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Dowd: Now for something really scary -- Bush's campaign of fear
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WASHINGTON -- First came the pre-emptive military policy. Now comes the pre-emptive campaign strategy.
Before the president even knows his opponent, his first political ad blanketed Iowa on Sunday. ....
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The Patriotism Refuge
By Richard Cohen
Tuesday, November 25, 2003; Page A29
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If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, as Samuel Johnson said, then it is the first refuge of politicians.
That at least is the case with the Republican National Committee -- and by implication the White House -- which has started
running a television commercial defending George Bush's handling of the Iraq war, saying the president's various Democratic
opponents are attacking him "for attacking the terrorists." Not really. It's for doing such a bad job of it. ...
Naturally and predictably, the White House would like to avoid any accounting whatever and is likely to respond to criticism
with demagogic appeals to patriotism. I hope it doesn't work. I love my country and I love the truth and I always thought
the best thing about being an American is that you don't have to choose.
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Text of Bush Ad titled "Reality":
[President Bush's appearances in this ad are clips from State of the Union Address Jan.
Bush: It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped
into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known.
Graphic on screen: Strong and Principled Leadership
Bush: Our war against terror is a contest of will in which perseverance is power.
Graphic on screen: Some are now attacking the President for attacking the terrorists.
Bush: Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists
and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike?
Graphic on screeen: Some call for us to retreat, putting our national security in the hands
Graphic on screen: Call Congress Now. Tell them to support the President’s policy
of preemptive self-defense.
[Certain key words, including "terrorists," are highlighted in blood red.]
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for the content of this advertising.
Graphic: Ed Gillespie Chairman, RNC
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