November 12, 2005

President of "Deeply Irresponsible"

It’s good to check up on the code words now and again.

And when the president is desperately flailing around, he’s at his rhetorical best.

In perhaps his most aggressive speech since winning reelection, President Bush yesterday attacked Democrats for suggesting that he misled the nation on intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq, saying that such criticism sends the ”wrong signal” to American forces, emboldens the nation’s enemies, and tries to ”rewrite the history of how that war began.” […]

”While it’s perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began,”

The gall used to claim his detractors are “rewriting history” is amazing, if typical. Bush’s approval rating is not down below 39% because people are rewriting history. It’s in the gutter because of the way he has conducted his administration, including the shifting justifications for the war. We were there — we don’t need John Kerry or the Democrats to give us a history, rewritten or otherwise. We were there. And that’s why Bush’s approval is in the toilet.

Republican strategerists tell us it shows real strength to take on the guy you beat in an election? Here’s a suggestion, if you want to improve your approval rating: do something to improve the country. It’s another indication of why this administration is struggling lately to see how they react to dissatisfaction. It can’t possibly be anything Bush has done, so attack other people.

From anywhere else you might imagine that dropping approval ratings would be met with a new vision for the country — something to bring this divided nation back together again. No such luck. He needs to find a scapegoat to satisfy his warped perception of reality.

I was wondering where I heard this phrase “deeply irresponsible” before. I was pretty sure he had used it, and I wanted to know the context so that i could gage just how bad things are when GWB uses “deeply irresponsible” to describe something. I googled it and found this from the presidential campaign:

The Bush campaign accused Kerry of “a pattern” of trying to cut intelligence funding. Bush personally accused Kerry of attempting to “gut the intelligence services” with a “deeply irresponsible” 1995 proposal.

As FactCheck.or summarizes it, “Bush Strains Facts Re: Kerry’s Plan To Cut Intelligence Funding in ‘90’s President claims 1995 Kerry plan would “gut” the intelligence services. It was a 1% cut, and key Republicans approved something similar.”

And, of course, when you look at the context of Kerry’s proposal:

Kerry’s proposal came five days after the Washington Post had reported that one intelligence agency, the super-secret National Reconnaissance Office, had quietly hoarded between $1 billion and $1.7 billion in unspent funds without informing the Central Intelligence Agency or the Pentagon.

Bush called Kerry’s support of the miniscule, bipartisan-approved cut “deeply irresponsible.” So, now we have a yardstick for the seriousness of his use of the phrase. The man is ridiculous.

You can’t trust a word that comes out of the president’s mouth. Not even the ones which are halfway coherent.

As for the rest of his “firing back” at his critics, there is only one way to interpret this:

These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America’s will.”

When Bush is under fire, he doesn’t wrap himself in the flag. He scurries to shield himself behind our servicemen and women. The troops didn’t misinterpret intelligence. The troops didn’t pressure our intelligence services. People aren’t disappointed in our troops. We are deeply disappointed in you, Mr. President. We are deeply troubled. Deeply dissatisfied. And we feel that it is your own deeply irresponsible conduct which has brought your approval rating so low.

Deflecting the blame is just par for the course.

[UPDATE: OK - I take it back. He wraps himself in the flag, too]

Posted by James at November 12, 2005 12:45 PM
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Bush has no problem with rewriting history as long as he is the one who gets to do it.

Bush: All we ask is that Saddam let the UN do the weapons inspections that he agreed to. If he doesn't, we're going to blow him up.
UN: We did the inspections.
Bush: All we ask is that Saddam disarm those weapons we can't find. If he doesn't, we're going to blow him up.
UN: We can't find any weapons. We think maybe he already did disarm.
Bush: I mean the other weapons, the ones you didn't find. All I ask is that he disarm those too. If he doesn't, we're going to blow him up. Actually... let's just blow him up anyway.
Multiple agencies: He doesn't have any weapons. We're sure of it. If he did have weapons, don't you think he'd be using them?
Bush: This was never about weapons! It's about getting the terrorists over there so they can't get us over here.
CIA: Turns out the terrorists are in Iran and Syria.
Bush: Who said anything about terrorists? This is about freedom and democracy!

Posted by: Julie at November 14, 2005 11:25 AM

Nice job, Julie!
And, THANKS, Aces - for doing that good research and for GETTING REALLY PISSED OFF!

I see nowhere to go with this looser.

He makes Ricahrd Nixon (some of my earliest ugly memories) look like a happy-girl-scout selling yummy-cookies to a rich, hungry person.

Unfortunately, he seems to be selling them to an entire NATION made up of totally-lost-BOOBS, willing to nod their heads at any idiocy so they can "feel like the winner" without ever having to THINK! At all.

(maybe Bill-the-Cat DID have the answers?)


Posted by: at November 14, 2005 10:43 PM

Luckily, now only 37% of the nation.

There is definitely hope.

Posted by: James at November 14, 2005 10:52 PM

Hope. Maybe.
But, 3.7% would still be WAY too high for me.
All I can think of is my Mom, little sis & I toddling around Greenwich Village, NY, early 70s...Mom's JOY in finding a store that sold buttons... "Tricky Dick Has Pulled His Last Trick"

Sane America THOUGHT Dick Nixon was the VERY BOTTOM of the barrel, and it would all be UP from there. Yet, look at how much FARTHER we have sunk.

I am glad you still think there is hope!
I am having a hard time maintaining my usual state of optimism these days.

Posted by: TCR at November 15, 2005 12:20 AM

I am shocked at how much farther we have sunk in such a short amount of time.

Compared to Bush, I miss Nixon. In fact, compared to Bush, I miss Bush's father. But I do think there is hope.

For one thing, there's a lot more room for improvement.

Posted by: Julie at November 15, 2005 9:27 AM

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