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Monday, September 08, 2003  

When the going gets tough, call your critics terrorist-lovers; anyway, I believe that's page two in the White House's playbook. Today it was Rumsfeld, whom I'll admit is less leeringly fascist about it than some of his less elegant colleagues.

"We know for a fact that terrorists studied Somalia, and they studied instances that the United States was dealt a blow and tucked in, and persuaded themselves that they could in fact cause us to acquiesce in whatever it is they wanted to do," Mr. Rumsfeld said.

"The United States is not going to do that; President Bush is not going to do that," he said.

But, he went on: "To the extent that terrorists are given reason to believe he might, or, if he is not going to, that the opponents might prevail in some way, and they take heart in that, and that leads to more money going into these activities, or that leads to more recruits, or that leads to more encouragement, or that leads to more staying power, obviously that does make our task more difficult."

I suppose he could criticize the terrorists, but he'll fire up the base more by criticizing Democrats and the media. Not that, you know, that's what he was trying to do or anything. He was just making conversation.

posted by Jeff | 1:20 PM |
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