Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Why Bushs' New Rhetoric Is Stupid

Of late the president has decided that the best way to bring his sagging poll numbers back up is to go on the attack. He criticizes Democrats for trying to rewrite the beginning of the war and damaging our troops images. For some reason Bush believes his new offense will crush the negatuve feelings about the war and the way it is being run. It's clear from the stupidity of his new rhetoric that Karl Rove is no longer running the show.

First and foremost, with Iraq in such a disarray it is bad to continually bring up the war. The president is continually reminding us of the debacle he brought us into. At this point, anyone who has reservations about the "War on Terror" doesn't need to be reminded of it. The new strategy of debunking the Democrats claim only serves to enhance their argument more as the news from Iraq gets worse. Plus, Bushs' claims that the entire country was behind him during the run up to the war suggest he is misleading us, or is in the early stages of dementia. Too many of us remember the fierce fighting against the war prior to it happening.

Secondly, the new "intelligence" claims Bush is making are easy to look up and prove wrong. Bloggers jumped on him immediately after he spoke of how all the intelligence led him to his decision and how everyone else was led to the same conclusion. Bush needs to realize that obvious lies can easily be disproven in the blogosphere. Remember, bloggers have just enough time, or possibly more time than a paid reporter. Recently, more mainstream outlets have picked up the story of Bushs' misleading speech and are reporting it widely. He is only succeeding in making himself look more foolish.

Bush should go back to the "smoke and mirrors" rhetoric that was working so well for him. Drawing attention away from Iraq to more vague threats makes people forget how poor the war is being handled. The man works well with leading people away from the real problem, and he is no longer doing that. Perhaps he needs to spend more time discussing Alito, and less time discussing our failing war.

3 comments:

coturnix said...

Ah, you have read your Lakoff. Very astute!

substance p said...

By what standard is the war "failing"? The first two democratic elections in an Arab country ever? The lowest casualty rate of any armed conflict the US has been involved in ever? (With the exception of our carpet bombing approach to Kosovo) The vast majority of Iraq that is peaceful and terror free? Or is it merely simply the vast echo chamber of liberal media and liberal blogs that just keeps repeating it over and over....

Anonymous said...

The war is failing because we will not leave Iraq much better then we found it. Civil war will follow within weeks of our withdrawal... And the most likely result of civil war-- Another ultra-rightist theocracy targeting Israel and the US for elimination.