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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Words have meaning in war

Posted By on Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Early reports indicate that Bush tanked last night in his speech. People aren't buying.

Well, some people are buying, like Mike Huckabee, who had lots of good things to say on Fox News about the president. Somebody needs to tell The Huckster that Democrats have video recorders. They also watch the enemy's private TV channel to catch politicians saying dumb things, like Huckabee glowing about how he supports Bush's decision to keep doing the same thing, but more of it, in Iraq and talking warmly about how "gutsy" George Bush is to commit thousands of more Americans to the Iraqi charnel house.

The Democratic National Committee's release on Huckabee, in part, is on the jump.

Catch The Huckster on Hardball tonight, presumably saying more of the same.

DNC NEWS RELEASE

Washington, DC – Following President Bush’s address to the nation on Iraq, Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential contender Mike Huckabee said he supports President Bush’s refusal to change course in Iraq. In an interview on Fox News Channel Huckabee explained, “you said people have said he's stubborn. That's a good quality in an executive." [Fox News, 1/11/07]

This past November, Americans expressed their discontent with the Iraq war which has lasted for nearly three years, resulting in the loss of over 3,000 American lives and costing at least $400 billion. A recent poll taken after Bush’s address to the nation, shows that 61 percent of Americans disagree with the President’s plan to increase troops in Iraq. [ABC News/Washington Post, 1/7/07] While conservative Republicans along with military commanders and experts have agreed that Bush’s strategy to escalate the war is not the answer, Mike Huckabee would rather be stubborn.

“Not only does Mike Huckabee agree with the President’s misguided strategy to increase troops, he’s now expressing his admiration for Bush’s stay-the-course stubbornness,” said Democratic National Committee spokesperson Amaya Smith. “If this is any indication of the type of leadership Mike Huckabee would offer as President, Americans should be very weary. Huckabee’s vision of a stubborn commander-in-chief who refuses to listen to the sound advice of respected military experts doesn’t represent America’s future, it represents the past.”

Huckabee a Fan of Bush’s Stubborn Strategy, Calls It Gutsy!

Huckabee Called Bush's Iraq Troop Escalation "Decisive...Gutsy...An Important Move...He's Putting A Lot on The Line." Mike Huckabee spoke out on television regarding President Bush's speech announcing an increase in American troops in Iraq. "I think we have to give the commander-in-chief an opportunity to make this succeed. You said people have said he's stubborn. That's a good quality in an executive. You don't want someone who changes the course of a military every time there's a new opinion poll...It was an important move for the president tonight because he shared a level of candor and level of humility that I think that people can respond and relate to, but he also was decisive...It's a pretty gutsy thing for the president to do. First of all, to say that there have been mistakes and then to say we're going to put more troops in. He's putting a lot of things on the line. The key thing I thought was he invoked the other nations around Iraq to get involved at a greater level. That's something I think has been missing a long time." [Fox & Friends, 1/11/07; Hannity & Colmes, 1/10/07]

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