Well you agreed with Tom too!

Did not

Did so

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(Jim Young/Reuters)

Dubya doesn’t look too happy there. Keep in mindhere was the question yesterday on Tet…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Tom Friedman wrote in the New York Times this morning that what we might be seeing now is the Iraqi equivalent of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968.Tony Snow this morning said, “He may be right.” Do you agree?

BUSH: He could be right. There’s certainly a stepped up level of violence, and we’re heading into an election. (emphasis mine)

Today Pony Blow backtracked with…

Q Does the President still think that Iraq is a winning issue for Republicans, and can you elaborate on what he was talking about yesterday in the Stephanopoulos interview about linking — comparing it with the Tet Offensive?

MR. SNOW: Well, let’s back up. We’ll do the Tet Offensive question first. That comparison was made by Tom Friedman. That was a question about a column that Tom Friedman wrote. And the President was making a point that he’s made before, which is that terrorists try to exploit pictures and try to use the media as conduits for influencing public opinion in the United States. And as Lieutenant General Caldwell said today in his briefing in Baghdad, it is possible, although we don’t have a clear pathway into the minds of terrorists, it is possible that they are trying to use violence right now as a way of influencing the elections.

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6 thoughts on “Well you agreed with Tom too!

  1. So, we should leave our soldiers in Iraq indefinitely, to prove to the terrorists we aren’t influenced?
    And we should vote GOP because a vote for Democrats is a vote for the terrorists?
    Everytime you think they can’t go any lower, they break out the shovels.

  2. I get the feeling that Steph was fucking with Bush with that question, seeing if he’d take the bait in his ignorance, and damn if he didn’t, what with Bush being a History Major and all.
    And the chattering class is all busy discussing seriously the comparison, when there really is no comparison between Tet and this freaking nightmare in Iraq.
    Vietnam was a war. With real strategies and objectives, with political consequences to military actions. Tet was a failure to the Viet Cong militarily, filled with American victories to roll them back. But it shocked the American people to see that there was this much of a fight on their hands, that this nameless pajama clad army of Vietnamese could put up that large of an offensive.
    For the first time, I think, the American People saw the magnitude of the fight, and recoiled at the cost for a very uncertain victory.
    Maybe somebody had realized that we’d made our point to the Soviets, that we’d fight them, I’m sure the Soviet military saw the firepower we could bring to bear and didn’t relish having it directed at themselves, right, so Vietnam had ceased making sense as a geo-political tool.
    Not so Iraq. That’s why they don’t let us see the coffins coming home, or the dead and wounded. Iraq is just a brutal and deadly killing ground to no purpose except to kill, and we gain nothing be being in the middle of it. Why don’t we let the Iraqi’s pull themselves up by their bootstraps and solve their own problems? It’s good enough for New Orleans residents, it’s good enough for all the lucky duckies, why not the Iraqi’s?
    Try explaining that to an idiot though.
    Duckman GR

  3. Pony seems to be practicing for his next job as a caddy at Congressional Golf Course.
    Having predicted somewhere that Pony would not last through the election, I have resigned myself to being proven wrong. Based on those faces though, I gotta wonder. That is one angry clown!
    -YouFascinateMe

  4. The big difference between Tet and Iraq (that Friedman couldn’t figure out) is that it was AFTER Tet in the Vietnam war that the American people could see the military and administration lies and lost confidence in and support for the war. Regarding Iraq, the American people have ALREADY identified the administration and military lies, and have lost confidence in and support for the war, even before this latest round of violence (see any of the national public opinion polls). Neither media or president are very good with historical analogies.
    Charles

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