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White House Endorses ‘Attack Syria’ Column

Posted on Jul 24, 2006
Russert and Bolten

NBC’s Tim Russert grilled White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten on Sunday about an Oval Office press release that praised an L.A. Times Op-Ed calling for Israel to attack Syria. Watch as Bolten tries to prevaricate his way out of it. (h/t: Alternet, Think Progress)

Think Progress:

On Friday, the White House released a document entitled ?Setting the Record Straight: President Bush?s Foreign Policy is Succeeding.? One section, headlined ?Conservatives Stand Behind The President?s Policies,? contains just one example:

On Wednesday, Max Boot Wrote: ?Our Best Response Is Exactly What Bush Has Done So Far ? Reject Premature Calls For A Cease-Fire And Let Israel Finish The Job.? (Max Boot, ?It?s Time To Let The Israelis Take Off The Gloves,? Los Angeles Times, 7/19/06)

... Tim Russert confronted White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten about the release on Meet the Press yesterday. Bolten claimed the Boot column ?was sent around as a reflection of some of the conservative columnists? support for Israel.? In fact, it was sent around explicitly as reflecting support for administration policy.


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By Rodrigo, July 26, 2006 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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I am very impressed with how mistaken the American citizenship is. George Bush is REALLY doing the job right by getting his hands dirty while doing the work. Any other option would stall this movement and make us believe peace is back, but in reality we would be letting fundamentalism stay clear of attention and would let them continue building ideas on how to blow America, freedom, christanity, judaism and democracy out of the face of the earth. Just like Clinton did. Look forward and understand the vision of a great man: George W…. finally, as with Reagan, the world will respect America and it´s will.

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By C Quuil, July 25, 2006 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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Before you can “sustain” a ceasefire, you have to start one. They will back a ceasefire once southern Lebanon has been completely bombed to rubble and every Lebanese citizen has been either killed, or sent running.

I believe, on one news report, they said they wanted to “cleanse” the area, as if it’s a matter of housekeeping or a sanitary procedure. You can’t “cleanse” the area of people. You have to kill them or turn them into refugees.

The people who are doing it are disgusting and so are the people who are supporting it.

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By Mother of US SPecial Forces Soldier, July 25, 2006 at 6:16 am Link to this comment
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The attached link is views held by arab population that read the below paper.  The polls were taken on the gulf news site.  Link attached.
Mother of US Special Forces Soldier

Do Israeli actions constitute war crimes?





July 23, 2006
What is the purpose of Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the Middle East?
To help peace: 8.368%
Further America’s agenda: 59.37%
There is no point to it: 23.64%
Don’t care: 8.612%

July 18, 2006
Is George W. Bush’s use of English…
Good: 15.96%
Bad: 50.77%
Don’t care: 33.25%
********************************************WOW even foreign populas realize how stupid he is!

July 17, 2006
Are world governments doing enough to stop the war on Lebanon?
Yes: 8.830%
No: 88.71%
Unsure: 2.454%

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By Lance, July 25, 2006 at 4:00 am Link to this comment
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Please, please, PLEASE take the picture of that Bush /Cheney/Rumsfeld cheerleader off of the home page.  Russert is a contemptible fraud.

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By Rosemary Molloy, July 25, 2006 at 3:45 am Link to this comment
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It’s the language, stupid!  All those vague, soft cliches, especially the sporty ones like “taking off the gloves” encourage us to believe war is kinda, sorta like a game.  And “finish the job” suggests a work ethic that doesn’t allow us to shirk our duty as upstanding Americans. 
What if these comfortable, well-fed columnists and politicians subscribed instead to:
  ...Let’s finish the job in Iraq and let Israel take off the gloves by dropping a bomb on a little family huddled in terror in their home, and let the two-year-old boy—the one with the curly hair who likes to play patty-cake—have his leg torn off and his big sister, who’s four, scream for her Mommy while she’s blinded by shrapnel…”
Oh, Christ, how can we ever be forgiven?

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By Rule One: Deception, July 25, 2006 at 3:30 am Link to this comment
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It’s hardly surprising then why Strauss is so popular in an administration obsessed with secrecy, especially when it comes to matters of foreign policy. Not only did Strauss have few qualms about using deception in politics, he saw it as a necessity. While professing deep respect for American democracy, Strauss believed that societies should be hierarchical – divided between an elite who should lead, and the masses who should follow. But unlike fellow elitists like Plato, he was less concerned with the moral character of these leaders. According to Shadia Drury, who teaches politics at the University of Calgary, Strauss believed that “those who are fit to rule are those who realize there is no morality and that there is only one natural right – the right of the superior to rule over the inferior.”

This dichotomy requires “perpetual deception” between the rulers and the ruled, according to Drury. Robert Locke, another Strauss analyst says,“The people are told what they need to know and no more.” While the elite few are capable of absorbing the absence of any moral truth, Strauss thought, the masses could not cope. If exposed to the absence of absolute truth, they would quickly fall into nihilism or anarchy, according to Drury, author of ‘Leo Strauss and the American Right’ (St. Martin’s 1999).

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By Miguel, July 25, 2006 at 1:36 am Link to this comment
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I’m an American living in the UK. Since 1991, when I left the US, I have learned more about the US that has resulted in seeing it in a bad light than the positive impressions I grew up with.
Bush is an example of America slide towards the extreme Right, and how deceptions has played a major role in getting America into two wars (Afghanistan as well as Iraq) and possibly soon into a major Mid-East conflict with Iran and Syria.
I think it is about time the American people, those who truly believe in peace, fairness and justice, to stand up, and I really mean stand up, against the Bush Administration, and Congress itself, and remove, if necessary forcibly, these people out of office. They have committed not only war crimes in our name, but inhuman acts against innocent people in various parts of the world, no only Iraq, that is, in my mind, unforgivable.
I can not, in good conscience, support anyone and anything, that continues to support this Administration, and members Congress as well. The American political system has reached a level of complete corruption and immorality to such an extent that to ignore this truth is only deceiving oneself, and contributing to the death of innocent people, especially children. It is time for a real change, a change from within the USA, before that change comes from without.

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By blueman 1, July 24, 2006 at 8:14 pm Link to this comment
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Watching administration officials talk is really painful. Trying to make lies into truth is a hard thing to do these days now that a majority of the nation has called BS on these boobs. Josh Bolton looked like a man telling lies knowing he’s not fooling anyone.

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By R. A. Earl, July 24, 2006 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment
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It’s my fundamental belief that when someone isn’t telling the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH, and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, they are LYING. To make misleading statements, to prevaricate, to tell only half the story, etc. is LYING, plain but perhaps not simple.

And boy, do we have the LIARS piled deep and wide in Washington! You couldn’t find a TRUTH in this Administration with an electron microscope!

It would be a delight to watch as the entire bunch are brought to account for their actions, as Saddam is, and, at the very least, to be exposed to the entire world for the ignorant, arrogant, even criminal lowlife in nice suits that they are. But it won’t happen… too many of those with the power to bring such charges are just as morally bankrupt.

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By felicity smith, July 24, 2006 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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I dumped the Times after it dumped Scheer but not soon enough to avoid Boot.  That said, if Israel has a right to attack Syria because it is supplying arms to Hezbollah, does a country sympathetic to Hezbollah have a right to attack the United States because it is supplying arms to Israel?  Just a question.

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By clarence fasgold, July 24, 2006 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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This is more propaganda from the self centered, crazy administration that is going to ruin America before we can get them out!

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