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Saturday, March 18, 2006

 

Bush and the Straw Man

Bush has been in office for 6 year and the AP decided that it was high time to publish an article about how he uses bogus straw man arguments to promote his terrible policies.

WASHINGTON - "Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day," President Bush said recently. Another time he said, "Some say that if you're Muslim you can't be free."

"There are some really decent people," the president said earlier this year, "who believe that the federal government ought to be the decider of health care ... for all people." Of course, hardly anyone in mainstream political debate has made such assertions.

When the president starts a sentence with "some say" or offers up what "some in Washington" believe, as he is doing more often these days, a rhetorical retort almost assuredly follows. The device usually is code for Democrats or other White House opponents. In describing what they advocate, Bush often omits an important nuance or substitutes an extreme stance that bears little resemblance to their actual position.

He typically then says he "strongly disagrees" — conveniently knocking down a straw man of his own making.


Gee - freaking - wiz, thanks AP! You were all over that one.

Maybe if he is President for another six years you can publish an article about how he never served in the Texas Air National Gaurd.

Comments:
Maybe if he is President for another six years you can publish an article about how he never served in the Texas Air National Gaurd.

We already tried that one. It didn't work out so well, you know, for us.

Love,
Dan Rather & Mary Mapes
 
The fact that Rather screwed up does not mean Bush served.

Many people say, "So what if he lied about his service, he is still an honest guy."

I strongly reject that kind of thinking. If you lie about that, you will lie about anything.
 
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