Goes to Babylon
George W. Bush took a secret trip to Baghdad for a Thanksgiving
dinner - excuse me while I yawn. What exactly was the purpose
of spending two hours in Baghdad, at a cost which we will
probably never be told?
Will this guy ever run out of shameless publicity stunts?
Just when we thought his phony (and premature) aircraft carrier
"victory" gig was the creme de la creme of gaudy overacting,
he pulls this Baghdad stunt. After having consumed my fill
of Thanksgiving goodies, I have to see this on TV? That doesn't
bode well for healthy digestion.
This is the same president who feels absolutely no obligation
to attend even one burial ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary.
This is the same president who can't even get to Dover Air
Force Base to pay respects to the casualties as their coffins
arrive home. But he can make it all the way to Baghdad for
a two-hour photo-op!
The saddest part of this whole ridiculous charade is that
there are some Americans who will fall for it. Can you believe
that? It was a pre-campaign photo op - period, plain and simple,
end of story. But he'll be painted as being oh-so-brave to
venture into Baghdad, into a war zone, risking his life, etc.
Excuse me while I yawn again. It's going to be funny to watch
just how far the misguided Bush fans will try to stretch his
whopping two hours of nothing.
Spending two hours in Baghdad does not make Bush a hero,
by any stretch of the imagination. If he wanted to look heroic,
he'd have taken a little side trip to the northern town of
Mosul, unannounced. Or maybe a quick run to Tikrit, in the
so-called "Sunni Triangle," just to see how the fellas are
doing. Even an unannounced escort with any of the road patrols
that face real risk every single day in Iraq. You can bet
there wasn't a risk anywhere near the Baghdad airport.
So what did this trip really mean, and what did it accomplish?
Well, it meant and accomplished the same thing: absolutely
nothing. Other than being yet another shameless and tasteless
exploitation of our troops, this two-hour nothingness in Baghdad
is void of any constructive substance.
George W. Bush refuses to show the slightest bit of respect
to the casualties returning from Iraq, whether it be honoring
them upon their arrival at Dover, or their internment at Arlington,
neither of which would cost the millions it undoubtedly cost
for his plate of turkey in Baghdad. For someone who couldn't
even muster the responsibility to fulfill his own duty as
a National Guardsman, he sure doesn't have much trouble getting
his picture taken with those whom he sends away from home
to fight his wars.
Go to Dover, George. Go to Arlington. Strike a pose with
a bereaved family who is left to wonder what their young son
or daughter lost their life for. Try having your picture taken
with the horribly-maimed vets who are coming home to a lifetime
of struggle (and fewer benefits, thanks to that mighty sword
that is your pen).
AWOL George does it again, and it's getting old. How many
days until election 2004?