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Dec 21, 2006

Reversion To Form (Or: Showing Us The Gates)


Hands up?

It's been an ugly week in Washington as the Administration, exploiting the holiday period, has returned to the delusional "Stay The Course/Victory" scenario that brought on their repudiation in the mid-term election last month.  Bush's undisguised preoccupation with a troop surge, and his near total regression in his annual year-end press conference yesterday demonstrates the truly fantastic depth of pathology at play.

If the first hint of political recovery following the election was the firing of Don Rumsfeld, followed by the blunt, realist assessment of the quagmire by replacement, Bob Gates, the new Defense Secretary is also a focal point in the reversion to form.  With Bush ordering a troop increase before Gates has left a fingerprint at the Defense Department, Bobby is already looking more like another Colin Powell than the Rumsfeld antidote.

It's been hard to look at the political pictures this week without disgust and sadness.  It's possible that the latest incarnation of "Bush Gone Wild" is strictly temporary, and that "Let's Roll" reruns will disappear quickly once the Congressional season begins.

Still, I can't look at the Gates swearing in pics without plenty of anxiety.  In the shot above, marrying the camera angle to Bush's political agenda, I just keep seeing Gates with his other hand up also.  I mean, It's one thing to shoot down Poppa's recommendation team, but to take hostages?


Of course, there is no zero sum game when it comes to morale.  Talk about pulverizing the mental state of an organization.  Besides the cost and demoralization of the war itself, Bush's latest attempt to tie down the military -- for the next thirty years, or so -- can't help but elicit some pretty long faces.

And then, regarding Gates, again, there's also the "third grade class picture" feeling here:  "Now Bobby, just stay in your seat until we call on you."


Here's the worst of it, though -- and it points up my naivete when it comes to man's true capacity for depravity:  Just two days ago, I thought the smirks were history.

Hopefully, it'll all turn out to be a bad hangover, but from now through the holidays, the denial punch bowl is slosh-full of kool-aid, and its back to the ever-lovin' war.

(image 1 & 2: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters. December 18, 2006.  Pentagon.  Via YahooNews.  image 3: Mandel Ngan/AFP. December 18, 2006.  Pentagon.  Via YahooNews.)


These guys will be bipolar until dismissed and the altering will occur at dizzying speeds, like an alcoholic searching for drinks in the cabinet of his neigbor's house they will search for their next justification and avoid taking responsibility for the seeds of destrudction they have sowed.

Lord what a thoughtless wretch was I
To mourn and murmur and repine
To see the wicked placed on high
in robes of honour shine

but oh their end their dreadful thy sanctuary taught me so on slippery rocks I see them stand as fiery billows roll below

Is that Che Guevara in the shadows?

I think Cheney reads this site and you just totally clued him in on the whole smirk thing. Way to go.

Oh, the smirk is gone, all right. I think they were just giving us a little taste of the Dark Night of the Soul while Bushco regained their bearings.

But it's Solstice, man, almost Christmas and Hannukah's not over yet. Can you give us another Jon Tester picture or something?

Back. I meant to say that the smirk is *back*. Sorry.

The backgrounds are dark, like they're in a black hole.

All along, I kept thinking that this could never be as big a quagmire as Vietnam, because at this point (after three years and around 3,000 American military deaths), people are already fed up. I kept wondering how Vietnam had kept getting drawn out until there were something like 58,000 American military dead over so many years (not to mention Vietnamese casualties). And now I see Bush seriously talking about sending in more troops, and as unbelievable as it is, now I see how this could happen again...

But he can't do it alone. If the Congress goes along, then they all need a sanity check. Most politicians are such hypocrites anyway; Tony Blair just went on his last mission to bring "peace" to the Middle East, except that one of his main objectives was to persuade the United Arab Emirates to buy their new fighter jets from the UK instead of from South Korea.

That last picture truly encapsulates this mal-Administration. Why are these "men" (I use the term conveniently, as those two are an insult to men everywhere) smiling?

Are they hearing happy news from their cover-up tool, Gates? Or did Bush just fart again? And is Cheney so used to sniffing Bush's farts in order to maintain his manipulations of the dim son that he's starting to enjoy the stench?

Clicked over from ad on Digby's site, btw.

Here is what I think: Gates will try to forge ahead, anyway, but after the Holidays, when the Anti-war demonstration occurs in Washington in January, something will take place at that time within that context to provoke Bush to declare martial law. I just feel it down to my bones that he is out of the control and restraint from any part of our Constitutional Law. "Thank you," Congress (sic), Patriot Act, Military Commissions, etc.

