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President Bush, Shameful. . .


The Washington Note
By Steve Clemons

It's hard to know, but I think that Harry Truman would have met Cindy Sheehan. I think that Dwight Eisenhower would have. He knew about military sacrifice -- the horror and complexity of it.

The micro life of a soldier -- or an Iraqi victim -- is lost sometimes against the macro drama, no matter what side of the war people might be on.

I think that Carter would be out there with her. I'm really not sure about Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon -- though a hunch tells me that Johnson would have been out there before Nixon and Kennedy.

Ronald Reagan would have stopped his car, if for no other reason that to hold Cindy Sheehan for a few moments, to express the regrets of a nation that her son was lost, and to thank her -- even though he might not have made her and many of us believers in this war.

Bill Clinton would have had Cindy in to the ranch and made a summit of it.

George Bush drove by. . .on the way to a fundraiser. Shameful.

He should have stopped, made a gesture -- even if she stood on the opposite side of his policies.

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about his position on everything--MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, or you can sit along the highway forever. He's disgusting and embarrasing as a President. He's not my President.

ditto,ditto,ditto,ditto, ad infinitum...............

Here are some quotes from Dwight Eisenhower:

"The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in, and give it to them."

"I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. "

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."

"When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. "

"You don't lead by hitting people over the head-that's assault, not leadership."

"War settles nothing."

"I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being President."
--George W. Bush
(As quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War)

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
~George W. Bush

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." ~George W. Bush

"...the role of the military is to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place."~George W. Bush

"Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction."~George W. Bush

"Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
~George W. Bush (Speaking on the war in Kosovo)

"I can tell you this: If I’m ever in a position to call the shots, I’m not going to rush to send somebody else’s kids into a war."~George H. W. Bush

Having grown up 5 minutes from Harry S Truman's Independence home and 10 minutes from his mother's farm, I can say without a doubt that "Give 'Em Hell Harry" would not only have stopped to talk, but he would have driven her to his home, fed her, and put her up for the duration! Harry was one of us! He was not born with a silver/gold spoon in his mouth. Hell, he had to barrow money so he could move out of the White House when he retired! No kidding! He was a "real" war veteran (not the daddy appointed guard drop out) and saw action...up close. He led men in war and had their lives in his hands (and they knew it). He was self educated and did not let the elite press or high brow society disuade him from honesty and truth. He experienced the hardships of farming and the pressures of business. He found out quickly that Republicans, then as now, cared only for the "almighty dollar" at the expense of the workers. During WW2 he saved millions of dollars by exposing corruption in defense contracts (He would have slapped Halliburton to hell and back). As one who experienced war first hand he hated war. Though criticized today (20/20 hindsight) he made the decision, after multiple warnings to Japan, to spare through a planned invasion of mainland Japan an estimated one half to one million American casualties by dropping the first (and last) atomic bombs. War done, boys home.
Compared to Harry, Bush is a joke. Bush isn't worthy to clean Harry's underwear! What you saw in Harry is what you got! He drank, he swore, he went to church, he played poker with the boys, and he had a picture of "the Boss," Tom Pendergast, in his office when he was President. He was always honest, he always told it like it was.

On second thought, Harry wouldn't be meeting with Cindy, because Casey would not be dead but still very much alive and proudly serving with his unit in California, his mom still married at home, and our country doing the common sense thing with our real allies of WW2 to get Osama's ass on a "platter for one" to be shipped to the "Big House" Leavenworth Pen.

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