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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

BUSH, REPUBLICANS AND LOSING THE WAR ON TERRORISM: CAN AMERICA HANDLE THE TRUTH



Do you want the truth America, because often it seems you can't handle the truth.

PDB
By: Al Alexander
August 2006

Despite all the relevant facts (i.e., GOP and Rove bullshpin) 55% of the American people believe Bush is doing a good job battling terrorism and by approximately 10%, Americans believe Republicans do a better job dealing with terrorism than Democrats could. And, pray-tell, what are these beliefs based on? Well, they can only be grounded in the Bush, Rove and Republican bull-shpin machine, because there isn't a single shred of reality-based evidence that supports such absurd conclusions.

Here is how it works America: Bush and Republicans hype a terror threat and then stumble over one another trying to get their faces before the news cameras. Once there, they all trumpet the great job they've done in preventing harm being done to American citizens. They even manage to mention that had they not stopped, let's say seven hapless and bootless fools in Miami from figuring out their sphincter from a hole-in-the-ground, and of course too, had Democrats been in charge; the bungling Miami morons whose leader traipsed around the neighborhood in his bathrobe, would have miraculously managed to cause "mass death" on a scale heretofore unheard of in the American experience. By Jiminy, had Bush and the Republicans not been there to halt the invasion, the same seven---count 'em, SEVEN---bootless masters of disaster, being led by their bathrobe attired General, would have unleashed an all out ground assault on America.

Such absurd tales of terror woe are always, without fail, linked to Republican prowess at keeping America safe from "evil doers," while simultaneously used to bludgeon Democrats for somehow being "weak" on terrorism. As we all know by now, a vote for a Democrat is a vote for bin Laden...or people parading around their neighborhoods in their bathrobes.

Please, do quite this essay at any moment that what is being communicated doesn't describe actual events.

Remember too American citizens, that these tall tales of death and danger behind every bathrobe in the U.S., are the product of the same group who convinced the public that Saddam Hussein was somehow implicated in the attacks of 9/11, a good pal of Osama bin-Laden, and that Iraq was literally swimming in stockpiles of WMD. It would behoove one and all to filter every terror-related variable through the Bush-GOP trouble-with-the-truth function because, unlike the stories of their feats of derring-do, reports and studies from around the world provide proof positive that Bush and Republicans are, far from their self-proclaimed mastery of the situation, being roundly defeated in the war on terror. And that, America, is the truth.

Understanding that this thing called "truth" is a marked contrast from the Rove-scripted bull-shpin fed so gleefully to America by the mainstream media, the hard evidence, all of which points directly at a resounding Bush and Republican pummeling at the hands of the "terrorists," will be presented forthwith:

1. It has been 1,805 days since bin Laden attacked America, and still he walks free.

***That's so that Bush and the republicans can keep up their scare tactics!

2. Though al-Qaeda was not in Iraq prior to the invasion, there is today, a small contingency---about 5% of all fighters---there now. Global intelligence has said Iraq has become a transient terrorist training "university" of sorts. It is transient in that al-Qaeda can send people to Iraq, so they can learn the trade of terrorism and then return to wherever they've come from---many are from Western countries---and apply what they've learned in their homeland.

3. The Taliban in Afghanastan, the rogue regime and ally of bin Laden, who were once on the verge of defeat have risen from the ashes and are nearing the precipice of their bid to retake the country.

4. In nearly every year since 2001 and especially in 2005, the number of terror attacks worldwide has increased. Not only have the attacks increased in frequency but too, they've become more effective and lethal. Think Madrid and London.

5. Studies done in Britain have shown that the July, 2005 tube attacks were directly motiviated by events in Iraq.

6. Iraq has proven to be the motivation behind onetime "moderate" Islamic young men in Europe, aligning themselves with the al-Qaeda movement. They don't actually join the group or attend their terrorist training camps---they simply sympathize with al-Qaeda's goals and become self-declared members and participants of the Jihadist movement.

