“Mission Accomplished – 4 Years Later”
Doc Fallout’s Spin Machine: Bush’s VETO Speech
Bush: “…members of the House and the Senate passed a bill that substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders”
Doc’s Spin: Military commanders = military commander (singular), meaning the Chief Executive Officer (who by the way happens to be an opinionated politician as well).
Bush: “It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing.”
Doc’s Spin: Bush is right. This would be like telling the enemy when you plan on entering, thus providing them time to pack their bags and head to Iraq.
Bush: “All the terrorists would have to do is mark their calendars and gather their strength and begin plotting how to overthrow the government and take control of the country of Iraq.
Doc’s Spin: The terrorists already mark their calendars every day with their daily “To Do” list:
1. Gather strength
2. Plot overthrow of Iraq
3. Send thank you note to Bush for helping fuel their cause
Bush: “I believe setting a deadline for withdrawal would demoralize the Iraqi people, would encourage killers across the broader Middle East and send a signal that America will not keep its commitments. Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure, and that would be irresponsible”.
Doc’s Spin: Duh, this has already happened without setting a deadline for withdrawal.
Bush: “That means America's commanders in the middle of a combat zone would have to take fighting directions from politicians 6,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. This is a prescription for chaos and confusion, and we must not impose it on our troops.”
Doc’s Spin: For definition of “chaos & confusion,” see current policy of “Bush and Bush.”
Bush: “It's true that not everyone taking innocent life in Iraq wants to attack America here at home, but many do. Many also belong to the same terrorist network that attacked us on September the 11th, 2001 and wants to attack us here at home again. We saw the death and destruction al Qaeda inflicted on our people when they were permitted a safe haven in Afghanistan. For the security of the American people, we must not allow al Qaeda to establish a new safe haven in Iraq.”
Doc’s Spin: Like the 9/11 – al Qaeda connection, the Iraq War is getting old, and now Bush wants to set up a terrorist franchise in Iran.
Bush: “Without a war-funding bill, the armed forces will have to consider cutting back on buying new equipment or repairing existing equipment. Without a war-funding bill, we add to the uncertainty felt by our military families. Our troops and their families deserve better, and their elected leaders can do better.”
Doc’s Spin: Bush is right, our elected leaders can do better. How do you spell success in Iraq?
Doc Fallout is Political Fallout’s resident Spin Doctor and has been spinning the truth before spinning the truth was in vogue.