Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Islamic fascists

Excerpts from a superb article by Agence France Press:

Weighed down by the unpopular war in Iraq, Bush and his aides have tried to shift the national political debate from that conflict to the broader and more popular global war on terrorism ahead of November 7 congressional elections.

The London conspiracy is "a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation," the president said on a day trip to Wisconsin.

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His remarks came a day after the White House orchestrated an exceptionally aggressive campaign to tar opposition Democrats as weak on terrorism, knowing what Democrats didn't: News of the plot could soon break.

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But Bush aides on Thursday fought the notion that they had exploited their knowledge of the coming British raid to hit Democrats, saying the trigger had been the defeat of Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut by an anti-war political novice.

"The comments were purely and simply a reaction" to Democratic voters who "removed a pro-defense Senator and sent the message that the party would not tolerate candidates with such views," said Snow.

The public relations offensive "was not done in anticipation. It was not said with the knowledge that this was coming," the spokesman said.

Snow said Bush first learned in detail about the plot on Friday, and received two detailed briefings on it on Saturday and Sunday, as well as had two conversations about it with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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But Bush's Republicans hoped the raid would yield political gains.

"I'd rather be talking about this than all of the other things that Congress hasn't done well," one Republican congressional aide told AFP on condition of anonymity because of possible reprisals.

"Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big," said another White House official, who also spoke on condition of not being named, adding that some Democratic candidates won't "look as appealing" under the circumstances.

Because what do enormous inconvenience and public cowardice matter? Motherfuckers need to be reelected.

This country has been humiliated before the world, its citizens terrorized by their own government, and its muslims publicly slurred by the president (has he ever described Eric Rudolph [or Randall Terry] as a "Christian fascist"?). Why? Because the oligarchs need to ax the estate tax and slaughter more liberated Iraqis.

I haven't been this furious with the government since Katrina.

10 comments:

waterloo said...

Bush's recent adoption of "Islamic fascist" language (say, over the last year) is curious. He went from "some people call them Islamic fascists" to directly labeling them "Islamic fascists."

Is this similar to Bush's recent references to the "Democrat" party?

It's no secret that "Islamic fascist"/"Islamofascist" and "Democrat Party" have specific meaning to cerrtain people. Not that there's some sort of Manchurian connection here. But if you look at who actually labels Islamic extemists in this way -- Hitchens et al. -- it makes you wonder why he's using the words he does.

Juan Cole's got some great content on this ...

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