bush administration rhetorical dishonesty watch
Ah, now I see why we aren't facing a guerilla war in Iraq. They're terrorists.
Seriously, I am sick to death of these people. Attacking civilians is terrorism. Attacking soldiers -- ones occupying your country, no less -- is guerilla warfare. This outcome was predictable -- indeed, was predicted -- way before 9/11 made terrorism Dubya's favorite hot-button (because goodness knows it wasn't prior to then).
And calling it terrorism doesn't make our soldiers any less dead, nor does it magically provide BushCo with a clue about how to deal with it.
From the same press conference, notice Bush backtracking once again about his prewar weapons claims:
"Saddam Hussein had a weapons program," Bush said. "Remember he used them — he used chemical weapons on his own people."
No one disputes either of those points. Prior to the war, though, it was Bush who went much further, insisting that Saddam's existing, massive stocks of chemical, biological, and perhaps even nuclear weapons presented such a grave threat to the US that no option other than invasion right now was possible.
Even the media seems to have noticed:
Bush made no mention of the failure of U.S. teams to find evidence of weapons of mass destruction, but said, "We're bringing some order to the country and we're beginning to learn the truth."
Bush did not explicitly promise, as he has in the past, that weapons or evidence of a weapons program will be found. But, he said, "It's just a matter of time, a matter of time."
Matter of time indeed: November 2004, buddy.