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America to Bush: No Way!

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Perusing the reaction to Bush's desperate P.R. gambit last night, some of the best lines in retort are:

"George W. Bush spoke with all the confidence of a perp in a police lineup...." Howard Fineman, Newsweek

"(I)t is a cautionary reminder of what happens when you go to war with the president you've got rather than the president you'd like to have." - Walter Shapiro, Salon

But I'll take my mother's. "Bush is just full of sh*t. This is about him. And there was nothing sincere about him."

World War II

Bush of-course went on about how Iraq is "the decisive ideological struggle of our time."

But then why huge tax breaks for the super-rich? Why no draft? Why no asking of sacrifice from a public that would do anything for a true and noble cause?

Anita Leon, my mother, was just over a toddler in Forest Park, Georgia during World War II and she recalls, like everyone else back then, saving and gathering everything for the war effort - iron, aluminum from cigarette wrappers, adult women drawing lines along the back of their legs to fake wearing silk nylons (which all went to parachutes and other troop uses), rationing books and so on.

The country, including small children, was aching to help in some individual way a country totally mobilized for the war effort.

And Fox News, and a right-wing press, savaging a Gold Star mother is not a spectacle you would have seen during World War II.


But Bush will not ask for tax hikes, a draft, nor sacrifice of any kind from the American public who knows the man is not just full of sh*t, but may possibly be so deluded that he no longer knows the difference between a lie and the truth.

For Bush to ask for sacrifice would be the political equivalent of injecting the Ebola virus directly into his political heart. And that's about him, so Bush won't do it.

The premises of the Iraq war were always a series of lies, spin, and a cynical P.R. campaign, not the stuff of honor and nobility.

America will do just about anything for our troops thrown into this desperate ploy Bush read last night. A new G.I. Bill of Rights is a likely initiative when this mess is finally over.

But beyond that, America aches for this small man, our current president, who knows nothing of sacrifice and nobility to just go away as he hints darkly of furthur escalations and tragedy.
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Michael Leon is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared nationally in The Progressive, In These Times, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at

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