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How the Press Should Press People Who Make Statements Like Guiliani's

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I ran across a news article, about responses to Bush's State of the Union address, which contained this passage:

Bush did get a word of support from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of the 2008 Republican presidential hopefuls.

"I believe we should give the president the support to do this. I want us to be successful in Iraq," he said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show. "I know how important it is to the overall war on terror. Success in Iraq means a more peaceful world for America, it means a victory against terrorists. Failure in Iraq means a big defeat against terrorists and the war on terror is going to be tougher for us."



To which I respond:

The media need to Bushites when they make such statements. They should ask them:

WHAT REASON IS THERE TO BELIEVE THAT SUCCESS IN IRAQ IS STILL A POSSIBILITY, AND IF IT'S NOT A POSSIBILITY, WHAT'S THE POINT OF TALKING ABOUT HOW "SUCCESS IN IRAQ MEANS A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD FOR AMERICA"?


The media should challenge people who make statements like Guiliani's to show us that such declarations have some basis in reality, and that they are not just a way to avoid acknowledging a failure that has ALREADY occurred, a way of pretending that success and victory are still possible to achieve.

 

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