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Same message, different messenger

September 28, 2004 9:04 AM

Dana Milbank documents the striking similarity between Ayad Allawi's speech to Congress last Thursday, and various Bush speeches. I put the material in a table for side-by-side comparison.

"The world is better off without Saddam Hussein." "The world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power."
"There are terrorists . . . who seek to make our country the main battleground against freedom, democracy and civilization." "The killers know that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror."
"It's a tough struggle with setbacks, but we are succeeding." "It's tough at times . . . but there is steady progress."
"I have seen some of the images that are being shown here on television. They are disturbing." "The American people have seen horrible scenes on our TV screens."
Iraq is "emerging finally from dark ages of violence." "Iraq will never return to the dark ages of tyranny."
"Your decision to go to war in Iraq was not an easy one, but it was the right one." "We made a tough decision when it came to Iraq. . . . And we made the right decision when it came to Iraq."
Iraqi forces "are striking their enemies wherever they hide." "We're fighting these enemies wherever they hide."
"I have come here to . . . promise you that your sacrifices are not in vain." "We will complete the mission so that their child or their husband or wife has not died in vain."
"I have many friends who were murdered, tortured or raped by the regime of Saddam Hussein. . . . We estimate at least 300,000 in mass graves." "Because we acted, torture rooms are closed, rape rooms no longer exist, mass graves are no longer a possibility in Iraq."
"Creating a democratic, prosperous and stable nation . . . which lives in peace with itself and its neighbors is our highest priority." "A stable, democratic and prosperous Iraq will no longer be a breeding ground for terror, tyranny and aggression."
"There are fanatics who seek to impose a perverted vision of Islam." "The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism . . . that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam."
"These killers may be just a tiny fraction of our 27 million population." "There's only a few relative to the 25 million who are trying to stop the march of freedom."
"These murderers have no political program or cause other than push our country back into tyranny. Their agenda is no different than terrorist forces that have struck all over the world, including in your own country on September 11th." "The terrorist who takes hostages or plants a roadside bomb near Baghdad is serving the same ideology of murder that kills innocent people on trains in Madrid . . . and in the merciless horror inflicted upon thousands of innocent men and women and children on September the 11th, 2001."
"Schools and hospitals are being rebuilt, the clinics are open and reopened. There are now over 6 million children at school, many of them attending one of the 2,500 schools that have been renovated since liberation. Last week we completed a national polio vaccination campaign, reaching over 90 percent of all Iraqi children." "Our coalition has rehabilitated nearly 2,500 schools, and over 1,200 more should be completed by the end of the year. All of Iraq's hospitals and most medical clinics are open and are serving the people. Since the liberation, the vast majority of Iraqi children under 5 years old have been vaccinated for polio."
"Do not let them convince others that the values of freedom, of tolerance and democracy are for you and the West but not for us." "There's a lot of people in the world who don't believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that."
"Thank you, America." "You need to thank the American people, that's who you need to thank."

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Read the 3 comments.


Staying on message is a good thing, right? If Allawi had said anything the least bit dissonent, my reality would have exploded into tiny, curly beard hair shaped fragments.

Tue Sep 28 2004 9:21 AM

evil conservative666:

So what? Unity of message, which is an absolutely foreign concept to a democrat. And that is something nobody can argue.

Thu Sep 30 2004 7:15 AM


It is no surprise that Alawi is spouting the same message a Curious George.

Alawi is a former Ba'athist hitman, did dirty-work for the CIA and is now the puppet PM for Iraq. If Curious George wants him to jump, he says how high?

True, democrats could learn a lot from Republicans - especially when it comes to playing dirty, saying one thing and doing another, etc., etc.

Thu Sep 30 2004 8:10 AM

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