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Bush Blames the Troops

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Posted on Apr 24, 2007
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President Bush gestures while posing for photos with troops during his visit to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., on April 4.

By Robert Scheer

Blame it on the military but make it look like you’re supporting the troops. That’s been the convenient gambit of failed emperors throughout history as they witnessed their empires decline. Not surprisingly then, it’s become the standard rhetorical trick employed by President Bush in shirking responsibility for the Iraq debacle of his making.

Ignoring the fact that we have a system of civilian control over the military, which is why he, the elected president, is designated the commander in chief, Bush hides behind the fiction that the officers in the field are calling the shots when in fact he has put them in an unwinnable situation and refuses to even consider a timetable for getting them out.

He did it again Monday, responding to the prospect that both houses of Congress seem in agreement on setting guidelines for the “progress” that the president continually proclaims is at hand. “I will strongly reject an artificial timetable [for] withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job.” This is disingenuous in the extreme, because Bush is the Washington politician who plotted this unnecessary war from the moment the 9/11 attack provided him with an excuse for regime change in a country that had nothing to do with the terrorist attack.

It was Bush who sent the troops to invade Iraq with the mission of ridding it of weapons of mass destruction, which he should have known Iraq did not have, and to end ties with al-Qaida that, the record shows, he knew never existed. And it was the Bush administration that micro-managed every aspect of the occupation to disastrous consequences ranging from the de-Baathification that isolated the Sunnis to premature elections that put Shiite theocrats in power. The economic reconstruction of Iraq has been a failure for everyone except the U.S. corporations that have ripped off U.S. taxpayers to the tune of many billions of dollars. It is only now, when all of those policies for the economic and political reconstruction of Iraq have come a cropper, that a military surge has been ordered to provide a social order for Iraq that this president’s policies have destroyed.

This president has been denied nothing by Congress in the way of financial underwriting for this boondoggle, yet he seeks to cast even the mildest attempt to hold him accountable for the results as unpatriotic. That is all that the Democratic congressional leadership has proposed with its timetable—marks to measure progress on the ground in a war that, as Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye pointed out, has lasted longer than World War II. It is a very limited, nonbinding attempt to hold the president accountable, for it does not ban him from using any portion of the whopping $124 billion in new funds; it requires only that he publicly and specifically defend his claims of progress.

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It’s a claim of progress that, until now, has not been met with any congressional review, even though it is the obligation of Congress to judge the effectiveness of programs paid for with the funds that Congress alone can appropriate. If the proposed timetable were in place, then it would be more difficult for the president to claim success for his surge, as he did Friday, insisting that “So far, the operation is meeting expectations” and then confusing his audience by conceding that recently “We have seen some of the highest casualty levels of the war.”

It’s gobbledygook, and the Democratic leaders of Congress have finally decided to call the president on it. “The longer we continue down the president’s path, the further we will be from responsibly ending this war,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Not content any longer to take Bush at his word, the leaders in both the House and Senate finally posted some specific benchmarks of progress, accompanied by a nonbinding suggestion of an end to U.S. troop involvement in this quagmire within a year’s time if genuine progress is not made. Even that minimum restraint on the president’s ambition was accompanied with the caveat that sufficient troops would remain in Iraq to protect U.S. installations, train the Iraqi army and fight terrorists.

The proposal was the softest the Democrats could offer without totally repudiating the will of the voters who brought them to power in the last election. If the president vetoes this authorization bill, then the onus is on him for delaying funding for the troops and showing contempt for the judgment of the voters, who will have another chance in less than two years to hold the president’s party responsible. But that will not restore life to the 85 U.S. soldiers killed so far in April alone, or prevent even greater sacrifices to Bush’s folly.

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By Phil, May 6, 2007 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment
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The war in Iraq is lost. The question now becomes, is America lost? Unless this administration is held accountable for it’s lies, and criminal behavior America is lost. The precedents established by this administration if left unchallenged, are the seeds of America’s destruction. America, mislead and bled by the Republican Party,and it’s enablers. (Oh, and that’s “we the people”)...........The Republican Party must be crushed in 08. Maybe then both parties will realize that wreckless,dangerous and damaging behavior is unacceptable. Frankly, I don’t hold out much hope, hopefully I am wrong.

