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May 25, 2004

Feels Good:
Bush Called America A Failed Country


"It is the heart and will of America that gives me confidence when I say that we can solve the biggest problem facing our country, and that is a failed country, and a failed culture. A culture which once delineated right from wrong and good from bad has shifted to a culture that flouts virtue and revels in irresponsibility. It's a culture that says if it feels good, do it, and be willing to blame."
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1996 Republican Convention. Is he a wishy-washy, icky-picky flip-flopper, too? By the GOP standards against Kerry - of course.

"... if it feels good, do it, and be willing to blame."

Posted on Thu, Mar. 20, 2003

War begins in Iraq with strikes aimed at `leadership targets'

By Martin Merzer, Ron Hutcheson and Drew Brown
Knight Ridder Newspapers


WASHINGTON - War erupted Wednesday night as the United States launched dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles and aimed 2,000-pound bombs at Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and other "leadership targets" in Baghdad.

The strike was aimed at "decapitating" Saddam's regime and specifically targeted him, his two sons and other senior leaders of the Baath Party and Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council, according to a senior Bush administration official.

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U.S. forces also took control of the frequencies used by Iraqi state radio and began broadcasting messages in Arabic, officials said. The message said the Iraqi people's day of liberation had arrived.

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President Bush announced the attack in a four-minute television speech to the nation. "On my order, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war," he said. "These are the opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign."

Minutes before the speech, an internal television monitor showed the president pumping his fist. "Feels good," he said.
Except, as Ara Rubyan pointed out May 4, Bush has never blamed the right people.

Update 11:28 And from April, 2004. EJ Dionne in his column offers this Bush quote from earlier that month:

We stand for a culture of responsibility in America. We're changing the culture of this country from one that has said, if it feels good, do it, and if you got a problem, blame somebody else, to a culture in which each of us are responsible for the decisions we make in life."

And then describes how Bush's reaction to the Aug 6, 2001 PDB was decidely underwhelming in this regard.