FINALLY TELLS THE TRUTH
BUT A THOUSAND BODIES LATE
By: Jim Moore
And a thousand bodies is just the American soldiers. Lord knows how many other corpses
couldn't be identified, for whatever reason, and thus were not included in the KIA body
That number also does not include the thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children
who got Dr. Bush's "democratic adjustment." Proving once again that no war is
limited to military casualties.
Knowing that the government has several furtive ways of
"hiding" the body count, we expected the occasional announcement of the latest
KIA number would always be fudged. So when the new count was reported, we gritted
out teeth, cursed the war, and said, So what else is new?
What else is new is this: a smidgeon of truth from Righteous George.
Hard to believe, but it seeped out (accidently?) from the mouth of our esteemed El
Presidente. It may have come a bit late for some American and Iraqi human beings, but it
came out at last, and that almost makes up for the bodies scattered here and there.
In all fairness to the Emperor in Chief, however, it must be acknowledged that although
truthfulness is not his strong suit---as when he said, "we must stay the course in
the war on terror because it will make the world safer for future generations"--- he
did relax his guard for a moment, and the truth, ever resilient, found a way to get out.
It squeezed through Bush's lips in this form: "An all-out victory against terrorism
may not be possible."
What!? May not be possible? Now that's a fine kettle of fish, after what he has been
telling us, lo, these many months. Cooing on NBC's Today Show---to coincide with the
kick-off of the Republican National Convention---Bush said "Retreating from the war
would be a disaster for your children."
Well, at least it fits right in with the theme of "No Child Left Behind."
"You cannot show weakness in this world today," huffed and puffed the Man in the
Bloody Pulpit, "because the enemy will exploit that weakness, and embolden them to
make the world a more dangerous place,"
He was then bluntly asked if we could win the war on terror. And in a sputtering utterance
of the truth, Bush answered, "I don't think we can win it." And then in a tone
of Bushese hedging, added: "But I think you can create a condition so that those who
use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world." (That may mean
generations, but what the heck, nobody ever said building an empire was cheap and easy.)
Lap-dog, Scott McClellan, the White House "translator", attempted to crystallize
Bush's non-sequitur into something less obtuse by saying the president was speaking about
winning the war "in the "conventional" sense---whatever in hell that means,
Not so fast, Mr. Moore. Give Scott a chance to fine tune THAT one.
"I don't think that you can expect there will ever be a formal surrender or a treaty
signed like we had in wars past," opined the White House mouthpiece, "That's
what he (the president) was talking about. It requires a generational commitment to win
this war on terrorism."
(Strange talk. If the war on terrorism can't be won, why pour more human and economic
resources into it?)
C'mon, you guys, get your story straight. CAN or CAN'T we win this war? Inquiring, but
confused minds want to know. And especially before we commit more boys and girls to this
game of spin the battle.
Now you might think the "other side" may have overlooked Bush's lapse into the
truth, right? Not a chance.
John Edwards, democratic candidate for Vice President saw Bush's stumble into truth this
way: "After months of listening to the Republicans base their campaign on their
singular ability to win the war on terror, the president now says we can't win the war on
terrorism. This is no time to declare defeat."
Maybe not, John, but this IS the time to do something besides adding to the chaos and
carnage in Iraq and elsewhere.
Bush plans to hold a "Let's Ask President Bush" event at a high school in New
Hampshire. Let's hope some youngster has enough courage to stand up and say: "Mister
President, we heard that this election will be like you getting a report card for the past
four years. Sir, do you think you're going to pass or flunk?"
Who knows, maybe Bush will tell the truth twice in a row.
"Published originally at
EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."
Jim Moore is a
free-lance political writer and is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
Jim Moore can be reached at Jmoore1819@aol.com
Published in the September 2, 2004 issue of Ether Zone.
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