7. While Bush dallied in Iraq, Somalia, through a failed Bush-Republican strategy to support other groups, has fallen into the hands of radical Islamist forces.

8. The United States military hasn't been able to recruit enough people to fill positions, so the Army has had to recall more than 14,000 people from inactive reserve and the Marine Corps is planning to recall 2,500 or more from their inactive reserves. Pretty hard to fight and win a war, if there aren't enough people to do the actual fighting.

9. America's ports, nuclear plants, chemical factories, food supply chain, drinking water, and mass transit system, other than air planes, are to this day no more secure than they were on 9/11.

10. A British think-tank has come to the conclusion that: "Iran has been the chief beneficiary of the war on terror in the Middle East," and "Iran's influence in the Middle East has increased as a result of America's war on terror."

THAT, AMERICA, IS THE ROVE-GOP BULL-SHPIN-FREE TRUTH! NOW THE QUESTION BECOMES: AMERICA, CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?



Politics: VET CANDIDATES BROADEN MESSAGE

Washington---Even as Iraq dominates some political campaigns this election year, some military veterans running for Congress are finding they must study more than war to win in November.

USA TODAY
By: Andrea Stone
August 2006

Tammy Duckworth, a former Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in Iraq, rails against pork barrel spending. Chris Carney, a former Pentagon counterterrorism officer, talks about broader security and illegal immigration. And Patrick Murphy, a former Army lawyer, touts his support for research using embryonic stem cells.

President Bush went on the offensive this week against calls by some Democrats to withdraw troops from Iraq. The war and Bush's handling of it remains a stump speech stalwart for this self-styled "band of brothers," but these candidates also march with their fellow Democrats in adopting the party's traditional talking points about health care, education and jobs.

"They are trying to broaden their message away from the war," says political scientist Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. "They're not running away from it, but they understand that voters care about a variety of things."

Victory not guaranteed

In January, at least 10 veterans of Iraq or the post 9/11 military launched Democratic campaigns for the House of Representatives because they opposed Bush's Iraq policy. Van Taylor of Texas is the only Iraq vet running as a Republican.

Less than 3 months before the election, 3 have dropped out after they struggled to raise money or lost party primaries. A few are running strong against vulnerable GOP incumbents.

"They're all going their seperate ways," says Thomas Baldino, a political scientist at Wilkes University of the 3 veterans running in competitive races in Pennsylvania, the most of any state. "Having been recruited on their credentials, the candidates are now pretty much on their own."

In February, David Ashe ended his second bid to unseat Republican Rep. Thelma Drake in Virginia. Then Tim Dunn dropped his poorly funded challenge to Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC). Former Marine Andrew Horne lost May's Democratic primary in Kentucky.

"Veteran status doesn't guarantee victory. Ask John Kerry," says John Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College in California. "But it helps."

The candidates

Among the self-styled "Fighting Democrats" running for House seats:

* Duckworth-who walks on 2 artifical legs, has gotten a lot of national media attention in her campaign to replace retiring Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), in suburban Chicago. Her website lists the war 3rd after such issues as government fiscal responsibility and immigration. "My service in the war allows people to feel comfortable talking to me about all the other issues out there," she says.

"She's trying to expand her appeal, trying to get away from the Iraq War hero thing," says Paul Green, a political scientists at Roosevelt Unoiversity in Illinois. He ranks Duckworth a slight underdog against GOP state Rep. Peter Roskam in a district that voted for Bush in the past two presidential elections.

* Murphy has held events contrasting his support for embryonic stem cell research with freshman GOP Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, who voted against using federal funds for it.

The war returned as a major issue this month in the suburban campaign when Fitzgerald distanced himself from Bush in a campaign mailer that said, "America needs a new plan for success in Iraq."

