Friday, September 10, 2004

Bush, the Flip Flopper

The Republicans have been constantly painting the picture of John Kerry being a flip flopper. Not that Kerry has not changed positions on things, but President Bush has had some flip flop whoppers. Just in the last few weeks he has flipped then flopped several times. Ever since 9/11 he has claimed to be the war president, the Commander in Chief. Then about a month ago he started claiming he was the peace president, which raised some eyebrows as he seemed to forget that we are still fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. But by the convention, he was back to being the war president.

Also ever since 9/11 he was going to win the war on terror, then a couple of weeks ago he said that the war on terror was unwinnable, but the next day he reverted to, we will win the war on terror. So there we have two flip flop flips, war president, peace president, war president., win the war on terror, unwinnable, win the war on terror.

Then we can go to the 527 political groups. In 2000, Bush thought they were wonderful freedoms of speech. Now he condemns them, he was forced to by the swift boat attack ads on Kerry. But as the ads coming out by 527s concerning his National Guard service I'm betting he now hates this form of free speech.

In the 2000 presidential campaign Bush was against nation building. Now we see in Iraq his flip to wanting to be a nation builder. In late 2002 he was against negotiating with North Korea using incentives to prevent them from building nukes. In mid 2004 he then said he would be willing to offer incentives to North Korea to disarm. Flip, flop.

Soon after becoming president he talked about forcing OPEC to lower prices, "What I think the president ought to do [when gas prices spike] is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots...And the president of the United States must jawbone OPEC members to lower the price." Here comes the flip....With gas prices soaring in the United States at the beginning of 2004, the Miami Herald reported the president refused to "personally lobby oil cartel leaders to change their minds." What a flop.

And don't forget that Bush opposed the idea of a Homeland Security Department in early 2002. Three months later he was trying to take credit for the idea, welcoming it. Flipping, flopping.

How about these two quotes from Bush regarding Osama Bin Laden... 9/17/01 "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'" Time to flip...3/13/02 "I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him... I truly am not that concerned about him." Big time flop.

And I could go on, there are plenty of flips and flops. Bush has flipped on Homeland Security, Osama Bin Laden, OPEC. He has flopped on war president/peace president, win the war on terror/unwinnable. Bush has flipped on North Korea and nation building, flopped on 527 groups. Bush is MORE of a flipper than Kerry, and Bush is really just a total flop.


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