Monday, November 21, 2005

BushCheney: All Talk

I watched part of Cheney's speech this morning. I have to say that, on content alone, it was a good speech. Indeed, the Bushies are usually pretty good at giving speeches that "sound right." But there are a few problems

1. It helps when the speaker has credibility. Bush and Cheney, have no credibility left, so the words they speak automatically trigger the "what aren't they telling me?" skepticism.

2. The actions on the ground often don't match the grandness of the rhetoric. Bush, Cheney and the others talk a good game about bringing freedom. But they rarely turn their rhetoric into reality. They are of the school that tyinks that reality will follow the rhetoric. But reality is a restless beast that rarely tolerates someone tugging on its leash.

3. They spend an inordinate amount of time spreading fear about what might happen if we don't do what they say, but they repeatedly gloss over what is happening in response to what they are doing. Cheney talked about how doing anything other than what we are doing will lead to a "victory for the terrorists". But he didn't explain how doing what we are doing will lead to a victory for us.

More and more people are starting to notice that rather key omission.


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