Bush Pathetically Panders to His Base By Bashing MoveOn, Code Pink
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This post, written by Faiz Shakir, originally appeared on Think Progress
In a politically-charged speech this afternoon at the Heritage Foundation, President Bush brazenly attacked congressional leaders for not immediately granting him all the funding he has requested for the Iraq war.
Lawmakers should stop listening to "Moveon.org bloggers and Code Pink protesters" and start listening to the "warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden," Bush said to a rousing ovation:
When it comes to funding our troops, some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the requests of our commanders on the ground, and less time responding to the demands of MoveOn.org bloggers and Code Pink protesters.
Watch the video to your right.
Bush hardly has a leg to stand on when urging others to heed the warnings of bin Laden. More than six years after 9/11, bin Laden roams free and is " stronger than ever." His administration allowed bin Laden to escape at Tora Bora, shifted resources away from the search for bin Laden in 2002, dismantled the CIA unit charged with locating him, and on top of all that, claimed it didn't really matter if Osama was captured:
Bush: "So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him. ... And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." [ 3/13/02]
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.