You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

November 7th, 2007at 07:00pm Posted by Eli

(Such a great movie…)

Bush and his minions really do have a very… distorted view of freedom and democracy. Here’s Dubya at his press conference with Sarkozy:

If you lived in Iraq and had lived under a tyranny, you’d be saying: God, I love freedom, because that’s what’s happened.

And yet… the Iraqis who actually have “lived under a tyranny” aren’t saying that, perhaps because Dubya cannot tell the difference between freedom (Good) and Hobbesian anarchy (Bad).

And then there’s Official White House mouthpiece Dana Perino, communicating the administration’s deep outrage over Musharraf’s declaration of emergency, which is basically constitutionless martial law:

Q Dana, does the White House believe that Musharraf is now a dictator?

MS. PERINO: Look, I think that that is — it’s premature to say that. This is a President… who has worked closely with an ally in the war on terror, President Musharraf.

Wow, if Musharraf doesn’t fit the definition of a dictator, I’d hate to think who does. I guess you’d have to be in Hitler/Stalin/Pol Pot territory (or, of course, Saddam Hussein). Of course, it’s all relative – if Dubya is your model of what a Democratic president should be, then I can see where you might think that Musharraf isn’t really all that bad.

But don’t worry, our Fearless Leader feels very strongly about this:

MS. PERINO: The President feels very strongly that President Musharraf knows exactly how he feels about the situation.

Well, that’s certainly a relief.

So, um, when do we get to say, “God, I love freedom!”?

(h/t to The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin for the Perino horribleness)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution


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