Monday, March 17, 2008

Bush Addressing Our Brave Troops (Thursday)


When I first put this up on 13-March, I didn't have anything much to add. Now that the Ides of March have come and gone, I do.

As depicted above, Bush is responding to a recent poll which indicates morale of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, our forgotten war, has dipped significantly lower than for our troops in our Iraq war occupation. In his own inimitably inept, chickenhawkish style, Bush is trying to do a little cheer-leading here. It's all that he has left. That and about ten months. He just has a little more time for them to hold out for him.

Secretary of Defense Gates has gotten 'the memo' from Europe: the cavalry is not coming from Europe to rescue our cowboy war president. Tonight, I heard Gates quoted on Bill Moyer's Journal to the effect that the 'problem' with E.U. governments is that they get confused; that their antipathy for Bush's war in Iraq contaminates their resolution for helping out in Afghanistan. Wow! (That memo has been on my desk for a year or more.)

It's not much of a surprise to discerning Internet readers is it? Consider:
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, the highest ranking military officer overall in the United States Armed Forces, in his recent Congressional testimony:
    In Afghanistan, we do what we can. In Iraq, we do what we must.
    America has not been leading by example by committing more of its own resources to Afghanistan from the beginning when Busheney sacrificed their mandated post-911 mission. In case anyone has forgotten, that was to capture Osama bin Laden 'dead or alive'. That mission was abandoned in order to prep-up for invading Iraq. This statement of Mullen comes half a decade later to confirm all European suspicions that we have been expecting, and hoping and relying upon them to pull our chestnuts out of the fire in Talebinistan. NATO populations in Europe and Canada are now convinced that we are not serious about the mission, and that understandably makes them all the more dubious of the whole enterprise. Checkout public opinion surveys in Europe if there's any question of this: you will find approval ratings supporting Afghanistan deployments to be in the twenties.

  • From the beginning Busheney's Global War on Terror (GWOT) has ponderously conflated the war in Afghanistan with the war occupation in Iraq. That's been for U.S. domestic public opinion, of course. But we Americans have no idea how much more Europeans read our press and media than we read theirs. They are stakeholders in what goes on within the ex-leader of the free world. So it's natural that keep their eye on our demagogue-in-chief. So, when they hear that the two theaters are like World War III, well, that's not exactly what they signed up for.

  • Finally, we have the firing of Admiral William J. Fallon. Fallon as the Commander, U.S. Central Command ranked 2nd only to Admiral Mullen. He was the remaining high-ranking soldier holding Gates' feet to the fire with respect that our global strategic interests are not centered in Iraq. Europeans took note of this, too.

The truth is that NATO governments, being functioning democracies, are attentive to their publics. Furthermore, Europeans have watched Busheney conflating Iraq and Afghanistan in USA's 'global war on terror' (GWOT). They have followed it year after year as Bush has bundled, budgeted and bloviated his Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as one in the same. Those NATO publics who oppose the war in Iraq have come to view the mission in Afghanistan as guilty by association. No amount of browbeating, cajoling, and guilt-tripping is going to change their mindset on this.

All of this is to say, my fellow Americans, that help is not on the way. The cavalry is not coming. We are the people we have been waiting for.

10 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Boris said...

We got ourselves a war-time preznit.

3/14/2008 05:43:00 AM  
Blogger Big Yellow Forehead said...

When Bush was younger and in the Air National Guard, all he was thinking about was getting high and getting out.

3/14/2008 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger Utah Savage said...

Vigilante, do you think a Draft is in the works?

3/14/2008 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

Bush's candyassed future son-in-law needs to join the War on Terror. I get sick just thinking when he will start his political career.

3/14/2008 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger NEW YORK BRIT said...

There should be an act passed to ensure that before any congress - Repub or Dem - can vote for a "war", they do so in the knowledge that their sons and daughters will have to go on this 'romantic adventure'.

That should make some of these pricks think twice... including Hillary, as the image of Chelsea in uniform in Falluja is not a pretty one.

As for Bush, what the hell is there left to say about this man?

3/16/2008 06:05:00 AM  
Blogger Soros' Proxy said...

Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders, a longtime humanitarian, diplomatic and political activist and now French foreign minister, conceded this week that USA's military supremacy might be still unquestioned. But he went on to say that its moral leadership is bankrupt. Koucher said whoever succeeds President Bush might be able restore something of the United States’ battered image and standing overseas but that “the magic is over.”

Asked whether the United States could repair the damage it had suffered to its reputation during the Bush presidency and especially since the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq, Mr. Kouchner replied,

“It will never be as it was before. I think the magic is over."

3/17/2008 07:38:00 AM  
Blogger Utah Savage said...

I finally figured out how to change the date on an old post. Come back and continue the fray if you're so inclined. Vigilante, I have to admit, since I like what you say, I tend to believe I'd like you. Any chance for a little more info about the real you? Not perving on you or getting ready to stalk you. Just wondering when you were in Santa Barbara and what you were doing there. I'm old and reclusive so not likely to come ask your wife if she'd mind if I took you on a date or anything. But still, I wonder....Who are you?

3/17/2008 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Cudos to New York Brit: "As for Bush, what the hell is there left to say about this man?"

You are braver than me. I'm scared to ask that question. One never knows how much worse he may make things for all of us.

3/17/2008 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger The Commentator said...

There is no doubt it is always preferable for a leader to have served if they lead their nation into war. However, it's not always the case.

Question: Will the public be as reticent if Obama or Hillary (should they ever be President and I'm beginning to wonder if they will)sent the army, say, into Iran? If Bush is criticized for it, so should others in the same predicament. No?

I'm just saying.

3/17/2008 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Utah Savage said...

Soros, that was a wonder bit of information. I've been hearing from old liberals and academics here in Zion that this will probablty be the equalivalent of the Fall Of the Roman Empire. They think we may never recover. The neocons broke it and gave the spoils to their friends. Bush may be, as someone else here said, Nero, but too dumb to know what a fiddle is. Texan my ass.

3/17/2008 05:58:00 PM  

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