17 November 2005

More stone-throwing in the glass house that is BushCo

"(His strategy is) based on confrontation and conflict, and in order to sustain it over time it requires an ever-increasing search for enemies."
And who does that sound like?

In reality, that was Thomas Shannon, a U.S. diplomat to Latin America referring to Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez. Par for the course, these days, hearing an administration representative chastising someone for practicing exactly what Dear Leader preaches. So saturated with hypocrisy is this White House, that it's proving impossible to find any level free from its stain.

It's the same divide-and-conquer strategy that our "uniter" of a president turns to at every conceivable opportunity. Whether it be through a timely reiteration of the need for an anti-gay marriage amendment, or shoring up the failing position du jour by invoking September 11th and terrorism, the tune never changes. Whenever the tide turns against him, it's time to find someone or ones to demonize and attack. Of Chavez, Shannon went on to say, "And I believe that the anti-American rhetoric by the president is part of a larger effort to get his constituency mobilized."

A line like that is straight from the strategy sessions that led to the preznit's Veteran's Day "smear the dissenters" campaign:
"The stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges," Mr. Bush said. "These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will. As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them."
Once again, BushCo goes to the well and questions the patriotism and support for the troops of those who disagree with them. The patheticism of that tactic is only overshadowed by the stupidity in employing it when more than half of the public is against the war and the president's management of it, and evidence of the allegedly "false charges" mounts higher and higher.

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