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Thursday, April 01, 2004  

Cognitive Dissonance

"Four Americans working for a security company were ambushed and killed Wednesday, and an enraged mob then jubilantly dragged the burned bodies through the streets of downtown Falluja, hanging at least two corpses from a bridge over the Euphrates River." (NYT, 4/1/04)

"The voters this year are going to have a clear, unmistakable choice. It is a choice between an America that leads the world with confidence and strength, or an America that is uncertain in the face of danger. I look forward to this campaign. I look forward to the debate. I look forward to reminding the American people that in the last three years, we've accomplished great things. And I look forward -- And most importantly, I look forward to laying out a positive vision for the years ahead; a positive vision for winning the war against terror, and extending peace and freedom throughout the world..."
(George W. Bush at a fundraiser yesterday)

"Men with scarves over their faces hurled bricks into the blazing vehicles. A group of boys yanked a smoldering body into the street and ripped it apart. Someone then tied a chunk of flesh to a rock and tossed it over a telephone wire." (NYT)

Bush: "We confronted the dangers of state-sponsored terror, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. So we ended two of the most violent and dangerous regimes on Earth. We freed over 50 million people, and once again America is proud to lead the armies of liberation."

"Violence continued Thursday as two roadside bombs exploded northwest of Baghdad, apparently targeting a convoy of 25 fuel tankers under U.S. military escort, according to eyewitnesses and military sources." (CNN, 4/1/04)

Bush: "Great events will turn on this election. The man who sits in the Oval Office will set the course of the war on terror and the direction of our economy. Security and the prosperity of America are at stake. The other side hadn't offered much in the ways of strategy to win the war, or policies to expand our economy. So far all we hear is old partisan rhetoric and bitterness. Anger and bitterness are not an agenda for the future of America."

"For hours, young men and boys roamed the streets proclaiming their hatred of the U.S.-led occupation. Iraqi security forces, organized and trained by the occupation authority, were scarce. Local police stayed away from the gory aftermath of the assault. No one dared make an arrest." (Washington Post, 4/1/04)

Bush: "September the 11th, 2001, taught a lesson I will never forget, a lesson this nation must never forget: America must confront threats before they fully materialize. In Iraq, my administration looked at the intelligence information and we saw a threat. Members of Congress looked at the intelligence and they saw a threat. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence and it saw a threat. The previous administration and Congress looked at the intelligence and made regime change in Iraq the policy of this country."

"The visceral hatred for Americans that poured forth yesterday suggested that the city remains as much a cauldron as it was on April 9, when the first attack on Americans after the capture of Baghdad took place. Then, two weeks after Saddam's ouster, U.S. troops who had taken over a school as a barracks opened fire on an angry crowd after shots were fired at the school, killing 17 Iraqis. The clash set off attacks that by midsummer had engulfed the entire Sunni Triangle -- a strategic area of hundreds of square miles in central Iraq, north, south and west of Baghdad." (NYT, 4/1/04)

Bush: "My opponent admits that Saddam Hussein was a threat; he just didn't support my decision to remove Saddam from power. Maybe he was hoping Saddam would lose the next Iraqi election. We showed the dictator and a watching world that America means what it says. Because our coalition acted, Saddam's torture chambers are closed. Because we acted, Iraq's weapons programs are ended forever. Because we acted, nations like Libya have gotten the message and renounced their own weapons programs. Because we acted, an example of democracy is rising at the very heart of the Middle East. Because we acted, the world is more free. And because we acted, America is more secure."

posted by Jeff | 7:25 AM |
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