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Strange moment in Bush’s speech earlier this week:

Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: “This Third World War is raging” in Iraq. “The whole world is watching this war.” He says it will end in “victory and glory or misery and humiliation.”

Obviously, it’s hard to assign agency for a speech like this – it’s not like GWB pecked the thing out on his Powerbook the night before. So we’re working on the level of institutional psychology, of course…

But it’s a marvelously strange passage, isn’t it. From the focus-group, standardized-test-ese of the first sentence. “Some wonder…” The they, das Man – it’s who, ultimately, GWB has always spoken directly to or at. Citizens whose cohesion comes not of self-awareness but distraction, abstraction… Diagonality…

“Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden” – isn’t this how comic book bad guys (bad guys a la OBL himself) talk? “Hear the words and tremble…”

But above all else, how is it acceptable in the mind(s) of the administration and in this context to quote OBL on the significance of the war in Iraq??? Didn’t this strike anyone there as the slightest bit, um, inappropriate? That it bears discursive witness to the common cause shared by these two great antagonists in, artists of, the “war on terror”?

A “Third World War,” just what OBL wanted, is somehow more acceptable to the administration than another Vietnam. Can you imagine Bush quoting his alterego if it had been “A new Vietnam is raging”?

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July 1, 2005 at 1:43 pm

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