Here are a few Baghdad Bob classics from the spring of 2003 (courtesy of one of his many Web shrines). See if you can imagine them coming out of the mouth of our president speaking to the press today.
"I will only answer reasonable questions."
"No, I am not scared, and neither should you be."
"Be assured: Baghdad is safe, protected."
"We are in control, they are not in control of anything, they don't even control themselves!"
"The battle is very fierce and God made us victorious."
"They mock me for how I speak. I speak better English than they do."
"I have detailed information about the situation...which completely proves that what they allege are illusions . . . They lie every day."
"I blame Al-Jazeera."
"I can assure you that those villains will recognize in the future how they are pretending things which have never taken place."
"I would like to clarify a simple fact here: How can you lay siege to a whole country? Who is really under siege now?"
"We're giving them a real lesson today. Heavy doesn't accurately describe the level of casualties we have inflicted."
"Those are not Iraqis at all. Where did they bring them from?"
"The American press is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies and more lies!"
"They are becoming hysterical. This is the result of frustration."
"Just look carefully, I only want you to look carefully. Do not repeat the lies of liars. Do not become like them."
"Search for the truth. I tell you things and I always ask you to verify what I say."
"The United Nations...it is all their fault."
"Even those who live on another planet, if there are such people, would condemn them."
"This is unbiased: They are retreating on all fronts. Their effort is a subject of laughter throughout the world."
"The force that was near the airport, this force was destroyed."
"They are achieving nothing; they are suffering from casualties. Those casualties are increasing, not decreasing."
"They think that by killing civilians and trying to distort the feelings of the people they will win."
"Our estimates are that none of them will come out alive unless they surrender to us quickly."
"They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion."
"Once again, I blame al-Jazeera. Please, make sure of what you say and do not play such a role."
"These cowards have no morals. They have no shame about lying."
"You can go and visit those places. Everything is okay. They are not in Najaf. They are nowhere. They are on the moon."
"Rumsfeld, he needs to be hit on the head."
Sunday, September 19
Baghdad Bob and Bulls*** Bush
Bill Maher called Bush "Baghdad Bob" on his show Friday night, comparing our crackhead-in-chief to the former propaganda minister of Saddam's Iraq in his cheerful assessment of the current Iraq nightmare. All this got Greg Mitchell at Editor and Publisher thinking...
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 8:59 PM