Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The DoD reminds citizens that they're free to demonstrate whenever they're told to

Tom's Irrelevant Musings has a post about a wounded soldier who refused to see President Bush:

One day a nurse came in to ask Rodgers if he wanted to meet President Bush, who was visiting the hospital. Rodgers declined.

"I don't want anything to do with him," he explains. "My belief is that his ego is getting people killed and mutilated for no reason -- just his ego and his reputation. If we really wanted to, we could pull out of Iraq. Maybe not completely but enough that we wouldn't be losing people -- at least not at this rate. So I think he himself is responsible for quite a few American deaths."

Bill Swisher, a spokesman for Walter Reed, says it's "fairly common" for patients to decline to see visitors. "We've had visitors from Sheryl Crow to Hulk Hogan," he says, but he has no idea how many have refused to see Bush, who has visited the hospital eight times.

Rodgers says he also declined to meet Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice. This wounded soldier has lost faith in his leaders, and he no longer believes their repeated assurances of victory.

So, what's the Bush administration to do? Why, ask the Department of Defense to organize a march and put on some country music, of course.

That's right kiddies (hat tip to Rob at Realitique), it's time to polish your jack boots and starch your brown shirts. The Pentagon requires your attendance at a 9/11 Freedom Walk - your opportunity to show your support for the conquest of Iraq, its occupation, and the pillaging of its oil. That's the American way - and if you don't like it, why, there's probably a couple of vacant rape chambers for you at Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib. I'm sure the CIA will reserve a seat for you on their private jet for another extraordinary rendition.

Oh, I know you're wondering:
Q: Why is DoD organizing this event?
R: Since September 11, 2001, the Pentagon has provided citizens with opportunities to commemorate September 11 in meaningful ways [like supporting an unjustified invasion of an oil rich nation]. ...

By the way, the DoD would also like marchers to know that WMD's are prohibited during the walk.

Meanwhile, Cindy Sheehan would like to visit with President Bush, but apparently her son died for the wrong cause, so he's not interested.

Oh...what's that you say? You have a question for the president? What cause, you ask? WMD? No doofus! To get the president re-elected and make a pile of money for his buddies of course! What planet do you live on! Sheesh!

Seriously, it's getting harder and harder to take seriously any effort by the Bush administration to fight terrorism because its record is so blemished with lies and propaganda.

Impeachment time anyone?


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