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  xWednesday, January 29, 2003

the return of more sotu response


Interesting Times has a series of posts on the SotU speech. IT notes that Bush chose as the capper of his diatribe against Iraq the thoroughly-debunked claim that a cache of aluminum tubes were somehow intended for Iraq's nuclear program:
Notice the clever obfuscation in the comment about the aluminum tubes. Bush gets around the inconvenient fact that there is no evidence that they are being used for "nuclear weapons production" by asserting the undisputed claim that they have "attempted to purchase" them and then leave it as an exercise to the listener to conclude that the only reason this was done was for "nuclear weapons production".

and then wonders about the rhetorical purpose in saving such a lame claim for last:
Consider this: generally speaking, when giving a list of particulars, the rhetorically correct thing to do is build to a dramatic finish with your best points. This aluminum tube canard is so old that it is turning as green as Bush's hair. It has been repeatedly debunked just as recently as Monday's inspection report to the Security Council. It is by far the weakest link in Bush's chain of evidence of Sadaam's perfidy.


Yet he chose this item to conclude his list.

Bush doesn't care about proving anything. He cares about scaring the living bejeesus out of the American people. Nook-u-lar weapons are scarier then chemical and biological weapons so they are the best choice for concluding a list of terror.

For years I never understood the hullabaloo that was the multiple Clinton scandals. All of that noise, yet very little sense was to be made of it all. That is until I realized that most of the accusations against the Clintons were easy to understand so long as you didn't presume the Clintons were guilty.

Similarly, most of the rhetoric from the Bushies is confusing as hell, but only so long as you presume that they actually have the best interest of the American people at heart. Once you acknowledge the possibility that they would deliberately scare the citizenry in order to get what they want then most of what they do makes perfect sense.

There's lots more good stuff over at Interesting Times, too.





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