Rethuglicans, do you like movies about gladiators?

From The Boston Globe:

Last week, the Republican Party tied its political hopes to one man: General David H. Petraeus.

Original DVD cover.

President Bush made a rare prime-time speech endorsing Petraeus’s recommendations. Congressional Republicans spent much of their time at last week’s hearings lionizing Petraeus and condemning the liberal group for its ad headlined “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?”

On Friday, four days after the ad ran, GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani unveiled a Web video accusing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of engaging in “orchestrated attacks” with the liberal group. Clinton’s offense: She said, at a Senate hearing, that Petraeus’s report requires “the willing suspension of disbelief.”


But Giuliani and some other Republicans have suggested that all complaints about Petraeus are unwarranted personal attacks – part of what Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, called “a smear campaign” that seeks “to impugn the name of a highly respected man of integrity.”

If so, much of the American public is apparently complicit. On the eve of Petraeus’s testimony before Congress, an ABC News/Washington Post poll indicated that 53 percent of Americans were expecting the general to exaggerate progress in Iraq. And even after Petraeus’s testimony, Fox News found that a plurality of 40 percent thought Petraeus’s case was slanted toward the Bush administration, while only 35 percent thought it was “truthful and objective.” The remaining 25 percent didn’t have an opinion.


Now, Petraeus is proclaiming success – based largely on his statistics showing that in “eight of the last 12 weeks” violence has dropped in Baghdad. The president and his party are hoping that the general’s optimism will breed confidence in the war. But the American people have reasons to be skeptical, and the polls show that they are.

From The New York Times:

Mr. McCain ended a three-day stump in South Carolina […] There, he gave his current stump speech in praise of General David Petraeus and the current war effort and against the Democrats in Congress and, the activist and anti-war organization.

From the Baltimore Sun:

“Like most Americans, I admire the integrity and the candor that Gen. Petraeus showed in his hearings before Congress,” Cheney said at a fundraiser for Rep. Sam Graves in Kansas City today. “And the attacks on him by in ad space provided at subsidized rates in The New York Times last week were an outrage.

(emphasis mine)

From Editor & Publisher:

NEW YORK It started with a full-page ad in The New York Times from Political Action which accused Gen. David Petraeus of “cooking” the numbers that allegedly indicated success for the “surge” in Iraq.

This outraged many Republicans, who said they objected to the “Betray Us” charge in the text. Some accused the Times of giving MoveOn a deeply discounted ad rate. The paper said that anyone can get a reduced rate for a non-guaranteed date and position, and non-profits also get a discount.

(emphasis mine)

As always, if you can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance, baffle ’em with bullshit.

For your enjoyment.


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8 responses to “Rethuglicans, do you like movies about gladiators?

  1. nightowl724

    Nonnie! This is an insult to Spartacus! 🙂 But, it does fit in nicely with my image of the legacy of Bush as Caligula…

    From Wiki:

    “During gladatorial combat, it was preferable for gladiators not to kill each other; technically, they were slaves, and therefore were quite valuable. Gladiators were instructed to inflict non-lethal wounds upon each other, and often lived long, rather successful lives, purchasing their freedom after three years. However, accidents did happen at times resulting in death, and gladiators who failed to display bravery in combat could be executed by the emperor.

    Gladiator games were not loved by all emperors and people throughout Roman history. The enthusiasm for the spectacle by Augustus, Caligula, and Nero contrasted the apathy of Tiberius and the discontent of Cicero, Seneca, and Tertullian.

    Though very popular with the Roman public throughout his reign, all surviving ancient sources write that Caligula was an insane tyrant. They focus upon anecdotes of Caligula’s alleged cruelty, extravagance and sexual perversity. Surviving sources, though, are scarce and much of Caligula’s reign is a mystery.”

    PS I am reading “Airport.” Yep, the one that came out in 1970 or something and inspired “Airplane.” They seem so quaint now…

  2. nightowl724

    I was wondering if anyone here might be able to help me with a small problem. I can’t find my country anymore. I know I had it around here somewhere, just a few years ago. Now, it seems to be getting further and further away from me…

    Why, just today:

    Bill to restore Habeas Corpus – dead

    Bill to give DC representation in the Senate – dead

    Webb-Hagel Amendment to give soldiers extra time between deployments – dead

    Yet, Bush is today demanding MORE power for surveillance and that those powers become PERMANENT!

    Anyway, I’ve been looking everywhere for my beloved nation, but…

  3. nonnie9999

    sorry, nightowl, i hope spartacus will forgive me. everytime a rethug opened his ugly mouth and spouted bullshit about petraeus, i kept thinking that they sounded like he was some kind of gladiator or something. how interesting it is that they get to pick and choose which members of the service should be protected from any and all criticism.

  4. Oh, i think, that 300 spartans are better.

  5. nonnie9999

    anyone is better than this guy and his puppetmasters. i think we should move on now! 😆

  6. foxycontin

    You have outdone yourself. Congrats!

  7. nonnie9999

    hey, foxy!!!
    my internets were inaccessible for a few days, and what a nice surprise to see you here again upon my return. thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 😀