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Bush Apologizes for Cowboy Rhetoric

Posted on May 26, 2006
Bush apologizes

The president said he regretted his “tough talk” in the wake of Sept. 11.

The president said he regretted saying “bring ‘em on” and “wanted dead or alive,” and that Abu Ghraib had cost the country dearly. It’s probably the most significant concession he has ever made, but if there has ever been a case for too little, too late, it’s this.

Crooks and Liars:

With Bush’s poll numbers in the sewer, it’s not surprising that he took a track of contrition tonight. Abu Ghraib was a top down decision that led to our people torturing prisoners. He’s sorry. Which consultant came up with these answers? How many of us in the blogosphere have been saying this for a long time to only be rebuked by his followers?



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By Mace Price, May 30, 2006 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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By Scott, May 30, 2006 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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Faith writes “It is imperative that we change course.”

I’m sorry to bring this to your attention, but your country was blown off course and it hit the rocks a long time ago.

What counts now, is what to do once the wind and tide that’s pinning you to the rocks change and the wreakage of the good ship America finally breaks up and slips beneath the waves.

When it gets to that point its pretty much everyone for themselves.

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By chas hillestad, May 29, 2006 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment
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Or, Only 11 More Steps out of 12 to Go

Thank you Mr. President for finally admitting you were a juvenile jerk, a strutting bully, an arrogant posturer ignorant of history and customs, a cowardly paranoid fearful of honest debate, and in general a pathetic judge of men, words, deeds and their consequences.  Those are perhaps not quite your own choice of how to characterize your comments on past misjudgements, but the general intent is the same.

Good for you to recognize that at long last.  It has only cost thousands of lives, trillions of dollars, almost all the good will that had been built up over decades, not to mention tearing apart our national family.  Still, at least you deserve a pat on the back for recognizing the monumental error of your ways.  That is, assuming your comments are not just another political ploy to work the polls. 

Forgive us for a lack of confidence you mean what you say, but families of addicts like you have long and bitter cause to doubt and we will continue to doubt for a long time to come.  You must re-earn that trust once so freely granted to you.  Keep in mind words are not enough, especially when nothing else suggests you have genuinely moderated your addictions to military adventurism and oil. 

As you should have discovered in your previous addition to alcohol (and possibly other recreational pharmaceuticals), that admission of yours is just the first step in your recovery.  Now take the other 11 steps from the tyranny of your addictions which you have imposed on us as well as you personally.  Granted, the rest of the steps to recovery are far more difficult.  They are painful.  But, nothing else will allow us to forgive you for what you have destroyed so far unless you take those steps as well.

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By faith, May 29, 2006 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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Blogger, William, is right on point.  The mea culpa in farce was not an apology.  The president states, that words may have been misinterpreted, and then he smirks at the press at the end of the conference.  The president is a very intelligent, successful man.  He gets what he wants.  His associates, administration and friends have become billionaires overnight, on the backs of the american people.  The money came from somewhere - your federal budget dollars.  The cost, of course has more depth than mere money.  We have lost thousands of young people in an outrageous, preemptive strike against a sovereign nation.  We have more than 17,000 maimed and wounded.  And, the president says it will be a job for subsequent presidents and congresses to remedy? 
Consider the thousands and thousands of Iraqi citizens, Afghan citizens injured, all based on false information and deceit.  Deceit, which fails to apprise american citizens of facts and evidence which demonstrate that we are building permanent multi million dollar military bases on foreign soil in Iraq.  Yep, the money, the lives paid so that this WH administration can assist friends and associates in raping this nation and thereby creating permanent financial legacies for their private, personal, family gains.

This WH administration, et al are dangerous folk. Consider The attorney general who skirts moral issues by justifying torture and NSA illegal wiretaps.  But fails to disclose accurately just what is happening when before congress.  Congress is absolutely worthless.  And who knows what is in store with the U.S. Supreme Court.  America is in serious decline.  And we citizens are just watching as though we do not have a vested interest in our reputations, our children’s futures, and our credibility in the world.  It is imperative that we change course.

