by Doug Basham
Forget "The eagle has landed." On
Thursday, the turkey landed - on many Americans dinner plates, and on
the runway of the airport formerly known as Saddam Hussein
The stupidity of conservatives never ceases
to amaze me, as well as that of the media (and the majority of the
American people, come to think of it). And to MY way of thinking, no-one
has got this trip right yet.
Thus far, the focus has been on the secrecy
surrounding the trip, the choice of Fox News to accompany the president,
(which pretty much sums up his credibility level when he chooses the
television equivalent of the National Enquirer to assist him in his
chicanery). The focus has also been on whether or not it was a wise
decision for the president to make (what? Like wisdom has been a staple
of this administration thus far?)
When I first learned of this trip, a
couple things came to my mind immediately.
First, the obvious ... Remember all the times
Mr. Bush told us how swimmingly things were going in Iraq - much
different than the "'perceptions" we were being given by the
American "filtered" media - well except Fox News of course.
(Which raises the question. I wonder if the anchors and hosts at Fox
have to provide their own Vaseline, or if it's in their contract that
Fox has to). Now... if things are so hunky dory in Iraq; if it's just a
handful of rag-tag Baathist loyalists and remnants who are causing all
the trouble - why all the secrecy? Why even take Air Force One? Why not
just book your flight with 'Air Liberation', so that the overwhelming
majority of the Iraqi populace who just LOVE our presence in their
country, and think it's just so Mohammed when their 4 and 5 year olds
are frisked - they could be waiting for you at the airport with flowers
While much of the focus of the president's
trip to Iraq (rightly so, and primarily because it is so obvious) has
centered on the fact that the very nature of the trip demonstrates how
dire the security situation in Iraq truly is, there hasn't been as much
mention as to how this "nature" undermines the
administration's claims to the contrary.
But here's the other thing that came to my
mind after learning of his secret trip to Iraq - and the part of the
equation that no-one seems to get, or simply doesn't have the balls to
Listen to this first line in a story from
London's "The Telegraph" on Friday ..."President George W.
Bush was back at his Texas Ranch yesterday basking in the most adulatory
coverage in months, as an admiring American media described his surprise
trip to Iraq as one of the boldest ever presidential forays."
BOLD?!?! Doesn't anybody get
it? Let's put the pieces together.
First piece... I remember this pathetic,
cowardly little man in the White House standing before the cameras and
saying ... "Bring 'em On". And I remember how his mindless boot
lickers praised him for his bravado - too damn stupid to realize that a
comment like this was putting our troops in FAR more danger than any 10
stories the media could report - the same media who essentially handed
Bush his war on a silver platter - the same media this administration
and their apologists now like to blame for the deaths or our soldiers.
Second piece... Last Monday at Fort Carson,
Colorado ... the president said "The United States of America will
not be intimidated by a bunch of thugs."
Third piece... During his visit with the
troops in Baghdad, he said "We did not charge hundreds of miles
into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost in casualties, defeat a brutal
dictator and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of
thugs and assassins." Now first of all ... What do you mean
"we", Kemo Bushbey? The only charge you've led is the one
against our values, intelligence, decency, reputation and civil
liberties ... altho' you have been charging a lot to America's American
Express card, haven't you?
Fourth piece... On the plane, just 3 hours
from Baghdad, Bush said "I was fully prepared to turn this baby
around and come home." Again - YOU were prepared to turn the
plane around, Mr. Resident?
Is it starting to become clearer here what
the main issue of this Iraq trip SHOULD be? Let me bottom line it ...
plain and simple.
When the coward in chief is safe and sound
in America, he says ... "Bring 'em On", or..."We will not
be intimidated by thugs." Now don't you think a more appropriate
time to say that - if indeed you were a man of courage, honor,
conviction and "boldness" - would have been if you were
planning to GO to Iraq, or when you were already THERE in Iraq?
But what did he say instead? First thing he
said was ... "Shhhhhhh." The second was, "I was fully
prepared to turn this baby around and come home."
Put another way - when it's the lives of our
soldiers that are at risk, Bush says "Bring 'em on" or,
"The United States will not be intimidated by a bunch of
thugs." When it's HIS sorry ass that might be in peril, he says,
"if anyone finds out I'm coming ... I'M turning this plane around
and going home." And for this act of seemingly unnoticed cowardice,
he's called... bold?!
Where's the boldness? Where's the bravado?
Where's the ... "Bring 'em on", and "We won't be
intimidated by thugs" when it really matters? Wouldn't THAT have
been the time for the bra-a-a-v-e Commander in Chief to say "Hey,
you want a piece of me? I'm coming to 'gitcha'. Gonna' smoke you out.
Dead or alive. Take your best shot ...thug! Bring it on.. THUG!!
Nope. When there's a chance he might face
the same kind of danger he himself has CREATED for our soldiers; and
it's time for him to put action to words? No bravado and no courage at
all. Instead there's "Shhhhh" and "I'll turn this baby
around and come home."
And yet the ... "liberal media"
(God, that's one lie I am getting so sick of) ... the "liberal
media" absolutely gushes and slobbers all over this cowardly
performance and calls it one of the boldest presidential forays EVER!!
And you wonder why the majority of Americans
still support this arrogant little coward? I'll TELL you why they
do. Because no-one is telling them he IS an arrogant, little coward,
that' why. They're telling the American people ... he's bold.
