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Monday, May 17, 2004  

The LA Times on Bush prevarications:

The list goes on. After saying the U.N. would have only a perfunctory role in rebuilding Iraq, Bush went back to the world body seeking aid in September and more recently looked to U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to help form an interim government in Iraq. After announcing he would file an amicus brief opposing affirmative action at the University of Michigan, Bush instructed his solicitor general to file a last-minute brief that essentially punted on the issue....

More recently, the president departed from his program of de-Baathification and allowed former Maj. Gen. Jassim Mohammed Saleh to take command of Iraqi forces in Fallouja in the hope of neutralizing insurgents holed up in the city. When news that Saleh had been a commander in Hussein's Republican Guard leaked out, Saleh was pushed aside, although not out of the new Fallouja Brigade, and replaced by Mohammed Latif, who was merely a military intelligence officer under Hussein.

While there are a number of red-meat issues to which lefties consistently direct their attention, this habit is actually what makes Bush most vulnerable. In the past, he was able to appease disgruntled supporters by arguing political expediency demanded some concessions. But in so many of the cases, the political expediency backfired and the policy decision became a liability. When Bush was king of the world, supporters were willing to overlook Bush flip-flops. They're less willing now. A wise election strategy for targeting moderate Republicans and Independents would exploit Bush's lying and incompetence. It's a way to appeal to the moderates without offering serious policy concessions, and it keeps the focus on Bush's failings.

posted by Jeff | 7:38 AM |
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