Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Let's enjoy this moment of repulsiveness, shall we?

Today I read something so offensive, so repulsive that I cannot stop myself from posting about it. George W. Bush said in an interview this week that in honor of the over 4,000 American soldiers who have died in Iraq, he has given up golf. Sez Dubya: "I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

Here are some other things Bush could have done to honor the troops who have died in Iraq:

  • Made a large donation to the USO or another charity that directly benefits veterans;
  • Admitted that it was a mistake to go into Iraq;
  • Stopped lying about current conditions in Iraq and how well we are supposedly doing;
  • Appointed an independent counsel to probe the conduct of military contractors making lots of money off the Iraq war while soldiers went without body armor, armored vehicles and such;
  • Implemented a new policy of providing prompt and truthful data to families of solders who have died in Iraq, rather than lying about how they died if it's deemed "embarrassing" to the Bush administration (see, e.g., Pat Tillman);
  • Gone to every funeral of every soldier who died in Iraq. Too time-consuming? Okay, how about going to every other one? Every one in ten? More than one or two?
  • Met with every family of every soldier who died in Iraq, looked them in the eye and explained exactly why he sent their loved one to die;
  • Stopped censoring the flow of information, such as photographs of the coffins of Iraq war casualties as they arrive back in the United States;
  • Fixed whatever the hell is wrong with the Veteran's Administration, Walter Reed and so on, thus ensuring that our soldiers get the compassion and care they deserve after putting their lives on the line for us. This includes discontinuing the shady practice of dismissing Iraq vets based on "personality disorder discharges," which result in the vets losing benefits.
  • Done his best to ensure passage of the new GI Bill.
  • Ended this misbegotten war, ensuring that no more soldiers die or are injured in vain.

Me, I wish Dubya would go back to playing golf. It'd keep him out of the Oval Office and too busy to continue his wholesale destruction of the country and constitution that I love.

37 comments:

Carol said...

What a f$#%&@ing idiot he is. I had no idea about the personality disorder thing (my fault for not staying current). Not surprised at the continued misunderstanding of non-physical injuries by the govt and world at large but how terrible an effect it has here.

Sonya said...

Or he could skip those Correspondent's dinners where he finds it funny to joke about not finding any WMD. I'd say the golf course is where he can do the least damage.

Alwen said...

Gak. The rest of my comment (with a husband in the National Guard) is completely unprintable.

puffthemagicrabbit said...

WHAT?!?!?!?!

He just defies logic, understanding, common sense- there's more- but- I just can't fathom it.

(please put your W. counter back on, please)

Knittah said...

I had the exact same reaction when I read that statement. Giving up gold was the best he could do? What, is he 12?

Janice in Camas said...

Be very glad you can't hear me screaming right now. An army recruiter called my son the other night and asked him if he was ready to "man up and go to Irag." When told that "I've been trying to avoid getting shot at", the officer replied that "college isn't much better." Now I discover that GW has given up golf -- I feel so much better!

Tikabelle said...

... what a bastard.

You know, more and more, W. reminds me of Nero. Fiddling while Rome burned, giving up golf "to honor the dead," they're not that different.

mamaloo said...

Here here.

The current administration and its figurehead are a sad, sorry lot.

@tikabelle, I have been thinking exactly the same thing lately.

Kristin (delic8g) said...

Nothing surprises me anymore. What a tin-earred, reptilian, wind-bagged, CEO chump!

Kristin (delic8g) said...

and Knittah - That's part of his "boyish" charm, dontcha think? ;) Maureen Dowd refers to him as the "Boy King." So apt.

RiverCitySTL said...

Here! Here! I couldn't agree with your outrage more! Excellent post!

Bridget said...

Wow. What a leader. I mean, who else among us could do something that takes so much fortitude?

Asshole.

Victoria said...

Amen.

Sherry W said...

Our soilders give up breathing, Bush gives up golfing. Can we reverse it somehow?

bunchkin said...

As a pretty conservative gal, i dont tend to agree with alot of your political postings. But this? Oh, heck yeah, I agree with you on this one. I live in fear that my friends stationed in Iraq will wind up dead, for nothing.

Jennifer said...

Offensive, out of touch, arrogant, demeaning, patronizing, embarassing jackass. Does that cover it or did I miss something?

Kathleen said...

Argh! No time like May of his last year in office to make such a gesture. I can't even think of a word to describe how despicable he is.

Ted said...

Golf?

You know, I had to read that sentence 3 times. And I thought I'd email you to say that you'd written something that didn't make sense.

I realize I'm a Canadian and I'm not supposed to be poking my nose into your country's politics, but...oh my.

Doesn't he have handlers? Isn't somebody somewhere jumping to do some kind of damage control?

kirsten said...

Joining Ted, in the Canadian sticking my nose in... and seriously... we'd appreciate that you do not send back our PM who is up G.W. Bushs' ass when he vacates the White House in January... we don't want him back. WAIT... I don't want him back, I am not speaking for Ted at all!
Bumper sticker at camp husband works at on American/Canadian boarder
Anybody but Bush.
No really, ANY BODY.
Cheers wildly!

rosesmama said...

But he stopped in 2003, and modestly didn't take credit for it until now. You gotta love a guy like that, and want to have a beer with him . . .

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suzenew said...

You just know that our soldiers and their families are sleeping better at night knowing that GWB is no longer golfing.

Lady Z said...

EXACTLY. Well said.

whitknits said...

I am so with you. Repulsive, indeed.

Keith Olbermann just had a very powerful Special Comment about this. Maybe you saw it, if not I'm sure it will wind up online somewhere by tomorrow morning.

anne marie in philly said...

WTF?

this assweasel has said plenty of stupid things during the past 8 years, but this one takes the cake.

thanks for pointing this out!

Anonymous said...

The best part is, it's pretty much made up. He gave up golf because he was injured and couldn't play any more. Not only was the story of his "sacrifice" a completely empty gesture, it's probably not even true.

He's so pathetic, he can't even come up with a good lie.

Mel said...

I have nothing to add, except that fuckwad deserves to be stabbed with dull, splintery bamboo knitting needles for all eternity.

vatergrrl said...

W has given up golf? Such sacrifice! Such fortitude! Such nobility! Such a steaming pile of excrement.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, noblesse oblige.
Michelene

Sarah said...

I hear that every time he goes to the dentist Laura gives him a popsicle.

Susan said...

Now now. He is just a tad confused. We all know he has a problem with words. Golf. Gulf. He probably meant that he was giving up the Gulf, ie bringing the troops home. Or maybe not.

the hanged man said...

The Keith Olbermann Special Comment Whitknit mentioned can be found here:

http://liberalvaluesblog.com/?p=3280

Whereas my rage is of the inarticulate variety, Mr. Olbermann expresses his outrage beautifully.

Marilyn said...

Hanged Man, I saw that Olbermann Special Comment on Countdown the other night. It is why I love Keith so much, a voice of sanity and courage. I urge everyone to go to that link and watch it. Nobody is as eloquent as Olbermann. I hope he gets to light the match when Junior burns in hell. He deserves that honor.

Kris said...

Very well said, as usual. I can't add anything that you and the other posters did not already say so eloquently. (But the fact that he made it up? Icing on the cake of outrage.)

Steve Simmons said...

Lordy, lordy. The guy gets shallower every day.

Cathy said...

Arghhhh!! I'm not as eloquent as the previous commenters (commenters sounds like a Bushism to me), but that asshole won't be out of office fast enough for me!
Cathy

toni in florida said...

If he really wants to show solidarity with them, he could stop breathing.

Permanently.

That would make a whole lot of us feel better.

Sharon Rose said...

agree (1 billion)