Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Part Happy, Part Sad

Via Atrios:

In 1999, Bush Demanded A Timetable

(Quoting the whole thing)

In 1999, George W. Bush criticized President Clinton for not setting a timetable for exiting Kosovo, and yet he refuses to apply the same standard to his war.

George W. Bush, 4/9/99:

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is."

And on the specific need for a timetable, here'’s what Bush said then and what he says now:

George W. Bush, 6/5/99

"I think it'’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn."

[ed. note: article originally ran in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on 6/5/99]


George W. Bush, 6/24/05:

"It doesn't make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a timetable, you'’re - you'’re conceding too much to the enemy."
Why does this make me part happy? Because it's a record that shows that he really does say whatever needs to be said to make it seem like he knows what's going on better than anyone else. Why am I sad? Because no matter how many times he gets called out on crap like this, there's still people out there who support him. I understand backing him if you're an ultra-rich crony reaping all the benefits, but why would people I know still think he's a good guy for this job?

Makes no sense, and I'm sad about it.

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