Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Dick Cheney: Another Day, Another War


With every horrid major development of these last 6 years, when you dig down deep enough past the silly layers of President Bush's intellect, and the demonic meddling of Karl Rove, your shovel eventually hits something large and round. It is the plump bottom of Dick Cheney. He usually covers his ass with both arms, and the loving arms of people like Donald Rumsfeld or in the recent case of the Israel-Lebanon War - the willing arms of Prime Minister Olmert, but if you pry with your shovel, the truth is eventually exposed. In this case the truth is that the recent war between Lebanon and Israel was another one of Cheney's ideas, and it's part of a bigger plan that should unfold later this year. As with Iraq, the latest Cheney scheme didn't go as hoped, so he will distance himself and retreat to his undisclosed lair deep underground, where he will continue plotting his next move. Many feel that is Iran. For now it's time to spin what just happened, from the people who've been telling us how great things are in Bagdhad. Of course, President Bush gushed about Israel's shining victory over Hezbollah, but he forgot to spin that to the people of Israel, who are in the blame game stage. When this is completed some believe this unproductive and damaging misadventure could cost the Prime Minister of Israel his job. It's a quaint practise - they hold their leaders accountable for miscalculations and failure over there. Naturally, President Bush was quick to offer a reason why Hezbollah received support from Iran. It was "in the hope of stopping democracy from taking hold." This might sell to the right-wing supporters here in America who will buy anything, but I guarantee you to the rest of the world, that is a laugh line. Too bad President Bush has no clue how funny he's being. One problem the United States is having in the world is that our designated bad guys like Syria's President Assad are also commenting on the situation. Assad said about Bush, "This is an administration that adopts the principle of pre-emptive war that is absolutely contradictory to the principle of peace. Consequently, we don't expect peace soon or in the foreseeable future." One of the reasons we're losing the battle of PR in the world is that their guys sound much more in touch with reality than our guys. But no matter. Dick Cheney dusts himself off after another flawed and counterproductive misstep, and begins to plot anew. After the Fall elections, President Bush will be completely irrelevant and the rush to complete Cheney's disturbing stamp on the world will go into another gear. In the quiet conference rooms of power, the twisted mouth will belch forth the next salvo of death and destruction. There are only two years left. He must hurry. Then, when the next war plan is in place, Cheney will descend down to the bottom of the swamp in his lair, where once more his pudgy arms will assume their favorite position over his massive bottom. As he's done ever since the morning of 9/11 when he ran war games that confused our air defenses, and ordered them to stand down rather than respond to a threat to Washington, the wretched plots will go on. Great military might will be unleashed in yet another of our Vice President's violent crimes, and it will be time for Dick Cheney to do what he does best: Cover his ass once again.

13 Comments:

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous butch said...

Um....so it was Cheney firing rockets at Israel's civilian population from Lebanon?

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

No, that would mean Cheney was in a combat zone. He avoids those.

 
At 1:55 PM, Anonymous butch said...

And you don't?

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Oh, I definitely avoid war. I was in the Middle East during the 6 Day war and that was unpleasant enough.

 
At 4:23 PM, Anonymous butch said...

Were you really? Wow, that must have been some experience.


I go to the Civil War every other year.

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger QuidProQuo said...

Butch,
As another one of your presumed heros would say, "My goodness!" Bill shares that he experienced at least some level of what its like to be in a real war zone and you sarcastically counter with mention of your visits to staged Civil War reenactments. What real war experience have you had, Butch? I mean, you seem such an advocate for war.

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger QuidProQuo said...

The presumed hero, by the way, would be Donald Rumsfeld. ("My goodness" was the interjection he used to preface his lame response to Hilary Clinton's accurate accusations about mismanagement of the Iraq war.

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

Anyone who has actually been involved up close in a shooting war, where buddies are being killed within an arm's reach, and seen their blood on the ground you are about to step onto, does not advocate war. They avoid it, and do what they can to be sure their family and friends never have to experience what they have experienced.

Only chickenhawks and fools push for war. Yes, there are times when it is unavoidable, but they are few, and they are obvious at the time. You can tell when a war is needed quite easily -- everyone is for it. Can you say that about Iraq?

Colin Powell saw war up close, and he was not in favor of starting a new one. Alas, he either sold out or was compromised in some way. Either way, he was booted from the Bush camp (along with the rest of the military folk who thought this venture was unwise).

The Butch character seems to like war. Someone please send him over there.

 
At 10:39 PM, Blogger QuidProQuo said...

Here, here, Larelhurstdad. Butch -- good news -- I read that they've just raised the enlistment age to 42. Go for it.

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I should clear this up. I was in the Middle East for the 6 Day War, and the people of Saudi Arabia and elsewhere could not believe Israel could win so easily. They were convinced America helped Israel, and there was a rioting backlash in Arabia, where I was. All the American school kids were put in the school gymnasium and it was surrounded for protection by the Saudi army. On the way in I could see black smoke from burning vehicles, and I was scared. My Mom drove down to the gymnasium and she told me she had always heard when you get scared your mouth goes dry, and that day it happened. I was slightly embarrassed to see her there, but grateful. This was the only incident in my years in Arabia that seemed anti-American. It was a momentary vent after a bitter defeat and some words by Nassar that incited the locals to storm the town and burn a few cars. It wasn't a big deal but you didn't know that at the time. I was scared. Seeing the troops surround the gym was unusual.
The difference between me and Cheney is that we are both against getting involved personally in wars, but he has sent young people to die, after avoiding that chance himself.

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger QuidProQuo said...

Bill,
Thanks for the honest account of your wartime experience. Not the same as being an actual combatant but probably close to what both civilian Lebanese and Israelis have felt in the recent conflict. And, I'd guess, you didn't have to pay an admission fee as Butch has for his Civil War experiences. Butch, tell us more about the Civil War and your experience in one of the armed forces.

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous butch said...

Lighten up quidproquo. I was expressing honest admiration for Bill's experience in Israel. And my comment - which was referring to the annual OSU/UO football game, not war reenactments - was my way of poking fun at my own lack of any sort of military experience.

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous butch said...

Oh, and another thing, if you're one of those "you've never served in the military so you have no right to favor the war" people, then shut the hell up about Bush unless you've ever been elected President.

 

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