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I can appreciate the fact that the war in Iraq has become a national security and public relations nightmare for the White House, so it stands to reason that the Bush gang would want administration officials to put as positive a spin as possible on war developments.
That said, this is just embarrassing.
Career appointees at the Department of Agriculture were stunned last week to receive e-mailed instructions that include Bush administration "talking points" — saying things such as "President Bush has a clear strategy for victory in Iraq" — in every speech they give for the department.
"The President has requested that all members of his cabinet and sub-cabinet incorporate message points on the Global War on Terror into speeches, including specific examples of what each agency is doing to aid the reconstruction of Iraq," the May 2 e-mail from USDA speechwriter Heather Vaughn began.
The Department of Agriculture? In every speech? I can see it now … "Ladies and gentleman, we've seen a 4% increase in the demand for food stamps over the last year, and, by the way, stay the course, don't cut and run, we'll fight them there so we don't fight them here. Thank you for your attention."