Connecting The Dots
Busy, Busy, Busy President
By Larry Kelly
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
The president's a very busy man. He's got so much to worry about. The Carl Rove Scandal. The Prisoner Abuse Scandal. The WMD Scandal. The Bin Laden Family Scandal. The Missing Money Scandal. The Friendly Fire Scandal. The Anthrax Scandal. The Jobs Scandal. The Colin Powell-U.N. Scandal.
And now, the Gang That Couldn't Speak Straight brings us Cindygate, whereupon the president tries to ignore the mini-Altamont going on just outside his ranch in Crawford, Texas to avoid a distraught mother whose son was killed in Iraq.
True, he's on a 5-week vacation (in his first four years in office he took 320 vacation days.) Also true that Dick Cheney and Carl Rove handle everything anyway. But is a president ever really on vacation? Not when there are so many scandals to worry about. Plus, he promised Lance Armstrong that he's go bike riding with him, and he's a seven-time Tour de France bike champ. How could he possibly have time for the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq?
Ironically, Casey Sheehan was part of a team STILL looking for those phantom WMD's. He was killed four weeks before Bush performed a comedy routine in front of a group of radio and TV correspondents who laughed politely while the president searched everywhere for those weapons-under sofas, in closets, etc., while muttering "not here. Can't find them here," and similar rib-splitting catch-phrases.
Cindy saw a film clip of this and didn't laugh. Instead, she traveled from her home in Vacaville to Crawford to see Bush. And Camp Casey has continued to grow despite a constant barrage of lies and insults from Bush's media friends.
Rush Limbaugh groused, "Frankly, I'm fed up... no, I'm weary of even having to express sympathy for Cindy Sheehan. Oh, she lost her son. Yes, yes, yes. But we all lose things."
Columnist Christopher Hitchens accused Cindy of "dreary sentimental nonsense" and O'Reilly called her "treacherous." Ron Owens, Pete Wilson and Matt Drudge called her a "nut," a "dupe," and a "liar" being manipulated by the left.
But it's not sticking. So far the Crawford Peace House has received well over $100,000 for her web site at one point was pulling in $25,000 a day, according to organizers. Friendly neighbors in Crawford have donated, land and a house after Cindy spent several weeks camping in a ditch.
The president, however, is more concerned with his vacation. Between naps, bike rides, fishing and hiding from his employers, he explained how he could relax while hundreds of thousands died for his lies.
"I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so."
If this sounds not only arrogant but familiar, it should. Bush Sr., when asked 15 years ago how he could take a month vacation three days after sending American troops to the Persian Gulf, replied, "I'm determined that life goes on."
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If you're not convinced yet that the president really is busy on his vacation, the White House has released a list of three books he's supposed to be reading, despite his past admissions that he doesn't read. According to his spokesperson, Dana Perino, Bush "needs time" to read (no joke) "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kerlansky, "Alexander II: The Last Great Czar" by Edward Radzinsky and "The Great Influenza" by John M. Barry.
Concerning "Salt: A World History," one can only surmise that the president actually was told to read the history of the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty (SALT), but misunderstood.
"The president enjoys reading and learning about history," said Ms. Perino. Since when? He recently claimed that he has misunderstood the depth of the ethnic strife in Iraq. Perhaps he should brush up on the history of Iraq. Or at least read "Catch 22."
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Bush's image, and America's, are so negative that the president has been forced to call in his old friend and crisis manager Karen Hughes to repair his "Ugly American" profile. She recently was named under secretary of diplomacy at the State Department in an attempt to change his dreary, deceitful image around the world, particularly in Muslim countries. Good luck Karen.
Bush did have time during his vacation to fly to Salt Lake City to tell a group of veterans and military people that he must "stay the course" in Iraq so that the 2000 GI's did not "die in vain." And he once again contradicted himself and all known evidence by linking 9-11 with Iraq in a recent radio address.
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A recent FBI memo warned that New York, Chicago and Los Angeles could be victims of terrorism around the anniversary of 9-11. However, the memo added, "The source of this intelligence has fabricated in the past." Dick Cheney?
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Democrat Barbara Lee, the only House member to vote against the war initially, has introduced a bill to prohibit permanent military bases in Iraq. There are 14 now, along with the largest Embassy in the world, accommodating 5,000 workers.
While most of Iraq has only sporadic electricity in the sweltering heat, Americans live and work in and around Sadaam's palace with constant air conditioning and all the comforts. No need to suffer.
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