In the bottom photo Bush and Cheney are smiling because they obviously have to appear "happy" about the new man at the helm of DOD. I beleive that their faces are embedded with electrodes and secret service guys operate their facial expressions remotely. As far as the person in the shadows goes, it looks like it could be Condi to me. Is it? Does these mean that Condi will be out of the picture soon?

They're not smiling in this picture, from the same event.

And this is what Gates heard on his trip to Iraq:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - New Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked ordinary soldiers on the ground in Baghdad on Thursday for advice on fixing the war effort, and he received the same answer time and again -- bring in more American troops.

"Sir, I think we need to just keep doing what we're doing," Spc. Jason Glenn of Mount Grove, Missouri, told Gates over breakfast at Camp Victory.

"I really think we need more troops here..."

Defense officials traveling with the defense secretary said they did not know how the soldiers who met with Gates were chosen from the 134,000 troops in Iraq...

getting rid of rumsfield is a good thing, certainly.
but everyone seems to have accepted the script that gates is an improvement,
a realist, a (possibly outflanked) fighter for correction of previous

i believe this is a mistake of the first order. gates is a bush loyalist-
he lied and distorted about nicaragua/
soviet union and an accomplice in the
team b coup at the cia in the early 80s.

this is an attempt by administration to
project debate and honest reassessment
to the public. i'm not necessarily saying that gates is totally in on the
fraud, but it IS a fraud; gates will roll over, and two months from now
everyone will be asking how the escalation moved along so far, so fast.

The story about the pre-screened enlisted men asking for more troops is being paraded around as support formore troops. What a set-up. In the New York Times a short while ago, a headline about Gates hearing broad support for more troops appeared over a photo of Gates with Iraqi leaders - none of whom is quoted as supporting more troops.

It is hard to believe this talk of a "surge of troops". The sense of unreality is staggering. Bush and Cheney sit there grinning, gloating, smirking.

What the hell can they be thinking? What do they know that we don't know?

A War Crimes Tribunal would put the right perspective on this whole deadly fiasco.

Your Bush drawing in that final picture looks eerily like Nixon.

the smirks may be back but it took a gigantic event to bring them to the surface again. they used to be there all the time-- walking to the helicopter, coming up to the podium --smirks were the default setting, [a permanent cheshire interrupted only by high dudgeoned anger]

now they only come out at a cabinet level swearing in. smirks are under seige, wee cowerin' timorous little beasties that only come out when it's really, really safe. Like a cabinet swearing in.

Yes, enough, I see a condom. And a dick.

Sure, let's send more troops.

Draft Barbara and Jenna first. And the rest of the Bush children of age.

no sane person could make such idiotic remarks


“I say what I mean and mean what I say”
“ Promises made-Promises kept”
“When I make up my mind it stays made up”
“I do not take cues from anyone”
“You can’t say one thing and do another”
“Trust me I’m a straight shooter”
“I’m the commander, I don’t need to explain, I do not need to explain why I do things”
“I need a WAR to be a successful president”
”I’m the War President”
“I’m the Peace President”
“A Leader never admits mistakes”
“I’m the Decider and I decide what is best”. God Bless the King!
“Lucky Me, I hit the Trifecta”
“God told me to attack the terrorists in Iraq to keep them from attacking us”.
Exact words of Hitler except he said Poland not Iraq.
“I’m a Recovering Drunk” said Bush. Judy Keen USA Today12-29-05
‘There is no point in discussing the pros and cons of the war”

“You know what I’m gonna tell those Jews when I get to Israel don’t you Herman?
I’m telling em they are all going to Hell”. Ken Herman Austin reporter.


1.Osama Bin Laden is my number one priority. (at least this week)

2. We need an Office of Strategic Influence (Next decade maybe)

3. I will follow the UN Resolution as long as it takes-10-27-02
10-31-02—The UN needs to act now
2-13-03—The UN needs to show courage (like I did during Vietnam.)

4. I am a strong believer in Fair Trade—(except steel and softwood lumber) (votes first)

Ed Crane—Co-Founder and President of The Cato Institute-“Everything this
Administration does is political”

5. We do not need for the Homeland Security Department to be a Cabinet position.
I made up my mind on it. Boston Globe—6-9-02 “Bush Flip Flop”

6. I will get Osama Bin Laden “Dead or Alive”—(go get em cowboy)—5-13-02-(“I don’t know where he is, I have no idea and I really don’t care.) (It’s not that important. It’s not out first priority”) (“I say what I mean”). (“When I make up my mind it stays made up”).

