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Friday, May 7
Let's Beat Them at Their Own Game
Up until May 3rd of this year, President Bush has burned it into his election campaign comments that there are no more torture rooms and no more rape rooms in Iraq thanks to his administration. On this day in May, Bush said, "Because we acted, torture rooms are closed, rape rooms no longer exist, mass graves are no longer a possibility in Iraq." Hurray!
Happy campers who pay $2000/plate for finger foods cheerfully applaud his wonderful news from the war front as Bush travels town to town to collect money to air attack ads against Kerry. They are Republicans and they have always been Republicans and therefore they must support Republicans. That's how it works. I know. I grew up Republican and I am actually still registered as a Republican. [memo to self: register as independent]
Now we find out that we are in fact keeping alive the Iraqi tradition of torture and rape rooms thanks to the US Army. Not only that, those torturers are really into depicting homosexuality and really getting off on it. I had always wondered about homophobes. I usually accuse homophobes I know of being a closeted gays and tell them to just get over it and quit picking on them. We always seem to hate in others what we hate about ourselves.
On May 4th, Rumsfeld did his usual talking in circles routine that says nothing except for that he talks in circles and gets us nowhere. He used to confuse me, but now I am on to him. He said, "I'm not a lawyer. My impression is that what has been charged thus far is abuse, which I believe technically is different from torture."
Ok. I checked. I'm not in the Twilight Zone, Rummy is. Torture means extreme mental and/or physical distress or pain. Abuse means The willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. It's the same thing, Rummy! Waddaya think I'm stoopid?
I mentioned a few posts ago that Rummy said in a Pentagon press conference, he had not read the Taguba Report nor had he actually seen the pictures that the soldiers so proudly captured cause he didn't have copies. Interestingly, I had seen the pictures and read the Taguba report and I am just a regular citizen.
As I recall, I was outraged at his comments. I was outraged at his willful ignorance. Or maybe I was outraged at his arrogance to act just like this was nothing to be alarmed about, or maybe I was outraged at what could be bold faced lies on his part. Whatever. I was pissed. Most Americans have no clue what he said nor did they care. This is the last week of "Friends" on NBC.
Ok, so we know what kind of secretary of defense Rummy is: lousy.
Let's move on to the President's character. It was very telling this week. He acted shocked and appalled at the Iraq prison situation. He claimed he didn't know about it until he saw it on TV. He waited a week to address the Arabs and he didn't even say he was sorry. It also tells me a lot about Bush's religion. It is one of no remorse.
I am guilty of accusing the president of being downright stupid. I accuse him of being Cheney and Rove's puppet. But if we prove that he is truly stupid, then he cannot be held responsible for his actions. We can't hold him culpable. We must no longer declare that Bush is a stupid man. It only serves to make him more lovable to the masses.
Who are the masses? The people who applauded when Bush said, "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program." or "The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law." or "I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun." or '"You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." and my favorite, "I think it's fine, as long as it's Christian prayers. Anything else is un-American." You get the picture. This man not only doesn't understand history, politics and the government, he proudly proclaims it. He admits he doesn't read, he admits he goes to bed early and even said he is the master of "low expectations". And we called Clinton, a Rhodes Scholar, Bubba?
It makes sense now. The masses love a regular down home boy. Clinton wasn't really one of them, he was too smart, too educated. He was in his 50's and attracted a young woman, many young women. The masses don't relate to that. Bush went to fancy schools but he had low marks and slid by. He liked the parties and the women when he was young. He made a mistake in being a drug abuser and alcoholic but Jesus forgave him. The masses don't relate to Yale and Harvard, but they relate to Bush's pre-fab farm in mythical Crawford, Texas, his low grades and frat boy pranks. Bush deserved an A+ in marketing when he declared that Jesus was his favorite philosopher. He appeared sincere. That is what sold him to the American people.
Now what do we do? Bush has sold people a false sense of security, a vengeful angry god, a hatred of anything unChristian and the possibility of wars that would rid the world of "evil-doers" and mostly likely a lot of non-evil-doers. Hey I would give him credit for his incredible play acting if it weren't for the fact that we are on the brink of world wide disaster. This man knows not what he does. Seriously. He doesn't have a clue.
But that is our secret. How can we expose him in a way that would make the masses think twice about Bush? How can his facade of being "one of us" be stripped away? Reverse Psychology 101 is how. We can proclaim him to be a genius who knew exactly what was going on in his chain of command from day 1, we can declare that Bush holds all the strings in the White House, we can aver that Bush was absolutely in control on 9/11 and that he personally masterminded the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. Let's allow Bush take all the credit!
How can we start? CNN reported that the torture chambers were flourishing in Iraq under US supervision back on January 21, 2004. Obviously if CNN knew of this, then certainly the president, the commander in chief was fully aware of the situation. I was just being sarcastic.So why would Mr. Bush then declare that he knew nothing about it this week? There's a place to start. Let's call him on the lies and let him take responsibility for the mistakes. Bush is getting away with murder. Literally. Either the masses will surely find him to be incredibly stupid or they may just see him as an evil genius who was caught in a masterful charade.
New Meme: George Bush is a genius.
Memo to Kerry: Dumb down a bit.