The Star Tribune Strikes again (and again and...)
I am really surprised that the folks over at Anti-Strib didn't hop all over this particular op-ed piece in Pravda on the Mississippi. I mean I realize that Tracy is busy trying to get this set up, but still!!! So in the spirit of the season, I will step up and attempt to address it.
"A public-relations offensive comes as no surprise after months of terrible headlines for the president, but it is a classic and vain Washington blunder."
Since when is telling your side of the story a "public-relations offensive"? For months and months, the left and their willing accomplices at the Strib have been hammering the Bush Adminsitration with quasi scandals (the Plame "leak" and the NSA "spy scandal" come to mind) and nary a peep has come out of the White House to explain their side of the story. Many conservative pundits (Laura Ingraham for one) have been pleading with the White House to explain their actions to the American people. The Strib tips their hand, yet again. They prefer a to beat up a bound and gagged opponent.....how very brave of them.
Americans became disillusioned with the Bush presidency during 2005 not because of the packaging, but because of the content. They see that the administration botched prewar intelligence on Iraq. They see that the Pentagon bungled the planning of the subsequent occupation, and that valiant young Americans are dying as a result.
So let me see if I have this right....in less than 36 months we have toppled a dictatorship, put the country on the path to the 21st century AND helped them hold 3 very successful elections in less than a year and the Strib calls it a bungled "occupation"? What would they considered success? Rhetorical question....I already know that what they expected. The expected total, abject failure. Anything less than that is indeed bungled...As far as the "botched pre-war" intelligence, the Strib conveniently forgets that much of that data came to us before the Bush Administration even came into office. If you are going to fault the Administration on anything (regarding pre-war intelligence) it is believing anything that the Clinton era CIA told them!
"They don't trust the president's leadership on Social Security and they recognize that his economic policies are not delivering for average working families. "
Now here the Strib is engaging in spin! The reason that the American People don't trust the President's leadership on Social Security is because the left and the MSM purposely mislead them on what the President was proposing (in the form of SS reform). The American people are smarter than the folks on Portland Ave....they do see that the Administration's economic policy is helping. All you need to do is look at the consumer confidence levels to see that! Regardless of the media's hype - the American people know that the economy is booming...they see it everyday in their bank accounts!
It has taken Americans five years to understand that the candidate who campaigned for president as a centrist and won twice with the narrowest of victories is actually leading the nation in radical and reckless directions. Now they are stuck with a costly conflict abroad and a disappointing economy at home, and no amount of repackaging will fix those problems.
Sorry folks....what it has taken the American people 5 years to see is the out and out WAR that the left has been waging on the American President! They call our troops murders and worse, they mock our troops, they call the President all sorts of names, they call anyone who supports the missioni fascists and yet they get mad if someone dares to question their patriotism? Finally after 5 years, the American people are seeing that the only quagmire that we are facing is the quagmire of defeatism as waged by the Democratic Party and their willing accomplices in the "legacy media". The more strident the Strib gets, the more people of logic and sense turn to the "alternate" media on the Internet. As we progress toward the November elections, we can expect the rhetoric out of the Strib to become even more fevered!
Keep it up guys. You are helping us more than you can imagine!