7. I will use the bully pulpit with OPEC. (Sic em bulldog my gas now 1.65 per gallon)
Supply went down and Prices went up and (“This is just the Free Market at Work”)

8. I will never apologize to the Chinese for “stealing our plane”. Please guys! Be nice.
Return our plane. “I regret it” was later comment.

9. I mean what I say—“We can expect an attack”. Each month warning. When BOY?

10. Wash. Post-2-8-03—Bush seeking a promise from IRAN (Evil) for humanitarian help
in event a slaughter is done in Afghan. (Sounds like Reagan?)

11. NYT-1-23-03—Bush (Man of steel will) “rescinding” old policy and implementing a new policy that allows managed care organizations to limit and restrict coverage of emergency services for poor people on Medicaid. This was after criticizing HMOs for refusal to allow treatment. If this is a Devout Christian I am Jesus Christ.

12. We will not negotiate with North Korea. Wash Post 1-16-03—Bush is now willing to consider agricultural and energy aid. (Hold on! This is EVIL of axis)

13.Individual investors who borrow money to buy dividend-paying stocks should be penalized. (Gosh! What did I say—I did not mean it) NYT 2-5-03

14. I mean what I say until yelling starts. Military pay increase of 2% then 4%.
Stars & Stripes-12-30-02—Bush asked Defense Dept. to lower the announced pay raise for the military from 3.7% to 2%. Congress finally got 4 in 2004 budget.

“I am tired of all the Lying and Deception”—Amen! Halleluiah! Then stop it Boy.

15.I mean what I say—I am the education president. Please. First budget increased by 1.5% which had averaged 5% increase per year over five years. (Sounds like Clinton was the educated educator to me.)

16.Wash Post-12-2-02—In June 2002 Bush promised 500 Million to fight mother-child transmission of Aids . In Aug he vetoed the first transfer of the 500 million. In 111 days since his promise 222,000 babies have been infected with Aids. (I wonder if Jesus Christ is tossing in his bed)

17.“Secretary O’Neill is doing a good job. The economy is improving. I have faith in him”. (Your faith lasts two weeks boy)

18.The Homeland Security Bio-Terrorism Bill is too expensive. I will veto it. An Ok is not a veto boy.
(I mean what I say” but maybe I will not this time.)

19. I do not approve of an Independent Investigation of 9-11. (“I mean what I say” but—yelling is too loud).

20.I am against international money laundering controls. (9-11—“I changed my steel mind”) They may catch daddy.

21.We will have major social security changes. Wash Post. 11-11-01—Andrew Card on Meet the Press on 11-10-02 “I am not sure we will reform it” This was a Centerpiece of his campaign..

22.-12-30-02—We will not tolerate a North Korean nuclear arsenal. (Act nice guys if you want our $$$)

23.We do not hit civilian targets(in Afghan). There is no evidence. (Red Cross building not civilian—Veterans Hospital is military—Warlord Party heading to Kabul to celebrate was armed with .22 rifles—Wedding Party was violent and firing in the air at our planes 20,000 feet above them)

24.Wash Posr-11-15-02—“If you are not happy with the administration’s policy toward Iraq at any given moment just wait a week or two. A new policy, more to your liking, is bound to appear”.

A. Go it alone week
B. Let us wait for UN week
C. “Regime change” is goal
D. remove wmd is goal
E. Secretary of State is nor speaking for the president
F. Attorney General is not speaking for the administration.
G. I am sick and tired of this waffling and waiting.

25.Steel Tariff—I really did not mean that much. I angered some people. Reduce it.
(When I make up my mind it stays made up)

26.Carbon Dioxide is a power plant pollutant I will control.. (Oh! It will be too costly to my energy contributors so forget it suckers—cough cough)

27.Reuters-6-26-02—‘I have confidence in the Palestinians when they understand we are saying they must make the right decisions”—“I can assure you we will not be putting money into a society which is not transparent and which is corrupt”.
(Was he referring to his administration? Sounds like it—transparent—corrupt)

28.I am against human cloning in any form. (well, not quite “any”)

29.“I knew nothing about dangers of 9-11”. Eight months later. “I knew a damn bunch (but I was too busy on Vacation and looking for more to blame on that President who stomped my dad. Darn it is tough being dumb, inarticulate and following such a brain and great success)

30.“I am in excellent physical condition.” (Darn, staying up till midnight in Paris zapped all my energy—Boy—try conditioning your mind))

31.I am on top of everything. (Why did you say twice on TV—“I am not in control the Pentagon is running the War (Afghan)—You have a White House base—same as Al Qaeda. Only more secretive)

32.I will veto bill increasing benefits for disabled military retirees (Yep! He was war hero.. 6-20-02 in Wash Post. I do not change my mind. Until 2004 Budget).

