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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:47 AM
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What ever happened to "on his watch"
Remember in a land far away and a long long time ago when anything that happened anywhere in the world by anyone was immediately said to have occured "on his watch"-a naval military term used to establish full accountability and reinforce the right's supposed stranglehold on anything military/national security related.

First WTC bombing (5 WEEKS into the first term) happened "on his watch"-no mention that it didn't just spring up while they were still getting the phones working.

"Blackhawk Down"-one soldier lets go of a rope and a whole platoon gets bogged down trying to get him out (as they should)

The USS Cole bombing-half a world away and the result of policy set by the Pentagon and State Dept. years before.

But they all happened "on his watch"

Now when anything happens it is explained away and they have even started blaming the press for the rare mention of any of the mindless/disastrous policy decisions that facilitated said event.

9/11- not once have I heard W&Co. being accountable, suddenly "it was ONLY 233 days into this administration"

The whole Iraq fiasco (and it is) not only happened "on his watch" but was created, planned (misplanned), and initiated "on his watch".

The lack of accountability is stunning.
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billybob537 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:55 AM
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1. It takes true courage
to take responsibility for your mistakes. Something sadly this pResident lacks. This entire admin. is in denial on any number of issues. They blame the press, the lefties, and Bush haters. When will they learn it isn't about blame. It's about character, something Bush never had and still doesn't understand. Say good bye whistle ass.
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:56 AM
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2. Well said! Thanks underpants.
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against all enemies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:00 AM
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3. He is not watching.
Of course, on his watch:

The yankees won the world series.

The Pats won the super bowl.

The Rangers traded Arod.

Those are the things bush watches.
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:59 AM
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8. Ha Ha!
LOL! :D
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:15 AM
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4. Here's what a true commander does:
Eisenhower knew that in spite of the best planning and intelligence available, the "D" Day landing could go horribly wrong. He wrote this short statement to have ready in that eventuality.

"Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone. June 5."

Eisenhower wrote this note by hand. In the first draft the first sentence ended, "a satisfactory foothold and the troops have been withdrawn." He was dissatisfied with the passive voice and changed it to read as in the first paragraph.

http://www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/icof.htm

I can never, in my wildest imaginings, see Bush* or any of his cohorts assuming any kind of responsibility for their "perfect" actions.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:39 AM
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5. Government by the corporate model
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:39 AM by underpants
Sell Sell Sell that stock-always positive-always foreward-Sell Sell Sell.

Even when you have a bad quarter "The potential for growth is unprecedented in this organization's (or indurty's) history"

Like that.
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:48 AM
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6. I think the fact that everytime something happens....
and the world is waiting anxiously for an apology from King George attests to the fact that this president NEVER apologizes for anything. During his recent press conference when he completely ducked the question about taking responsibility for 9/11, to the breaking news stories about how he supposedly apologized, in private, to the king of Jordan for the torture of Iraqi prisoners shows that the apologies (if they even happen) are news because of how rare they actually are.

Fuck it, he can apologize or not apologize. I still blame him...
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:51 AM
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7. Right and Welcome to DU
:hi:
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