Empty Words: No Longer Believable
John LeBoutillier | September 13 2006
The President's 9/11 speech commemorating the fifth anniversary of that tragic day points out why a solid majority of Americans no longer trust him - and believe his is already a ‘failed presidency.'
His pledge - dragged out of a dark, musty closet after several years of silence on the topic - to “get” Osama Bin Laden no matter how difficult it is - is no longer believable. And that is why GW Bush is not considered “honest and trust-worthy” by 58% of the American people in the most recent polling.
After Bill Clinton's direct, finger-pointing lies to the American people, GW Bush had promised to “restore honor and dignity to the White House.”
In the view of many, he, too, has repeatedly lied to the American people about Iraq and WMD - and especially about how hard we are really trying to get Osama Bin Laden.
This Administration says one thing - and then does another. Case in point: while the President of the United States pledges to do everything possible to kill or capture Osama Bin Lden, his CIA disbanded the Bin Laden Unit which was created exclusively to hunt him down!
Yes, the White House tried to put a band-aid on that embarrassing revelation a few weeks ago by muttering some typical bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo about “shifting assets” and “changing lines of authority.”
But the facts speak for themselves: five years ago the president told the American people his administration would do everything possible to get Osama.
Five years later it is a fair question to ask: do you believe the President has woken up every day with getting Osama as his top priority? Even one of his top priorities? Or how about this question: which excited GW Bush, son of G HW Bush, more: getting Osama or getting Saddam?
Here is something we all need to remember: the President of the United States sets priorities and those priorities quickly filter down the bureaucracy and the chain of command. Everyone underneath the President wants to please him. So his top priority quicky becomes their top priority.
1) When he got focused on Iraq in the summer of 2002, every single event and statement from all his subordinates was also focused on Iraq. Every speech, TV appearance, radio show - everything - was centered on toppling Saddam. Suddenly, Osama was the Forgotten Enemy. No mention of him...many months went by, measured by reporters, when Osama's name was not even mentioned by GW Bush. Indeed, Mr. Bush had pivoted away from Osama and became obsessed with getting Saddam.
Bush's own indifference to really bagging Osama filtered down and is reflected in the closing of the Osama CIA desk.
So Mr. Bush's words in Monday night's speech are indeed empty words - meaningless, useless statements.
2) Another example of this is Mr. Bush's empty words on illegal immigration: while repeatedly offering de-facto amnesty to those who have broken the law and crossed our borders illegally, Mr. Bush says, “This is not amnesty.”
He undermines his own credibility by such a brazen lie.
The same applies to border security. After much political pressure forced him to back down and dispatch the National Guard to the Mexican border, we read in the fine print that these few thousand Guardsmen would be unarmed!!!
Most Americans have ‘tuned out' GW Bush. They don't care what he says, they don't believe him - and they can't wait to get to the next presidency.
Rarely has a President of the United State squandered such an opportunity to change the world and our country for the better. 9/11 was a watershed event in our history. Instead of changing so many things, Mr. Bush basically changed nothing. Instead, he used it to scare the American people into a new war in Iraq. And everything he told us to justify that pre-emptive invasion has proven to be knowingly false at the time.
So here we are five years later.
And once again we have a President with a huge ‘credibility gap' as he rides out his lame duck years.
When you begin to focus on who you want in 2008, pay close attention to their words - and see if they, too, say thing they truly believe or things to pander to you. If you hear more ‘empty words,' then don't vote for them.
America is too great a country to be led any longer by people like these.
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