‘Yeah, That’s Right. So What?’

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Monday, December 15, 2008 at 8:52 am

My friend Richard Smith at VetVoice has a great catch from George W. Bush’s exit interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz after getting shoes thrown at him in Baghdad. One of the things that Muntader al-Zaidi, a 28-year Iraqi journalist, yelled at the disgraced outgoing president as he threw his shoes in disrespect was “This is from the widows, the orphans and those killed in Iraq.” And here’s a perfect example of why. Look at what Bush tells Raddatz about Al Qaeda in Iraq:

Bush: This [Iraq] is where Al Qaeda was hoping to take …

Raddatz: But not until after the U.S. invaded.

Bush: Yeah, that’s right. So what?

As they used to say way way back in 2001, that’s my Bush. There’s two so-whats here. The first is the widows, the orphans and those killed in Iraq, just as al-Zaidi said, by a jihadist organization that didn’t exist until George Bush made a miscalculation of epic proportions. The second is that Bush just admitted there was no Al Qaeda presence in Iraq before the invasion, despite endless statements before the war that — just to take one example — in “the war on terror, you can’t distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror.” Remember this line from the 2003 State of the Union?

Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaeda.

I only regret that I will never get to throw my own shoes at this man.

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12 Comments

Curly
Comment posted December 15, 2008 @ 7:31 am

Yeah, but <a href=”Is Obama walking into a trap here?”>Bush is no mug!


scott
Comment posted December 15, 2008 @ 10:39 am

save your shoes..throw your j-school degree…


Maezeppa
Comment posted December 15, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

I sent a picture postcard to Bush at 1600 Pensylvannia today. Message: Goodbye! The picture was of ballet shoes.


Rick
Comment posted December 16, 2008 @ 10:35 am

“Better to fight them there than here”

…I guess thats true…. unless of couse… you live… well… there.

“Al Queda in Iraq” is just a name that neighborhood kids gave themselves like little kids in the hood call themselves “cryps” or “bloods”. There is no such thing.

Bush, Condi, Powell, Rummy, Cheney et al present this mess as if osama himself, sitting in his non existant al queda headquarters sent a batallion of his finest troops to conquor iraq and we went there to liberate them from extremism… and saddam… and dictatorships… and wmds…

if this wasnt a tragedy on a massive scale it would be the biggest joke ever told.


Dale Johnson
Comment posted December 16, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

Bush's speech prior to the shoe throwing event was so stupid that tossing a shoe was the only reasonalble response.


SRD-BCCM
Comment posted December 27, 2008 @ 6:19 am

I find it astounding that the Justice Dept and Legislative branches of Government have not had the temerity and philosophical imperative to hod these criminals accountable for their misdeeds. We're the laughingstock of the entire world as a nation. I think many people probably feel sorry for us and they should. One of the worst acts of this government was wire tapping and surveillance because terrorism was used as a cover to spy on their political opponents for more than 7 years. The mafia with mouths gaping open are going; WOW they're worse than we are.

http://www.bccmeteorites.com/misconduct-planeta…


Shopping Cart
Comment posted January 29, 2009 @ 4:01 am

Thanks great post.


religious statues
Comment posted February 1, 2009 @ 10:05 am

Dale “reasonalble response” hehehe. Well like i mentioned on the other post, i did not knew that Bush has such a bad reputation in his own country?


religious statues
Comment posted February 1, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

Dale “reasonalble response” hehehe. Well like i mentioned on the other post, i did not knew that Bush has such a bad reputation in his own country?


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