Monday, April 12, 2004

Two brand new Bush flip-flops 

1) The U.S. military in Iraq has decided to re-admit former Saddam army personnel into the new Iraqi army, because of the army's refusal to fight insurgents in the last week. Bremer disbanded the entire army nearly a year ago--bad move, Garth.

2) And, the RNC is re-thinking that whole NYC Ground Zero convention locale. Story here:

The Republican Party's hope that its convention in New York would highlight a nation healed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks could backfire as the White House comes under fire for its handling of the crisis and the war in Iraq, strategists said on Monday.

President George W. Bush's re-election effort is plagued with questions on whether his administration could have prevented the attacks, and holding his party's convention just minutes away from the World Trade Center, where nearly 3,000 people were killed, could make matters worse, they said.

"It was the wrong place to go from the beginning," veteran Republican political consultant Roger Stone said.

"They wanted to highlight the president's strong leadership in the days after 9/11, which includes the conduct of the war, and now that is going to be a contentious, hard-fought issue," he said, adding that, "The backdrop here has the potential to dominate the story."

They can't do this to me. I've been telling everybody, including my wife, that I'm going to NYC to watch the riots. It'll be Chicago '68 all over again. Not that I'm relishing the thought of beaten heads and police brutality, but this was such a brash and arrogant gesture--securing NYC and a special Ground Zero dedication for the politicization of garnering Republican votes--that there was bound to be a backlash they were too stupid to see coming. But I could see it a mile away.


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