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post #1 of 8
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Does this rub anybody the wrong way?

Their are three things which get to me about this:

1. The use of Bush standing at ground zero in television ads in stop framed solemnity with an earnest voice over makes me feel that there is only one reason that Bush made sure to go there, and that is that it would make a good photo-op.

Now i know that that isn't true, at least in many respects he did what people were demanding he do . . . we needed him to fly out of his shelter and stand tall . . . . Guiliani seemed to do it . . . but his approach even at the time smacked of some kind of opportunism . . . even at the time, and I was all behind him then

But now to see him using it like a slogan cheapens the reality of the horror and the memories of the dead.

everytime we will try to remember the dead there will be a tablespoon of Bush ads thrown into the mix!


2. How can he claim this as some sort of triumph when there is so much very well deserved anxiety with regards to his responsibility for allowing things to have gotten as far as they did?

Every time they invoke the 911 tragedy don't you hear Condoleeza Rice repeating the name of that memo "Al Quaida plans to attack within the US" etc?!


3. They have 30 foot tall letters in the background behind the podium, dwarfing the speakers, which proclaim "September 11the 2001" as if it were not a catastrophe that we, as Americans, should be horrified with, and even somewhat ashamed of having allowed, but they have it as a banner, as if they are proud of the event itself!!!

The use of this in there convention, as an emblem to wear on their sleave is a disgrace to those who died, but worse, it isn't even being used intelligently, it is being displayed as if we should be proud of the event, when we should be horrified and remember the horror . . .

They should be clearer about their intentions to honor the dead and the heroic actions of the people involved because what it feels like to me is that they are using it and abusing it like a Bumper-sticker slogan.
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

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"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

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post #2 of 8
I agree that it's offensive. They should be invoking their actions: the elimination of al-qaeda, the cessation of terrorist attacks and the elimination of WMD in iraq. Of course, none of those actions following 9/11 really worked out, so what else can they do but fall back on a photo op and propaganda that leeches off of the suffering of americans?
post #3 of 8
It is way beyond disgusting, despicable, and a cynical slap in the face for many of the families of those thousands who were killed that morning, many who are both sad and furious.

BushCorp in New York in September is the consummate case of the criminal revisiting the crime scene.

The first step in a successful prosecution of the war against terror would be the timely November ejection of the Bush Administration, and make sure that (the PNAC) who have shaped US foreign policy can never, EVER can get into positions of public authority again.

I am agnostic, but I am now prepared to acknowledge that evil exists as an entity.

"We've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming". VP Cheney, 3/29/2006. Interview by Tony Snow
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"We've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming". VP Cheney, 3/29/2006. Interview by Tony Snow
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post #4 of 8
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This is a good little article:
Quote:
Taking advantage of those who died on 9/11

Boy, Gov. George Pataki and President Bush sure talked a lot about 9/11 Thursday night. I mean, a lot. A disturbing lot. At some point, for me -- and I think it was when Pataki was still talking -- the whole parading of the Twin Towers attack stopped being about "Look how America rose to the occasion" and started being a kind of porn.

I'm as much of a sucker for wallowing in 9/11 as most Americans are. All someone has to do is repeat that famous phrase "They ran into the buildings," as Pataki did, and I start to well up. Tell a story about Americans acting selflessly to help others in the wake of the tragedy -- for example, those Pennsylvania boys Pataki mentioned who took money they'd saved to go to Disney World and gave it to the firefighters -- and all of a sudden there's something in my eye.

The searing pain of that day and the days that followed has faded enough that it almost feels good to go back and revisit it, to poke at the scab a little. I'm not alone here. Those teary-eyed delegates the cameras caught Thursday were having the time of their lives.

But at some point, so much harping on 9/11 becomes nothing more than cashing in on the deaths of thousands. It's cashing in politically, not monetarily, but I'm not sure one's any better than the other. I'm not even sure they're different.

The single greatest American security and defense failure of the past 60 years happened on the Bush administration's watch, and not without some warning. Yet it's a testament to the administration's political skill that it can turn such a negative into a positive. Hats off to Bush and Co. for that.

And very little of what was said about the events surrounding 9/11 Thursday night was disputable. Americans really did rise to the occasion in magnificent ways. And even those of us who think little of Bush had to admit that he had his moments in those days.

When he was speaking from that pile of rubble where the towers once stood and someone said, "We can't hear you" and he ad-libbed, "I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon," my goodness, that was a home run.

But enough is enough. At some point, a point I think was reached before Bush even hit the stage, rolling around in 9/11 becomes ghoulish.

These are the folks who won't let the press take pictures of soldiers' coffins. They sure seem to have a fondness for parading the American dead around when it suits their needs.
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

Reply
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

Reply
post #5 of 8
pfflam can we get a link please?
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post #6 of 8
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http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/....ap/index.html

or probably not.....see this little piece (above) which featured on CNN's website for a few milliseconds yesterday while we were watching the Bush speech. I would have expected this to be a major headline, since, if OBL wasn't responsible for either masterminding or funding 9-11...then who was? Or is this irrelevant, or not important enough to pursue? Incidentally, Does anyone know for sure why bin Laden was instantly connected to 9-11, within a few hours of the towers coming down..because the evidence connecting him personally is very slim, and what little exists is being chipped away daily.

"We've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming". VP Cheney, 3/29/2006. Interview by Tony Snow
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"We've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming". VP Cheney, 3/29/2006. Interview by Tony Snow
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post #7 of 8
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Is it within your purview to say, in as few words as possible, preferably simply the names, who was responsible?
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

Reply
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

Reply
post #8 of 8
Why can't we all just act like 9-11 wasn't that important and has no roll in the coming election?
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