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Ear to the Ground

Holy Truth-Telling, Batman!

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Posted on Sep 7, 2006
Couric and Bush
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CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric interviews President Bush.

Quote of the week. Bush, in an Oval Office interview with Katie Couric: “The hardest part of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror….” (video and transcript)

  • Why should that be so tough? Sure, Iraq didn’t have WMD, wasn’t harboring terrorists, and had nothing to do with 9/11, but…. OK, maybe it should be kind of tough.
  • Partial transcript:

    COURIC: You have said we can’t cut and run on more than one occasion. We have to stay until we win. Otherwise, we’ll be fighting the terrorists here at home on our own streets. So what do you mean exactly by that, Mr. President?

    BUSH: Well, I mean that a defeat in Iraq will embolden the enemy and will provide the enemy ? more opportunity to train, plan, to attack us. That’s what I mean. There ? it’s ? you know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. I believe it. As I told you, Osama bin Laden believes it. But the American people ? have gotta understand that a defeat in Iraq ? in other words, if this government there fails - the terrorists will be emboldened, the radicals will topple moderate governments.

    I’m worried, Katie, strongly worried about a world if we ? if ? if we lose, you know, our confidence and don’t help ? defeat this ideology, I’m worried that 50 years from now they’ll look back and say, “How come ? Bush and everybody else didn’t see the fact that these ? this group of people would use oil to affect our economy?”

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    By CARTER JOSEPH, September 8, 2006 at 9:58 am Link to this comment
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    IT HAS GOTTEN PAST THE POINT WHERE I CAN LOOK AT BUSH ON TV.  HE IS EITHER SO INCOHERENT WHEN UNSCRIPTED OR SO FULL OF PHONY MACHISMO WHEN SCRIPTED THAT I HAVE TO SWITCH TO ANOTHER CHANNEL, AFTER I HAVE FINISHED CURSING.

    HOW ANYONE CAN BELIEVE A WORD THAT COMES OUT OF HIS UNINTELLIGENT MOUTH IS BEYOND ME.

    “1984” HAS BECOME THE REALITY, ALBEIT 22 YEARS LATE.  THE BOOK SHOULD BE STANDARD READING.

    OUR COUNTRY IS IN DIRE TROUBLE FROM SIX YEARS OF THIS EMBARASSMING MAN (I REFUSE TO CALL HIM ‘PRESIDENT’).

    IF THE REPUBLICANS WIN IN NOVEMBER, OUR BELOVED USA IS DOOMED.

    PLEASE, DEMOCRATS; STAND UP AND FIGHT.  GET SOME GUTS AND SPEAK THE TRUTH.

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    By harsaru, September 8, 2006 at 3:56 am Link to this comment
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    Spinoza is right.
    The man is dangerous.
    and he IS an idiot.

    I don’t get it. How could an educated, developed country elect him not once but twice. I mean this is not Burundi or Burkina Faso where it’s understandable if the people vote for whoever promises enough food or threatens enough violence.

    Somebody explain this to me.

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    By GW=MCHammered, September 7, 2006 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment
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    Path of WMDs:

    W Manufactures Distortions
    Weird Mythology Drums
    Washington Misleads Democracy
    West Mashriq Dispute
    Warring Mesopotamia Divides
    Women and Men Detonate
    World Mystified at Dubya
    Wild Misrepresentation by Disney
    W’s Madness Dominates
    Word and Mohammed Destructed?

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    By Spinoza, September 7, 2006 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment
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    The Man is a dangerous idiot.

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    By DeeeeeKay, September 7, 2006 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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    “The hardest part of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror….”  ?!?!

    Yes, George, that’s why we didn’t want you going into Iraq in the first place!!!!  There was no connection, and still isn’t, unless you want to consider the insurgency and civil war there as “terrorism”.  But hey, even if you could twist them into the definition of “terrorism” (which you can’t), then wouldn’t you have created terrorism yourself in order to now justify occupying the country to fight it?

    But hey, kudos from the military-industrial complex!!!

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    By Noonan, September 7, 2006 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment
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    It would be so much easier if the guy could string one whole thought together. Just to know what he’s trying to say in the first place, not only what our ‘course’ is and how we’ll be ‘victorious’.

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