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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"I SAID IT FIRST!"




In a speech earlier today, the next President of the United States, Senator McCain, stated that the greatest existential threat was nuclear proliferation.

The Obama campaign immediately came out and took credit for saying that FIRST, essentially calling McCain a plagiarizing copycat.

Not so fast, Barry. President Bush and Senator Kerry both agreed in one of the 2004 campaign debates that the greatest existential threat was nuclear proliferation, which means you were THIRD.

(And a plagiarizing copycat.)

19 Comments:

Blogger Alice Gorable said...

John McCain was saying THAT a deacde before Obama was even born...

4:39 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

that would make me second or fourth...

*;[

7:58 PM  
Anonymous lanabanana said...

I mean, rilly...right wingers are corrupt anywhere they appear...just anywhere...Israel, Canada, Nazi Germany, the YewEssAy...it's amazing...have you seen the list?...migod, it's endless... never in the history of the country has there been such a crime wave by a political party...and the phenomenon extends all over the globe!!

'A Jewish-American businessman testified Tuesday in a corruption probe that threatens to bring down Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, saying he handed cash-stuffed envelopes to the Israeli politician he described as a bon vivant with a penchant for fancy hotels, fine cigars and first-class travel.' 5/28

Canadian Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier resigned on Monday after it emerged he had left classified documents in the apartment of a former girlfriend with suspected ties to organized crime. A Big Blow to the Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 5/27

10:25 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hi lana. :)

3:57 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

Gee lana. Maybe being corrupt is a good thing. Left wingers, being so incorruptable, tend to simply exterminate their detractors, rather than allow themselves to be bribed into letting their opponents escape...

5:35 AM  
Blogger John said...

No contest, fj.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous hubble said...


Former press secretary's book bashes Bush
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that President Bush relied on an aggressive "political propaganda campaign" instead of the truth to sell the Iraq war, and...

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Hubble peers into the vacuum said...

Yes, I think corruption is a gooooood thing...that's probably the line you should take... and spare us the stupid Stalin killed millions silliness, peabrain...it makes you look like a fool desperate for a riposte, no matter how idiotic it is...try hitting back with a wet noodle next time...it'll be slightly less hilarious.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous blossom said...

Don't you think they need to see it all, Eric? Iraq, Katrina, Plame, the poison spreading...McClellan admits it all...pure evil, and these li'l chipmunks are still making excuses!!

Ex-Press Aide Writes That Bush Misled US on Iraq
Wednesday 28 May 2008ยป

by: Michael D. Shear, The Washington Post


Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan speaking to the media on board Air Force One in 2006. In his new memoir, McClellan has charged that President George W. Bush was not "open and forthright on Iraq" and relied on "propaganda" to sell the war. (Photo: AFP/File/Tim Sloan)

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated "political propaganda campaign" led by President Bush and aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."


McClellan includes the charges in a 341-page book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," that delivers a harsh look at the White House and the man he served for close to a decade.
He describes Bush as demonstrating a "lack of inquisitiveness," says the White House operated in "permanent campaign" mode, and admits to having been deceived by some in the president's inner circle about the leak of a CIA operative's name.


The book, coming from a man who was a tight-lipped defender of administration aides and policy, is certain to give fuel to critics of the administration, and McClellan has harsh words for many of his past colleagues. He accuses former White House adviser Karl Rove of misleading him about his role in the CIA case. He describes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as being deft at deflecting blame, and he calls Vice President Cheney "the magic man" who steered policy behind the scenes while leaving no fingerprints.

McClellan stops short of saying that Bush purposely lied about his reasons for invading Iraq, writing that he and his subordinates were not "employing out-and-out deception" to make their case for war in 2002.

But in a chapter titled "Selling the War," he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush "managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option."

"Over that summer of 2002," he writes, "top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war.... In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage."

McClellan, once a staunch defender of the war from the podium, comes to a stark conclusion, writing, "What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary."

McClellan resigned from the White House on April 19, 2006, after nearly three years as Bush's press secretary. The departure was part of a shake-up engineered by new Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten that also resulted in Rove surrendering his policy-management duties.

A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the book, some contents of which were first disclosed by Politico.com. The Washington Post acquired a copy of the book yesterday, in advance of its official release Monday.

Responding to a request for comment, McClellan wrote in an e-mail: "Like many Americans, I am concerned about the poisonous atmosphere in Washington. I wanted to take readers inside the White House and provide them an open and honest look at how things went off course and what can be learned from it. Hopefully in some small way it will contribute to changing Washington for the better and move us beyond the hyper-partisan environment that has permeated Washington over the past 15 years."

