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Warner on MTP: Bush Should Use 'Fireside Chats' to build support for Iraq war


Sen. John Warner, R-Va

Perhaps Warner meant something more like “light a roaring fire under Bush’s ass.” (AP):

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sunday suggested that President Bush use an FDR-style presentation to update people on progress in the war in Iraq.

Sen. John Warner, R-Va., recalled that during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt often went on the radio in “fireside chats” to explain to the nation in detail the conduct of the war in Europe and Asia.

“I think it would be to Bush’s advantage,” said Warner, who served in the Navy during the war.

It would bring him closer to the people, dispel some of this concern that understandably our people have, about the loss of life and limb, the enormous cost of this war to the American public,” he said.

Uh, right. It will take more than the Chimp in a sweater, a log on the fire and a cup of cocoa to fix this problem.

While we’re on the good Senator, John Warner got his behind kicked all over the set of Meet the Press yesterday by colleague Joe Biden on the Bush Iraq “strategy”. You know the GOP has no game plan when Warner says he trusts the Chimp because he knows the Bush family. Read and weep:

MR. RUSSERT: …The State Department was very, very clear about that; the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Department of Energy. And in the National Intelligence Estimate there was a caveat which said, “We don’t believe these tubes could be used for anything like that.” Do you believe, in all honesty, that the administration took the very best spin on intelligence they could get in order to help buttress or support the case for war?

SEN. WARNER: You know, I’ve known the president quite well. I knew his father well. I actually knew his grandfather, met him. You remember, he served on the…

SEN. BIDEN: I only know the father and the…

SEN. WARNER: Well, anyway, the grandfather served on the Armed Services Committee as a senator. That’s a family that’s been known for its integrity and public service for generations. Our president would not intentionally take any facts and try and mislead the American public, in my judgment. What was before all leaders of the world at that time were facts that gave rise to the–Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction and some potential for nuclear weapons. When we went in, in ’91, we underestimated how far he had proceeded in his programs. Now, we recognize he didn’t have them but he certainly had the infrastructure to which he was going to direct moneys, if he ever got it, to go back into the business of weapons of mass destruction, had not this invasion taken place.

I wonder if John Warner had to put on a pair of Depends for this interview, because he looked like a helpless infant up there babbling about the failed policies of his master.

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