The Week in Pictures

Bush at Fort Irwin

Nope, that’s not the military surrounding the Decider and throwing him out of the White House at gunpoint; it’s just Dubya playing Army again, visiting Fort Irwin, California, for a photo op and a chance to shout out “Hoo-ah!” and welcome back volunteer troops who, if the trend continues, will be deployed again and again and backdoor drafted until they’re eighty, or only have one leg left, or are crippled with cancer from breathing in all the depleted uranium dust.

To get them in the mood to hunt some terrorists, Bush mentioned September 11, 2001, five — count ‘em — five times.

“This country’s life changed on September the 11th, 2001, and my attitude about the world changed that day, too…”

That was the day God told George W. Bush to invade Iraq.

“I decided that I — that our most important task in Washington was to protect you, protect the American people. And I decided that I would use all the resources at our disposal to do that.”

If they were still alive, over 3,200 dead Americans might like to discuss how well you protected them, Mr. President.

“Like many Americans, we struggle with understanding with what this attack meant.”

Yes, especially the part where a 47-story steel skyscraper that wasn’t hit by a plane collapsed symmetrically. There are a LOT of Americans struggling to understand what that means. But you won’t investigate it properly, or even give us an official reason why it happened.

“But if you think about the lead-up to the attack, you think about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 1993…In other words, the attack on September the 11th wasn’t the first move by the extremists.”

Are you bringing up Nixon’s White House Plumbers? Or the CIA that planned Operation Northwoods to stage fake terrorism on American soil in the 1960s?

“As a matter of fact, they conducted their acts of murder believing that there wouldn’t be a response. They became convinced that free nations were weak. And they grew bolder believing that history was on their side.”

Again, are you talking about our CIA, or are you referring to Osama bin Laden, who, if he’s still alive, must believe that history really is on his side since he hasn’t been caught yet…

“After the attacks of September the 11th I vowed to our country that we wouldn’t tire, that we would use whatever it took to protect us.”

You also vowed Saddam had WMD and the oil would pay for Halliburton’s no-bid contracts…

“And so we changed our strategy. The strategy is to defeat the enemy overseas so we don’t have to face them here at home.”

Problem is, the enemy of freedom is turning out to be in the mirror, and it’s very difficult to fight a mirror without getting broken.

“…make no mistake about it, these extremists believe things — for example, they don’t believe you can worship freely; they don’t believe you should speak your mind; they don’t believe in dissent; they don’t believe in human rights.”

I swear, I can’t tell…are you talking about the Christian Coalition, Karl Rove, or al Qaeda?

“We believe in the right for people to worship.”

Unless you’re a Muslim praying on a plane.

“We believe in the dignity of each human being.”

Unless you’re one of the people that have been stripped naked, made to simulate oral sex, waterboarded, and held for over five years without any charge or a trial at Guantanamo Bay.

“Our ideology is based on the universality of liberty.”

We like oil, too…

“Their dark ideology is based upon hatred.”

Especially when we blow up their houses, steal their oil, and gang rape their 14-year-old daughters.

“And the way to defeat — ultimately defeat those who would do harm to America is give people a chance to live in a free society.”

Was that a veiled promise that you’re going to resign? Beggars can’t be choosers, but please, oh please, let Darth Cheney resign first! Anyway, Bush’s attempts at brainwashing continued for miles, and I can’t stomach to read anymore. He is one persistent sales pitch. You know…9/11, 9/11, 9/11, terrorists, terrorists, over there, not over here, keeping you safe, keeping you safe, freedom, liberty, freedom, liberty, free speech zones, wire taps, terrorist watch list, WMD, WMD, WMD…GOOD LORD! Shut your trap already, dude. Tell us something new once every eight years or so…

And finally, props to Geraldo for exposing Bill O’Reilly for the bigot he is, and for not backing down. It’s hard to believe one of these guys didn’t get a fist in the mouth before the commercial break:

[tags]Bush, iraq war, fort irwin, Geraldo, O’Reilly[/tags]

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