Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan

Excerpt from NY Times Column by Frank Rich:
CINDY SHEEHAN couldn't have picked a more apt date to begin the vigil that ambushed a president: Aug. 6 was the fourth anniversary of that fateful 2001 Crawford vacation day when George W. Bush responded to an intelligence briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" by going fishing. On this Aug. 6 the president was no less determined to shrug off bad news. Though 14 marine reservists had been killed days earlier by a roadside bomb in Haditha, his national radio address that morning made no mention of Iraq. Once again Mr. Bush was in his bubble, ensuring that he wouldn't see Ms. Sheehan coming. So it goes with a president who hasn't foreseen any of the setbacks in the war he fabricated against an enemy who did not attack inside the United States in 2001.

When these setbacks happen in Iraq itself, the administration punts. But when they happen at home, there's a game plan. Once Ms. Sheehan could no longer be ignored, the Swift Boating began.
Character assassination is the Karl Rove tactic of choice, eagerly mimicked by his media surrogates, whenever the White House is confronted by a critic who challenges it on matters of war. The Swift Boating is especially vicious if the critic has more battle scars than a president who connived to serve stateside and a vice president who had "other priorities" during Vietnam.
Yes, Mr. Rich, those of us who aren't sheep have noticed. It's nice to know that some paid writers have too.

Rest of article at: The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan until c. 8/28/05. (After that an abstract of article will be available and a chance to purchase a look at the column. Or altenately use title--which is always on top of the link in our group's blogs and forum--to search usenet via Google groups for a copy of the article. Some people copy articles they feel are important to usenet. You can also just search on the title. Sometimes copies of disappearing news articles can be found on other people's sites too.)

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