* Carney's campaign may depend more on how voters in his northeast Pennsylvania district feel about the incumbent than him. The former Naval Reserve intelligence officer hopes to oust Republican Rep. Don Sherwood, who has been hurt by a scandal involving a former mistress. He has apologized to his family and voters for the relationship. Carney says voters "are concerned about him (Sherwood) nor representing their values."

The Democratic challenger also has tried to paint the four-term incumbent as a rubberstamp for a war that has caught the district the lives of 20 soldiers. After 2 top generals recently said Iraq is verging on civil war, Carney said, "That was not what was promised by the administration 3 years ago, and that is not lost on people here."

Sherwood recently visited Iraq before putting his campaign on hold to undergo heart surgery. He said progress is being made there, and he "won't raise the white flag on terrorism."

* Joe Sestak, a retired Navy vice admirial, is trying to topple Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, by depicting the 10-term incumbent as a "psuedo-secretary of State" who is out of touch with his constituents.

"I don't think he's working for the right issues" such as education and health care. Sestak said in a recent interview.

Weldon rejects that argument, noting that Sestak had been away in the Navy for 36 years before becoming a candidate.

"I've lived and breathed this district" during that time, Walden says.

Despite his emphasis on domestic issues, Sestak addressed the war Saturday when he gave the Democratic response to Bush's weekly radio address. "We must begin a phased deployment of our forces" from Iraq, he said.



Politics: NO POST-TERRORISM THREAT BOUNCE FOR PRESIDENT BUSH

Presidential job approval remains at 34 percent

Harris Interactive
August 24, 2006

Throughout the past few years, President George W. Bush has experienced increases in his job approval ratings whenever a terror scare of some magnitude occured. Those days may be over, as the same numbers of U.S. adults (34%) approve of his job performance today as they did in the early part of August, before the recent announcement of the plot to use liquid explosives to bring down airliners from London. His disapproval numbers remain almost identical as well---65% of adults say his job performance is "only fair" or "poor" as compared to 66% who felt that way earlier in the month.

These are results from the latest Harris Poll of 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed by telephone between August 18 and 21, 2006 by Harris Interactive.

While previous surveys have reflected changes in the president's job approval ratings, this lack of support by the public may parallel a lack of support from his own party members. In early August, about 7 in 10 (69%) Republicans had a positive view of the President's job performance, while now, the number has dropped slightly to 65%. Democratic approval has also dropped, as just 12% have a positive view compared to 15% who felt that way earlier in the month. Independents are the only party to show an increase---currently one-third (33%) have a positive opinion, compared to 28% who felt that way before the terror scare.

When it comes to idelogy, a similar story emerges. Liberal views are almost unchanged (17% now versus 16% at the beginning of August gave the president positive ratings). Conservatives, who should be some of President Bush's strongest supporters, show a slight dip in support (52% currently, down from 54% a few weeks ago). Moderates show a bounce, as 31% have a positive view following the terror scare, up from 24% who felt that way earlier in the month.

Congressinal ballot test

The numbers for the Congressional generic ballot also are nearly unchanged. If the election were held today, almost half (47%) of adults say they would vote for the Democratic candidate, while 32% would vote for the Republican. Earlier in the month, 3 in 10 said they would vote Republican, while 45% said they would vote Democratic. The numbers may have chnaged somewhat, but the bottom line is that the Democrats still hold a 14 point advantage.

Right direction or wrong track

The overall mood of the country remains negative. About one-quarter (26%) say that the country is heading in the right direction, while nearly two-thirds (64%) say it is going off on the wrong track. These numbers hardly changed compared to earlier this month, when 27% thought the country was going in the right direction, compared to 63% who thought it was going off on the wrong track.

Important issues

Terrorism has definitely risen in people's minds as an important issue for the government to address, as 9% believe it should be the most important issue, up from earlier this month when 3% felt that way. More than one-quarter (28%) of adults indicate that the war is the most important issue, followed by the economy (16%) and health care (12%).