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Who Wants Immediate Withdrawal? They do!

What was Dan Froomkin talking about when he wrote this?

Bush yesterday repeated a misleading assertion that he first made Tuesday: That critics of the war in Iraq are also calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops from the broader Middle East.
“An immediate withdrawal of our troops in Iraq or the broader Middle East, as some have called for, would only embolden the terrorists and create a staging ground to launch more attacks against America and free nations,” Bush said.

Uh, I only see one misleading assertion in that passage, and it’s coming from Froomkin. As MB Reader Tom L. pointed out:

It took me five seconds to do a Google search using the terms “cindy sheehan” “troops” and “withdrawal”. Google found 154,000 entries for this search. One of the first items listed sent me to a Web site where Cindy Sheehan, the so-called leader of the antiwar movement, is prominently displayed on the home page. The name of that Web site is bringthemhomenow.org.
Is it possible the author thinks that using terms like “broader Middle East” and “Middle East entirely” provide him wiggle room? I don’t. If Froomkin does then perhaps he could use the vast resources of the Washington Post to ask Cindy Sheehan which Middle Eastern countries she wants to keep troops in. There are at least a dozen other lies and half-truths in this piece, but time does not permit me to go into them in detail, but perhaps you could.

Actually friend, I normally avoid going into Froomkin in detail, because that daily chore would leave room for little else on the Media Blog. In the interests of my sanity, I will leave it to somebody else to start a FroomkinWatch blog. Any takers?

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