Bush's cracking facade
What do you call a long, multi-year flip-flop?
BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]
BUSH: And so we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5/04]
BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course. [4/13/04]
BUSH: And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. And that’s why when we say something in Iraq, we’re going to do it. [4/16/04]
BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4/05]
BUSH: We will stay the course. [8/30/06]
Now that the Republican party is imploding on its own corruption, hypocrisy, and lies, now that the cherry-picked "intelligence" has been revealed to be a neocon sack of lies thrust upon the American public to drag 2,799 American soldiers in Iraq to their graves, now that it's clear that the flowers and democracy promised by Iraq's "liberation" turned out to be brambles and civil war, now that George W. Bush will go down in history as the worst president ever ...
BUSH: Well, listen, we've never been "stay the course", George. We have been, "We will complete the mission, we will do our job and help achieve the goal, but we're constantly adjusting the tactics." [ABC This Week, 8/22/06]
This is what it looks like when Tony Snow-job, the Fox News neocon Newspeak director embedded in the White House, tries to explain the nuances of this muffaletta-sized flip-flop.
Isn't it funny how a policy shift is a nuanced position when it's used to defend a miserable president, but it's a "flip-flop" when it can be used to attack his opponents?
Meanwhile, Bush apologists like Bill "falafel" O'Reilly continue their attempts to make Bush look like an average Joe -- as though that's good enough for the most powerful office on the planet -- rather than an incompetent monkeyass who sold the people's house to his frat of draft-dodging little
Nobody knows how Iraq will play out in the two years the president has left in office. But what I can tell you is that he is committed to the fight and believes in it with all his heart.
Is that enough for victory? It's impossible to tell. But I'm praying it is.
Compare the following two photos to see how Bush apologists like O'Reilly handle the monkeyboy preznit.
The caption for first photo, posted next to a Bill O'Reilly column:
A spry President Bush hops out of a vehicle last week before boarding Air Force One to attend a fundraiser. O’Reilly says the president is secure in his commitment to Iraq.
The second photo shows close up just what that "spry" northeastern cowboy really looks like trying to "hop" off of his saddle.
Now that Bush is talking about changing course, it's stunningly ironic that even some Iraqi officials are starting to criticize the possibility of troop withdrawal as cutting and running -- the same tactic used by Bush administration when it was criticized for having no plan other than "stay the course." Of course, Iraqi officials have a reason to be concerned. They'll be left trying to fix a nation quickly disintegrating into civil war.
Bill Maher recently smacked down the neocon cabal represented by organizations like the Project for a New Century and The Heritage Foundation (video):
And finally, new rule in two parts: (A) You can't call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid; and (B) If you're someone from one of these think tanks that dreamed up the Iraq War and who predicted that we'd be greeted as liberators, and that we wouldn't need a lot of troops, and that Iraqi oil would pay for the war, that the WMD's would be found, that the looting wasn't problematic, that the mission was accomplished, that the insurgency was in its last throes, that things would get better after the people voted, after the government was formed, after we got Saddam, after we got his kids, after we got Zarqawi, and that whole bloody mess wouldn't turn into a civil war, you have to stop making predictions.
Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq (HT: The Katrinacrat).
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