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CNN’s Cafferty Deflates Bush Rhetoric

Posted on Jan 5, 2007
Crooks and Liars

Transcripts never do justice to Jack Cafferty’s sardonic, punchy oratory, as is the case with this assault on Bush’s latest propaganda campaign: “Is 3,006 deaths not enough? How many do you suppose it’ll take before President Bush’s conscience begins to bother him—5,000, 10,000, more? How many? Meanwhile, the White House continues to try to get you to think that this is something it’s not. The word ‘surge’ is being used to camouflage the administration plans to escalate the war in Iraq.”


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    President Bush is expected to call for sending as many as 40,000 additional troops to Vietnam—I mean Iraq—next week. Escalating the war is now being called a “surge.” Stay the course has been relabeled. It’s the new way forward. We did this in Vietnam, remember? The U.S. kept sending more troops over there,  which only led to more people dying.


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      The same thing will happen in Iraq. The United States is now an occupying army presiding over a civil war in Iraq. There is no way forward, just more death, injury and the squandering of our national treasury. This country has its belly full of this failed operation in Iraq. Read any public opinion poll.

      Is 3,006 deaths not enough? How many do you suppose it’ll take before President Bush’s conscience begins to bother him—5,000, 10,000, more? How many? Meanwhile, the White House continues to try to get you to think that this is something it’s not. The word “surge” is being used to camouflage the administration plans to escalate the war in Iraq.

      And it’s not just about the troops. The White House says they’re looking at a whole range of options, including on the economic front. This little misadventure has already cost us half a trillion dollars, and we’re losing. But there’s never been much of a market for reality in the Bush White House. It’s all about the spin, you know.

      So next week, when the president talks about sending more of your sons and daughters to die in Iraq, don’t think surge. Recognize it for what it is.

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    By Meredith Elizabeth, January 12, 2007 at 2:22 am Link to this comment
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    I agree with comment #45825. 

    It is time for the American people to march together toward the White House, and contact in writing our state/federal representatives, to LOUDLY VOICE in unison the displeaure against this administration.  “Mr. Bush” did not ask the American people if we wanted to go!

    I do not remember there being a declaration of war declared.  Do you?

    Meredith Elizabeth

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    By Maricia, January 8, 2007 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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    Has anybody ever wondered what Bush’s life would be like after his term is over??? I believe his life would’nt be worth a plugged nickel! I doubt if he would have the freedom to travel anywhere in the world without a thousand secret service men to guard him. He is much hated throughout the world!!. I believe that he will be ‘holed up’ in his 98 or 100 thousand acre property he purchased in Paraguay. Little by little he is taking our freedoms away which eventually will lead to dictatorship of which i believe he wants and he is actually showing us how its done. but many are blind to it!  PEACE be to all.

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    By Serge Genest, January 8, 2007 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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    To all the Americans who are complaining about Bush and Cheney - you knew that they were bad news after their first term, and yet you re-elected them for another four years. As Edward R. Murrow would say, “the fault is not in the stars,but with you”. You reap what you sew. We in Canada found it hard to believe the results of your last presidential election. Maybe the view from our bridge was clearer, or maybe we’re just more intelligent. Choose one of the above.

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    By LF, January 7, 2007 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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    Don’t you guys get it?  Bush thinks he’s the Messiah and it’s his job to start Armageddon by starting WWW3 in the Middle East.  That nutbag needs help, and fast.  Let’s get him into treatment for his alcoholism (he’s a dry drunk, but a drunk nevertheless) and out of office before more die and our economy is completely outsourced to China.

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    By Anthony, January 6, 2007 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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    What can Americans expect from ‘body-bag’ Bush but more of the same?  Why don’t his daughters volunteer to serve?

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    By Toby, January 6, 2007 at 8:03 am Link to this comment
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    “Cafferty: Is 3006 deaths not enough? How many do you suppose it’ll take before President Bush’s conscience starts to bother him? 5000? 10000? More? How many…?”

    Thank you Cafferty!

    Maybe we need to recognize Bush, like despots down through the centuries might best be defined as amoral. If that is the case, “conscience” plays no part in his fixation on power, control and war.