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By William Day, May 29, 2006 at 8:36 am Link to this comment
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Hell, if these two language glitches were the only thing this sorry excuse for a president had to apologize for, maybe, just maybe, the American people would consider acceptance of the apology. Why didn’t he get around to leading the nation into a trumpted up war, trashing the constitution, spying on innocent Americans, leaking information (then lying about it) to protect his own butt, incompetence, cronyism, leading the nation into what will turn out to be financial ruin, ...well, it goes on and on! But, people that are too dumb to pour piss out of a boot with the directions on the heel do not know what a REAL apology should include. He and his administration will go down in history as the most disgraceful in history. What a sad day in American history when this incompetent ass was appointed as president of this great nation!

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By Mace Price, May 29, 2006 at 1:26 am Link to this comment
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In terms of redemption any insightful answers whatsoever on Lord Blair’s behalf are not only lost on me but on anyone else who clearly sees this effeminate, arrogant and sneaking villain for precisely what he is. He is to my mind not only an inveterate pathological liar and scoundrel, he is the undisputed Machiavell of this recent age. If you’ll trouble yourself to study his face, to look at him closely, you’ll notice his eyes even seem to burn with the relish of self satisfaction for such duplicity, as if he held not only those subject to him in the most base contempt, but the truth itself. To quote Shakespeare this is a man who “...would not do God’s work if the Devil bid him.”

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By alex, May 28, 2006 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment
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Apologizing and being sorry that you’ve been caught are two different things. Sorry governor, but you don’t get points for eating much deserved humble pie.

The 71% that disapproved of Bush before this, his latest meltdown, will not change their minds after witnessing the groveling. The 29% that did stand by him through his disasterous tenure must be hopping mad and disillusioned as hell to hear him backtrack on his latest shoot-em-up Texas Sheriff talk.

The next time we want to see W groveling is defending himself is in a courtroom in The Hague.

Strike. Boycott. March.

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By Jean Luc, May 28, 2006 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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The common-day venacular immediately comes to mind: WHATEVER!  I think the time to require certain qualifications beyond age and nationality to become President have come and gone.  The man is an idiot -truly-; and to think he as access to the launch codes is truly *mind-bendingly* scarey.

Beneath contempt the, ‘bring-it-on’, comment taunts the emeny while our men/women are engaged in combat.  This from a ‘President’ who has NEVER stepped foot in a fire-fight or heard the screams of someone hit by a hot metal projectile.

A little man, in a HUGE job.  Sad!  May God have mercy on our collective souls!

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By William, May 27, 2006 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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Are you all deaf?????  Dammmm!  Did anyone besides me hear Bush pass the responsibility on for his comments.  Listen to it again.  At the end he subtley said, “people around the world MISINTERPETED WHAT I SAID.”  So everyone misinterpreted “bring it on” what…... was he ordering pizza. I am about fed up with the horse_ _ _ _ dumbassedness of the American public and the media.  Come on people.


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By Bill Orr, May 27, 2006 at 9:22 am Link to this comment
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why indeed, would the President apologize now? To continue the deceit, the appearance of contrition is most helpful, eh!

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By Robert LaRue, May 27, 2006 at 5:40 am Link to this comment
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The regrets about Abu Ghraib beg the question: How about the “detainees” at Gitmo and the secret little prisons worldwide where we torture them?

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By jhm, May 27, 2006 at 4:17 am Link to this comment
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Notice how even this tardy, dilute ‘admission’ was spoken in a tone that could only be described as grudging (or perhas petulant).

Notice as well how the MSM had been all agog about this pablum, while ignoring Mr. Blair’s insightful answer.

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By George S Semsel, May 26, 2006 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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This man has a lot of nerve. Why doesn’t he make a prime time public apology for the lost lives he has brought about through his lies and deceit? How dare he! Does this man have no shame?

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