What station was he watching? The response was in line with Bush's final fallback position after he and his board of strategy realized that it was impossible to sell the weapons of mass destruction explanation any longer.
The final position was that a "bad man" had been removed in Saddam Hussein, the same individual that not that long ago we had been providing weapons along with technology that would help him acquire chemical weapons with which he could slaughter the Iraqi Kurdish population.
A brainwashed individual will accept whatever is provided in the way of explanation. Hence, the robotic response of someone who had heard one viewpoint perpetually drilled into his consciousness.
Another personal incident was even more terrifying. I had as a neighbor a kind gentleman who was a courageous escapee from a Nazi train that would have taken him to his death via the Holocaust.
Early in the 2004 presidential campaign I happened to see this man as I was going to see Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kerry. He smiled and said, "Say hello."
As that same campaign reached its closing stages I saw this same man. He proudly told me that he had been watching Fox along with his son, who I presumed had induced him to do so. He exhibited concern that Kerry had not done right by his fighting colleagues in the Vietnam War.
It was obvious that he had been brainwashed by the Swift Boat lies being broadcast with unflinching regularity on Fox. I explained that the charges had been refuted and that the Department of the Navy stood by the awarding of battlefield citations to Kerry. I also revealed how Dan Rather and others had reported without refutation about how Bush had fled National Guard duty without recourse.
The man shook his head stubbornly. He finally erected an instant fortress and exclaimed, "Well, you are a Democrat and I am a Republican."
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