Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Chicago Tribune | Dr. Dubya's reality show

Chicago Tribune Dr. Dubya's reality show:
"When Sen. John Kerry launched tough attacks on President Bush's record on Iraq, he partly relied on information from 22-year-old Devon Largio, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois. Advisers said Kerry used her 212-page senior honors thesis, 'Uncovering the Rationales for the War on Iraq: The Words of the Bush Administration, Congress and the Media from September 12, 2001, to October 11, 2002,' as a source.

Largio's two semesters of research, based on computer analysis of official documents, speeches and transcripts of Sunday talk shows, found that the Bush administration presented 23 different arguments for the war in Iraq. 'By one count, the president offered 23 different rationales for going to war,' Kerry said in his speech Sept. 20 at New York University"

"It really hit me that someone of this importance took this argument out of my thesis," Largio said Monday, adding that she feels torn over Iraq.

Largio, who recently began law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said she is "involved in politics," but has not joined any political party. And she noted that only people opposed to the war have picked up her thesis so far.

“Politicians use the simple doublespeak of redefining a common term and then using their new definition without telling us or seeking our approval”
— The New Doublespeak by William Lutz —
HarperCollins 1996 page 157

  • The war on Al Qaeda morphs into a war on Terrorism, a technique not an enemy.
  • It morphs into an invasion of a country that had nothing to do with 9-11 2001.

  • It morphs into an accomplished mission when only the Oil Ministry was secured.

  • It morphs into progress when water availability, power reliability and Iraqi health are worse than before the invasion.

  • Insurgents control more of Iraq than they did at the handover.
It's all a matter of redefining a few terms.

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