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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

When In Doubt, Use Guilt

Now that Bush is staring at approval ratings in the 30 percent range, he has developed a new tactic to garner support for the "wreck in Iraq:" guilt. That's right, he is now hoping that protesters will no longer turn the people's focus to "what in the hell are we doing in Baghdad," but rather imply that anyone who is against the war opposes the completion of the, now get this, military's mission.

The Peach is not kidding you. Bush is no longer taking responsibility for the fiasco in Iraq-o and asking for Americans to support his decision because he's commander-in-chief. Instead he's applying a method that his mother, Barbara, used on him since he was a snotty little tot.

And finally, instead of attempting to win over all of the American people, which would include Cindy Sheehan, he is now just content to make soldiers' families who, well, support the war anyways happy. At least those are the families he HAS met with.

So when Bush talks about the American people, he's only talking about his constituency. And when he's talking about American sacrifice, he's actually talking about the soldiers who are unfortunately putting their lives on the line at his egomaniacal expense. And when he talks about the war on terror, he's actually creating whatever fictions will keep him afloat.

And every day his strange little world keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Shut Your Pie Hole II

Acting out of desperation, "Little Boots" Bush has again resorted to justifying the "wreck in Iraq" by linking it to the bombings of 9/11. Mimicking a mantra from the eras of McCarthyism and the Vietnam War, Bush stated that "if we do not confront these evil men abroad, we will have to face them one day in our own cities and streets."

Bush's subtle ressurection of the "imminent threat" rationale comes, not suprisingly, at the same time he is attempting to salvage the integrity of his 9/11 country music fest better know as "Freedom Walk." The event came under great scrutiny when its major advertiser, The Washington Post, dropped out because "Freedom Walk" had become too politicized and that the event "ties the attack on Sept. 11 to the Iraq war, and of course, The Post's reporters have proven . . . there is no connection between the two, that that link is false."

Nevertheless, it's obvious that Bush is pushing for other major sponsors to support his self-congratulatory festival. The Peach hopes that other media outlets will just say no to promoting such jingoistic tripe as Clint Black's "I Raq and Roll" and instead maintain a somber rememberance of the victims of 9/11, without the political tie-ins.

Four More Years!

No, that's not the sound of misguided Republicans chanting for the re-election of "Little Boots" Bush. Rather, it is the guesstimate of the Army's top general, Peter Schoomaker, as to how long current levels of Army forces may be kept in Iraq.

"We are now into '07-09' in our planning," Schoomaker said. If this rotation plan comes into being, troops would remain in Iraq beyond Bush's presidential term. What is also noteable about the projected rotation is that the army has abandoned its usual 12 month rotations for the stretched out two year stints.

The Peach would just like to say this about these plans: Mission Accomplished our fuzzy ass.