Monday, January 23, 2006


From a Wall Street Journal report of Bush's speech to a friendly crowd at Kansas State University:

Mr. Bush received a hero's welcome, with long standing ovations and loud applause as he defended his most controversial positions. There was a noisy crowd of a couple hundred sign-waving anti-war protesters outside the arena where Mr. Bush appeared. "Wage war, not peace!" they chanted to a drumbeat.

"Wage war, not peace"? Either the editors let that one slip, or those are some confused protesters.

Earlier today I saw a yahoo headline that said something to the effect of "Bush to reply to unfiltered questions" - basically implying that it was announced he would take questions not previously screened by his minions. But when I clicked on the link, there was only a summary of today's KSU event. Further research got me nowhere. Can anyone confirm or disconfirm this significant new development?

"I'm mindful of your civil liberties and so I had all kinds of lawyers review the process," Mr. Bush told some 9,000 students, soldiers and dignitaries in the audience.

Sounds like he's more mindful of defending his own ass against legal challenges.


Blogger George W. Bush said...


9:24 PM  
Blogger mkchicago said...

Clinton's been gone for 5 years. Move On, man!

7:30 AM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

From Holtzman's NATION article on GWB's impeachment:

"In 2004, when the violations had been going on for some time, Bush told a Buffalo, NY audience that 'a wiretap requires a court order.' He went on to say that 'when we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so.'"

The guy better get his story straight before the impeachment starts. Move on, indeed!

8:30 AM  
Blogger mkchicago said...

nice try

9:52 AM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

Powerline: ~~~More broadly, when Bush said, "When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so," the context was obviously domestic law enforcement, not international intelligence-gathering on terrorists. As far as is publicly known, the statement he made in Buffalo is true in that context.~~~

"Obviously"? Good thing Powerline is around to clear up these issues. My brain is so awash in liberal media coverage that I can't distinguish between the wiretapping Bush is authorizing which is a breach of all established standards of civil liberties, and the OTHER wiretapping Bush is authorizing, which is a necessary and vital tool of domestic law enforcement, requires no court sanction, and has been authorized for years.

Bottom line: Bush is/was aware of the necessity of getting court sanction before wiretapping.

10:15 AM  

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