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By Pete, April 27, 2007 at 5:45 am Link to this comment
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During last nite’s “debate”, one of the questions asked referred to Harry Reid’s comment about the “war being lost”. The question went something like this; Isn’t this comment insulting considering the sacrifices & decisions made during this conflict?
Seems to me the answer is a loud no, because those making the decisions have made absolutely nothing in the way of sacrifice and those making the sacrifices have no say in the decisions. When and if Congress reasserts it’s role in the decision making process instead of leaving it up to the “decider in chief”,
then at least, We The People can get our authority back.

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By TAO Walker, April 26, 2007 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

When this old Indian showed this picture here to Older Sister, a retired career Navy nurse, and asked what she thought it oughta say underneath, she suggested:  “Y’all see them fellas over there?  Why don’t you and them fight?  Me and some of my cronies here’ll hold your coats.”

“truthdig” should maybe send somebody around to see if this toxic bullshit is still “play(ing)in Peoria”....or Pocatello….or Port Arthur….or Pas Christian….or Peabody….or Pismo Beach….or Pelican Bay….or Point No Point….or Pottstown….or Poulsbo….or Perryville….or Pueblo or in anyPlace at all where the blood of their progeny and the contents of their purses and the shreds of their human dignity and the remnants of their personal privacy are being purloined and pissed-away by home-grown pirates and “global” privateers.  A real-time sounding of the condition your averageamerican’s condition is in “on any given day” might be of at least academic interest to future Herstoryans, if we’re lucky enough to still have any.

HokaHey!

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By lastdrop, April 26, 2007 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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How is this one for a caption:
“Comrads, if we were in Iraq right now… I would show you where the door is, just to avoid the rush! First let me send you there… then I’ll lock the door behind you… How is that for a good deal?”
No wonder the ‘guys’ are so extatic on the photograph.
In the precipitation one soldier has left his helmet behind and… gears all together. Why bother?
Does this picture remind anyone of a Saddam Hussein’s statue with the finger pointed towards Iran?

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By DAVE UK, April 26, 2007 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED(???)
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE GOT ‘IM!
SADDAM MUST BE STOPPED!

                BUSH AND BLAIR,
                  UP YOURS!

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By bro. john cosmas damien, April 26, 2007 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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Bush was in Florida on the morning of 911 because he new that the towers were coming down and that the White House was going to get hit.

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By NonZionist, April 26, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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We Murikans deserve much of the blame.  We continue to watch the pro-war pro-Bush “news media”.  We continue to support the two pro-war “parties”—while ignoring anti-war leaders like Dennis Kucinich and Chuck Hagel.  Clinton’s numerous wars and killing sprees set the precedent for Bush’s genocidal crusade—and our devotion to Clinton set the stage for our surrender to Bush. 

Our society is a giant death cult—instinctively, we put our faith in death and destruction, not in our founding ideals and certainly not in the precepts of Christ!  Fear is our drug of choice, and war is our high.  Fear is what we use to make ourselves feel important. 

Till we confront this universal addiction and this monstrous spiritual perversion, we Murikans have about as much hope as a heavy heroin user.

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By Pacrat, April 26, 2007 at 6:52 am Link to this comment
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If Bush vetoes the military spending bill all headlines across the country should read: BUSH VETOES FUNDING SUPPORT FOR US TROOPS! Anyone who disagrees printing the headline is unpatriotic and subject to continued surveillance and possible imprisonment in secret prisons with his/her habeas corpus rights forfeit! Oh, that only works the other way around, right?

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By Matt, April 26, 2007 at 6:14 am Link to this comment
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We know that the Bush administration punishes soldiers - anyone from generals to grunts - who speak disapprovingly of the war.

And now, with the soldiers all duly muzzled, the Bushies (and their neocon helpers in the press) tell us, “Gee, all we hear from the soldiers is, ‘For God’s sake, let us but seek triumph in this noble military undertaking, regardless of cost!’ ”

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By shz, April 25, 2007 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment
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He blames the Iraqis, too….
“We’ll stand down when they stand up”.

