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Thursday, October 19, 2006

A quick fact-check on Bush's take on Tet

Was Tet really designed to influence the election as Bush insinuates? Not likely.

In acknowledging a similarity with Tet, Bush sees the parallel as affecting US domestic elections. Bush responded: "He could be right. There's certainly a stepped-up level of violence, and we're heading into an election."

Isn't it just like Bush to spin this back into domestic politics? (ironically, one of the other parallels between Iraq and Vietnam)

My memory was kind of dim about Tet, so I assumed from what Bush said, that Tet was in the fall of 1968, arguably influencing the US elections.

But Tet started in JANUARY of 1968! and was over five months before the election!

Of all the parallels Bush could draw -- he thinks it's about influencing elections!

Why am I surprised that Bush would be both historically ignorant and politically narcissistic?

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