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August 26, 2005
I know I have been sick this week, and sure, the fever did get pretty high there for a day or two, but does that mean that total and utter crap like this is supposed to make sense to any person who's not flatlining on the old EEG?
The President, speaking from Idaho:
"In this war, we have said farewell to some very good men and women, including 491 heroes of the National Guard and reserves," he said. "These brave men and women gave their lives for a cause that is just and necessary for the security of our country, and now we will honor their sacrifice by completing their mission."
What the heck was that? You know, if anyone in my family ever came out with a statement like that one, my father would have just assumed you fell and hit your head hard and were likely to be talking crazy talk for the next couple of minutes until the stars went away.
Not George Bush. This was a planned and scripted speech, as per usual. So let's break part of it down for just a minute.
Here's the real translation of what we were were just told--
"491 brave men and women gave their life for a cause that is so just and necessary for the security of your country, it shall remain nameless. And the best way for us to honor that cause is to keep getting more and more very good men and women killed, until the mission, which has yet to be articulated, is complete."
And here's the part wherein I wonder, "Did perhaps the media fall on their collective heads?" Wait, here's an excuse--maybe George Bush, only murmured the first set of words as a soft prayer on the wind to be carried forth, only meant for the hearing of the Lord God himself?
Nope, that's not gonna get the ox out of the ditch. According to the article, he gave the speech staged before a bunch of families who, according the White House reports, are thrilled to send their children and loved ones to die without knowing why or what for. Maybe that's why they came to the speech, to find out. Too bad for them the President may have fallen on his head, so they won't find out why their loved ones are being sent into harm's way.
I just find it amazing that after nearly three years into a war, the Commander-in-Chief can't answer why his troops are at war, what the cause is, and give a specific list of achievable goals before setting an exit strategy.
Okay, I didn't actually see the President before he gave his little talk, but who knows, maybe my Dad's little theory still holds--for a man to talk that crazy to people and think that what he's saying is makes sense, he must have just fallen and hit his head on something real hard.
Like I said, I didn't see him before he gave the talk. So, I can't say for sure whether that speech came from injury or stupidity. But as my Dad also told me on more than one occasion, "Honey, some things you'll maybe never know for sure, but if you use your brain, you can make a pretty good guess".
I guess I can. I guess we all can.