Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The President's New Spiel

Does anyone remember the old fairy tale about the Emperor and his new clothes? How he was conned into purchasing this brand new suit of the finest cloth in the whole universe, which was so rare that it could only be seen by someone of massive intelligence? And how the Emperor wore these fine new clothes out in public and finally some kid was smart enough to yell that the Emperor had no clothes on?

Oh where oh where is that freckle faced young urchin when you need him? Probably off doing an audition for 'Oliver!' or something. Anyway, is the proverbial street kid the catalyst required before the country comes to realize that the President's new spiel has neither form nor substance?

Boggle with me for a second or two would you?

"Bush said he understands the public concerns about a 27-month-old war that has killed more than 1,700 Americans and 12,000 Iraqi civilians and cost $200 billion. He said the sacrifice "is worth it and it is vital to the security of our country."

"The war reached our shores on September the 11th, 2001," Bush told a national television audience and 750 soldiers and airmen in dress uniform who mostly listened quietly as they had been asked to do.

"Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war," he continued. "Many terrorists who kill innocent men, women, and children on the streets of Baghdad are followers of the same murderous ideology that took the lives of our citizens in New York, in Washington and Pennsylvania. There is only one course of action against them - to defeat them abroad before they attack us at home."

"We fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand. So we will fight them there, we will fight them across the world and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won."

"We have a clear path forward," the president said. "As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down."

Okay, let's analyze this for a second, shall we? We'll deliver a rousing speech about why we're in Iraq and how the fight must continue, by referring to 9/11 five times - count em - FIVE FREAKING TIMES in a 28 minute speech. Um....the last I heard? Everybody who matters - including this puppet warmonger boy wonder - has admitted there were - how many links between Iraq and the attack on 9/11 again?

Hold on...let me count them.

Oh yeah...that's right. That would be um NONE!!??!!!

So by reminding us that we went into Iraq because you told us they had links to 9/11, along with millions of WMDs all pointed at our shores, which turned out to be a complete falsehood, you expect to gain SUPPORT for the war in Iraq??

We fight today not because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand, but because we're in their bloody country and they're sick of the sight of us. WE INVADED THEM!! Um....WITHOUT PROVOCATION!!. Without even A LITTLE PROVOCATION!! We unilaterally decided to depose the leader of a foreign country and spread democracy and Christianity amongst the heathens, and expected them to fall down and kiss our feet with gratitude.

We've KILLED 12,000 OF THEIR CITIZENS.....AT LEAST!! So I guess for a lot of people living there, Saddam is looking pretty good round about now. And then we wonder why more young terrorist wannabes are springing up by the hour?

This addle-brained failed oilman decided to disregard all evidence to the contrary, and rather than spend the 200 billion dollars we've spent so far actually LOOKING for the guy responsible for setting up 9/11, he chose to go after a much easier (not to mention unsuspecting) target in Saddam Hussein. 'Ahm gonna git 'im fer mah daddy'

So 1700 prospective or current mommas and daddies have lost their lives because this lunatic decided to bring home the prize that had eluded his own father.

Trouble is, he's never actually ever had to make any real decisons in his life. There's always been somebody there to do it for him. You only have to look at that petulant, smug little smirk to realize he's the spoiled little brat that every child would love to kill - only he has the daddy who would run up to the school and sue them into the ground if anything happened to little Junior. And he knows it. Hence the smirk. Children like this grow up to be unpleasant adults, particularly if this sense of entitlement and safety net remain with them throughout their lives. Junior was given tons of toys to play with. Oil companies and the like. He broke them and threw them away. He never had to worry about the consequences of a single decision he made, because daddy or someone else's daddy was always there to fix it for him.

That's probably why when all the smart and intelligent army type people who are supposed to be kept around the president to advise him of minor details like how to run a PROPER WAR were telling him how important it was to stop and think and then to work out not only an invasion plan, but also an exit plan were ignored. Anyone can pick a fight. It's getting away from it that's tricky. Most people - including generals and other smart and intelligent army type people - also realize that there's strength in numbers. You don't go into a fight with the Sharks unless the rest of the Jets are there to back you up, right? Particularly when it happens to be on the Sharks' home turf. And if you're any kind of a Jet, you don't stand by while one of your own is getting the holy crap beaten out of him. You go round up the rest of the gang and go at it.

I guess Junior grew up watching John Wayne win every war since the dawn of time singlehandedly. If only his daddy had been into show tunes! See it's easy to sit there and say that war is hell, when you're the Duke and you've just mown down the enemy with nothing but a cattle prod, but you can only truly understand the futility of war by watching the final fifteen minutes of West Side Story!

So he sent a teeny little contingent of men into a country where the damn CRUSADES were fought (and didn't stop to remember that they went on for freaking CENTURIES - these guys don't back down easily!) and figured that the war would be over within six months tops. Of course he didn't need a plan for getting out because after all, who wouldn't want what the grand old US of A had to give, right?? We'd be welcomed like the HEROES we are, and after we'd rounded up Saddam and his bad guys, the Duke would arrive on his horse and the credits would roll and everyone would leave the theatre saying how great a movie that was.

But - as so often happens when we don't listen to those people who KNOW WHAT THEY'RE FREAKING TALKING ABOUT - that didn't happen. And Americans are dropping like flies alongside the Iraqi civilians who are dropping like flies who've just feasted on poisoned meat. And all of those folks who thought that going to Iraq was a HECK of a good idea, and even voted the lunatic in for a second term on the STRENGTH of him going to war in Iraq, are getting a little bit fed up. His popularity in the eyes of the great general public is dropping faster than those stray Indian extras in a John Wayne movie. So it's time for a big PR event. Dress him up, hand him a speech and send him down to Fort Bragg to stand in front of the next bunch of cannon fodder slated for death, and have him deliver a speech about how things are going to get better.

I'm sure that must have been the plan. I can't see how ANY IDIOT PR PERSON would possibly have suggested that he go to Ft. Bragg and tell the troops and the rest of us how he's made his stand and he's not going to quit until the Iraqis do. Just like that spoiled little ass kid who would stand at the top of the slide and not let any of the other kids come down, knowing that his daddy would always take his side. Wearing that nasty little smirk that we've come to know and love on the face of our president. He'll ALWAYS get his way. No matter what. Even if the children who are LOGJAMMED on the stairs leading up to the slide start having panic attacks and crying, he'll stand there with that smirk and insist that he's not moving. Even if 17,000 servicemen and 12,000 civilians are dead, he won't move from his position. And he won't send in any extra troops because....and if you have any boggle left...boggle right along with me on THIS ONE:

"In his speech, Bush rejected suggestions that he set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq or send in more troops. Bush said a timetable would be "a serious mistake" that could demoralize Iraqis and American troops and embolden the enemy.
He also said sending more troops would undermine the U.S. strategy of training Iraqis to be able to as quickly as possible take over the security of their country.
"Sending more Americans would suggest that we intend to stay forever," he said.

The Emperor isn't wearing any clothes, and the president needs a new spiel

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