Report Card: The Bush Iraq Speech

Jon Perr

Earlier this week, I offered a "Guide to the Bush Address on Iraq" to help viewers at home keep score of the anticipated presidential mendacity.  The Guide also included "Five Things to Look For" in the Bush speech, which frankly also apply to Democrats trying to salvage the situation in Iraq.

Well, Bush's speech is now one for the history books. And here is his Report Card:

Your assessments of Bush's performance?

Comments

  • Becky (unverified)
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    I would add the following to his report card:

    Guide: Needs Improvement (-); Performs at grade level (.); Excels (+)

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    ___Prior speeches__Last night's speech

    Enunciates clearly: __(.)__(.) Proper use of language:_(-)___(-) Effective use of applause pauses: _(+)___(-) Believable tears: _(+)___(.) Believable rhetoric: _(+)___(-) Inspirational to true believers:__(+)__(.) Effective sidestepping of meaningful issues:_(+)__(-) Ability to make polls jump:_(.)___(-) Positive media coverage:__(+)____(.)

    Comments:

    George Bush not only does not seem to be learning, he actually appears to be decreasing in his understanding of effective communication with the American people. It seems he has not been doing his homework: reading the polls, reading the newspaper, reading government reports, or talking to real Americans.

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    This Article from the Independent, Iraq a Bloody Mess, says it all for me. GWB has got to go. For the future of this country and world, he really needs to be shown the door.

  • Tenskwatawa (unverified)
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    (BlOr blog, Thx 4 axing.)

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    Dim Dubya said he would not take any more of our soldiers and destroy their lives for his invasion.

    That's not the subject. He's lost in his lies. What Americans are talking about is bringing everybody home. If not NOW, when, President Liar, WHEN?

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    Other analysis point: The DSMs prove the WMDs were LIEs. Many more voices (including a growing number in the mass media), now recognize Bush is a liar and their belief and ballots were betrayed. Those who now see he carries out deadly elaborate lying for months, and all of that is part of your media information, should spend some thought on how far back Bush has been lying -- 9/11 ? Florida 2000 ? knows Jesus ? stopped drinking ? -- and how much of it they might be wrong some more to keep believing what they thought. And looking forward in time from the liar's WMDs, know that the lies keep coming. So truth is the opposite of what he says. Apply that to the speech: He said he would not take any more of our soldiers.

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    Being a liar is not the same as being stupid or being incompetent. Bush is actually smart enough to know he is lying and that truth is different from what he is saying. And, blaming 'faulty intelligence,' meaning the CIA or FBI made mistakes or were incompetent at their jobs, (like about WMDs -- "faulty intelligence;" or 9/11 coming -- "faulty intelligence"), were not at all cases of incompetence. Both times are cases of lying, about competent people who came up with the facts and had delivered good intelligence. Sorry, had you been believing top notch people gave him faulty intelligence?

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  • Tenskwatawa (unverified)
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    Second thought: Bush says there are terrorists, except he can't find any yet, ("faulty intelligence") among the tens of thousands of people he has abducted into prisons, or oblivion, and four years of looking.

    The opposite is the truth. There are no terrorists.

    Oh, sorry, had you been believing there were? Maybe he got you again, that sly devil dubya. (It sure feels believable when everyone repeats what he says, doesn't it?)

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  • Gregor (unverified)
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    Good thing Bush is a lame duck because anyone who declares they support Bush because he represents their values is condoning lies, manipulation, arrogance, bullying, marginal incoherence and double standards.

  • Jeff Bull (unverified)
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    What the hey? Here's what I thought of the speech (it's long and I'm not about to reproduce it here).

  • Bill Bodden (unverified)
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    At least as bad, if not worse, is the fact that somewhere around 40% of the people remain willing to be lied to. And as long as that problem remains we can count on the phonies in Congress to go along with the administration's mendacity and venality. Have you noticed lately there is also more well-deserved criticism of the top military as being sycophantic?

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    That's because in the military as in the civilian side, those who express truth or even honest opinion that's contrary to the approved Kool Aid recipe have been systematically fired or otherwise neutralized over the course of the past five years. All that are left at this point are the cheerleaders and the prudently silent.

    A guaranteed formula for disaster, but leaders that actually pay attention to history also keep dissenters in the mix for their useful input. These guys do neither.........

  • Gregor (unverified)
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    Perhaps one might say that the Democrats believe in government of the people, by the people and for the people...all the people, while Republicans believe in government of their party, by their party and for their party...only their party. How many times have we seen their exclusiveness practiced in government, as though the representatives of the other parties are not part of the government. It's un-American and these people are anything but patriots.

  • Ron Beasley (unverified)
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    The real bad news for Bush is that nobody watched it. The speech got failrly high marks because only the hard core kool-aid addicts tuned in.

  • Marcus Hubley (unverified)
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    For all Bush is doing wrong it does not help that the Democrats are willing to wait for Bush to fail than they are coming up with a different solution to the Iraq War. To the Iraqi people this war isn't so much about politics or a military occupation "It's the economy stupid!" Here is the simple math for how we got here and how we can get out of it.

    Corporate donations + winning campaign + war = corporate construction contracts. Corporate construction contracts + bombing campaigns = 50% unemployment – 20 hours of electricity a day. No jobs + no electricity – doctors fleeing for their own safety + extra time = despair. Despair + extra time + a party believed to be guilty of causing despair = hate – hope. Hate – hope = dying for a purpose = suicide bomber.

    The solution: Iraq – U.S. contractors = employment of able bodied Iraqi people – 90% of the reconstruction costs. Employment = reconstruction + pride + electricity – extra time = hope. Hope – unemployment = decrease in Iraqi insurgents. A decrease in Iraqi insurgents = more time for training Iraqi soldiers + crackdown on foreign insurgents. More trained Iraqi soldiers + crackdown on foreign soldiers – U.S. Iraqi bases = troop withdrawal.

    Bottom line: Treat those whom you liberate with the respect that they deserve or to them you will not be liberators but conquerors, that is why the Marshall Plan succeeded and the Bush Plan failed.

    "Fire the contractors and bring our troops home."

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