Saturday, March 19, 2005
See if you can spot the editorial voice in this AP report (through CNN) on the President's weekly radio address:
"These are landmark events in the history of freedom," he said.
With his primary rationale for the war -- Saddam's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction -- discredited, Bush has turned to the argument that the war in Iraq was justified because it freed the Iraqi people from a brutal dictator and now gives the Middle East a model for democracy.
Bush said "the Iraqi people are taking charge of their own destiny," citing the country's first free and fair elections in its modern history, this week's first meeting of the Transitional National Assembly and the upcoming drafting of a constitution for a "free and democratic Iraq."
Against that progress, insurgents have carried on a relentless campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings while rampant crime, power outages, unemployment over 50 percent and a fuel crisis in one of the world's prime oil-exporting countries continues.
Even as the Iraqi legislators convened, they did not set a new date to meet reconvene, elect a speaker or nominate a president and vice president.
Some have questioned Bush's repeated claims that recent democratic developments in several global hotspots are due to both the Iraq war and his second-term drive to push for reforms in friend and foe.
Still, the president has pointed to democratic gains in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, as well as the relatively peaceful elections in Iraq...
Oh yeah, that.
Update: Speaking of the Democratic response, take note of how CNN reports it in this story - utterly uncritically, simply passing on the story of the speech (as they should). What liberal media?
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