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Frank Rich: As the war drags on, the lies get thicker

Until recently, the mainstream media has been loathe to call out the Bush administration on false statements. And even when a reporter or commentator did so, he or she would would not characterize the misstatements as deliberate lies.

That may be changing. Frank Rich’s column in Sunday’s New York Times trots out the “L” word in matter-of-fact fashion.

He also suggests that if what Bush says really were true — that the safety of Americans depends on the success of the Iraq war — then Americans are in trouble, given the course of the war so far.

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McCain vs. Bush: GOP Battle Over Torture, Detainees


Sept. 17, 2006 — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., defended his opposition to White House-approved terror-detainee legislation Sunday, instead supporting a measure that provides for the detention and trial of terrorist suspects that the president has vowed to defeat.

“This is a matter or conscience, an American conscience,” McCain told ABC News in an exclusive appearance on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Are we going to be like the enemy, or are we going to be the United States of America?”

On Friday, President Bush argued that CIA-led detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists was essential to fighting the war on terror.

“Were it not for this program, our intelligence community believes that al Qaeda and its allies would have succeeded in launching another attack against the American homeland,” Bush told reporters in a Rose Garden press conference. “By giving us information about terrorist plans we couldn’t get anywhere else, this program has saved innocent lives.”

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Analysts: Bush’s cowboy image waning; world still wary


WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Bush addresses world leaders at the United Nations this week, he will have fewer options and lower expectations on almost every major foreign policy front than a year ago.

The United States is relying more readily on international institutions and alliances for help in Iran, Lebanon, North Korea, Sudan and elsewhere. Yet, according to analysts, the Bush administration has less room to maneuver.

Bush and his foreign policy advisers have tried with some success to dispel the caricature of Bush abroad as a Texas cowboy riding alone and herding the U.S. into an unpopular war in Iraq.

But the war, now in its fourth year, devours resources and energy for other global objectives and feeds mistrust about U.S. intentions, experts say.

“I’m not sure they have changed their minds about to what extent to proceed unilaterally and how much to use military force so much as they have run out of options,” said Richard Stoll, a political science professor at Rice University who studies foreign policy and national security.


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Keith Olbermann’s Friday broadcast on MSNBC featured a long look at the President’s contentious Rose Garden press conference on Friday, dubbing it the “Roast Garden,” and then pondered whether Bush’s urgency to redefine the Geneva Convention had more to do with “covering his own backside” than anything else.

At a Friday press conference, an animated President Bush tells reporters that the U.S. program to interrogate terrorist suspects will not continue unless Congress creates new legal definitions for Common Article 3 or the Geneva Conventions — a move that has alarmed some GOP senators and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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How 3 G.O.P. Veterans Stalled Bush Detainee Bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 — Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham cornered their partner, Senator John W. Warner, on the Senate floor late Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Warner, the courtly Virginian who is chairman of the Armed Services Committee, had been trying for weeks to quietly work out the three Republicans’ differences with the Bush administration’s proposal to bring terrorism suspects to trial. But Senators McCain, of Arizona, and Graham, of South Carolina, who are on the committee with Mr. Warner, convinced him that the time for negotiation was over.

The three senators, all military veterans, marched off to an impromptu news conference to lay out their deep objections to the Bush legislation. Mr. Warner then personally broke the news to Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, and the next day the Armed Services Committee voted to approve a firm legislative rebuke to the president’s plan to reinterpret the Geneva Conventions.

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