    Wishing it was otherwise will never clear the decks. Recognizing the consistent repetitious pattern since day one of this administration as behavior one might expect from a group of amoral people, then acting on that assumption might ... might.

    Actually, re-reading your comments, I think you know that.

    Thanks again.

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    By HC, January 6, 2007 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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    From a previous posting: “If GW Bush were the head of a privately owned firm, and had as criminally and ethically mismanged its affairs as he has done in this nation, he would have been immediately brought up on charges!”

    Take a look at his shenanigans with the oil company he supposedly headed up, as well as how he parlayed public money into personal gain with his baseball team ownership.  He avoided charges back then because of Papa’s intervention with the SEC.  It’s all laid out in one of Molly Ivins’ books.  We’re not seeing anything new, just more deadly.

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    By winterfire6, January 6, 2007 at 3:31 am Link to this comment
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    I watched the news last evening, flipping between MSNBC and CNN.

    The talk was, of course about the new Congress, but much air time was taken up with the new Bush plan for his war in Iraq; whether it was a surge or an escalation and all the new brass he is brining in to replace the old brass he used to listen to (yeah right), but no longer does, because they have publicly disagreed with his plan to keep troops in Iraq until it falls to the next president to “lose” the war, which of course, is already lost.

    Not one of the pundits or anchors wondered why an Admiral of the Navy was being put in at Centcom, to be the head brass in operation FUBAR.

    I almost jumped out of my chair! Afghanistan and Iraq (except for a very small port, near the Kuwaiti border) are land-locked countries. The Navy is only good for shock and awe purposes in such countries. So, why an Admiral?

    Add that to recent fleet movements to the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, including three Carrier Groups, plus naval assists from Blair and Merkel.

    Bush and Cheney, the evil twins of darkness, death and destruction aren’t planning just a surge or even an escalation, but an expansion, as well.

    Admiral in Command = Iran

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    By MikeF., January 5, 2007 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment
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    Good comments all.  But as the father of three
    sons, I genuinely fear that Iraq is the start
    of a long season of war in the Middle East. 

      Bush sees his actions as divinely inspired, he has no compunction about sacrificing thousands of more American and Iraqi troops.  After all, God told him to do it!

      After all, look what
    God told Abraham to do to his precious son Isaac—to sacrifice him as an offering.  It’s all God’s fault.

      Look, we can vent all we want—on blogs and in e-mails and over family dinners —about this stupid, criminal war.  But until we take to the
    streets and start protesting it in significant numbers—as was the case in the years leading up to our withdrawal from Vietnam—Bush & Cheney will believe they can wage war as they please.

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    By Quy Tran, January 5, 2007 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment
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    Still not enough if we compare to Vietnam war where over 55,000 U.S. troops killed and over 2 millions North Vietnam troops sacrificed, not included millions and miilions injured. More over generation after generation from both North and South inflicted with dioxins for which hundred thousands of deformed children were born under monstrous condition !

    Viva the civilization !

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    By Jeanne, January 5, 2007 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment
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    Have to agree with #45733(D.Desorey)We have watched the discussion of the late Princess Diane’s son being prepared to fight in Iraq. Bush should be doing a little sacrificing as he still travels all over the place, at great expense, vacations,spends..spend..spends! How much did all of those Christmas parties at the White House cost the tax-payers? Perhaps the two daughters SHOULD be “encouraged” to support this war. If not Iraq, why not 9:00 to 5:00 positions at Walter Reed helping out our heroes who have lost their limbs. If they can write, they could help write personal letters to the families…they could aid with exercising and therapy…help with their meals..i.e feeding them. It would be refreshing to see them give back to this country rather than read about the bar-hopping antics, etc.