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By desertdude, April 25, 2007 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

The Coward speaks, who really cares anymore. He is in total denial about the war in Iraq. As far as he is concerned everything is going as planned. So a few Soldiers die, thats OK as long as his buddies make money. IMPEACH HIM NOW NOT LATER. ARE YOU LISTENING CONGRESS?

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By DennisD, April 25, 2007 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment
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George Bu$h blaming someone else for his failures - and this is supposed to be news. Do you think this might be a lifetime pattern or what.

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By Terry Sloth, April 25, 2007 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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“But that will not restore life to the 85 U.S. soldiers killed so far in April alone, or prevent even greater sacrifices to Bush’s folly.”

An architectural folly is a whimsical, fanciful structure with no pragmatic purpose; the architects who planned the Iraq invasion were intent on capturing the second largest oil reserves, but their plans became a folly, resulting only in an imaginary democracy, and a country in chaos.

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By Nitro, April 25, 2007 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

To #66243 & #66234 AMEN BROTHERS !!! If Bush/Cheney want to war with Iraq & Iran so bad, let them pay for it and send their kids. Since King George II paid taxes on $ 785,000.00 worth of income this year, surely he can con his neo-conservative good buddies out of a few more bucks to help support HIS desires. Why did we pay that much money for such a Liar & Deceiver.
And yes, how true it is evidently that this whole damn war is about the oil, instead of the liberation of the Iraqi people. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we get rid of the cause of the Iraqi’s problems when they hung Hussein? So what are we still there for?
OIL ?! No. At least according to King George II. Blame it on the troops? Somehow that doesn’t surprise me. Since he’s so good at passing his responsibility onto others. Or simply having them resign or replaced. Impeach Bush/Cheney? Sounds like we’re too late for that. And since he didn’t have anything to do with the “Voter Fraud Issues” either, sounds like it’s time for a good old fashioned Tarring & Feathering or court yard hanging. I’ve got some extra ropes so the American people won’t be burdened with another excessive Bush expense, but tarring & feathering just might send a message to Capitol Hill to all public servants, “THE BUCK IS GONNA STOP HERE!”
Respectfully,

Nitro

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By Paul Tracy, April 25, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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Speaking of Bush’s deceptions, I have always suspected he feared that there were no Iraqi WMDs.  That is why he wanted the UN inspectors out before they could finish their job.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 25, 2007 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

#66324 by desertdude on 4/25 at 11:20 am: “...Blame everyone but himself. Don’t you remember when he was asked if he had made any mistakes he said NO! Right if anyone believes that, I have some Ocean Front property out here in Buckeye, AZ….”

Better watch out for those ‘rising seal levels’, there, dude!

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By Blueboy1938, April 25, 2007 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment

Ah, yes, impeachment raises its head yet again.  Representative Dennis Kucinich will be introducing a bill of impeachment against Vice President Cheney, I understand, which he delayed due to the VT atrocity.  Impeachment won’t work, however, because there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to convict either Cheney or Bush.  (Remember Clinton?)  So, we would spend, what, a year trying to get rid of Cheney and another year trying to get rid of Bush, when they won’t be around in two more years anyway.  Speaker Pelosi is much too smart to allow any impeachment measure to see the light of day, let alone be acted upon.  The House strategy is, and will continue to be, chipping away with oversight hearings, forcing the Republicans to repeatedly vote against ending U. S. participation in the Iraq civil conflict, and generally making a nuisance of themselves until the next election.  Impeachment, if successful, would only clear the way for the appointment of a relatively attractive, impeachment-proof, and electable Republican, who would then foreclose with the power of incumbency any chance for the election of a Democratic president in 2008.  Let’s not waste our time or our breath saying “impeachment” even once more.

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By SamSnedegar, April 25, 2007 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

“... a military surge has been ordered to provide a social order for Iraq that this president’s policies have destroyed. ...”

I don’t think so.

I think the “surge” was a cover for putting crack airborne troops into Iraq to guard the oilfields and pipelines, letting others be free to deal with the insurgencies in the cities and on the roads. The point is that whatever the Bushitter gang of thugs says is never what is true, so you have to dig to find out what is really going on in the field.

Further, though Scheer learnt his lesson and won’t mention oil again even to order salad dressing that contains it, we are there for no other reason, and there we will stay, no matter what any Democrat congress tries to do about it.

