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Fear, Anger, Distortion
Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Fear and distortion

Dick Cheney: “If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is we’ll get hit again and we’ll be hit in a way that’ll be devastating from the standpoint of the United States and we’ll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set that these terrorist attacks are criminal attacks and we’re not really at war,”

That's the fear; here's the distortion:

Dick Cheney’s aide spinning: “What the vice president was saying is, ‘Whoever is elected, we face the prospect of a terrible attack.’ But the issue at hand is whether you have the right policies in place”

Anger and distortion

Dick Cheney: “Go f—k yourself.” Vice President Dick Cheney to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Floor Tuesday, as reported by CNN. [CNN, 6/24/04]

Also Disk Cheney: “It’s gotten pretty nasty, no question about it,” Cheney told conservative talk-show host Jan Mickelson on WHO radio in Des Moines. “It’s unfortunate. In all my years in politics, I can’t recall a time quite as harsh as this.”

Distortion

John Kerry: “I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror”

Dick Cheney: Even in this post-9/11 period, Senator Kerry doesn’t appear to understand how the world has changed. He talks about leading a “more sensitive war on terror,” as though Al Qaeda will be impressed with our softer side.

(Oh and by the way, this is from the mouth of George W. Bush: Precisely because America is powerful, we must be sensitive about expressing our power and influence. Hmmm, does he think that Al Qaeda will be impressed with our softer side too?

Of course these are relatively pallid examples from the very top of the Republican machine. The views from below are far, far worse.


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