Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ken Mehlman Signals Newest GOP Empty Phrase

Appearing on MSNBC's Hardball tonight, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman referred to Iraq as the "...central front in the war on terror," five times in less than five minutes.

In a speech today, Vice President Cheney slipped and called Iraq a "...critical front in the war on terror." What a maverick.

Once again, an amazing Republican spin, given that the CIA's National Counterterrorism Center reported that terrorist attacks across the globe tripled in 2004, compared to the previous year.

More revealing still, is that the number of terrorist incidents in Iraq went from 22 in 2003 to 201 in 2004. This would lead a reasonable person – who's not chair of the RNC -- to conclude that Iraq was not a terrorist stronghold until the Bush administration turned it into one.

But they've run out of reasons our men and women are dying in Bush's war, so the "fight them there, so they don't come here" mantra is the latest line of B.S. being used to explain the unexplainable.

Funny, but there's no mention of the fact that the Bush clan and the Saudi royal family are thick as thieves. There's also no talking about that, in the hierarchy of nations with huge oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is followed in sheer volume of oil holdings by – surprise! – Iraq.

What a freakin' coincidence.