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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Bush told many lies about Iraq

President Bush pointed to political realignment in Iraq’s volatile Anbar province as evidence that Iraq is a fight that the United States is winning.

His claims, however, are not backed by the facts. Here’s a closer look at some of Bush’s assertions in a national address on Iraq on Thursday.

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bin Laden’s undeserved bully pulpit

For the life of me, I can’t understand the preoccupation of the American media — from TV to newspapers to the free-lance pseudo-journalists of the Internet — with the periodic ranting of Osama bin Laden.

More disconcerting is the determination to disseminate his twisted messages as though he were a foe with legitimate aims rather than the vicious thug he is. Is it the same fascination one gets from watching a hideously ugly, menacing spider?

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Maxing out the national credit card

Once again, for the fifth time since President Bush took office, it’s time to raise the limit on the national debt, and once again Congress is letting it go until the last minute.

Fortunately, the Senate Finance Committee this week approved by voice vote an $850 billion increase in the government’s ability to borrow, bringing the new debt limit to $9.82 trillion.

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Why Republican candidates live in fear

If the GOP presidential slate of candidates were a Chinese menu, Republicans would be a lot happier.

If only GOP primary voters could have, on one plate, Mitt Romney’s business acumen, Rudy Giuliani’s name recognition, John McCain’s experience, Fred Thompson’s self confidence, Sam Brownback’s appeal to the conservative base, Ron Paul’s feistiness, Tom Tancredo’s passion and Duncan Hunter’s, well, resilience.

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Fighting a war without end?

Six years after Sept. 11, 2001, a convenient moment for stock-taking, are we at war or are we not at war — and if so with whom or with what?

Americans are killed at an average of 80 a month in Iraq. More come home forever damaged in body or spirit. But for most of us, daily life goes merrily on.

Iraqis are displaced by the millions and killed at a rate of 2,000 a month (down, it’s said, from 4,000 a few months ago). It’s not clear whether that’s progress or just because of the growing number of neighborhoods that have been ethnically cleansed.

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