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  •  Right on! (4.00)
    Now lets hope these guys staffers are reading this, or hope that we take this and use it as an LTE everywhere.  Thank you.

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    by DrKate on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 09:34:00 AM PDT

    •  Damn straight. (4.00)
      Great diary.
    •  Great diary ... (4.00)
      that is line with DarkSyde's excellent one Hey DLC? I Have a Crazy Idea.  If you missed that, worth a look at the diary / discussion along with the material here.

      I, for one, would like to see Democrats saying something like the following:

      I voted for giving the President authority to use military force against Iraq.  

      I was wrong.  Sadly, Mr. Bush did not live up to the responsibilities of the office, was dishonest with the American public about the situation that did not require war, and has managed the war incompetently since then.  What is most atrocious is his utter refusal to acknowledge that there has been a single mistake in his Administration's actions!  If you can't recognize and acknowledge problems, you are unlikely to learn, and even less likely to solve the problems.  

      Sadly, in 2002 and 2003, I gave Mr Bush's administration more credit for responsible governance than they deserved.  

      Unlike Mr. Bush, I am able to admit my errors and learn from them.  He has lost any claim on a benefit of the doubt from myself or from the American public.  

      What a shame that he has lowered the office of the President to such a disgraceful position.  As he said when he ran for President, it is time to restore dignity to the White House.

      5 August 05, Day 1424 ... Osama still "wanted dead or alive"

      by besieged by bush on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 10:39:52 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps say... (4.00)
        My error was one of trust.  I mistakenly thought that GWB was an honorable man, one who would work for the best interests of our country.  It was beyond my comprehension that someone could so actively encourage false data to be represented as true, that a president would abuse his position of power and stand on the dignity of the office in order to bolster claims he knew to be untrue.

        I am not so naive as to imagine that we will ever see a day when everybody agrees on what is the correct course of action, but I am perhpas foolish enough to believe that good decisons require as much  knowledge as we can get.  Discarding facts that do not agree with a predetermined conclusion is a recipe for diasaster.

        We are currently reaping the fruits of this deception.  Stubborn insistence on fighting a war despite known problems and despite the lack of a coherent plan has forced this nation into a morally untenable position in the eyes of the world and in our own estimation.  We are all less safe because of my vote and for that I apologize.

        I was wrong then but I will not continue to stand by that worng decision.  Despite my misgivings, I chose to stand beside the leader of our nation.  When I learned the true facts and the extent of his venality, I decided that it was time to admit my error and ask for your forgiveness.

        Together we can restore America to her righful place of honor and distinction in the world community, but we must first do three things.  

        Clean house and remove from positions of power and influence those who have demonstrated that they value ideology, party, power and money above country, decency, compassion and truth.  In addition, we must strengthen our internal controls to make it more difficuult for future rogues to so easily gain unchecked power.

        Make ammends for those we have harmed.  Apologize to the millions of innocent Muslims around the world who have been tainted with suspicion and hatred.  Free the innocent languishing in secret detention camps far from any protection under civilized legal proceedings.  Use the financial resources of our nation and the rest of the affluent in the world to rebuild and build anew the basic necessities of life.  We must be cautious that the money is spent on what is needed and not siphoned off by greedy distributors and "administration" costs.  We have damaged the physical and moral fabric of the world, we must do what we can to set things right.

        Finally, we must collaborate with all of humanity to find ways to improve the world.  We are all one people, regardless of location, creed or color.  Together we can find a better way, separately we are destined to descend into chaos and despair.

        I am sorry for my unwise support, I ask you to forgive me for my past and assist me in our future.

        •  Dem Congressman should not take such (none)
          wimpy tone.  

          They, like the entire world, were systematically lied to by the Bush administration about the justification for the Iraq war.  

          A statement along the lines of "I of course assumed that NO American President would EVER misleed Congress about going to WAR.  Sadly, I was mistaken.  I regret that I placed any faith in the Republican administration"

          ownership society - you are on your own

          by Sam I Am on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 02:10:50 PM PDT

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        •  Brilliant (none)
          language worthy of Churchill, and superb moral vision and clarity.
      •  Kerry essentially said this (none)
        though without the "I was wrong" part - rather he said that he expected his vote meant Bush would go to war as a last resort.

        Here is where the Democratic establishment could have really helped Kerry - simply saying what this diary says, "I was wrong". The tide was turning even during the run-up to the 2004 election yet most dem candidates shied away from calling the Iraq war a big mistake.  That was truly a big (political) mistake.  

        Kudos to this diarist for making this plain!

        That's not flying, that's falling with style - Woody

        by pvjeff on Sun Aug 07, 2005 at 12:45:51 AM PDT

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        •  Kerry did not say this ... (none)
          When asked at the Grand Canyon whether -- knowing everything he now knew -- he would have voted for giving George Bush authority to use force and he responded with an unequivocal yes.  It does not matter whether he gave any explanation at any other moment in the campaign, that was THE soundbite!

          5 August 05, Day 1424 ... Osama still "wanted dead or alive"

          by besieged by bush on Sun Aug 07, 2005 at 02:27:02 PM PDT

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    •  And it serves a dual purpose -- (4.00)
      Any Senator that would say one of these things would get points for (a) being honest about the war and (b) admitting a mistake -- something I think people would appreciate greatly from a mealy-mouthed D.C. politician.

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