We are there for the oil. We will stay until the oil is gone. No matter what else is said by anyone, it will only be cover for the fact that we coveted the oil, lied to go to war for it, murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people (and a few guilty ones) to get the oil, and we have stolen control of the oil in Iraq. There is little difference between this theft and the one which took place in Poland in the late thirties when Hitler went there after their coal, steel, and labor, so as to build his great army and navy, and try to conquer the world.

The discussion OUGHT to be about what will happen if we do NOT steal oil somewhere, but you don’t hear it coming from either side of the aisle, do you? And not from nearly all the rich but pusillanimous investigative reporters, either.

I will certainly be dead by the time the US military turns over control of Iraq, and I don’t plan on dying any time in the next decade, though it could happen of course.

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By RP, April 25, 2007 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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Bush is 100% to blame.  So is the military, for following illegal, unethical, and immoral orders.  In criminal trials, this is called the Nuremberg principle and is applied in US courts.

When going to war, our military has far more power, and therefor far more responsibility, for life and death than medical doctors.  They should have the same sense of ethics as the best doctors, not the worst.  By the way, why aren’t the doctors and nurses publicly against this war?  I suspect the military took their ethics and integrity.

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By L.Gordon, April 25, 2007 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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Any citizen that perpetrated the acts of this administration, would be facing dire consequences: to include execution.

If this arrogant crowd continues to boast of their patriotism, perhaps they should be made to face the consequences of the country they claim to be a part of.

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By M Currey, April 25, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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There is a remedy for this Madman and his friends the congress should not let the war progress, they hold the pursestrings they should hold fast, and if they are true Americans, Democrats should do what is right by the people who elected them do the will of the people.

I am sure that Republicians who care for their country will also go against this illegal war.

And maybe some should go beyond the war and Impeach the leaders who are clearly are not for Democracy but the hold on the world by having a hold on the oil of the world.

Keep saying the words Impeach, Impeach, Impeach and maybe congress will get the idea.

M. Currey

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By Tom Semioli, April 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
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Comment by Tony Christini says it all: Dems are equally guilty of this horriffic atrocity in Iraq.

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By nonsequitor, April 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

‘In fact, I believe that 9/11 actually posed a problem for them,... (blueboy)

... that is, if one assumes, that daddy bush et.al. didn’t create 9/11??

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By Blueboy1938, April 25, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

One small point:  Bush and the disgruntled Gulf War retreads in his administration had been plotting regime change in Iraq since he was sworn in on January 20, 2001, according to his disaffected treasury secretary.  In fact, I believe that 9/11 actually posed a problem for them, in that they now had to tie Saddam to that horrendous event with no evidence.  Without doing so, the invasion would have been a hard sell to a nation shaken to its core.  When he said, “After all, this is the guy that tried to kill my dad,” it became crystal clear that, whatever justifications were floated, the real reason was vendetta.  Now 3,333 American troops have paid the ultimate price, not to defend our freedom, but to exact revenge upon Saddam and those who kept him in power.  His dad, on the other hand, recognized that taking Baghdad would have been an unnecessary folly, frustrating his defense secretary, Cheney, and others who ended up in his son’s administration, bent on finishing the job his dad had denied them.

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By TC, April 25, 2007 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

A pretty good article except for this: “The proposal was the softest the Democrats could offer without totally repudiating the will of the voters who brought them to power in the last election.”

No, the Democrats and Congress have totally repudiated the will of the voters and the larger public in regard to the Iraq War. The Democrats’ proposal would allow the occupation to continue, and continue…when instead they could stop it virtually immediately by simply refusing more funds for anything but US withdrawal and/or the reparations that the US owes Iraq, and money for the UN to help Iraq with the horrific mess the US has created.

The proposal isn’t the “softest,” the minimum, the Democrats could do; it’s essentially nothing, or worse, the same old, same old—the typical continuation of the status quo, or worse, wrapped in the typical layers of PR—which once again makes the Democrats liars on the same scale as the Republicans and worse in some ways, because some of the Republicans don’t lie in as many layers about what they are doing. Some of them are more willing to be more upfront about the thugging around. Thug Nation, invasion and occupation—that’s the current reality of DemRep action in relation to Iraq, etc.


