Right from the start the Enemy Press AP states that the president "choreographed" his teleconference with the troops to shore up his ratings. Apparently the Enemy Press believes that all activities must be spontaneous and unscripted and unsupervised. Sorta like "happenings" during their hippie days.
They spend most of the story telling about how a deputy assistant defense secretary went around like a second AD from Hollywood and set the scene and prepped the dialog. "'I'm going to ask somebody to grab those two water bottles against the wall and move them out of the camera shot for me,' Barber said.
A brief rehearsal ensued.
'OK, so let's just walk through this,' Barber said. 'Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?'
'Captain Smith,' Kennedy said.
'Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?' she asked.
'Captain Kennedy,' the soldier replied.
And so it went."
See, all set up, all ready for jingoism. That Bush is going to set this up to fool the public into thinking the war's going well, he wants to bring up his approval ratings.
AP tells you so here: "'So long as I'm the president, we're never going to back down, we're never going to give in, we'll never accept anything less than total victory,' Bush said. The president told them twice that the American people were behind them. You've got tremendous support here at home,' Bush said."
So right after that the AP injects this little infection: "Less than 40 percent in an AP-Ipsos poll taken in October said they approved of the way Bush was handling Iraq. Just over half of the public now say the Iraq war was a mistake." And what exactly was the question? "Do you think it was a mistake to remove a psychopath and his killer sons from power and replace it with a democratic government?" No most likely not, or the American public would have been more supportive. Because that's exactly what's been done. Over 25 million people in Iraq have been freed from a totalitarian regime, Mistake? No! The right thing to do.
Of course, no story is complete without an appearance of a so-called anti-war activist. "Paul Rieckhoff, director of the New York-based Operation Truth, (Operation Big Lie) an advocacy group for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, denounced the event as a 'carefully scripted publicity stunt.' Five of the 10 U.S. troops involved were officers, he said. 'If he wants the real opinions of the troops, he can't do it in a nationally televised teleconference,' Rieckhoff said. 'He needs to be talking to the boots on the ground and that's not a bunch of captains.'" Really? Officers don't know anything about what's going on there? You mean like this guy?
Rieckhoff insinuates that the troops don't support the war. As if all soldiers were Pablo Paredes. Sorry, that won't wash. America knows what the real soldiers think, As for this "advocacy group," it is run by a Kerry supporter and staffed with members who suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome. Typical Hate America, Hate Bush people.