It’s a simple decision. You know he’s going to lie. Even his supporters know he’s going to lie. He has to. For one thing, the facts are definitely against him:
The unrelenting attacks, using bombs that can cost as little as a carton of American cigarettes each, have become the most-favored weapon of the government’s most-determined enemies Islamic extremists.
More after the break . . .
Of course, these stories haven’t been headlined here, here or here, (because after all, a shark attack story takes precedence over Iraq any day of the week) but the reality is starting to sink in nonetheless.
And despite all the talk of Bush needing to fine-tune his message on Iraq, or of the need for him to offer specifics on how he intends to deal with the growing insurgency and the effect the Iraq deployment has had on our over-stretched military , I don’t really expect Bush to provide any startling new details about his plan to win the war, do you?
I mean what can Bush say to the parents of this soldier to justify his death? Not much, is my opinion:
It is not known how, if at all, Guindon’s time in Iraq is related to his decision to end his life. The Air Force’s investigation into his death is still open, and probably no one will ever be able to determine whether he suffered from trauma brought on by months of combat.
But those who knew Guindon and were familiar with his unit was doing in Iraq say he and his fellow soldiers were thrust into a situation they weren’t ready for. And they suggest that when Guindon began to falter, perhaps not enough attention was paid to the warning signs.
So he will continue to lie, and repeat the canards of his henchmen, such as Donald Rumsfeld:
or bluster that only Conservatives like himself are willing to protect our nation from terrorists, echoing the words of his “brain”, Karl Rove, on the matter:
And no doubt he will talk about “spreading freedom” and he’ll talk about the need to stand firm or stay the course or some such nonsense, much as he has done before:
But something tells me the voice of this person is starting to resonate more with that portion of American Public not already permanently enthrall to the Bush cult of personality:
. . . “This war was based on lies and distortions, and that’s what we should be talking about, not making Americans feel good about the war.”
So I say, boycott the damn speech! Don’t listen to it. Don’t bother discussing the finer points with your neighbors or fellow workers the next day. If someone asks, just say them:
Now I know many of you, maybe most of you, are not going to take my advice. Some of you will write wonderful diaries about the outrages contained in his speech. Others will provide a sterling analysis of his lies and obfuscations, of his bombast and fulminations. More power to you. Who knows, maybe some good will come of that effort on your part. Hell, I’ll probably read them and recommend them.
But for me, I plan to spend my time doing something more profitable than listening to his bullshit. I watched the debates last year, and frankly got enough of that from him at that time to last me until the next Ice Age. I don’t need any more.