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    By August West, January 5, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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    Apart from invading a country that was destined to devolve into civil war, this war was lost when (take your pick):

    1.  Rummy/Darth/Decider ignored the generals and decided we could conquer and rule with minimum force.
    2.  Rummy/Darth/Decider ignored the experts who said we should send 50,000 MP’s into Iraq immediately upon completion of major combat operations (i.e., “Mission Accomplished” as defined by the Decider).
    3.  The First American Viceroy, Jay Gardner, was fired.
    4.  The Second American Viceroy, L. Paul Bremer, was hired.
    5.  Iraq was looted while soldiers were without orders to stop it.
    6.  L. Paul Bremer disbanded the Iraqi army, telling the soldiers to go home “and take your AK-47s with you.”  (Many pundits recommended keeping the Iraqi army intact to help provide security but firing every officer above the rank of Captain.)
    7.  L. Paul Bremer De-Baathized Iraqi government.
    8.  Putting reconstruction in the hands of American contractors rather than hiring Iraqis to rebuild their country.
    9.  The Decider decided that it was best to keep Rummy as SecDef.
    10. The Decider landed on the aircraft carrier a couple of miles off San Diego for a photo-op.
    11. Rummy/Darth/Decider pulled special forces out of Tora Bora to begin the conquest of Iraq.

    A clear case of a bad policy followed by failed leadership.

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    By pam culpepper, January 5, 2007 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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    I can usually go on and about the little snake oil salesman,but now I am leaving my fate to Nancy Pelosi ,to run him out of town and into one of his texas prisons he had so much fodder with. how i despise him.

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    By Tim McGraw, January 5, 2007 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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    it’s time to march on washington in mass to give the Dem’s some backbone !and to send the message to the Republicans that they don’t stand a chance in 08 if they stand with the nut in the white house. it wont happen if we just stand by and not get involved !!! In the end I think it will be the the republicans who will bring him down, they can’t stand by and let him distroy the party and any chance of them winning eletions in 08!!

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    By Tony Gadowski, January 5, 2007 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment
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    Bush should be charged with treason, before he dose greator damage to this country.

    New Berlin, Wisconsin

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    By toc, January 5, 2007 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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    I agree with Woody and Heinlein.  It is difficult to underestimate stupidity. As far as all the ranting about fascists is concerned, I would say that if you really believe that, and you have the courage of your convictions, you should think seriously about armed insurrection.

    Failing that, these comments serve no purpose other than satisfying the pronouncer’s need to hear him or herself speak.

    The country is conceived in empire and dedicated to the proposition of world domination. Always has been, always will be. Take a look at yourselves.

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    By JERRY TUREK, January 5, 2007 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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    There is an old military axiom that should be pondered when this administration talks about “surge”, “NEVER REINFORCE FAILURE”

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    By Lefty, January 5, 2007 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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    Bush, just like his father, just like Ronald Reagan and just like Richard Nixon, is an arrogant fascist who doesn’t think anyone can stop him from doing whatever he wants.  And what he wants is to continue the Bush family business - exploiting public office and public trust for self service - putting money in his own pocket.  Lying, wiretapping, torture, mass murder . . . who’s going to stop this POS?  When?

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    By Judith Frazier, January 5, 2007 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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    If GW Bush were the head of a privately owned firm, and had as criminally and ethically mismanged its affairs as he has done in this nation, he would have been immediately brought up on charges!

    Why are we not storming the White House with torches and pitchforks??  THIS monster is destroying us, our future, and our families.

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    By Pragmatique, January 5, 2007 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
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    Guess what? We had this Bush ploy figured out about two weeks ago.

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    By Woody, January 5, 2007 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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    I don’t think it’s a conspiracy. This immediately came to mind: “You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.” (Robert Heinlein, ‘Logic of Empire’, 1941) Maybe, though, that lets the gang off too easy. I don’t think they’re without bad intentions, its just they’re even more stupid than evil.

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    By david desorcy, January 5, 2007 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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    When we see the Bush twin daughters in battle fatigues drinking warm water from a water bottle in Iraq instead of wearing mini skirts and drinking shots in Argentina then we might consider sending our loved ones to die.

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    By arnold breuer, January 5, 2007 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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    let us remember that these troops were sent by two draft dodgers, at the request of the saudis, pentagon, arms dealers, etc…conspiracy??? wdda u think?

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