33.-6-14-02—released 23,653 of ”cherry picked” Reagan papers after refusing to do it. “When I make up my mind it stays made up” Is this BOY real ?”

34.I mean what I say—‘I will provide 100 million to help preserve the Rain Forest” 12M is not 100. And he has MBA.

35.Budgeted funds for his dad’s Crusader cannon then demanded that Congress kill the big sucker.

36. Airline Security is very important to me. Then, why did you fight so hard to keep guns out of cockpits?

37.Barred part-time Mexican and Canadian students from U.S. schools after 9-11. Then, after howls reversed his decision. “When I make up my mind”

38.Simon (candidate for Gov. of California). “He is a breath of fresh air.”
Bush sho hated that California Smog for he avoided Simon while in his presence.

39.“I will not engage in bailing out countries.” 30 billion to Brazil just a tip?

40.NY Times-Richard Stevenson-2-14-03—“Bush eases Ban on AIDS money to pro-abortion groups abroad.What will he tell Falwell?

41.-March 6—“We will call for a UN Security Council vote.” Geo. Bush
March 13—“There may be no vote” Colin Powell
NY TIMES-“Bush promises to adopt peace plan”. The Guardian-“Bush reversed his previous insistence that the Middle East Peace effort must wait till after Iraq SLAUGHTERAMA

42.NY TIMES--Edmund L. Andrwews-2-26-03—Less than a month after President Bush proposed a radical overhaul and expansion of individual retirement and savings account the White House has abandoned their idea. (“When I make up my mind it stays made up”) (“Promises made promises kept”) (“I say what I mean and mean what I say”)


43. NY Times-Patrick e. Tyler-5-17-03—“In reversal, plan for Iraqi self rule by June 1 put off indefinitely. “When I make up my mind(scorched?) it stays made up”? Sho!

44.BIG WAFFLE—Washington Post-8-19-03-Dana Milbank & Bradley Graham—
“Bush revises view on combat in Iraq”.---May I on USS Desertion he said-- “Combat Operations are over”.. Now—“Actually, Major military operations continue because we still have combat operations going on”. Is this boy of scorched brain or what?

45. TEACH FOR AMERICA PROGRAM ZAPPED BY BUSH. I am pissed off. Big time. In 2000 campaign Bush promised President Wendy Koop to expand it. His aides asked President Wendy Koop to quadruple it. . On July 11,2003 she got a letter “We regret to inform you your application was not selected for funding”. Gone. Zapped totally. Bush is one of sorriest not just worst in history. Read TIME—8-17-03. Joe Klein article headed “WHO KILLED TEACH FOR AMERICA”? Sorry, but I am so furious I have difficulty writing. I do not like to curse but xxxxxxx.

45.OBL not priority or is he?

A 9-13-01—“The most important thing is for us to find Osama Bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him”.
B. 9-17-01—I want justice. Wanted :Dead or alive.”

C 12-28-01—“Listen awhile ago I said to the American people our objective is more than Bin Laden—Press pool in chapel on ranch

D. 3-13-02 “I am truly not that concerned about him. ”The New American 4-8-02

E. 3-13-02—“I don’t know where Bin Laden is. I have no idea and I really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.” Wow!

46. Bush told bob Woodward in his book “Bush War” that “he didn’t feel that sense of urgency” about Al Qaeda prior to 9-11”. Now claims had great sense of urgency.

47.Nov 2003 Bush made highly touted speech about spreading democracy in the entire Middle East. NYT reported he backed away after it was denounced by Egypt Mubarak and Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

48. 2-2-04 Budget Director Bolton-“we will not need additional funds for 04.”
5-5-04 Bush “I am requesting that Congress establish a 25 Billion contingency reserve ”

49. 3-9-04 Press Secretary McClellan-“Condoleeza Rice will not testify before 9-11 commission it is matter of principle.” President Bush on 3-30-94 “Dr. Rice will testify.”

