March 13, 2008

This explain much but makes my head asplode

Seriously. Bush now thinks serving his country is romantic. Of course, when he had the opportunity in that war, you know, where he drank and avoided service, he, well, drank and avoided service. But now...
"'I must say, I'm a little envious,' Bush said. 'If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.'

'It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks,' Bush said."
The term "Chickenhawks" comes to mind. Cowardly, and entitled assholes who now send young men and women into harm's way. Am I the only one who wants to scream now?


Bitebark said...

Well, I can guarantee that the hypocrisy is completely lost on him, for one. One of Bush's biggest and most vexing strengths (for a Democrat) is his blitheness. He just says stuff that is jaw dropping, but carries it off because he believes it completely. And when I say "carries it off" I mean, obviously believes himself to be internally consistent. It's also worth noting that his base believes him, too. This kind of talk, as much as it makes us reality based folks want to rend our garments asunder, is perfectly rational to his peeps.

It's a good quote, actually. Because it shows off his complete innocence and naivete. Which I know seems counterintuitive to most Dems -- who really, dearly want to believe that the driving force behind this era is a messianic evil. Obviously the threat to the Republic is still great from Bush, but this is like that moment in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome when Mel Gibson has just fought to the death Master Blaster, the huge, helmeted Thunderdome gladiator who carries around a little evil dwarf on his shoulders. Mel leans over and takes off the helmet and Master Blaster's dead face is simple and innocent, obviously someone with Down's Syndrome.

To me, that's Bush. Destructive but innocent.

Bootleg Blogger said...

I came off the plane last week and walked right by a family with two young children holding a big poster with their illustrations of what I assume to be them with their dad and written in big letters, "Welcome Home Daddy We're Proud of You and You're Never Going Back". Somehow "romantic" really doesn't describe that scene.

Leighton said...

I don't think Bush has a biological mental deficiency sufficient to excuse his abject failure as a leader; his willful ignorance is well past the threshold where I consider his incompetence as morally equivalent to malice.

I see it more like Steven Moffat's Jekyll, where the essence of Hyde turns out not to be greed or lust or rage, but love left unchecked by other faculties to the extent that it grows into a ravening psychopath. Clinging to innocence and blind optimism in the face of reality is the essence not of hope, but of ruin for millions.

Monk-in-Training said...

This statement simply is beyond understanding.

I can't imagine a more appalling thing for the families of the dead or for the wounded to hear.

And of course, not to bring up the fact that when he WAS younger, and not employed at the White House, he did NOT go to the front lines with the troops.

Lord, have mercy on our poor Nation.

Ps 79:9
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name's sake.