George Bush Brings Out The Bogeyman One More Time genre: Just Jihad & Polispeak


It was bound to happen. Despite the president's numerous statements that he doesn't want to wade into the 2008 election, his remarks today not only signal that he's reneged; they reflect his intention to employ the same tactic that he and the GOP used so successfully in the run up to the 2004 election. If you haven't already guessed, let's just say that it's time to scare the bejeebers out of the voters by raising the prospect of a terrorist attack should the Democrats prevail in November.

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday he was disappointed in "flawed intelligence" before the Iraq war and was concerned that if a Democrat wins the presidency in November and withdrew troops prematurely it could "eventually lead to another attack on the United States."

He acknowledged concerns about leaving the unfinished Iraq war to a Democratic successor. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have said they will bring troops home if elected.

Bush said his "doomsday scenario of course is that extremists throughout the Middle East would be emboldened, which would eventually lead to another attack on the United States."

This ominous message of potential doom comes from the same man who stood on an aircraft carrier nearly five years ago and declared "Mission Accomplished". I don't know about anyone else, but I'm still trying to figure out which George Bush we're supposed to believe...the one who thought the war in Iraq was a cake walk or the one who thinks the bogeyman is lurking around every corner.

Since I love metaphors, it's worth noting that the president's daughter was married at the family ranch in Texas over the weekend. While I wish her well in her marriage, unfortunately I can't say that America's eight year relationship with George W. Bush was all that successful. As is often stated when speaking about a troubled marriage, the honeymoon has been over for quite some time. I for one can't wait to part ways.


1 On May 13, 2008 at 10:30 PM, mu wrote —

You missed the most important thing in that article:

"I didn't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," he said. "I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

2 On May 13, 2008 at 11:54 PM, daniel wrote —


I saw that and I simply didn't know what to say about it. Would that be the equivalent of Mitt Romney's statement about his five sons doing their part by helping their father get elected rather than enlisting in the military?

Oh the sacrifice! I'm drafting my thank you note and sending it to the president first thing in the morning.



3 On May 14, 2008 at 9:22 AM, mu wrote —

That statement left me stunned as well, shocked and stunned. I still think it really is the most important thing in the article; the actual statement is worthless nonsense, but the fact that the POTUS said it and the media reported it without mocking Bush pretty much sums up how absurd things have become.

I am reminded of Robert Anton Wilson commenting on how the Nixon administration kept going above and beyond satire so R.A.W. had to keep writing more ridiculous and outrageous things just to keep up.

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