The criticism of Bush in the book is striking, given that it comes from a man who followed him to Washington from Texas.

Bush is depicted as an out-of-touch leader, operating in a political bubble, who has stubbornly refused to admit mistakes.

"A more self-confident executive would be willing to acknowledge failure, to trust people's ability to forgive those who seek redemption for mistakes and show a readiness to change," he writes.

In another section, McClellan describes Bush as able to convince himself of his own spin and relates a phone call he overheard Bush having during the 2000 campaign, in which he said he could not remember whether he had used cocaine. "I remember thinking to myself, 'How can that be?'" he writes.

The former aide describes Bush as a willing participant in treating his presidency as a permanent political campaign, run in large part by his top political adviser, Rove.

"The president had promised himself that he would accomplish what his father had failed to do by winning a second term in office," he writes. "And that meant operating continually in campaign mode: never explaining, never apologizing, never retreating. Unfortunately, that strategy also had less justifiable repercussions: never reflecting, never reconsidering, never compromising. Especially not where Iraq was concerned."

McClellan charges that the campaign-style focus affected Bush's entire presidency. The ill-fated Air Force One flyover of New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina struck the city, was conceived of by Rove, who was "thinking about the political perceptions" but ended up making Bush look "out of touch," he writes.

He says the White House's reaction to Katrina was more than just a public relations disaster, calling it "a failure of imagination and initiative" and the result of an administration that "let events control us." He adds: "It was a costly blunder."

McClellan admits to letting himself be deceived about the unmasking of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, which resulted in his relentless pounding by the White House press corps over the activities of Rove and of Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the matter.

"I could feel something fall out of me into the abyss as each reporter took a turn whacking me," he writes of the withering criticism he received as the story played out. "It was my reputation crumbling away, bit by bit." He also suggests that Rove and Libby may have worked behind closed doors to coordinate their stories about the Plame leak. Late last year, McClellan's publisher released an excerpt of the book that suggested Bush had knowledge of the leak, something that won McClellan no friends in the administration.

As McClellan departed the White House, he said: "Change can be helpful, and this is a good time and good position to help bring about change. I am ready to move on."

He choked up as he told Bush on the South Lawn, "I have given it my all, sir, and I have given you my all."

Bush responded at the time: "He handled his assignments with class, integrity. He really represents the best of his family, our state and our country. It's going to be hard to replace Scott."

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9:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

Do you mind? It's my naptime. Shaddup.

9:41 AM  
Blogger John said...

Is that Swiftie up there? What up, dawg?

Was that you barking your fool head off at McPresident's speech yesterday, with your Code Pink girlfriends?

9:43 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

White House Press Secretary feels used as a propaganda tool... News at eleven. Pardon me, but isn't THAT his freakin' job?

Imagine what it must have been like for Clinton's Press Secretary, having to spin "Monica" 24/7... "Blue dress? What blue dress?"

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine what it must have been like for Clinton's Press Secretary, having to spin "Monica" 24/7... "Blue dress? What blue dress?"


Yeah, that's so much more difficult than spinning mass murder, treason and deadly incompetence. hahahahahahahahhahahaha ...how is it down there in the toilet...right at home, I bet, eh, laddies?

10:26 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

Hey, the Speaker's doing the best she can to get the message out. There's no reason to drag her into this.

12:12 PM  
Blogger John said...

That was Uncle Joe (Stalin) fathead again, using his new "mass murderer" epithet for the third time, trying to make it stick.

Well, fathead, since you boasted over at Mr. sayet's that you wished your "ancestors murdered (Jesus Christ) twice," as if that's a good thing, "mass murderer" must be quite the honorific in your book.

It's obvious, fathead, that if a hateful lowlife like you had any real power, you'd be right up there in the rogues gallery of mass murderers along with your namesake Uncle Joe, Mao, Hitler, and Saddam Hussein.

Luckily for the world, you're just another ranting and raving Lee Harvey Oswald nobody without his balls.

2:34 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

...and who am I, Jack Ruby ;-)

2:41 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Hey Fatboy, you never did decide to debate me on any specific issues.

Done your Wikipedia research yet? You think you are ready to pick a topic and go for it?

I bet Republicus here would be more than willing to provide the space, and you are boring me beyond words with this constant yammering with no brain working behind it.

Don't you WANT to take a real-life Libertarian to task? C'mon, Fats, do something other than write stupid things.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Blossom, the invitation still goes out to you as well.......

4:09 PM  
Blogger John said...

That's a good idea, Phelonius. I'll see what I can arrange.

4:28 PM  

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