Thursday, February 03, 2005

Iraqi Woman at Bush State of the Union speech was a FAKE! don't think they'd try it again, do ya???

So the Republican machine tried to play on the emotions of the American public again & tried to use an Iraqi woman to push their agenda. As some of you know, Bush's State of the Union speech featured an Iraqi woman in the front of the audience, placed there intentionally to back Bush's message.

The Iraqi woman, Ms. Sofia Taleb Al Souhail, it was claimed was the daughter of prominent Iraqi opposition member in exile who was killed by Saddam.

Quotes Bush during his speech:

"Eleven years ago, Safia's father was assassinated by Saddam's intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country -- and we are honored that she is with us tonight."

She even at one point hugged the mother of an American soldier who had been killed in Iraq. It was the "money shot" as Howard Fineman, a news reporter for MSNBC, pointed out. & yes, it was definitely very effective politics.

The problem is that it was all a lie.

The issue is: will people focus on the emotional tear-jerker they were fed on TV or will they be willing to spend a little time finding out or even listening to the facts.

Hey, I'm the first to say that Cheney scored big during the VP debate when he stated that he had never once seen Edwards in the Senate chambers. A COMPLETE LIE. & HE KNEW IT.

But it was effective. & pointing it out later was a good recovery but that lie did it's damage. It continued to cement his core listeners & it put Edwards off.

Just like Cheney's lie, the Iraqi woman is an effective lie & good presentation. Now if it were only true.

Turns out she was actually going go to 3 international courts to charge the US government for being virtual accomplices in the murder of her father. Her father was planning a coup of Saddam's government but the US government felt he would not go along with their policies.

So the US Government TOLD Saddam about the plot which resulted in the capture & torture & DEATH of the leaders.

Yeah, that's protecting freedom. Aiding a dictator. & oh, before any of you Repubs cry out, remember this was during CLINTON'S administration.

So, to summarize:

  1. This woman wasn't just some common Iraqi picked up from the streets, as Bush implied

  2. This woman has political capital she's going to gain from working with Bush

  3. This woman was ready to prosecute the US government, but will shut up now. Hmmmm, what do you think Bush promised her for that silence & hug??? Mmmm, Bagdad??

Whatever the woman's motivation, & frankly I don't really have issues with her because frankly she's just another pawn on the Bush board, it's the motivation of the Repubs that apalls me!

Remember the Kuwait princess who came on TV before the Gulf War in 1991. She was pushed there by the pro-war faction (Kuwati & Bush I) & she told a emotional tale of how Iraqi soldiers were using babies for shooting practices.

It made every mother & compasionate American cry out for war. It was effective. BUT IT WAS A LIE. She never saw any of what she claimed & as a princess had been safetly removed from the country before it was taken over.

Bush is again using Ms. Souhail to get an emotion knee jerk response from Americans, knowing full well how effective it is.

Let's hope that THIS time America does not get fooled.

Full story here:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! i don't know who to believe anymore

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, and just try finding the entity the lady supposedly works for - not available on the net, of course!

Any web information seems to be authored by US State Dept.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course America will get fooled this time around. We were fooled in 2000, 2003, 2004, and are fooled again in 2005. In fact We've been fooled ever since listened to Abe Lincoln and believed him!

6:54 AM  

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