Wednesday, January 10, 2007

War is not a PowerPoint Presentation

Tonight, while Mr. bush tries to sell his war snake oil, other things will be happening. There will be some families in the US frightened as they wonder if daddy will be coming home from the war when he promised. Others will be wondering when mommy will have to leave them again and go back to the war. Some wonder if daddy will ever come home again. Some wonder if mommy is sent back to the war, will she ever come home again.

Mr. bush doesn’t seem to understand that war is not a PowerPoint presentation. War is real lives being lost. War is real blood being shed and real human beings being disfigured for life. War causes warm blood to turn cold. War shreds the human emotions. War does more damage to traditional marriages than gay marriages ever could. War kills fetuses and children. War is real!

Mr. bush’s speech and actions tonight are nothing more than an attempt to save his own legacy. To American and Iraqi families, it is about so much more. His decisions are purely political but to these families they are emotionally pivotal.

34 Comments:

Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Bush will continue to ask us to make sacrifices, which is something that he has no comprehension of, having made no sacrifices himself. Ever. He won't even sacrifice his legacy, admit he bungled it, and bring our troops home. He'd much rather sacrifice soldiers than admit he is a failure.

January 10, 2007 3:23 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I'm not going to watch or listen to the speech. Reading about it will be bad enough. Who would willingly set time aside to listen to a liar and a self-centered ego maniac? Not me.

January 10, 2007 3:40 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Patricia, I had to tell you how much I loved your comment on Holding North Dakota's Breath...

"We're so desperate for cannon fodder that we have to wake the dead?"

It's preferable to the draft, no? ; )

January 10, 2007 4:00 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Amen and rock on, POP! If I summon the courage to watch Pretzelnit Fuckstick's speech tonight, I just may end up in the street drunkenly screaming all by myself.

January 10, 2007 4:20 AM  
Blogger George said...

It's to the point now that I can even stand to listen to his voice.

January 10, 2007 4:23 AM  
Blogger G. said...

Actual conversation I had with my girlfriend last night:

"I rented a movie for us!"
"Oh yeah? What's it about?"

"It's about an average guy that goes into the future, only to find that society has been so dumbed-down, that he's actually the smartest person in in the world!"

"Even smarter than the president?"

"Yes, even smarter than the president...the movie is a totally fictitious."

The movie is called "Idiocracy," and I give it 5 "shock and awes" out of 6.

G.

January 10, 2007 5:20 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Verification: out-lxq

Waste time listening to the king of "Dumbth?" I think not ; (

January 10, 2007 5:31 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

Good night to rent a video. I loved that movie "Idiocracy" too. I really think our culture is headed in that direction. That's the unfunny part of it.

January 10, 2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Very valid points PoP. It is so easy for the PTBs like Bush to only look at war from the safe distance of Washington and never having to face the cold realities themselves makes it way to easy for them to send our children out for meaningless slaughter.

January 10, 2007 6:19 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I think I'll skip his little speech and do some protestin tomorrow instead!

It is so infuriating that he dismisses these lives that he so willingly sacrifices as mere "numbers".

January 10, 2007 6:21 AM  
Blogger andi said...

i'm about ready to make a black armband a permanent part of my wardrobe. it makes me want to puke.

bush is going to say that not sending in more troops in the first place was a mistake, and that he's going to remedy it by this "surge." When it's an illegal war, and we shouldn't be over there in the first place. Can he really get on national TV and say that? Jesus wept.

20,000? is 20,000 really going to make a long-term difference? when we already have over 100,000 men and women stuck in an unwinnable situation? drop in the bucket. and i HATE that our army is being used like a drop in the bucket.

i see these annoying "God Bless America" stickers and I just want one that says, "God Bless America. With Bush in office, we need all the help we can get."

January 10, 2007 6:27 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Maybe I should watch that movie. As for tonight, it's just business as usual for Mr. Bush.

Note the importance of the word 'business'.

January 10, 2007 6:44 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

I have not been able to listen to the sound of his voice now for several years. Tonight I will have a chiropracter appt. during the speech, and Dr. Brad always plays either new-age jazz or classical music, so I'm safe.

I won't be going anywhere near a TV or radio for the next few days, since the networks seem to think that every time the Chimp-in-Chief opens his mouth, they have to "instant replay" for DAYS.

My condolances in advance to the families of those 20k troops he is attempting to murder.

January 10, 2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

We try never to see Bush's face or hear his voice. We'll read the transcript, and maybe catch the low-lights on Crooks and Liars. Bush lacks empathy. He can not perceive the humanity in others. That's why he can do what he does and not feel a single pang of conscience.

January 10, 2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

PoP,
Asusual, I agree with you completely. I'm attaching a link - note what Lindsay Graham has to say about the decider's motivation for this latest bad decision.

