Posted on Sun, Feb. 20, 2005<br>Paper: Bush tapes show early strategies<br>Associated Press<br>NEW YORK - Private conversations with George Bush secretly taped by an old friend before he was elected president foreshadow some of his political strategies and appear to reveal that he acknowledged using marijuana, The New York Times reported Saturday.<br>The conversations were recorded by Doug Wead, a former aide to George W. Bush's father, beginning in 1998, when Bush was weighing a presidential bid, until just before the Republican National Convention in 2000, the Times said in a story posted on its Web site.<br>The tapes show Bush crafting a strategy for navigating the tricky political waters between Christian conservative and secular voters, repeatedly worrying that evangelicals would be angered by a refusal to bash gays and that secular Americans would be turned off by meetings with evangelical leaders.<br>On one tape, Bush explains that he told one prominent evangelical that he would not [color:red]"kick gays, because I'm a sinner.</font color=red> How can I differentiate sin?"<br>In early tapes, Bush dismisses the strength of John McCain for the nomination and expresses concern about rival Steve Forbes. He also praises John Ashcroft as a promising candidate for Supreme Court justice, attorney general or vice president.<br>Bush also criticizes then-Vice President Al Gore for admitting marijuana use and explains why he would not do the same.<br>"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions," he said, according to the Times. "You know why? Because I don't want [color:red]some little kid</font color=red> doing what I tried."<br>According to the article, Wead played 12 of the tapes to a Times reporter. He said he recorded them because he viewed Bush as a historic figure. He is the author of a new book on presidential childhoods.<br>The White House did not deny the authenticity of the tapes.<br>"The governor was having casual conversations with someone he believed was his friend," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said, referring to Bush.<br><br>-><br>Who did you vote for?<br><br>BTW,<br>little kids usually have parents <br>but since parents go straight to Iraq on his watch, well..<br>guess it shows how much he relies on making an impression on kids<br>kids raised on his watchful TV networkx and such and scum<br><br>take it or leave it<br>if you get sick<br>change your surroundings<br>don't fall into the trap<br>adapt off their faulty watch<br>~<br><br>HERE IT IS IN BIG TOLD YA SO LETTERS:<br>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=Bush+admits<br><br>But these are frivalous arguements right?<br>Always talked of never solved in a big ole' vote across the nation.<br>Look at all the reported problems, abandon kids. No public place for them.<br>Here there everywhere, dictator corporate bedowens<br>being everywhere<br>how can you, they be seen?<br><br>See?<br>
So you didn't do dumb stuff when you were young? I know I did. And do I recall William J Clinton declare that "He didn't inhale"?<br><br>
_________________________ I used to think it was terrible that life was unfair. Then I thought what if life were fair and all of the terrible things that happen came because we really deserved them? Now I take comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe.
Yeah, I'm no Bush supporter, but I think this is just stupid. The press orgies over insignificant things like this keeps a lot of good people from running for office.<br><br>Now if he does it while in office, that's a different story. A president should have a clear head while leading a nation. (heh heh, I'll refrain from the obvious jokes here )<br><br>
Ya see, this is just another 'preplanned' decoy IMHO<br>decoy from these occurances, a world away...<br>yet still connected by many factors, <br>human and evironmental<br><br>--------><br>Iraq (aka privatized Inc. USA, )Wages Propaganda War with TV Interrogations<br>Mon Feb 21, 2005 07:55 AM ET<br>By Michael Georgy<br>BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's U.S.-backed interim government is stepping up its propaganda war with insurgents by broadcasting videotaped interviews with suspects who appear to confess to killings, rape and theft on the orders of guerrillas.<br>The offensive was launched in recent weeks on state-run Iraqiya television, which broadcast lengthy interrogations of Iraqis it said had carried out terrorist acts under the direction of "Abdullah," described as a criminal with close ties to Syria.<br>There is no obvious way to verify the authenticity of the confessions. The interrogator's face does not appear on camera, and the suspects are shown sitting in office chairs across from a desk in a white-walled room.<br>Iraqi officials, who are struggling against a raging insurgency, accuse Syria of allowing guerrillas to cross its borders into Iraq to carry out attacks and permitting Saddam Hussein loyalists to live on its soil.<br>Damascus denies the accusations and says it has tightened security along its long border with Iraq.<br>The suspects in the Iraqiya footage appeared relaxed as they gave long, explanatory answers, calling their interrogator "my master" and explaining how they helped kill policemen and steal for the guerrillas.<br>Before each man spoke, Iraqiya showed images of masked insurgents in black throwing a kidnapped hostage to the ground before beheading him.<br>One suspect questioned on Sunday, identified as Saad Ghanim, said he was paid $500 to help steal $30,000 and then kill the owner of the cash. He said insurgents took the rest of the money to finance their activities.<br>"They told me I had to fight a holy war against the Americans. Abdullah told me my children would be killed if I did not obey," he said.<br>"I used the stolen money for gambling."<br>The interviewer encouraged the men to speak about "filthy crimes" and constantly mentioned Syria.<br><br>Beans be spilt, they're good for your heart, soul be free.
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