50. 3-19-02 Ari Fleischer-“Creating a Cabinet Office will not solve the problem.”
6-6-02 President Bush “Tonight I ask the Congress to join me in creating a single permanent department securing the homeland of America.”

51. NYT 1-29-04 “Bush resists outside investigation on WMD intelligence failure.”
2-6-04 Bush “Today, by executive order, I am creating an independent commission, to look at American intelligence capabilities.”

52. Wash Post-1-19-04-“Bush opposes extension of time for 9-11 commission.”
CNN-2-4-04---“Bush supports time extension for 9-11 commission.”

53.NYTimes 2-26-04-Bush limits testimony to one hour.”
Spokesman McClellan-3-10-04 “Bush sets no time limit for testimony.”

54.Larry King Live 2-15-00 Bush says Gay Marriage is a state issue.
2-24-04-Bush “Today I call upon the Congress to promptly pass, an amendment to our constitution defining andprot4cting marriage as a union of a man and woman as husband and wife.”

55. 3-6-03 Bush vows to have a UN vote no matter what 3-18-03-Wash Post-“Bush withdraws request for UN vote.”

56. Columbia Journalism Review—Bush vetoed Patients Bill Of Rights as Governor but boasted how he got it passed. Now, flip flop to double straddle. He touted the Texas law as super duper.
When a challenge to the Texas Law went before Supreme Court Bush joined with two HMO’s in opposing the law. Could it be because the HMO’s are Pioneers in his campaign. Doesn’t this man have any honor or integrity?

57.Remove troops from Korea. A proposal by Cheney. Bush on 3-13-02 “There is no question we have obligations around the world, which we will keep. There is a major obligation for the 37,000 troops in South Korea. It is an obligation that is an important obligation. I know it is important and we will keep that obligation.
US Newswire-8-19-04.

58. Speech in Michigan 8-16-04—“We have got to use our resources wisely, like water
It starts with keeping the Great Lakes water in the Great Lakes Basin.. My position is clear : we are never going to allow diversion of Great Lakes water.”
Per Associated Press in July 2001 Bush said “I want to talk to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien about piping Great Lakes water to the west and southwest. A lot of people don’t need the water, but when you head South and West, we do need it.”
AP 7-19-01—White House release 7-17-01 “remarks by the President in Roundtable interview with Foreign Press.

59. Cheney in Elko, Nevada 8-14-04 “Kerry recommended sensitivity for terrorists. No war was ever won by sensitivity”. Interview with Hugh Hewitt—8-12-04—“From the standpoint of the shrine (Najah), obviously it is a sensitive area, and we are very much aware of it’s sensitivity.” The Daily Howler-8-17-04

60. NYTimes-8-31-04---
April 13,2004—“Can you ever win the war on terror? Of course you can.”
July 19,2004----“I have a clear vision and a strategy to win the war on terror.”
August 30,2004—“I don’t think you can win the war on terror”
“I say what I Mean and Mean what I say”
“When I make up my mind it stays made up.”

61. March 5,2000—on CBS Face the Nation—Independent group attacking his opponent John McCain---Bush said: ‘That is what freedom of speech is all about. People have the right to do what they want to do, under the-under the First Amendment in America.

August 23,2004 Bush said: “the practice of independent groups to run smear ads is bad for the system. They should be banned. ”Never heard of Swift Boat?

62. Bush said over and over in late 2005—“I will veto the McCain Bill on Torture”
The Bill passed overwhelmingly in Congress and old --“When I make up my Mind it stays made up” --said “This is a great bill and I will sign it”.

63. Many times Bush stated “I will not negotiate with terrorists”. Many times he called Iraq insurgents “terrorists”. Newsweek-2-6-06—Military leaders admit they are in negotiations with “Insurgents”.
Ho! Hum! Just another day in Bush Waffle House.

64. Speech in LA—Belliaco—Peter Fredson—4-24-06
Bush—“I know peoplehere are suffering at the gas pump. I feel your pain. I Pledge to the people here f I find any price gouging it will be dealt with firmly

He did not note the simple obvious. Exxon demand is down but PROFITS are at all time high for any corporation.

65. National Anthem in Spanish—Bush says it is wrong. In 2001 Campaign he had singers sing it in Spanish and applauded them.
“When I make up my mind it stays made up.”

