October 28, 2004
In Good Company
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A few posts back I pointed out how Bush, his people, and his supporters all are using the troops and other honorable people as straw-man scapegoats, falsely suggesting that when Kerry blames Bush, he is actually blaming someone else, like the troops. In effect, Bush is being a gutless coward by deflecting blame onto honorable people just to save his own sorry butt. Well, Bush is at it again:
Now the Senator is making wild charges about missing explosives, when his top foreign policy advisor admits "we don't know the facts." End quote. Think about that. The Senator is denigrating the actions of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts.As explained before, Kerry never attacked the troops or the generals, he clearly and singularly attacked Bush. Bush's lie on the matter echoes RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie's rather blatant out-of-context misquote of Kerry to the same effect.
Fortunately, I am not the only person to make this observation; I am in good company with the former chief of staff of the Air Force:
Retired Air Force Gen. Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak said in a statement that Bush seems to believe that Kerry should not be criticizing him "since the president thinks he has never made a mistake."Edwards is also sounding the same note:
McPeak continued: "Let's be perfectly clear: it is the President who dropped the ball. Senator Kerry is being critical of George Bush, not the troops. By embarking on the line of attack, George Bush is deflecting blame from him over to the military. This is beneath contempt."
"Why did George Bush (news - web sites) take three days to finally say something about 380 tons of missing explosives?" Kerry said. "They did nothing, nothing to secure them and now they're gone. And we don't know who has them. It's possible terrorists have them."Kerry also referred to this, citing Bush's willingness to blame anyone and everyone but himself. I am, to say the least, extremely pleased and gratified that people are calling Bush out on this spineless practice.
"And, what did George Bush have to say about this? He said that John Kerry doesn't support the troops."
In a dubious voice and shaking his head, Edwards asked from his platform in the middle of supporters in a gymnasium: "Aren't we sick and tired of George Bush and Dick Cheney using our troops as shields to protect their own jobs?"
By the way, it's great to be ahead of the curve on this kind of thing--in this case, a full year ahead!Posted by Luis at October 28, 2004 08:48 AM