Friday, August 11, 2006

Bush Seeks Political Gains from Foiled Plot

While the war in the Middle East rages on unabated, taking its deadly toll on innocent lives and ravaging Lebanon, President Bush went to his Crawford ranch for his yearly vacation. He cycled, rode, kicked back, enjoyed his summer r and r, and perhaps reflected upon his plummeting popularity in the polls and loss of some supporters in his own party.

Then along came the news about the foiled alleged British bomb plot and Bush, revitalized, seized this as an opportunity to pound away at his critics. He reminded Americans about 9/11 and spoke about America's war with the "Islamic fascists". You know, they are those Arab fundamentalists who hate the U.S. because of their love of freedom and democracy.

By the way, the newly-coined term "Islamic fascist" or "Islamofascist" is an oxymoron. You can be either "Islamist" (Islamic) or "fascist" but you cannot be both at the same time. One belies the other.

"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."

US President George W. Bush seized on a foiled London airline bomb plot to hammer unnamed critics he accused of having all but forgotten the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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.

...Read rest of article... (Common Dreams News Center).

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