Senator Russ Feingold Blames Bush, Iraq For Bhutto Killing
Senator Feingold Faults Bush, Iraq Over Bhutto Killing
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Descending instantly into political partisanship at a particularly sensitive moment, US Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) used today's savage attack on Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto to blame President Bush and Iraq.
Given the emotional state of affairs in East Asia after an ambush that killed both a revered leader and dozens of others, isn't this a particularly reckless approach? By providing verbal ammunition for our enemies abroad, isn't Feingold pouring gasoline on an already- raging wildfire overseas?
In an interview on today's Ed Schultz Show, Feingold wasted no time taking the low road, folding his unfortunate words into what otherwise sounds like a calm and reasoned reaction.
It's one heck of a sneaky debate trick, especially how Feingold uses "in recent years" to refer to Bush, while cloaking the point slightly around the 2008 presidential race. But a close listen makes it clear he's going after Bush and Iraq.
After this many years as a senator, these kinds of rhetorical tricks are old hat to someone like Feingold.
From today's show:
FEINGOLD: The focus on Iraq has been a real disservice to focusing on this part of the world where a great, frankly somebody who had great leadership and following, has been killed.
And here's a YouTube clip of his full response, which will make it clear that his words are not being taken out of context. In fact, his rush to blame the Bush Administration, even if not by name, couldn't be more obvious:
Interestingly, his official statement in response to the attacks leaves out any such criticism:
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
On the Assassination of Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
December 27, 2007
“The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is terrible news for those who support a stabilized democracy in Pakistan, both in that country and around the world. Bhutto was a brave leader who was beloved by millions in Pakistan. The questions surrounding her assassination should have direct bearing on both the future of democracy in Pakistan and the relationship we will have with a country that is so critical in the fight against global terrorism.”
Once again, we're seeing the difference between what an elected official wants the world to think he means, as opposed to his true feelings, which are revealed only in the "safe" setting of a liberal talk show interview.
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