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Posted By: Amos
28-Jan-05 - 11:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration

And to top it off, the last piece of masterful research and report for this thread is from Yale University, his old Skull and Bones stomping ground:

Bush's lip service to liberty isn't serving anyone

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There was something nauseatingly depressing about George Bush's second inauguration -- and not just because it was George Bush's second inauguration. His face a studied mask of optimistic determination, our president looked into the cameras squarely and vowed, as he has vowed so many times before and as so many past presidents have vowed before him, to fight tyranny and champion liberty. The United States will use its influence to back democracy everywhere with the "ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world," he said during a 20-minute speech in which he used the words "liberty" or "freedom" a total of 42 times. The assembled audience of Washingtonians, eager to get started on their weekend of schmoozing, clapped politely.

I'm glad to know that the president really, really supports freedom. I do, too. Now that Bush has been safely re-elected and never has to run for another office in his life, however, I was naively hoping that he would drop his folksy platitudes for an hour, seize the national microphone and give the country some idea of how he intends to make the world safe for democracy. Because so far, his master plan seems to be blowing other countries up.

This is not idle sarcasm. To those few, those happy few, Republican Yalies currently salivating over the prospect of four more years, I would ask one simple question: Can you explain what our president's foreign policy strategy is? Let us set aside, for the moment, the wisdom of invading Iraq. Even supposing that somehow, miraculously, a stable democracy does manage to crystallize in that country, surely we can all agree that the strategy is not repeatable. The Iraq mission, when all is said and done, will cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars, thousands of American lives and will tie down vast portions of our military for years to come. With the United States already facing its largest deficit in history and with army recruitment at a dangerously low level, no serious politician can talk with a straight face about America undertaking another large-scale military venture in the foreseeable future.

Well, thanks, boys and girls. It has been fun, I must admit, and I have really enjoyed being baited by the rednecks in these parts, accused of loose screws and obsessive compulsive what-nots.

IF he acts up again, you can be sure I will let you know. :D