Bush hearts Michael Moore

Less than two weeks ago, White House press secretary Scott McClellan chided Rep. Murtha for an Iraq withdrawal that was tantamount to "endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore." Now the Republicans are talking about a troop pullout as if it was their idea. McClellan says a new plan announced by Democrat Joe Biden is "remarkably similar to the administration's plan to fight and win the war on terror." The title of McClellan's statement: "Senator Biden Adopts Key Portions Of Administration's Plan For Victory In Iraq."

More revisionist history: Fox News' host Chris Wallace argued this morning that "specific quote there where you say [Bush] couldn’t distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, he wasn’t saying that they were linked at all. He was saying one was as bad as the other, and when he said in that same answer something about that Saddam Hussein would like to use a terrorist network, he wasn’t saying that they would like to use al Qaeda. So you’re making a link there that the President never made." (Watch this clip of Wallace and Carl Levin to dispel any lingering notions that Wallace and Fox aren't GOP functionaries.)

In fact, here's what Bush said in February 2003:
Saddam Hussein has longstanding, direct and continuing ties to terrorist networks. Senior members of Iraqi intelligence and al Qaeda have met at least eight times since the early 1990s. Iraq has sent bomb-making and document forgery experts to work with al Qaeda. Iraq has also provided al Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training.

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