Fiddling as Iraq Burns
By BOB HERBERT
The White House seems to have slipped the bonds of simple denial and escaped into the disturbing realm of utter delusion. On Tuesday, there was President Bush hanging the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on George Tenet, the former C.I.A. director who slept through the run-up to Sept. 11 and then did the president and the nation the great disservice of declaring that it was a "slam-dunk" that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
It was a fatal misjudgment.
Another Medal of Freedom was given to Paul Bremer III, the chief civilian administrator of the American occupation, who made the heavily criticized decision to disband the defeated Iraqi Army and presided over an ever-worsening security situation. Thousands upon thousands have died in this unnecessary and incompetently conducted war, yet here was the president handing out medals as if some kind of triumph had been achieved. If these guys could get the highest civilian award, what honor is left for someone who actually does a good job?
A third medal was given to Gen. Tommy Franks, who led the invasion of Iraq, which Mr. Bush, in his peculiar way, has characterized as a "catastrophic success." It's an interesting term. Some people have applied it to the president's run for re-election.
By anyone's standards, terrible things are happening in Iraq, and no amount of self-congratulation in Washington can take the edge off the horror being endured by American troops or the unrelenting agony of the Iraqi people. The disconnect between the White House's fantasyland and the world of war in Iraq could hardly have been illustrated more starkly than by a pair of front-page articles in The New York Times on Dec. 10. The story at the top of the page carried the headline: "It's Inauguration Time Again, and Access Still Has Its Price - $250,000 Buys Lunch With President and More."
The headline on the story beneath it said: "Armor Scarce for Heavy Trucks Transporting U.S. Cargo in Iraq."
This administration has many things on its mind besides the welfare of overstretched, ill-equipped G.I.'s dodging bombers and snipers in Iraq. In addition to the inauguration, which will cost tens of millions of dollars, Mr. Bush is busy with his obsessive campaign against "junk and frivolous lawsuits," his effort to further lighten the tax load on the nation's wealthiest individuals and corporations, and his campaign to cut the legs from under the proudest achievement of the New Deal, Social Security.
So much for America's wartime priorities."
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Here is one of his public GRAVITY tests!
He still can NOT understand WHY they all prefer to LIVE up side down-----they should see things HIS WAY-----the RIGHT way (wink-wink);)
Any thing he says is OK realy as long as he TAKES his MEDS we go along. Besides he is fun to WATCH!
HE HE HE
Do you realize that there's not one person that can judge what you just said, it's that unreadable?
It's a shame because I'll bet you're funny.
They aughta put you on the radio, kind sir.
Too bad you're a dirty bird, duck.
QWAK,anilchord, I know YOU think the VOICES you hear are ALL your friends BUT remember what you PROMISSED the doctor: IF they start telling you to START fires or HARM little animals, you WON'T do it AGEN and you will tell the doctor so he can adjust your medication.
IF you light any fires or do other BAD things YOU will LOSE your weakend pass privelages and the guys with the DART gun and the STUN GUNS will come GET you AGEN!
Remember what hapened the LAST time they ZAPED you, we had to hose you down you made such a mess.
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If you swallow the GUM it's OK because the GUM is your MEDS! :)
LOL You SOoooooooooooo FUN!
I first saw the ducks way before anybody else.
They would swarm into hoardes, and then come crashing out of the reeds straight toward our position. We waited till they were halfway across the pond, and we let loose. We killed 84 ducks that day. If we hadn't tied up the game warden, we woulda got away with it, too.
Well, thats why I'm in here.
That's why everything stinks.