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August 20, 2004

Bush Lies Again in Olympics Ad

I actually saw a Bush ad on TV last night-- unusual on blue state New York television-- but he may be playing his new Olympics ad on a broad national level.

It's a strong ad and he plays up the most moving reason for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to give their people the freedom to participate in events like the Olympics.

Now, if Bush had left the ad there, we could be debating how much democracy had been achieved in those countries and what the cost was, a worthy debate. But no, Bush had to go and lie again:

"this Olympics, there will be two more free nations, and two fewer terrorist regimes."
Yep, Bush had to once again push the lie that Saddam Hussein was a big backer of terrorism and, by linking it with Afghanistan, a backer of the 911 attacks. He lies and he lies and he lies.

And apparently his unauthorized use of the Olympics may violate federal law. Unlike almost every other trademark, the Olympic Committee has the right to stop basically anyone from using the word or images of the Olympics in advertising, including for non-profit causes. It's a dumb law that violates free speech rights, but the Supreme Court has upheld it as valid.

So Bush is liar and a criminal with this ad, but then that summarizes his Presidency, doesn't it.

Posted by Nathan at August 20, 2004 07:10 AM