And so “The Bush Plan to Abolish America” is really the DemRep plan to thug around and abolish so very much of the world. Did Genghis Khan’s grandson Hulagu conquer and occupy Iraq as violently and destructively as the US is doing? As Dimslow notes:

“Democrats have said they are inclined to go along with the Bush plan so as not to appear partisan. ‘Plus,’ one leading congressional Democrat concluded, ‘if the plan fails and the country turns into a total right-wing fascist dictatorship, we will all know who is to blame’.”

The DemReps. Not least.

http://apragmaticpolicy.wordpress.com/2006/04/20/the-bush-plan-to-abolish-america/

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By Skruff, April 25, 2007 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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66270 by basho on 4/25 at 7:19 am

“this poor excuse for a human being and his bunghole buddies, and that includes all those that voted for him, male and female, are miserable s-o-b’s.

why the american people are so loath to impeach him is beyond comprehension.”

Impeach him and get what?  Another rich white guy who cares only about the stock market and his personal portfolio?

Anyone who believes Bush is the problem (and I personally hate the guy) just isn’t paying attention. 

The American political system is bad, BUT the economic system we employ is worse.  Businesses like Walmart pay for politicians who will allow them to do things unthinkable in a earlier America. 

What happened to our prohibition against importing prison goods? what happened to our Immigration policy?  Why do we export 8 Billion dollars a year to Isreal? Why does RED China have MFN status? Why are the Saudis (who provided 15 of the 9/11 hijackers) still our good friends? Why isn’t (non polluting) Hydrogen powering our cars?

This didn’t happen in six years…

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By Clear Seer, April 25, 2007 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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I totally agree with #66276 by warbad on 4/25 at 7:40 am

“Bush has kidnapped the troops and is holding them hostage. He is demanding ransom from the American people. The ransom demands include more money to secure the takeover of the oilfields.

Somebody needs to send in some pizza and start hostage negotiations.”

That is the most accurate picture of what is happening!!

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By Grannygeese, April 25, 2007 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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The hatchet killer blamed his father for making him butcher chickens when he was a little kid.

The rapist blamed his priest for sexually abusing him when he was a little kid.

The serial killer blamed his parents for neglecting him when he was a little kid.

The car thief blamed the car owner for leaving the keys in the car.

The arsenist blamed the rich guy who built the house.

The school shooter blamed the teacher who put him down in front of the class.

The cronic thief blamed the cops who caught him.

No matter what, the criminal always blames someone else. Often as not, the victim.

At least Bush didn’t show up wearing a uniform and playing soldier. Alltho that obvious PR pose does make him look sorta soldiery. Kinda like Teddy pointing the way and saying, “Follow me lads!” Only Bush would never be caught leading the charge. A guy could get hurt doing that sorta thing!

[You have to wonder how many folks cry in their closets because they “followed” Bush’s lead.]

Speaking of looking soldiery, look at the guy behind the end of Bush’s pointing finger. Almost looks like he’s wearing a winged helmet. Excellent counterpoint to Bush’s victorious stance.

Actually, all those guys look like they’druther be somewhere else ... anywhere else. Nothing like a “command performance” to ruin the troops day.

Impeachment anyone? I know for a fact a good many troops would be happy to see that.

It’s not that they don’t want to be in the army. They just want an honest to gosh real leader!

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By desertdude, April 25, 2007 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

Bush was a Coward during Vietnam and he is still the same. He dosen’t have a pair to admit that he blundered into Iraq. Blame everyone but himself. Don’t you remember when he was asked if he had made any mistakes he said NO! Right if anyone believes that, I have some Ocean Front property out here in Buckeye, AZ.

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By Nick, April 25, 2007 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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The Italian people knew how to handle a guy similar to Dubya & his crowd. The II DUCE “the leader” Benito
Mussolini was tried in a summary court- martial &
executed for his actions during WW II.

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By QuyTran, April 25, 2007 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

Why did Bush blame our troops ? Because he needs more troops’ blood to trade for phantom glory while Cheney wants more money for his Halliburton !

Are both of them still human beings ? No, I don’t think so. Because human beings will never so barbarious!

