We saw yesterday that the W, Rove and Co enjoys playing politics with school age children. Today, we see them try to leverage some speechifying in front of the the VFW to play politics with the heroes of wars long since finished.
Here, in a speech given in DC, we see that W is in full tilt spin mode advancing their dualistic, black and white, perspective that stems from the notion that "you're either with us or against us." Note, it's just ahead of the coming elections fun of Aught Six.
So, now we are supposed to believe that debate is either "responsible or irresponsible?" Come on! I suppose it's like pornography: Will we know it when we see it or should we depend on the W, Rove and Co to point it out for us? No doubt, they will try to paint anyone who doesn't agree with them as being irresponsible.
This is a classic Rovian strategy. It doesn't matter if it's true or not. Once it is out there, it is nearly impossible for the target to refute with facts. No one listens to the truth when the more juicy spin is laid out for a public that loves gossip over the mundacity of reality.Have a gander at the following snip from the close of the speech and see how the W, Rove and Co political strategy becomes obviated by their rhetoric. See if you are not as pissed as I am about their sinking to low of using veterans and wounded soldiers to play politics. Trouble is, the average American doesn't take the time think through the talking points. I wish they did.
We face an added challenge in the months ahead: The campaign season will soon be upon us -- and that means our nation must carry on this war in an election year. There is a vigorous debate about the war in Iraq today, and we should not fear the debate. It's one of the great strengths of our democracy that we can discuss our differences openly and honestly -- even in times of war. Yet we must remember there is a difference between responsible and irresponsible debate -- and it's even more important to conduct this debate responsibly when American troops are risking their lives overseas.
The American people know the difference between responsible and irresponsible debate when they see it. They know the difference between honest critics who question the way the war is being prosecuted and partisan critics who claim that we acted in Iraq because of oil, or because of Israel, or because we misled the American people. And they know the difference between a loyal opposition that points out what is wrong, and defeatists who refuse to see that anything is right.
When our soldiers hear politicians in Washington question the mission they are risking their lives to accomplish, it hurts their morale. In a time of war, we have a responsibility to show that whatever our political differences at home, our nation is united and determined to prevail. And we have a responsibility to our men and women in uniform -- who deserve to know that once our politicians vote to send them into harm's way, our support will be with them in good days and in bad days -- and we will settle for nothing less than complete victory. (Applause.)
We also have an opportunity this year to show the Iraqi people what responsible debate in a democracy looks like. In a free society, there is only one check on political speech -- and that's the judgment of the people. So I ask all Americans to hold their elected leaders to account, and demand a debate that brings credit to our democracy -- not comfort to our adversaries.
Support for the mission in Iraq should not be a partisan matter. VFW members come from all over the country, and both sides of the political aisle -- yet your position on the war is clear. In a recent resolution, the VFW declared, "it is critical that the United States succeed in Iraq, which will result in stability and security in the region." I appreciate your support for the mission in Iraq, and so do our troops in the fight. Your lives of service, from the first time you put on the uniform to this day, are a credit to our country and an inspiration to our military. A new generation of soldiers, and sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen is now carrying out an urgent and noble mission -- and they're doing so with the same determination and courage as you who came before them.
Some of our finest men and women have given their lives in freedom's cause. Others have returned home with wounds that the best medicine cannot heal. We hold all who sacrificed and their families in our thoughts and in our prayers. And I'm going to make you this pledge: We will not waver, we will not weaken, and we will not back down in the cause they served. (Applause.) By their sacrifice, we are laying the foundation of freedom in a troubled part of the world. And by laying that foundation, we're laying the foundation of peace for generations to come.