Saturday, October 2, 2004


Time Magazine is doing a Reality Check for Dubya. Some goodies include:

[Bush's] Claim:
The difficulties facing the U.S. in Iraq are a product of foreign terrorists showing up to fight the America there.

Reality Check:
The U.S. military on the ground says that the overwhelming majority of the insurgents fighting the U.S. in Iraq are Iraqis, not foreigners.

[Bush's] Claim:

Bilateral talks with North Korea would be a fatal mistake that would precipitate the collapse of the six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Reality Check:
Some of the key parties to those talks, including China, Russia and South Korea, are in favor of the U.S. talking directly to North Korea in order to provide Pyongyang with security guarantees that would improve the prospects for success in the six-party process.

They also printed a reality check for Kerry. Most of the rebuttals I found myself thinking, "Well, why didn't Bush point that out at the debate?" It's pretty point on point stuff. This one, though, strikes me as a "Well, duh. Of course he was talking about the coalition."

[Kerry's] Claim:
The U.S. is suffering 90 percent of the casualties in Iraq.

Reality Check:
The U.S. may be recording upward of 90 percent of coalition casualties, but the overwhelming majority of the people killed in Iraq over the past 18 months have been Iraqis.

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