Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Bush in Philadelphia

President Bush spoke before the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia yesterday. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, it was not a hand-picked audience:
Faeze Woodville, an Iranian American from Strafford, Chester County, won scattered applause when she asked Bush why he and other administration officials "keep linking 9/11 to the invasion of Iraq."
Bush has acknowledged that there is no direct link between Iraq and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but he and other top officials often spoke about 9/11 in presenting the case for war with Iraq.
Eighteen months ago, Joe Biden, the commencement speaker at the University of Delaware, was booed for making the same point; Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
The
News Journal story on Bush's speech features the puzzling headline, "Bush defends new Iraq plan in Phila." Meet the new plan; same as the old plan. Rep. John Murtha disagrees with the premise of the story:
"I still don't see a plan that will prevail," Rep. John Murtha told reporters. "It's more of a hope that everything will turn out right."
(Photo: The News Journal/Bob Herbert)

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