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"Some Democrats, like Mr. Clinton and Senator Joseph Lieberman, have pushed back against the impulse to demonize Mr. Bush. I salute them, for there are so many legitimate criticisms we can (and should) make about this president that we don't need to get into kindergarten epithets.
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It wasn't surprising when the right foamed at the mouth during the Clinton years, for conservatives have always been quick to detect evil empires. But liberals love subtlety and describe the world in a palette of grays -- yet many have now dropped all nuance about this president.

Mr. Bush got us into a mess by overdosing on moral clarity and self-righteousness, and embracing conspiracy theories of like-minded zealots. How sad that many liberals now seem intent on making the same mistakes."
from http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/30/opinion/30KRIS.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1088694204-1TqBXULz6Bfql3YbJa0Itw

Yeah, ok. I guess he's got a point about that. And we certainly don't want to get too simplistic and "misunderestimate" Bush.

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lizzard
Jul. 1st, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
"Mr. Bush's central problem is not that he was lying about Iraq, but that he was overzealous and self-deluded. He surrounded himself with like-minded ideologues, and they all told one another that Saddam was a mortal threat to us. They deceived themselves along with the public — a more common problem in government than flat-out lying."

I can't agree with that, and I'm neither "liberal" or "conservative". I think Bush and co. had plans, maybe not the ones depicted by Moore, but they knew what they were doing. It wasn't based on self-delusion or overzealousness.
apocalypselater
Jul. 1st, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think he was after Iraq from the start and I believe what Dick Clark has to say about it. I don't agree with the convinced of "mortal threat" part. nah. I think Bush was after Saddam from the start 'cause he tried to kill his dad!
But then again, maybe they didn't do too much flat out lying as much as severe exaggeration.
I didn't agree with everything he said. I liked the part I quoted most.
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