JULY 30, 2003
- Sick of Hearing About His Lies? His wreck-the-world
policies? That’s the idea.
Asked again today during one of his, “Oh crap, we better let him
actually talk to reporters once or twice a year,” press conferences,
the President issued the following profound defense of his linking
Iraq to al Queda without having any intelligence to back it up:
“We all know Saddam used chemical weapons on his own people.”
We know, this pisses you off. It pisses the reporters off.
He’s given this answer at least 3 times in the past month or so in
response to similar questions. The President knows the question is
about his claims in 2002, not 1988. He knows his father
continued sending your tax dollars to Sheriff Saddam, his man on the
watch in the Middle East, even after he melted his own folks.
And the President knows he didn’t lead us to war based on the fact
that Saddam was a threat to his own people some years ago, but that
he claimed he was a threat to us here and now.
Let’s try another: Over the weekend, Wolfowitz (Sec. of
Defecation… er… Defense) admitted plainly the intelligence had been
“murky” when the President was making his “clear and present danger”
speeches to us. President Bush’s response to a reporter's
question today about going to war without clear intelligence: “The
evidence was clear and solid.”
Yes, we know this pisses you off, too. His own person admitted
it was murky a couple days ago, but even with that he’ll just repeat
the same old lie, a different
one a minute, each contradicting the other. And in between he
laces it with self-deprecation and cute jokes – if you heard the
press conference, he was very charming, funny, and painted himself
as poor, aging ol’ Georgie. Oooo, that really gets you, huh –
sweetness you know is just there to get the President off the hook
for his lying?
George is the addict, loser son you never wanted, and, even worse,
can’t get to leave the house no matter how much of your stuff he
steals and how much of the house he wrecks. You can’t have him
arrested, can’t send him to rehab or reform school. You, my
friends, are stuck with him.
And so is the press. There are only so many times you can
write, “The President told a lie today…” while claiming to be
unbiased – even more, without people getting sick of hearing your
whining. Of course, Ed Gillespe, the man who just took over
the Republican National Committee, starts right out by saying all of
us non-Bushies do nothing but whine and say negative things - that
our complaining about the President's lies and horrible policies is
the problem, not the lies and horrible policies.
Oooo, that gets your blood in a boil, doesn’t it?
The best with all of
this is to hear everyone talk now about the President and
intelligence in the same sentence. Did the President really
have any intelligence?
Many of us would like to
answer that question for him.
Was the President's
intelligence murky? If he had any intelligence, was it enough
that he could really use it? Did he have intelligence enough
to be out there making that speech?
Ok, they are talking
about reports from the CIA and not about the President's mental
capacity, but still, they are just as relevant and useful questions
if you ask them the other way, about the man and not the reports the
man was supposed to have read.
"Did you have
intelligence at the time, Mr. President?"
"Did you use the
intelligence you had, or just talk without listening to what the
intelligence had to say?"
"Will you take
responsibility for not really having the intelligence you said you
The game is to say that
criticizing the President everyday gets old, shows you are a whiner.
The reality is that
there is just one question: was the President's lack of
useable intelligence the biggest problem, or was it the refusal of
those around him to listen to what intelligence had to say - no, I
am not talking about Condi Rice or George Tenet, I am talking about
the President's supporters.