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Wednesday, April 30, 2003


Parody: Bush's hypocritical foreign policy rtsp://

posted by annatopia at Wednesday, April 30, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I'm not sure how many of you got to see the Daily Show on Monday. If not, you'd better view the video I've linked above (real player required). This is rich! It basically points out how Bush the President is not the same Bush who ran for President.

Some choice excerpts:
Bush in 2000: "I'm not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world and say 'This is the way it's gotta be'."
"If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us. I think one way for us to end up being viewed as the Ugly American is for us to go around the world saying 'We do it this way, so should you.'"
"I don't think our troops should be used for what's called Nation Building."
"Let me say this to you: I wouldn't use force."

Wha-wha-what?!?! ::rubs eyes:: Essentially, this is a good example of how dishonest Karl Rove was when he ran Bush's campaign. He ran Bush as a "compassionate conservative" who would conduct a "humble" foreign policy. Candidate Bush said things that today, the "left" is being berated for. So, was it unpatriotic of candidate Bush to profess a concern that we'd be viewed as imperialists if we went around the world conducting wars? Was it unpatriotic of candidate Bush to suggest that working WITH our allies, as opposed to AGAINST them, would be in our best interests? Was it unpatriotic of candidate Bush to suggest that the United States shouldn't go it alone? Of course not! Just like it's not unpatriotic for anyone opposed to the Bush Doctrine to suggest that we are walking down the wrong path.

Folks, this is the Grand Old Hypocrisy Party in action. Chris LeHane would fit in with them nicely. :^P


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