JimSmith - 11/12/2005 12:18 AM
Atoche - 11/11/2005 10:35 PM
Honestly, have you ever met an honest politician?...
honest politician = oxymoron (sic)
My current favorite bumper sticker... "I like it better when the president was getting screwed!!"....
Bush's lies are particularly damaging to America though. Lying about the definition of the circumstances that left a cum stain on a dress is not much compared to the death and destruction of Bush's Iraq deception. While I agree politicians nearly universally tend to believe truth is somewhat maleable, the outright lying by the Bush administration about such serious issues that the deaths of tens of thousands of human beings, and the waste of hundreds of billions of dollars that we did not have, are directly attributed to him, is a new low.
We are now being led to believe we are trapped pursuing a course of action that was never truthfully portrayed or debated because "everyone thought Saddam had WMD." The familiar "who could know" argument from Ms. Rice that is often repeated by others on this board is nothing more than a degrading attempt to lower our standards and expectations. His recent lashing out at Congress and dragging other nation's intelligence services into the muck of his decision and lies to support it, is, in fact, a deliberate attempt to rewrite history. Hopefully this time around the American people have been sensitized to the Rove manipulation methods and they will see this as more of the same lying and misleading, followed by appeals for support because "no one could have known better."
Every time something goes bad, you hear someone in the administration pawning off the "who could know?" excuse that seems to appeal to the portion of the American population who couldn't figure it out themselves, and thus elicits a sympathetic response to a failure by the President instead of a demand for an honest accounting. It is a blatant attempt to elicit sympathy for incompetence and/or untruthfulness when truth comes to light, from these less than gifted Americans that is only succeeding in lowering the citizens' expectations for performance of elected officials.
This practice is manipulative and degrading and should elicit revulsion and loud dissent from us all to put this practice to an end. We have the right to expect the President and his staff to be a little better than the homeless junkie on the street corner at figuring out what might happen and then planning on what to do to ensure America's best interests are served as the situation unfolds. This constant appeal to the gullible, well intentioned and hard working Americans for sympathy based on trying to establish an expectation of a common inability to govern as President is wearing thin and needs to stopped. Jim