Sunday, January 22, 2006

Ed "Pinocchio" Bryant's Nose Grows Again

One of the three GOP US Senate candidate amigos - Ed Bryant - lied in a Kingsport Times story (1/21/06) about Harold Ford Jr.'s position on the war in Iraq. Bryant, clearly not concerned about letting the truth get in the way of a soundbite, said in the Times that Ford supports a public timetable for withdrawing US troops from the gulf region. The fact is that Ford - who has actually spent time meeting with troops and with leaders from the Middle East countries - has firmly held to the position that US troops cannot leave the area until those countries are poised to adequately govern and defend themselves. Ford has never - repeat never - called for a public timetable on troop withdrawl from Iraq. Ford penned an op-ed that ran in yesterday's Washington Post restating his position after returning from his most recent trip to the Gulf region. Bryant's habit of telling lies about Ford should leave voters wondering to what lengths this man will go to grab a headline.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bill Hobbs said...

Yes, actually Ford did call on the president to lay out a timetable for withdrawal. It's documented. He then flip-flopped the same way he did on the Kelo decision, calling it a "positive" ruling, and then later saying he supported legislation to reign in the use of eminent domain (but, actually voting against legislation that would begin to do just that.)

Ford (and all politicians) will have a harder time running away from his flipflops now than ever before thanks to the existence of the blogosphere and the army of bloggers doing the fact-checking that the mainstream media no longer does.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Bill Hobbs said...

Commercial Appeal, 6/20/05, reported that Ford said:

"I'm of the opinion the President should come lay out a plan for what has to take place for the troops to begin withdrawing, and how long he thinks that will take. ... We've heard people speculate, but we've not heard the commander-in-chief ... deliver an address about what the strategy is and how long he believes it will take."

That sounds very much like a call for the president to specify a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

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