Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Stupid quote of the week

By J. Kingston Pierce

George W. Bush is always braying on about how Americans have to make sacrifices, even though he asked absolutely nothing of the nation’s wealthiest citizens when he committed the United States to an invasion of Iraq. In fact, he gave them a handsome tax break, while pushing off the real costs of his warmongering onto the shoulders of our grandchildren. But now Dubya insists that he, too, has sacrificed for the “war effort.” How? He tells Politico reporter Mike Allen that he’s given up golf. Says the prez:

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

Bush said he made that decision after the August 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. official in Iraq and the organization’s high commissioner for human rights.

“I remember when de Mello, who was at the U.N., got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man’s life,” he said. “I was playing golf--I think I was in central Texas -- and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, ‘It’s just not worth it anymore to do.’”

Oh, boo-fuckin’-hoo. When we see you send your two daughters off to fight in the Middle East conflict you provoked with your lies, Mr. Bush--a conflict to which other American parents have willingly sacrificed their own children--then and only then will you be making an honest commitment to your war of choice.

(Cross-posted at Limbo.)

READ MORE:Bush Makes the Ultimate War Sacrifice,” by David Terranoire (A Dark Planet); “We Call Bullshit,” by Warren Street (Blue Girl, Red State).

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  • These are just the worst of cheap shots. As President, George Bush is Commande in Chief and is involved in the war, but like all CIC's before him, he doesn't actually fight on the battlefield. His daughters are adults, and for all you know, don't support the war. Indeed, Jenna hedges on "Larry King Live," as to which of the three remaining candidates she thought was best. Laura, who was on the show with her, shot her a frozen smile.

    Finally, I remember a typically lefty friend of mind LAMBASTING Bush 41 for playing golf during the first Gulf War. But there's nothing so fun as to have your cake and eat it too.

    By Blogger QueersOnTheRise, at 7:12 AM  

  • And how much did your priceless comment cost, big spender?

    The war has been a financial windfall for his supporters and his family and a horror for our armed forces and their families. He curtails their medical benefits and pay and he gives up golf?

    He's taken more time off than any president in history and he's rightly embarrassed - as you should be.

    And for what it's worth, Mister Wordsmith, "LEFTY" has nothing to do with opposing a military fiasco and everything to do with your insipid and inane arguments.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:10 AM  

  • During World War II--a war that necessitated American involvement and that had widespread public support in the United States (at least after the attack on Pearl Harbor)--President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent all four of his sons into the service, and they were ultimately decorated for bravery. Roosevelt didn't quibble about whether he was making sacrifices by giving up golf, or martinis, or Sunday bridge. He showed Americans that he, too, was willing to make a real sacrifice, if they were. That's an example of authentic leadership, not Dubya's poseur brand of "do what I say, not what I do" standard-bearing.

    By Blogger J. Kingston Pierce, at 10:47 AM  

  • Fogg - you just don't get it. You've repeated over and over how you cannot stand the
    "lefty" term being used for people against the war. I get that one one now. But are you sure you're not just copying and pasting from past posts? Anyway, fine. It's just a convenient label, and certainly you've used your share of "right-wing nut case" phrases quite recklessly. And I don't think that even I have ever said I'm FOR THE WAR! Who really is? I've simply questioned your, and others', assumptions, regardless of left, right or center, that we went into the war based on nothing but intentional lies, and with the most hideous of intentions. Maybe one day absolutely EVERYTHING you've said will prove to be 100% true, but who are you to project the idea that you, and only you and those who agree with you, are correct, and that EVERYONE else is wrong? Statistically speaking, while possible, it's just not likely. With that, I await another garbage-ladened attack from you.

    By Blogger QueersOnTheRise, at 3:13 PM  

  • Again, and as always, you're attacking a straw man, stuffed full of the threadbare assumptions, presumptions and misused epithets you make up all by your tricky dicky self, and that's why I keep mentioning it.

    Call it a "convenient label" but that's another word for a lie, isn't it? At best it's just a cheap substitute for an intelligent argument.

    Still you have no idea what left-wing means although you apply the same snide, grossly simplistic formulas to everything you say. You're a one-trick dick, you are.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 5:14 PM  

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