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Wednesday, July 02, 2003


Bush: "Bring them on"

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, July 02, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
If there was any shred of doubt that to George W. Bush, being leader of the free world is just a game, where the lives of American servicemen are worth as much as plastic toy soldiers in the sandbox, then let today's quote cleanse that doubt forever:

President Bush vowed today to pursue and prosecute Iraqis who attack American troops, saying: "Bring `em on! We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation."
His comments came as still another serviceman died today as the result of wounds received in an ambush on Tuesday. That brings to at least 25 the number of Americans who have died in combat since Mr. Bush declared an end to major hostilities in Iraq in May.

"We're not going to get nervous," Mr. Bush told reporters.

Coupled with the GOP-led assault on a living wage for soldiers, how can anyone credibly argue that the GOP is pro-military?

One of the conventional wisdoms that we supporters of Dean have been striving to refute is that Dean is weak on defense, as are all Democrats. The reason this idea has such currency (even among hack sellout comedians) is actually because of the mistaken perception that the GOP is friendly to military and security interests, rather than any specific policy statement by the Democratic opposition. In order to make our case, we have to therefore target that perception of a strong-defense GOP.

Dean can take the lead if he condemns Bush's latest admission of his low regard for the safety of our soldiers. But he has to follow through with a detailed look at the pattern of abuse doled out to our servicemen by GOP legislators. If Dean can use his newfound media access to push this issue hard, it can really go a long way towards removing the "defense offense" in 2004.


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