Friday, January 14, 2005

Bush: 'Bring It On' Not the Best Idea

A year and a half later, after challenging Iraqi resistance fighters to "bring it on", George Bush has admitted that he didn't really think that one through. I have to wonder whether this admission was at all impacted by this recently released English-language propaganda video, at the end of which the narrator taunts, "You have asked us to ‘Bring it on’, and so have we. Like never expected. Have you another challenge?” The video (transcript here) is really an impressive bit of work, both technically and in message. The music is a bit overblown, and the footage is at times quite distracting from the narration, but the footage itself is impressive and it's edited together well. The script, clearly tailored to a Western audience, paints the resistance as secular, confident, magnanimous, and multilateral. The source and authenticity of the video are unknown, but it has been widely circulated and reported.

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