Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Taking Bets Here

First there's this:

French officials fear George Bush will inflame anti-American sentiment in France this weekend by linking the D-Day landings with the invasion of Iraq.

Advisers close to Jacques Chirac have let it be known that any reference to Iraq during the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France on Sunday would be ill-advised and unwelcome.

Then there's this:

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - President Bush (news - web sites) compared the fight against terrorists to the struggle against tyranny that forced World War II, telling new Air Force officers Wednesday that the United States and its allies can win the battle by bringing freedom and reform to the Middle East.

"Our goal, the goal of this generation, is the same" as it was in World War II, Bush said. "We will secure our nation and defend the peace through the forward march of freedom."

Bush told 981 graduates of the Air Force Academy that they will be joining a war whose central front is Iraq (news - web sites) and the broader Middle East.

Does anyone really believe he's going to be able to resist the temptation to repeat his talking points on Sunday? I mean, do they actually have time between now and Sunday to teach him a whole new speech? I don't think even Karen and Condi working in shifts could swing it. Comments? Rebuttals? Bets?


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