66. “A leader never Admits mistakes”
Press conference with Blair in 6-06 Is he normal?
“I regret saying “Bring Em On” and “Get OBL Dead Or Alive”

67. 4-9-99-Bush said-“Victory means exit strategy and it’s important for the president to tell us what the strategy is”
6-5-99—Bush said—“I think it’s also important to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn”
6-24-95—Bush said—“It doesn’t make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a timetable you’re-you’re conceding too much to the enemy”.
“I say what I Mean and Mean what I say”. Moogumboo.
68. Bush at Twin Towers—“I take a sacred vow that we will never stop looking for Osama Bin Laden”
7-5-06—Osama Bin Laden Search Group disbanded by Bush.
(I say what I Mean and Mean what I say
69.Bush Press Conference on Lebanon crisis—8-06-Chris Elliott seaboard on line
”I’m not prejudiced. As a matter of fact Dick Cheney’s daughter is Lebanese. I think a marriage should be between a man and a woman not a woman and a man.” So clear George! Snort! Snort!
70. Interview by Couric with Bush on 9-7-06 and Bush said-“One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq with the war on terrorism”. Lordie! Is he sane? The only connection was his manufactured one to sell the Iraq slaughterama. Records show only 2% of those captured or killed in Iraq were non-residents of Iraq. 98% Freedom Fighters and/or Civil Warriors.
71. “The buldge on my back in Kerry Debate was ill-fitting suit”. Not so Said NASA Photo expert. A Box.
No so said ItalianTailor who made the suit. “It fit perfectly”.
72. Told Wolf Blitzer on 9-20-06 I would “absolutely send troops into Pakistan to find OBL.” Week ago said he would not without Pakistan permission since it is a sovereign nation. Trust me. I say what I mean and mean what I say. Sometimes.
73.Bartcop-9-28-06 Bush said in the interview ”If the terrorists weren’t in Iraq, they would find some other excuse, because they have ambitions”. This an adult speaking? Fourth grader!

#73 is almost beyond comprehension.

73. Unbelievable-Unreal—He said it—Interview with G. Stephanopoulos week 10-22-06—“James Baker plan is to develop a strategy between-- “STAY THE COURSE”-- and “cut and run”? Bush Reply—“We’ve never been about “STAY THE COURSE”.
Tell me he is sober! Please. ---“STAY THE COURSE” --has been his frequent chant.-- 5-5-04—But we will STAY THE COURSE 4-16-04—That’s why we’re going to “STAY THE COURSE”—4-13-04—“and my message today to those in Iraq “WE’LL STAY THE COURSE”
--8-4-05—“WE WILL STAY THE COURSE”. We will complete the job in Iraq”—8-30-06—“WE WILL STAY THE COURSE”—
details at think It is hard to accept he is not mentally deranged.
74. WE DON’T TORTURE—why are our soldiers being convicted of it. Bush has been six years of mental torture to the people.
75. 11-13-06 “People who hate us. They hate the idea that somebody can go buy a home”” They will need to buy many to replace the ones we destroyed. Needlessly. Do you believe that is the reason./Or—is it that four members of 101st raped a 14 year old girl, burned her body, and killed parents and 6 year old sister? Or, destroyed Fallujah home to 250,000?Or, killed 550,000 innocent persons. Or or or or This Recovering Drunk is brain scorched frat boy.
76. 11-06-06—Tony Snow-“The president says we are winning the war”. This after Robert Gates testimony in the Senate “we are losing the war in Iraq”. Iraq Survey Group testimony--”We are losing the war in Iraq”.
Bush said to his Biographer in 1999--“A Leader does not admit mistakes”. He just takes another shot of Jack and smiles.
77. 12-20-06—Press conference-“We are not winning or losing in Iraq”. Last week in press conference-“We are absolutely wining”. ”I say what I Mean and Mean what I say”. “Trust me”.
78. 12-06—“I think it’s been a very difficult year in Iraq.
It’s my job to listen to a lot of opinions and come up with a strategy that says “we have a plan”.
Same person who said many times “The Democrats do not have a plan for Iraq”. He never read Reid 528 Page plan which Senate Repubs would not allow on the floor for a vote.


clarence swinney
political historian
lifeaholics of america
burlington nc

These inane comments explain this comment Bush made in 2000 campaign to a group of recovering addicts in Iowa:

“I’m on a Walk just like you. It is a never ending Walk as far as I’m concerned.

Is anyone treating him?

remarks as these.

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