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By nonsequitor, April 25, 2007 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

‘Otherwise how on earth can you be taken seriously by anyone.’ (Terry’s comment)

sitting here in another part of the world, i can tell you no one believed america would ever come to this. the 1st time he was elected most people made excuses for the mistake the american people had made. the 2nd time he was elected, they just turned off to america. america has very few friends out there. believe it.

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By bogi666, April 25, 2007 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Bush’s Iraq war was initiated by lies and the Bush strategy for conducting the war is to support the Bush maladministration and the Republican Party lies.That’s why it is a failure.Bush and the Republican’s will spend all of their energy to deflect responsibility for their failure in Iraq blaming any and all, with insults, abuse, name calling and whining, of those who tell the truth about who is responsible, which is Bush/Cheney/Republicans Party,for this failed debacle.A war which is conducted to support the lies of the war is a failed strategy and the Democrats must articulate this message because Bush is going to deflect his responsibility for failure using the phony doctrine[s] of the pretend christians “I’m not responsible” which is either “god told me to do it” or “satan is responsible” the bogeyman defense for avoiding responsibility, the bogeyman god or the bogeyman satan.

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By Mad As Hell, April 25, 2007 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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When Harry S Truman said “The Buck Stops Here” he meant that the ULTIMATE responsibility for the safety and prosperity of the United States of America was his.

When George W. Bush says “The Bucks Stop Here” he means something totally different…Bush has never accepted the awesome responsibility that comes with the job.  But he has used it help lots of rich corporations and individuals get a lot richer.

That guy. There. The one that looks like Alfred E. Newman with a sneer.  It’s all his fault.  Him and his neo-nazi buddies.

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By robodoc, April 25, 2007 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

Speaking of blaming the troops, how about when Condoliar Rice, when she was National Security Advisor, said something like “thousands of tactical mistakes have been made”, trying to shift blame away from the enormous strategic mistakes that were made, or even the lack of a coherent strategy.

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By robodoc, April 25, 2007 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

caption: there, that guy, yeah it’s his fault!

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By Mark, April 25, 2007 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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Do you think Bush has increased the sales of Ambien and Lunesta? I do.

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By carlito paquito, April 25, 2007 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Is it just me, why do I get the faint feeling, Michael Moore’s Farenheit’s 911 assertion—Bush permitted the means to justify the ends.  It’s all starting to make sense even for a schlep like me.

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By Rogelio, April 25, 2007 at 8:49 am Link to this comment
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Americans have tired of the ignorant war in Iraq instigated by our inept president and all of his cronies. Yet, the pressure to get out of Iraq must continue because our poor American soldiers are sitting ducks in the hostile enivironment.

‘w’ keeps playing his stupid anti-American rallying cry to portray those who question his far-fetched policies in Iraq. “w’s” constant crying and blame game, is comparable to Jesse Jackson or the Reverend Al Sharpton in search of an issue that deals with the race card.

Since the onset of the ignorant war in Iraq, ‘w’ has received everything he has asked for from Congress. Therefore, I take it ‘w’s’ logic will be that if Congress fails to give him what he needs, then that will explain the years of failure.

Why the media continues to avoid criticizing teflon ‘w’ will always remain a mystery. Perhaps ‘w’s’ continual converstations with God have diminished.

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By Margaret Currey, April 25, 2007 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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Listen to Bush saying the generals in the field run this war, hardly, Rumsfeld did the war on the cheap, and now Bush says let the generals decide, if they had decided from the beginning I am sure that Dummy Rummy would have been gone way before he was sacked.

Then Bush says he has full confidence in Gonzales, when he did not even watch the show, to say he is an honest man, when his forgetfulness was just a show, the lie can go forward or the truth can be hidden by the “I don’t recall” words, when aids are asked about remarks they make, the familiar refrain is “I don’t recall making that remark”, of course saying that lets everyone off the hook.

I am referring to an indicent by the people in the General Services Administration which should be nonpartinsin, but this administration because they wielded power for three years, are so used to getting their way they forget that this country is not run by one political party and now that Harry Reid is stricking back what do they fall back on the refrain, “You are hurting the troops in the field, what is hurting the troops in the field is the deployment after deployment and I am sure these young soldiers know after a while their number will be up, it is like going to the dentist over and over, soon maybe the dentist will make a mistake.

