Sunday, September 24, 2006

Dick & Bully Boy hiding behind others as usual

With Ehren Watada and Ricky Clousing facing charges for their refusal to fight in an illegal war, with Mark Wilkerson likely to face charges and with Darrell Anderson intending to come back to the United States, we think it's worth noting who didn't serve.

The administration's always willing to hide behind the military. Lose Florida in 2000? Demand the very undemocratic option of counting votes whether or not they met the requirements for legal absentee voting.

What a load of crap. No one's vote matters more than anyone else's in a democracy. The principle is one person, one vote. There were no exceptions made for Palm Beach voters. There were no exceptions made for the ones wrongly disenfranchised (and targeted due to their race). Those groups were told, "Too bad, we all have to follow the 'rules'." And then they quickly add, "Except the military! They should get an exception! They don't know about rules in the military!"

Especially because the military is set up with rules and regulations, there should have been no goose to help ballots cross the finish line.

But maybe Bully Boy and Dick were insisiting that those votes, and only those votes, be given special leniancy because they just believed in the military so much?

Well, did either of them serve? Nope. Dick was grabbing deferrments like they were presidential pardons. Bully Boy was so 'committed' to serving that he signed up for the champange unit and couldn't even fulfill his promise to them.

Well that was then, some may say. What about now?

Bully Boy keeps talking about 'honoring' the fallen but has there even been an administration so stingy about handing out citations? It's gotten so bad that even the DC press corps makes noises about it.

He doesn't give out honors, he undercuts the healthcare programs for veterans, military families have a better chance at food stamps than at a living wage, men and women have been sent to fight in an (illegal) war of choice, and the latest 'fun' trick is waiting until it's time to ship out of Iraq to tell you, "Guess what? You're staying." (Or for some from that 172 Stryker Brigade, you find out after you return home that you're going right back.)

There is no attempt to honor the military. The administration uses them to hide behind. Question the war and the argument from Bully Boy becomes that leaving would dishonor the dead.

We really wish that in his prep school days, someone had hauled off and knocked the prissy cheerleader on his ass. Priss-pot wants to play "manly" today but he wants to do it with the lives of other men and women.

And the administration doesn't honor them. The way you honor the military is by not using it for a whim, not using it for an illegal war that you want, one you had to lie a nation into.

As Jessica Lange noted in DC on September 24, 2005:

Let's talk for a minute about these masters of war, these same men that are sending our sons and our daughters, our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, to fight an undeclared and unconstitutional and unwinnable war for them. Let's talk about their service records. Karl Rove did not serve, Paul Wolfowitz did not serve, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Eliott Abrams, Newt Gingrich did not serve. Jeb Bush did not serve. The list goes on and on, and we know George W. did not really serve. And yet, they expect the ultimate sacrifice from us -- more than 1,900 American soldiers dead; tens of thousands, a very low estimate, tens of thousand Iraqi deaths, mostly civilian, and in modern warfare 'civilian' meaning mostly women and children. They say there is no way to withdraw now. The truth is they never intend to withdraw.

Dick's giving a salute alright, with the middle finger extended.
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