Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Stay the Course: Another Democrat Dirty Trick

Democrats are so desperate to win the upcoming election that they are now trying to claim President Bush said something he never said. On ABC's This Week on Sunday host George Stephanopoulos asked the President a question that represented a new low in "gotcha" journalism: "James Baker says that he's looking for something between 'cut and run' and 'stay the course,'" Stephanopoulos said, referring to the War in Iraq. President Bush patiently explained to Stephanopoulos "We've never been 'stay the course,' George." I certainly don't remember the President ever saying anything about "stay the course" being the strategy in Iraq so I was puzzled that anyone would claim that he did. The next day White House counselor Dan Bartlett reiterated that "stay the course" had never been the policy of the Bush Administration, as did White House spokesman Tony Snow. So where did this idea come from?

I suspected that this was another Democrat dirty trick and I vowed to do whatever I could to expose it. Like the enterprising bloggers who completely exonerated Mark Foley and the Republican House leadership by revealing that his emails were actually a hoax perpetrated by Democrat operatives who held on to them until just before the election, I decided to look into who was trying to smear Bush by claiming that he had supported a "stay the course" strategy in Iraq when he clearly denied ever doing so.

First, I did a little digging into George Stephanopoulos who tried to set the President up with his trick question. I did a search on his name using "the Google," as the President likes to call it, and discovered to my shock that Stephanopoulos is a former Democrat apparatchik who not only worked for the Clinton Administration but was actually one of Clinton's top campaign advisors! This information about Stephanopoulos' partisan background was available to anyone who was willing to do a little research yet no one who reported this story thought it was important enough to mention.

After President Bush made his remarks, an obscure website called Think Progress claimed that his statement contradicted past statements and even purported to offer proof that the President had said we should "stay the course" in Iraq on numerous occasions. According to its "About Us" page, Think Progress is a project of the American Progress Action Fund. This organization is an "advocacy group" for the Center for American Progress, which claims to be "a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all." It turns out that the President of this organization is none other than John Podesta, Bill Clinton's former chief of staff! And where does the Center for American Progress receive much of its funding? From the man who was behind the release of the Foley emails, George Soros! So Think Progress turns out to be a front for billionaire George Soros, the shadowy figure who bankrolls the vast left-wing conspiracy.

As a rebuttal to President Bush's statement that his strategy in Iraq has never been "stay the course," Think Progress offered six links to purported statements the President made over the last two years saying that we should "stay the course." Every one of these links went to the same website, whitehouse.gov. The site claims to be the "official" site for the President but of course anyone could set up a spoof website and make such a claim. A "whois" search gives no information about the anonymous owner of this domain. But if you search this site on the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive you discover something very interesting. Take a look at what the site looked like in 1997. Before it claimed to be the "official" site for the Bush White House, this site was actually a brazen propaganda arm of the Clinton Administration!

Other liberal websites have followed Think Progress' lead and offered what they claim to be videos of the President saying that we should "stay the course" in Iraq. Of course, it's very easy to edit a video to make it look like someone is saying anything. The President's jerky movements in these videos and the way he barely moves his lips when speaking are telltale signs than these videos are the work of poorly spliced together and manipulated footage.

Now take a look at the video of President Bush from that ABC interview. Notice anything strange in the background? Behind the President is a multicolored flag called the "Rainbow Flag." The Rainbow Flag is the emblem of the homosexual movement. Why would the President conduct an interview in a place where an emblem of the homosexual movement is flying? This leads me to believe that the President may not have actually given this interview at all. His image may have been digitally placed in the footage to make it look like he was being interviewed.

I'm sure the White House is working diligently to unmask this Democrat conspiracy to make it look like the President is flip-flopping and confused about his strategy in Iraq. In the coming days I am sure they will offer proof that he never said we should "stay the course" in Iraq and that the whole idea is a clever Democrat disinformation campaign. The Bush Administration has a lot more resources than this modest blogger. But if it was so easy for me to figure out the truth, why hasn't the mainstream media been working on it? As Matt Drudge likes to say, "Developing...."

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liquiddaddy said...

It's pretty damned obvious the president was saying, "stay the course of flexibility and foreign policy/military nimbleness in order to choose the best option, at the very moment it is most effective." As if the greatest president ever was demanding we 'stay the course' off the cliff. That would be stupid and arrogant. geez

OutOfContext said...

I think he meant 'play the course'; there's a lot of flexibility in that phrase. You can hit off the red, blue or white tees and pin placement is never the same. Hell, one time I played the at the Miami Shores Country Club after a thunderstorm and lost a ball in the water on the fairway. Come to think of it, I did ignore the caddy's advice on that one.

Anonymous said...

Even though Mr. Bush never said "Stay the course", I believe he should have.

As we all know, staying the course shows commitment and dedication, regardless of the consequences. It could have shown how much of an anti-flip-flopper Mr. Bush is and served as an example for the Iraqi people to follow. The greatest lover of freedom, our tireless leader, has demonstrated "staying the course" against all odds and sense; why not admit it? It would probably give a boost to the morale of our armed forces and the Iraqi security forces as well.

spirito said...

by jove, you've got it!

Jon Swift said...

As a conservative, impeachgwbush, I'm a big supporter of the sucker punch as a civilized alternative to the tort system. It's nice to see that there is at least one liberal who agrees with me.

Anonymous said...

I think when GWB said "Stay the course" he was referring to the administration's perpetuation of fabrication and propaganda spreading, not the war. We were misunderstanding all long.

The Truffle said...

Why is President Bush sitting in front of a rainbow wall hanging? Is he at a GLAAD meeting?

Abe said...

Mr. Swift:

Are you sure that Bush didn't say "stay the course"? Or, it could have been George talkin' about "stayin' the curse".

I don't know! I'll check in later for a little clearifyin'.

Jaesoreal said...

I always assumed he was saying "stay with the chorus" like we are going to keep the chorus on whatever song we are singing. Everytime he gave a speech and said stay with the chorus I would break out into "Born in the U.S.A."

Anonymous said...

Are you high? Bush has said "Stay the course" constantly. So has Tony Snow. What the hell is wrong with you??? Instead of googling the interviewer and the rainbow flag, maybe you should have googled "Stay the course" and Bush. Here's a list of direct Quotes, idiot.

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