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June 17, 2004

Rejecting criticism as a political act

Responding to a bipartisan collection of ambassors and generals denouncement of the Bush Administration's foreign policy, Colin Powell merely rejected the criticism as a political act.

Apparently, a "political act" is worthy of no further discussion, and can be denounced solely on the grounds of partisanship. As a result, the fact that this is a political act immediately renders void any of the criticisms contained therein, including that:

[Bush] led the United States into an ill-planned and costly war from which exit is uncertain.

Never in the two and a quarter centuries of our history has the United States been so isolated among the nations.

[Bush is] motivated more by ideology than by reasoned analysis.

[The Bush Administration] is not able to rise to the responsibilities of world leadership in either style or substance.

But then, any criticism of the President is, de facto, a political act, which neatly sidesteps the requirements of actually having to respond to such criticisms. How very, very convenient.

Posted by david at June 17, 2004 03:58 PM | TrackBack
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