Bush Slays the Straw Man

In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Bush boldly rejected a view that no one actually holds:

We do not accept a false caricature that divides the Western world between an idealistic United States and a cynical Europe.

This is not the first time in his presidency that Bush has courageously stood up to the straw man. Some other examples —

President Bush, 4/30/04:

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. I reject that strongly.

President Bush, 5/10/04:

The natural tendency for people is to say, oh, let’s lay down our arms [against terrorists]. But you can’t negotiate with these people. . . . Therapy won’t work.

President Bush, 7/30/03:

Some say, ‘Well, maybe the recession should have been deeper.’ That bothers me when people say that. You see, a deeper recession would have meant more families would have been out of work.