And if the soldier returns home with acute distress, then the doctors try to writeit off as something that the soldiers had before they went to war, the soldiers because there are so many and because this was not in the plan are getting the short end of the stick.

Walter Reed’s problems were there all along but when you take experienced personnal and replace them with contracted help, the contracted help could care less about the soldiers, after all the jobs ends at 5:00 p.m.

M Currey

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By warbad, April 25, 2007 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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Bush has kidnapped the troops and is holding them hostage. He is demanding ransom from the American people. The ransom demands include more money to secure the takeover of the oilfields.

Somebody needs to send in some pizza and start hostage negotiations.

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By anonymous, April 25, 2007 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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Too bad Bush only has a year and a half left.  If his reign were indefinite, we would already be well into impeachment hearings.

Nobody believes Bush anymore.  Anybody who says they do is lying.

The bigger the lie, the easier it is for people to believe it and the more coverage it will get and the easier it is for people to believe it and the more coverage it will get and the easier it is for people to believe it and the more coverage it will get and the easier it is for people to believe it and the more coverage it will get and the easier it is for people to believe it and the more coverage it will get and…

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By nonsequitor, April 25, 2007 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

this poor excuse for a human being and his bunghole buddies, and that includes all those that voted for him, male and female, are miserable s-o-b’s.

why the american people are so loath to impeach him is beyond comprehension.

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By Sylvia Barksdale Morovitz, April 25, 2007 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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Has the enormous mistakes of madmen’s slaughter down through history taught us nothing?  How is it that these so-called leaders manage to induce comatose like states in vast populations of the people who follow them, insanity and all.  Our own leadership falls into this category; with an ego maniacal man who is content to place the blame for his illegal, immoral dismal failures on everyone but himself.  The troop surge he is so hell-bent to iniatiate has no purpose but to create more violence and unrest in a country he has destroyed.  They will be welcomed there but for one thing; a bullet, a roadside bomb or an untimely death.  After four years of bloody battle, Bush still has no idea of the strength of the Arab determination as dictated by their God, Allah.  Americans have spoken, loud and clear, to our leadership in Washington.  End this war.  Impeach Bush and Cheney.  Hold them accountable for the war crimes they’ve committed.  They have exhibited contempt for the people for too long.  It’s time they paid the piper!

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By G. Anderson, April 25, 2007 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Bush is incompetant, he’s a disaster for our country. He’s done everything in his power to politicize the military, and every political institution or governmental agency of this country.

It’s a pattern that he has repeated over and over again through out the federal government and the military.

He forced military leaders who disagreed with his lunacy to retire, just as he did prosecutors at the justice department. Replacing them with confused, political incompetants that are just like him.

If you look at the all the disasters of his administration, from Katrina to Iraq, to Walter Reid, they are all stamped with Bush’s poor choices, inept decision making process, and poor reality testing.

From the beginning Bush ignored his generals advice, squandered the resources of the military, and after longer than it took to win WWII, he still has no direction, and no plan for success. He still seems to expect to win it on B.S., alone. It’s just not working anymore.

Of course he blames the military, in case you haven’t noticed, Mr. Bush suffers from a pesonality disorder.

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By James Yell, April 25, 2007 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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Laura Bush turned my stomach this morning news as she tried to place her husband as a great war leader and sensitive man. The only sensitive feature that George Bush has ever shown is to being sensitive, overly so to people pointing out he is a liar, he bullied the country into attacking Iraq, now that it has been proven he hides behind the soldiers and the flag and his rather disgusting religion.

If we really respect and value our soldiers we would have insisted on a complete review of the reasons given for the invasion. The facts were posted by the experts who did the intellegence, but the Bush Administration deliberately ignored them, and used information that was doctored or created and carried the scent of falsehood with them. Even today, Bush keeps acting as if Iraq had something to do with 9/11 and that is just a flat out lie.

We have a mechanism to rid ourselves of such a fool. It is impeachment and the remedy is long over due. Bush/Cheney and their lackeys should be removed from office and some mechanism for reviewing the incompetent and constitutionally hostile judges appointed by this administration using more lies and bullying should be removed and the judges themselves impeached if they are found without the full credentials for their jobs. We can’t wait a lifetime to rid ourselves of this hostile element that has worked consistently to destroy our Bill of Rights. Impeach now, convict and then prosecute these villians in criminal court.

