Re-imagining Bush's faux teleconference

From cherry-picked intelligence to cherry-picked soldiers at a recent choreographed teleconference; you'd think they'd have more just a dung-pile of foreign policy and public-relations blunders at this point...

Bob Geiger does some cherry-picking of his own, pulling testimonies from military blogs to cobble together what would've made for a dramatically different press conference that would've, in his words, "forced Bush out of the comfort zone he normally enjoys." A sample:


"On July seventh, we were reminded our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has not done much to curtail the threat of global terror when orchestrated suicide bombings struck the heart of London. Fifty-two days ago, fifty-two people died. I want to tell them sorry. I was supposed to "bring the fight to them," but I didn't; I failed and I'm sorry. But it doesn't matter now. It's too late. It's too late for them, just as it's too late for the twenty-five thousand Iraqis who died because I did "bring the fight to them". I am so very sorry."
Very different press conference indeed. To his eternal credit, Geiger notes that he too has cherry-picked, to which he responds: "I am guilty of the same propaganda for which I castigate the White House – and they would be right." He suggests a combination of his and Bush's choices which "would have had one major thing going for it: the truth." (YellowDogBlog)

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