Why I Don't Like Dick Cheney, Part 1139-B
I do pretty well controlling the rage and sorrow I feel about the Iraq War, but every now and then, something sets me off and I shed a tear or feel some intense anger. The former happened during a report on the Imus show when an NBC reporter described being in a military hospital in Baghdad watching badly wounded American soldiers stream in.
The detail that got me was a new class of injury. Apparently it is not uncommon to have soldiers show up who have been wounded for the 5th time by an IED. 5 different times the vehicle they've been in has been hit with an explosion hurting them badly enough to need hospital treatment.
The medical people are starting to see an accumulative effect like a football player who has suffered too many concussions. We have a new long-term mental condition from these repeated exposures to the shock waves of a roadside bomb. The report was set over MSNBC video of freshly wounded soldiers in pain in the Baghdad hospital, and it got me.
As far as the rage goes, nothing sets me off more than Mr Deferment himself - our phony, tough-guy Vice President. Imus is 100% right when he speculates how our people would face being hanged. Would they show as much courage as Saddam? Imus thinks Rumsfeld would but Cheney would curl up like a sobbing, trembling little baby and I think he's right. Dick Cheney is the worst kind of mean - a cowardly bully who feels a greater sense of personal importance from getting other people hurt.
The recent detail that got me was some evidence in the Scooter Libby trial. Scooter was concerned he was being set up so he complained to Cheney. The Vice President made the following note: "Not going to protect one staff [and] sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder because of the incompetence of others."
No, Dick, it is not Scooter or any of your colleagues at the White House who've been asked to stick their heads in a meat grinder. That fate has been assigned to our soldiers in Iraq, and it is their flesh that is literally being ground up in this insane war. And the phrase "because of the incompetence of others" should have a familiar ring to it, because it was your incompetence and need to be a phony-macho, chicken hawk that got these young people's limbs blown off. Yes, the Iraq war is a meat grinder, but you don't have to fear. Your plump pale body is back in Washington, safe from the carnage.