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By Hammo, April 25, 2007 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

As Scheer points out, the Bush-Cheney group of neocons, warmongers, war profiteers and chicken hawks has used lies and deception from the beginning.

In fact, we probably don’t fully understand the depth of their activities.

They skillfully use psychology to try to manipulate the American people and the press, and use many hired guns and those who are part of this unholy alliance to help them.

More thoughts on this at:

“Mind Wars: Americans, global community are targets of deception on Iraq, threats to peace”

PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
October 5, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/mind_wars

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By Erich Krausser, April 25, 2007 at 7:01 am Link to this comment
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When Sen. Harry Reid said the war is lost he made a mistake. What he should have said is George Bush lost the war. That statement needs to be driven home to the American people and the rest of the world.

George Bush is by far the most inept person to ever hold that office. That statement needs to be publicly made thousands of times.

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By Greg Bacon, April 25, 2007 at 6:28 am Link to this comment

Not that long ago, another mega-manaical leader thrust his country into a war based on deceptions and lies.
His goal was to rule the world and he came close to achieving that goal.
In the end, he defeated himself by micro-managing his generals in every aspect of that war.

The time was WW II and the leader was Adolph Hitler.

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By SuGee, April 25, 2007 at 6:27 am Link to this comment
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Re: The Photo.  Why do none of the military personnel look too happy that GWB is invading their practice area?  Maybe he’s pointing to where the WMDs are located.  Remeber, this guy likes to torture people and he says that God talks to him.  When I hear Conryn or Mitchell talk about a timetable as accepting defeat, I wonder if they still think that the Iraq war is a college football game?

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By Skruff, April 25, 2007 at 6:14 am Link to this comment
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Grew up with guys just like Bush not far from his Connecticut birthplace.  These young men that I knew went to prepschool, were cooler than the rest of us, dressed in silk shirts, and drove new Corvettes, and to a man, never made a mistake….It was always someone else’s fault. Usually the maid, butled, or gardener or some other “low cast” worker too powerless to fight back.

I just never realized that so many of the trodden on were so brainwashed that they would vote for this spoiled simpleton!

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 25, 2007 at 6:09 am Link to this comment

#66228 by TAO Walker on 4/24 at 10:59 pm; “...How about a “contest” inviting captions for the opportunistic photograph at the top of this article….?”

Mebbe we can shoot a movie right here and call it “Hero” ....hey, I can be the “Hero”!

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By John A Mith (pen name), April 25, 2007 at 5:36 am Link to this comment
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If Bush/Cheney wants to continue the Iraq war, Let then pay for the budget funding and send their children to the war front. See what happen next…

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By oldgeezerpilot, April 25, 2007 at 1:26 am Link to this comment
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Rule number one:

Everything Bush says is BS. Why should we listen to any of it?

Rule number two:

See rule number one.

The only explanation for this war is the capture of 116 Billion barrels of easy-to-drill oil and to revoke Saddam’s policy of accepting Euros for oil. That was the WMD.

This war is all about dollar hegemony and the elimination of the petroeuro before it can become a world reserve currency.

War is about MONEY.

It always has been.

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By TAO Walker, April 24, 2007 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment

How about a “contest” inviting captions for the opportunistic photograph at the top of this article?  People actually bearing the day-to-day brunt of Bush’s war should be especially encouraged to submit theirs.

Meantime, all the political poseurs at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue might discover a way out of the Middle East morass if they’d just shut-up for a change and listen to the great big world that lives beyond “the Beltway.”  That may be too much to hope for, however, cheap-talk having for so long been their very stock-in-trade.

The Republic is dead.  Long live The Empire….but hold it!  That looks like it’s DOA, too.

HokaHey!

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By leefeller, April 24, 2007 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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Here! Here! Accountability what a novel idea.  This article outlines what most of us already know, well done.

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By Terry, April 24, 2007 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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What America needs right now is a revolution, yes I know another one, Bush and his evil entourage have already staged two, whats needed is a new one to restore the balance to what was the greatest nation on earth. Get a grip America, take your country back now, before it’s to late. Otherwise how on earth can you be taken seriously by anyone.

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