The urge to surge - protecting the decider's legacy

January 10, 2007 8:18 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

You are so right, POP. One of our biggest problems is that every time bubble boy gets a dose of reality from a general, he manages to get rid of them very soon afterward.

Oh, for the times, way back when you couldn't BE a leader unless you LED your army - personally, and from the front of the charge. Oh for a Teddy Roosevelt or a JFK now, when we so need one!

January 10, 2007 8:32 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

I'm still wondering who came up with the phrase "Surge"...It sounds like a viagra commercial.

It also is interesting how the electrical metaphor flipped from "Shock and Awe", meaning that we were the ones with the lighting to "Surge" protection which actually suggests that they're the ones with the lightning.

So what Mission got Accomplished back on May 1, 2003?

January 10, 2007 10:31 AM  
Anonymous GM said...

Lew is right on. Bush is a spoiled fratboy that has never sacrificed anything for anybody. The only thing he's worried about is his "legacy" which is already garbage, he's the worst that ever occupied the White House. More good people will die because of this delusional psychopath whose "god" speaks to him and approves everything he does. The Dems need to grow a spine and put a stop to this madness. I can't abide the man so I'll check out Crooks and Liars and Bartcop to see the snake oil he's selling afterward.

January 10, 2007 10:59 AM  
Blogger annie said...

we need a massive surge protector...
like the congress and the american people.

January 10, 2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Bush lives in a dream world much like a hollywood movie. He is filled with John Wayne bravido with a Homer Simpson mind.

January 10, 2007 2:16 PM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

Congress seems more concerned with the minimum wage than the War. Liberman seems to be even more agressive than Bush about what he wants to see.

Personally I care more about giving direct support to the troops that are already injured from the war in Iraq. It lets me feel a more direct connection in the here and now.

January 10, 2007 3:03 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

War goes on and on, till those who will tolerate it no longer stand up. Who will stand up?

January 10, 2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger Old Broad said...

Well, Dubya.The.Vile.Prick doesn't care. It involves his "legacy," see? (The former Hill here)

January 10, 2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"War" to him, is a calling from God. "Sacrifices" must be made "to rid the world of evil."

I've always wondered why God didn't once again visit him and say: "Hey Stupid......!!!

January 10, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

Wait! You just hit on the answer to stopping the war.

Tell him they're killing fetuses and remind him there's stem cells being torched too.

That's sure to stop him.

January 10, 2007 5:07 PM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

How are ya?

Speaking seriously, as a comedian, the decider makes me want to lose my lunch.

January 10, 2007 5:10 PM  
Anonymous karenmcl said...

CNN had a weird question of the day - about what would folks *like* to hear GW say tonight...but one thing I really NEVER hear him offer is to DO what the majority of the Iraqi people would like the U.S. to DO!

I think the only thing I could want him to say is that he misunderestimated (snark) the divisions of the Iraqi society which had been held under the iron thumb of Saddam. (Never going to happen) And that his next move would be to have a political referendum in Iraq -- one to determine whether these factions WANT to be a unified country...or to become separate regions -with an apportionment of the oil revenues and areas. And then - for GW to follow that decision and HELP these Iraqis become what the majoirty would prefer and not continue to force this situation at gunpoint (and more guns and lives to be lost.)

January 10, 2007 5:10 PM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

I am not watching tonight - I cannot, cannot watch the lies. 20,000 more troops - maybe he's sending in the dead soldiers he's tried to get to re-enlist.

And thanks for watering the plants and taking in the mail. I appreciate it!

January 10, 2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

Well Der Fuehrer Bush just mentioned Nazi Collaborator Judas Iscariot Leibermen. We already know Leiberman's a Traitor and we should all start sending him his thirty pieces of silver.

I want too see them all hang in the Hague for their War Crimes, and I mean sooner rather than later.

God Bless.

January 10, 2007 6:24 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

So help me, if when he dies, they (media & citizens) go on a happy trail of propoganda, and suddenly look nicely on the "worst.president.ever." my head will most certainly explode!

His legacy is that he has single handedly dismantled our democracy one signing statement at a time.


GRRRRR...But I do hate him!

January 10, 2007 9:20 PM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

bush doesn't care

January 10, 2007 9:22 PM  
Blogger C-dell said...

No, Pres. Bush doesn't understand or doesn't care. It has been about his legacy from the begininng. It is only natural to want something of you to live on. Children, accomplishments, legacy. When peoples lives must be paid in order to get that and you still persist. That speaks layers about a man's character.

January 10, 2007 10:53 PM  
Blogger msliberty said...

Personally, I can't understand how the peons who write his speeches can stand to be in the same room with themselves.

I pity the poor soul who had to help him rehearse.

January 10, 2007 10:56 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

I am beginning to believe, that many of these humans whom have been handed enermous powers start slowly but surely seeing their fellow creatures as sort of pawns in a board game. Let's face it, we are not very well equiped handling power. Excepting my wife, of course.

January 11, 2007 2:24 AM  

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