Thursday, October 13, 2005

What are We Witnessing?

Hyperbole is to be expected on blogs, which I want to emphasize up front since I'm asking this question without intent to be hyperbolic or to elicit hyperbolic responses.

This morning, as documented over on TPM and Crooks and Liars and AmericaBlog, George Bush had a "teleconference" with nine soldiers stationed in Iraq. It looked scripted, it sounded scripted, it had the smarmy stamp of Bushco SOP photo-op posing as news. Scott McClellan, when asked if it was scripted, said no. CNN is now running video of the soldiers practicing their questions before the "teleconference."

Numerous questions come to mind, but I suspect all of them are variations of:

The fake teleconference, the recycling of the war card, the Presidential spokesmen professing outrage at the media's questioning of his version of events, all at a time when Bushco photo-ops are held in virtually universal contempt, the support for the war is at an all time low, and the media, having finally realized the rubes they have been played for, is looking for revenge:

Is this the best Bushco's got? They thought this was a GOOD idea? They sat around in a room and came up with this as best option? Has Bushco, in its crashing, skipped over the realm of the bathetic and zoomed immediately into the pathetic?


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