In Sunday’s column — “Dishonest, Reprehensible, Corrupt …” (sub only) — Frank Rich flays George Bush, who’s “so desperate for allies that his hapless Asian tour took him to Ulan Bator, a first for an American president, so he could mingle with the yaks and give personal thanks for Mongolia’s contribution of some 160 soldiers to ‘the coalition of the willing’.”

Rich flogs Bush with evidence that we at this blog are already very intimate with:

  • “[a] nearly 7,000-word investigation [of trumped-up evidence of WMDs] in last Sunday’s Los Angeles Times,” which was ably assisted in its writing by Patrick Lang, who then wrote about his own views on the article here in “Curveball the Eight Ball,” and
  • Murray Waas’s report “in the nonpartisan National Journal,” which I wrote about last week in “Bush/Cheney Knew No 9/11 – Saddam Connection,” which exposed the PDB that Bush had received 10 days after 9/11/01 and which was never seen by Congress, thus proving that Congress did not have the same intelligence the White House had.

“No matter how much the president and vice president raise their decibel levels,” writes Rich, “the truth keeps roaring out.”

And nowhere is the deafening drumroll of truth more bluntly beaten than in John Amato’s piece tonight at Crooks & Liars:

Is President Bush giving comfort to the enemies?

LA Times: “In a departure from previous statements, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said this week that the training of Iraqi soldiers had advanced so far that the current number of U.S. troops in the country probably would not be needed much longer  President Bush will give a major speech Wednesday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in which aides say he is expected to herald the improved readiness of Iraqi troops, which he has identified as the key condition for pulling out U.S. forces…read on

It’s part of the exit strategy when Republicans want to bring or troops home. Democrats are heralded as traitors when they broach the same subject.

In Dick Cheney’s speech at AEI last week he said: “A precipitous withdrawal from Iraq would be a victory for the terrorists, an invitation to further violence against free nations, and a terrible blow to the future security of the United States of America.” (via Think Progress) …

Thanks, John, for contrasting the lies and the truth so clearly.

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