January 29, 2008

consistently deceitful to the end

So de facto President George W. Bush has delivered his last State of the Union. That's assuming of course he and Dick Cheney don't declare a state of emergency late this year and suspend the elections like some Latin American tinpot dictator. But Bush seemed to act like it was his last one, so either he does plan to leave next January or Cheney hasn't briefed him on the plan.

Anyway, I couldn't watch. Too much exposure to Bush is bad for my mental and physical health. But it was good to see that he is sticking to his deceitful practices here seven years after being selected by his fathers' friends on the Supreme Court.

The best example was Baby Bush saying, "Al-Qaeda is on the run in Iraq, and this enemy will be defeated."

That's all well and good. But 1) in January 2001 (when Bush took over in the White House) and even in March 2003 (invasion of Iraq) Al-Qaeda had NO PRESENCE IN IRAQ. Pardon the capitals but you have to speak up nowadays to get a word of truth in edgewise. And 2) In September and October 2001 Bush pledged to get Bin Laden "dead or alive" and gave up the chance to do so to pursue the Republican project in Iraq, unprovoked and against the misgivings of people like Brent Scowcroft.

Here's the transcript. I'm sure you can find more lies, evasions, and half-truths prettily easily. I would read it but my doctor is ordering me to remain calm.

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