And what an opportunity for the President on Veterans Day. It was also the day after my nephews 22nd birthday. Marine Lance Cpl. Chase Comley wasnt celebrating on Thursday though. Hes one of those lost in our current struggle. He died in Iraq on August 6, 2005. Maybe, thats why I didnt push mute as I usually do when Bush stumbles through a speech. I wanted to see how hed honor my loved one. I was hoping the President might finally admit the big mistake, apologize to the country and say, Im gonna bring em home. Stupid me.
Instead, Mr. Bush, with awestruck and applauding-on-cue supporters, sitting behind him, tried to hit a three-pointer and restore some credibility to his Office. Stupid him.
"Terrorists are evil but not insane, G.W. said.
"The enemy seeks to end dissent in every form, Bush orated.
"Seems this Administration has painted anyone who dissents from its position a traitor to Democracy, I answered.
"We're the exploiters, you miserable excuse for a human. I shouted at him. Weve exploited people all over the globe. Why, thats what you were doing in Latin American last week. Remember? But back to those young Arabs who are learning to hate us in their mosquesno, no, no. Lets talk, instead, about how youve manipulated our young with your nationalistic rhetoric about evil doers, WMDs, Biblical references, like a coach before the big game in a huddle of prayer and then a whoop to win. And all those military recruiters out there, trying to make their quotas before the monthly buzzer sounds, are just more of your equipment to maneuver young men and women with promises of support when they return. If they return.
Then, when Bush said something about a strategy of replacing resentment with hope, I wanted to gag.
"Looks to me like were replacing resentment with full-blown rage, and all those Iraqis you said would be presenting our team with flowers are, instead, mopping up the desert with us, I shouted.
"By standing for hope and freedom, we make our freedom more secure.
"Your speechwriters sure know how to tug at the strings, I replied. But, George, what about Abu Ghraib? Isnt that a good example of just how much you stand down when it comes to hope and freedom. Way down. Even debasing the soul of our country. Seems to me youre making a great jump-shot for torture, not hope and freedom, and that feigned drowning technique which someone recently defended as not really deadly sure doesnt make me feel secure. Actually, George, our foreign policy is repressive and terrifies me. The World is watching, condemning our nation for violating human rightssomething for which weve denounced others, and you continue to talk about freedom?
The opining about something else with which Im having difficulty is this: It is irresponsible to rewrite the history of how the war began.
At this point, I was on my feet and shaking my finger at the set, Isnt it irresponsible to begin a war thats based on faulty intelligence, especially when you, Cheney, and Rummy had so much to gain financially. And, anyway, Im having trouble remembering how this war began with all the reasons youve come up with since the invasion. I mean, one minute it was chemical and nuclear capability and then it was regime change and, then, well, was it because the twins didnt like Uday and Qusay? Are you just trying to confuse us here?
When Bush asserted, The hatred of the radicals existed before Iraq, I thought that was a little like stating the obvious and, thus, I had to scream at the television.