Monday, August 23, 2004
In case anyone missed this memorable response to a shameless Bush campaign ad, currently airing nationally, that not only exploits the Olympics but crassly offers up Iraq and Afghanistan as "two new democracies," as though they were proud notches in Bush's personal democracy-speading belt (or bedpost, or whatever):
"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."
Ahmed Manajid, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush's TV advertisement. "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."
"The ad simply talks about President Bush's optimism and how democracy has triumphed over terror," said Scott Stanzel, a spokesperson for Bush's campaign. "Twenty-five million people in Iraq are free as a result of the actions of the coalition."