mainstream TV news media have used repetitive
distortion to create a negative impression of
Howard Dean. They take a sound bite out of context,
imply there own meaning, blow it out of proportion
and hammer the public over and over again. People
regurgitate what they hear and pass it on. Now
they just refer to Dean as flip flopping on issues
but if you ask someone to give you an example
they can't, because they just heard the words
"flip flop" "erratic behavior" and "angry." The
truth is simple. The mainstream news media are
lying. What a surprise! Let's take a look at how
asked in an interview what should happen to Osama
Bin Ladden, Dean said he should have a trial.
The media goes crazy: "Dean would allow Osama
Bin Ladden to be set free by a jury." When Dean
is asked about this again he tries to explain
that the death penalty should apply but he should
first have a trial, the media goes crazy again:
"Now Dean is flip flopping....he thinks Bin Ladden
should be killed....what a maniac this Dean is."
always supported a coalition war in Iraq but not
an illegal war that would destabilize our position
in the world. When Bush pulled the trigger with
more than 120 countries, representing two thirds
of the worlds population, opposing the war in
Iraq, Dean also opposed the war strongly. Among
the 10 largest nations in the "Coalition of the
Willing" between 67 and 86 percent of their own
people opposed the war in Iraq.
the war began and Americans were getting killed,
Dean was attacked for opposing the war. When he
stated that he supported the troops and always
supported a coalition war, the media jumped all
over him: "First he's against the war, now he
says he's for the war." But his position had never
Howard Dean stated: "... the capture of Saddam
Hussein has not made America safer," the press
jumped all over it. They gave everyone they could
find air time to attack Dean. Almost everyone
they talked to responded the same way saying that
anyone who doesn't think the world is better off
must be crazy. Wait a minute! Dean didn't say,
the world wasn't better off. Actually this is
what he said:
capture of Saddam Hussein is good news for the
Iraqi people and the world. Saddam was a brutal
dictator who should be brought swiftly to justice
for his crimes. His capture is a testament to
the skill and courage of U.S. forces and intelligence
personnel. They have risked their lives. Some
of their comrades have given their lives.
Americans should be grateful. I thank these
outstanding men and women for their service
want to talk about Iraq in the context of all
our security challenges ahead. Saddam's capture
offers the Iraqi people, the United States,
and the international community an opportunity
to move ahead. But it is only an opportunity,
not a guarantee.
me be clear: My position on the war has not
difficulties and tragedies we have faced in
Iraq show that the administration launched the
war in the wrong way, at the wrong time, with
inadequate planning, insufficient help, and
at unbelievable cost. An administration prepared
to work with others in true partnership might
have been able, if it found no alternative to
Saddam's ouster, to then rebuild Iraq with far
less cost and risk.
our military commanders said, and the President
acknowledged yesterday, the capture of Saddam
does not end the difficulties from the aftermath
of the administration's war to oust him. There
is the continuing challenge of securing Iraq,
protecting the safety of our personnel, and
helping that country get on the path to stability.
There is the need to repair our alliances and
regain global support for American goals.
as the president also seemed to acknowledge
yesterday, does Saddam's capture move us toward
defeating enemies who pose an even greater danger:
al Qaeda and its terrorist allies. And, nor,
it seems, does Saturday's capture address the
urgent need to halt the spread of weapons of
mass destruction and the risk that terrorists
will acquire them.
capture of Saddam is a good thing which I hope
very much will help keep our soldiers safer.
But the capture of Saddam has not made America
following week we saw a color coded system designed
by our own government telling us as clearly as
possible that America was now less safe than before
to be thorough let me clear up a few more.
has been accused of questioning whether Saddam
was a bad guy or not when he said: "We've gotten
rid of him, and I suppose that's a good thing."
But if you include what he said before and after,
it's clear he was commenting on whether the war
was justified based on the long term cost of fighting
and occupying Iraq. Not whether Saddam was a bad
guy or not.
should've contained Saddam. We've gotten rid
of him, and I suppose that's a good thing, but
there's going to be a long period where the
United States is going to need to be maintained
in Iraq, and that's going to cost American taxpayers
a lot of money."
did change his opinion on the death penalty over
an eleven year period while he was governor. He
changed from ruling it out completely to considering
it only in very serious cases such as mass murder,
murder of a child, cop-killing and a rape-murder
of a previously convicted sex offender. I have
no problem with this. It is consistent with a
compassionate effort to not be in such a hurry
to kill people. It's hardly a radical flip flop
or erratic behavior as it has been described.
been accused of changing his stand on the Social
Security retirement age from eight years ago.
But in 1995 he was responding to a question on
how to balance the budget based on the economic
situation in 1995. The same situation is no longer
true today and so his answer is different today.
Not so hard to understand.
just what exactly is wrong with asking Democrats
to do more than limit the damage Republicans inflict
on working families? The fact that he is right
on target here seems to escape most people. This
is what most of the disenfranchised in all parties
are looking for.
has also been unfairly attacked for sealing his
records as Governor of Vermont. Most governors
seal their records because they include investigations
and letters that reveal things like rape victims,
people with AIDS and people who are gay that do
not want identities revealed. For instance, a
rape victim that never came forward may send a
letter to a Governor asking them to not grant
clemency or release a rapist on parole. That letter
would be included in his records. And that is
why Governor Dean turned all of his records over
to a judge to determine which documents should
I see a candidate or another party attacking their
opponent by distorting the truth, it tells me
they've lost faith in their own ideas. When I
see the media do this it tells me the same thing.
for the record, despite the number of US casualties
reported from Iraq (483) the total coalition casualty
number is 576 soldiers killed with 2779 wounded,
according to "official reports." More than 20,000
Iraqi civilians have been seriously injured and
7798 killed in our liberation of Iraq. Our military
used cluster bombs in civilian areas, which leave
hundreds of unexploded bomblets that look like
toys. Although you won't see it on TV in this
country, the foreign press has shown the footage
of children blown up or mangled when they picked
up the bomblets that we left behind. Nice goin'
Posted: January 4, 2004