Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Watch out, Dan! ... You Too, Mr. President!
"And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators."
--Zell Miller, keynote address, RNC
"The second thing we see over and over is that the Iraqi people do not like the liberation (sic), which is understandable. Nobody likes to be occupied."
--Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, Coalition Provisional Authority, January, 14, 2004
P.S.: Doesn't President Bush himself use the word "occupier"? Nexising .... Update: Yes, he does. In his April 14 press conference, for example, he said:
Finally, the attitude of the Iraqis toward the American people: it's an interesting question. They're really pleased we got rid of Saddam Hussein. And you can understand why. This is a guy who's a torturer, a killer, a maimer. There's mass graves. I mean he was a horrible individual that really shocked the country in many ways, shocked it into kind of a fear of making decisions toward liberty. That's what we've seen recently. Some citizens are fearful of stepping up. And they were happy -- they're not happy they're occupied. I wouldn't be happy if I were occupied either.
In general, my impression is that the period after our invasion of Iraq and before the handoff of sovereignty was and is routinely referred to as "the occupation" by our military and civilian personnel in Iraq. Who runs an "occupation" if not "occupiers"? ... 10:24 P.M.
Firefighters for Kerry: The perception that the Kerry campaign is in crisis has become something of a crisis for the Kerry campaign.TNR's Ryan Lizza breaks the news that Kerry's
campaign high command will descend on New York tomorrow morning to meet with the press and no doubt try to quell the firestorm of chatter sweeping the convention hall about the staff being in disarray.
Everyone seems to be coming except Bob Shrum, which may or may not mean anything. It's at 8:A.M. ... 8:36 P.M.
He's a good closer! In Massachusetts! For Kerry, the race is at worst very close, and there's plenty of time. I'd be more confident of his ability to pull himself out of his rut, though, if I could think of any instance when he's aggressively campaigned over a sustained period before an electorate that wasn't overwhelmingly Democratic and actually moved the needle significantly in his direction. I can't. If anyone out there can, please let me know. ... 2:07 P.M.