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Tuesday, 28 October 2003
Get Serious
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I saw something in George W. Bush's demeanor at his photo-op with Jerry Bremer the other day that reminded me of why I didn't vote for him. It was this clumsy, but studied, kind of superciliousness that couldn't conceal a very real impatience with the press. It's just the kind of attitude that can piss off a friend at a hundred feet (and infuriate an enemy at a thousand).

The reason why this matters is that it's emblematic of a much larger failure for this Administration. They have absolutely lost the PR war in a dozen different ways. Yes, the imbedded reporter was a stroke of genius, but that was to keep our minds on the danger and our hearts strong for victory. Now we need ("now" being the past several months) a clear and coherent message to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqis and, just as importantly, to make it clear to those against the war here how it's paying dividends. But the Administration has dropped that ball repeatedly. They've wasted a lot of time and energy on trying to redefine the terms of post-victory insurgency when what really mattered all along is that they kept their word and acknowledged the truth of the situation.

Rumsfeld's memo was honest, at least.

Just getting steamed up.

Need to fucking level Tikrit, though.


Posted by Toby Petzold at 7:23 AM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink

Tuesday, 28 October 2003 - 10:29 AM CST

Name: deep blade
Home Page: http://www.deepblade.net

What's with all this "final solution" stuff? Does it just come with the territory when you feel connected to a force with only brutal military strength as a strong suit? Remember, the Nazis spent some years feeling that way too. A couple dozen of them ended up at the gallows when the world figured out the wars of aggression mean crimes against peace. Be careful of what you wish for...

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