Presidents Think You Are as Dumb as They Are
by Morris Smith
Itís amazing the things you can hear on the radio...
I was driving along, minding my own business, when I heard
a radio report about Army General Henry H. Shelton retiring.
There was all of the fanfare, pomp and circumstance that usually
follow these events, and I was close to changing the channel.
Then I heard it.
Shelton said that the Usurper-in-Chief had told America's
military to get ready to respond to the terrorist attacks
of September 11th. Shelton said in response, "I am proud to
report, America's military is ready."
Whoa! I almost ran off the road!
And it gets worse. Straight from the chimp's mouth, as it
were. "We will win the war, and there will be costs," Bush
said during a meeting with top Pentagon brass. He continued,
saying that America's military "is ready to defend freedom
at any cost."
Maybe itís just me, but I hate it when our leaders think
we're stupid. Can he possibly think our memories are that
short? To remind you all, here are Bush's words from a little
over a year ago:
"Our military is low on parts, pay and morale. If called
on by the commander-in-chief today, two entire divisions of
the Army would have to report... Not ready for duty, sir."
So what are we to believe? The military hasn't substantially
changed in a year. There has been no, read ZERO, new money
appropriated by Bush since he uttered that statement. He hasnít
even addressed the problem yet. He's been too busy passing
his tax cut for the rich.
But perhaps we're being short sighted. After all, I can hear
the Right's comeback now. "Oh, there is so much higher morale
in the military now. Now they know there is somebody in the
White House who is on their side."
Let us leave behind the obvious evidence of Bush's pusillanimous
nature back when he had the chance to serve his country in
uniform. If indeed the military has been able to rebound just
because of a change at the top, then the next question is
obvious: Why do they need more money?
Republicans are masters of telling the rest of us that throwing
money is not the solution to a problem, that some problems
are deeper and more systemic; that attitude plays a role;
etc, etc. Now, on the eve of their greatest triumph, they
falter! They could turn around and wag their fingers in our
collective faces and say "Look! We turned around this pathetic,
stumblebum, Keystone Kops military that Clinton left us and
got them ready for the threat ahead, and all without spending
a dime! We told you all along!" And we would have no choice
but to say, "OK, you're right... I don't know what we were
thinking... you win."
There can only be one reason that they don't take advantage
of this situation... Back in last August, when Bush delivered
his assessment of the military... HE WAS LYING!
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed
Bush to any degree. If there is one thing this man has taught
us, it's that character matters. Its obvious that when Bush
was saying that he didnít mind losing and that he would happily
go back to Crawford and his ranch, that was a lie. He and
his lieutenants pulled every dirty trick in the book to get
him in power last year.
"America understands that a guy doesn't know the name of
every single foreign leader." This was Bush's lame excuse
back when he flunked the foreign policy pop quiz given to
him by a Boston Globe reporter. Another weak fabrication on
his part. Now the Pakistani leader Bush once knew only as
"General" has become his new best friend.
And back at the Republican National Convention, Bush knew
that the military was nowhere near the dire straits he said
it was. But how was he to know that he would need the military
so soon? How was he to know that he would have to eat those
rash words of last year?
How was he to know that lies have consequences and people