Thursday, October 21, 2004

Here it is again...anyone who says anything negative about the Bush administration is a liar. What exactly would be Pat Robertson's motivation for lying? It's not like he's a Kerry supporter. As one of the religious right, I can't imagine he would back anybody but Bush.

Robertson: Bush told him there'd be no war casualties
Televangelist's recall is disputed by White House
New York Times

WASHINGTON - The evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson set off a partisan firefight Wednesday after telling a television interviewer that President Bush had serenely assured him that, "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties" in the invasion of Iraq.

In an interview on CNN broadcast Tuesday night, Robertson said Bush's comment came in a meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in March 2003, at which he warned the president before the invasion to prepare the public for casualties.

Robertson, a former Marine who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, said he had had "deep misgivings" about the war but that the president looked "like a contented Christian with four aces," as Robertson put it, using a quotation from Mark Twain.

"I mean, he was just sitting there like, 'I am on top of the world,' " Robertson said.

"The Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy," Robertson continued, adding that he wished Bush would acknowledge his mistake.

The White House disputed Roberston's recollections and Democrats pounced on the chance to make Bush contradict the televangelist, a prominent supporter.

"Is Pat Robertson telling the truth when he said you didn't think there'd be any casualties, or is Pat Robertson lying?" Mike McCurry, a spokesman for Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate, asked on the campaign trail in Waterloo, Iowa.

"I think given the prominence of Rev. Robertson's remarks today, it would be important for the president to indicate whether in fact he told Pat Robertson that he did believe there'd be casualties in Iraq," McCurry said.

A chorus of White House officials denied that Bush had ever uttered the remark. Karl Rove, Karen Hughes and Scott McClellan all said in Eau Claire, Wis., on Wednesday that Robertson was mistaken.

"Of course the president never made such a comment," said McClellan, the White House press secretary. "The president both publicly and privately was preparing the American people for the possibility of a military conflict and the possibility that sacrifices may be necessary."
Rove, the president's chief political adviser, said that he attended Bush's meeting with Robertson in Nashville in February 2003 and that he had not heard those remarks.
"I was right there," Rove said.

Some political and theological allies quickly dismissed Robertson's account.
"I think he speaks for an ever diminishing group of evangelicals on most issues," said Dr. Richard Land, president of the ethics and religious liberties commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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