And actually, he IS bold. He's bold with his
LIES! That coupled with the fact that he lies so constantly - many
people who ARE aware of how long his nose is are in such shock by how
blatant and in your face many of his lies are - are left speechless with
their jawbones dragging on the ground. Case in point - right
after he went on television and admitted there was no evidence to
support a link between Saddam Hussein and 9-11, he went back to his very
effective "propaganda by segue" schtick, and the next time he
tried to justify his misguided debacle in Iraq, he said it was important
to learn the lessons of 9-11. RIGHT THERE - someone should have raised
their hand and said "Uh, Mr. President? You're doing it again. You
just said yesterday there was no link, but now by segueing from 9-11
into Iraq, you're implying there is. People with REAL values call that
lying." But did anyone say that? Besides me? Not that I heard.
And you know why he was able to say again
for the umpteenth time just the other day that the Taliban were gone
forever? Because the very FIRST time he said it - right after a barrage
of reports that the Taliban were reconstituting themselves - no-one
raised their hand and said, "Uh, Mr. President, there is report
after report coming out of Afghanistan that say the Taliban are not only
resurging, they actually control several provinces in the country, and
that we don't even completely control Kabul anymore. How can you in all
good conscience - being a man of God yourself, in fact, the man
God himself chose to lead this great nation" ... (and I guess that
makes sense ... he certainly wasn't the first choice of the American
people in 2000) ... "How can you stand before this great nation and
"boldly" LIE to them?"
I would like to ask the president these
questions. Is this your way of making us all pay for not electing your
father twice? Is it your way of making us pay for not electing you even
ONCE? How badly do you feel we need to be punished for just not being
smart enough to realize who God himself wanted in the oval office in the
year 2000? And is this how your sick mind has justified acting like a
dictator and stifling democratic dissent - because you know you were
never democratically elected in the first place, so like, what
difference does it make?
"Bottom line is folks ... we're losing
the battle. No-one seems to be able - or they don't have the GUTS - to
look past the surface of this administration's shallow, deceitful crap
and report what the REAL story is. Not one news show I watched on
television, or one person I saw on any of the shows said "The main
thing this trip proves is that not only is Bush a LIAR ... he's a GUTLESS
liar as well!"
And here's one other element you can add to
this story, just to use this administration's blustering bulls--t
against them. By including a "turn around and head home"
provision in his travel plan, could not a case be made that while he was
verbally saying "We will not be intimidated by thugs", what he
was insinuating was "I will be intimidated by thugs"? And
then, using the president's own criteria for dissenter demonization,
could not a further case be made that Mr. Bush provided aid and comfort
to the enemy (now defined as anyone who disagrees with Bush's occupation
or policies), by acknowledging how precarious the situation in Iraq
really is by including a "turn around" provision?... and by
demonstrating to the "terrorists" (now defined as anyone who
disagrees with Bush's occupation or policies) how successful and feared
their resistance is by the "Top Goon" in the United States?
When any other American does this, this administration and their hit men
label them unpatriotic and unsupportive of the troops, but when Bush
does it, he's called... bold? Just food for thought.
to the real issue behind "the trip" - namely, cowardice.
From "Bring 'em On" and "WE won't be intimidated by
thugs" to I'M gonna' turn this baby around and go home". And
yet the media - (even the British media for God's sake, who certainly
should be able to figure this one out) - drops the ball once again,
and calls this "one of the boldest presidential forays
ever"? How insulting. All I see is blatant, 2
faced hypocrisy, and spineless, shameful cowardice. Verbal machismo
backed by physical retreat do not equate with courage. But to
anyone familiar with Mr. Bush's military record or his actions on that
fateful day in September 2001, this is par for the course. And while
Mr. Dressup in the White House's physical actions may be bold in their
sheer audacity, they are certainly not bold in the positive context
the media is framing them in now.
I come from, "boldness" must be rooted in honesty. And
seeing as we cannot count on the media to inform the American people,
let us never forget the one over-riding truth in this entire Iraqmire.
Bush lied and our soldiers died. Period. Our men and women - our
brothers and sisters - and our kids. And the only "boldness"
in this equation are the repeated lies Bush, his administration and
our compliant media keep shoving down America's throat with such force
they would make Linda Lovelace herself gag. Bold.. my... ass.
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article has drawn a massive response. Here's one letter from a GI
stationed in Iraq. We're keeping him anonymous to protect him from the
revenge we know the Bush leadership metes out to people who raise their
I am stationed in the Iraq theater and have
limited access to the www. but I know the truth when I see it. I just
read your oped about the Coward making a trip and I couldn't agree more.
You hit the nail on the head. I was a big supporter of Bush, but after
being here for nearly a year now I know the truth and you are telling
it. Thanks for your insite on the issue and not being afraid to tell it.
Thanks From Iraq,
and here's another letter from a former GI:
In response to Doug Basham's OpEd http://www.opednews.com/basham1103_baghdad_coward.htm
I only have one thing to point out. As a former GI, having spent many
years in combat arms fields in the US Army, I ask you to think of this
from the GI's point of view. While I know that the rear-echelon GIs who
whooped and hollared for Bush meant it from their hearts -- anything for
them to get a feeling that they're not forgotten would have been
welcome, especially a visit from the president -- but one ought to
contemplate what the troops thought at noon on Thanksgiving day.
Do the math. Remember, Bush snuck into Baghdad
at 5-something AM and only spent 2 1/2 hours in the city before fleeing.
That means those GIs who Bush served "Thanksgiving dinner" to
were ordered to get up at 5 or 6 AM and told to go eat a
"breakfast" of turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings.
By noon it would have dawned on all but the
most cerebrally-challenged GIs that they had been used like a cheap
prostitute for a presidential photo-op propaganda ploy designed to generate
warm fuzzies in the people watching football with full bellies back in
the US. The president's actions were worse than being merely cowardly,
they exploited the GIs on the ground for a few fleeting domestic