Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Digby shares my incredulity at Bush's reactions to the problems facing American soldiers in Iraq:

"There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there," Bush told reporters at the White House. "My answer is bring them on. We have the force necessary to deal with the situation."

Oooh. Time to hose down all those panting Bush fans again. You know how they get when Commander Codpiece gets all manly 'n shit. Especially when he's inviting attacks on American soldiers. That is so cool. I bet it skeers all those cowardly lil' Arabs half to death to hear a big tuff Murikan prezdunt call 'em out like that.
I hate to say this about a sitting President, but is Bush on drugs? No, really, has he backslid on that notorious cocaine habit? The entire problem with the Iraqi occupation is that the United States does not, in fact, have "the force necessary to deal with the situation". Hell, can Bush even identify what that necessary force is? Any Israeli could bend your ear telling you exactly how tricky it is to define and implement "necessary force", and the repercussions of such a thing. Even when it's necessary, it's dangerous, soul-destroying, thankless and wearying work.

It's hard enough for the Israelis where they honestly feel that their survival, as a people and as individuals, is at stake. How on earth must this feel to American servicemen and women in Iraq? Who are far away from their families? Who are trapped in an open-ended occupation they didn't expect to have to deal with? Who constantly have to deal with a people who don't want them there? Who are reminded day after day that the nuclear, biological, and chemical threat that Iraq supposedly represented has not materialized, likely will not materalized, and may well have been nothing but a blatant lie from an administration and political movement that has repeatedly shown itself to be addicted to them? Who are used against their will as a rhetorical cudgel against those who would question the man who put them there? Who have to endure the heat, the hate, the lies, the rhetoric, the fear, the doubt, and the horrifying knowledge that nobody knows when they'll ever be able to go home?

With all due respect to the United States, those who have given their lives to defend it, and the honor and history of its Executive Branch, I have only one thing to say: Fuck you, Mr. President. You can shove that adolescent swaggering horseshit up your ass. You shame your country.

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