WARNING: The following post may not be appropriate for bears of little brain, terror-mongers and Republicans. But I repeat myself.
It is something of a family joke that I used to tell my children, “You know, it’s not right to label people. In particular, it’s wrong to label someone a
a**hole bad person. Let’s try this. Let’s just say that SOandSO is exhibiting a**hole bad person-like behavior, okay?”
I just sneaked a peek at Huffington Post and what I saw there prompts me to say that Richard Bruce Cheney is a card-carrying
a**hole bad person. Actually, a a**hole bad person exhibiting a**hole-like bad person-like behavior.
What now? Well, on ABC News today, the Grim Veeper lobbed a couple of gems for our consideration.
Asked what impact 4,000 dead Americans in Iraq might have on the U.S., Cheney (who seems to favor his view of the obvious), said:
”It obviously brings home I think for a lot of people the cost that’s involved in the global war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan….It places a special burden obviously on the families….The President carries the biggest burden, obviously.”
Are ya messing with our minds, Dick? Again? Already? Still? “The President carries the biggest burden, obviously.” I am totally gobsmacked by this full-frontal arrogant insult on our troops and their families. The man who tap dances while Baghdad burns carries the biggest burden (obviously)? Right. Hang on a minute while I wrap my head around that one, okay?
Meanwhile, Bush’s Vice Brain reminds us that the women and men fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan volunteered to do so. That they're happy to be doing what they're doing. Protecting our country. And in the beginning, that's probably what they believed they were doing. The Big Lie that would cost them their lives was not yet visible. They marched to their deaths to protect George W. Bush’s fortune, his cronies and his pathological need to prove to Poppy that his boy-child was a manly man after all.
George’s war has nothing whatsoever to do with defending this country. Never did, as Cheney knows full well. Might get that way, given the level of contempt for the United States generated by (class?) George W. Bush and his Republican attendants.
And then he said, did Dick, that the candidates who are pressing for us to pull out of Iraq are “seriously misguided,” whereas John “War Forever!” McCain is presumably seriously guided.
Speaking from his impenetrable bunker, Richard Bruce Cheney snarled that the men and women he speaks to in Iraq are committed to the war. They love the bleeding and dying thing. Well, duh! Did Cheney think for one single minute they’d do anything but ferret out those who'd be willing to make nice for him?
Read today’s New York Times, Dick. Read this excerpt from Sgt. Ryan Woods’ journal.
it is fighting extreme boredom with the lingering thought in the forefront of your mind that any minute on this patrol could be my last endeavour, only highlighted by times of such extreme terror and an adrenaline rush that no drug can touch. what [expletive] circumstances thinking “that should’ve been me” or “it could’ve been me”. wondering it that pile of trash will suddenly explode killing you or worse one of your beloved comrads...only backed by the past thoughts and experiences of really losing friends of yours and not feeling completely hopeless that it was all for nothing because all in all, you know the final outcome of this war. it is walking on that thin line between sanity and insanity. that feeling of total abandonment by a government and a country you used to love because politics are fighting this war......and its a losing battle....and we’re the ones ultimently paying the price.
And then this:
Not many soldiers leave behind a just-in-case letter. Specialist Daniel Gomez did. He handed Ms. Broom an envelope at the airport with the words, “Don’t read unless something happens to me.”
On July 18, 2007, two months after his leave, Specialist Gomez died in Adhamiya when the Bradley fighting vehicle he was in struck a roadside bomb. The explosion and flames also killed three other soldiers.
Ms. Broom waited three days after she got word to open the letter. She sat alone in the couple’s favorite spot, her apartment balcony.
“I was very thankful that he wrote it,” she said of the letter. “I have opened and closed it so many times, I’m surprised it hasn’t fallen apart.”
Hey baby. If you’re reading this, then something has happen to me and I am sorry. I promised you I would come back to you, but I guess it was a promise I could not keep. You know I never believe in writing “death letters.” I knew if I left one for my folks it would scare them. Then I met you. We were supposed to meet, darling. I needed someone to make me smile, someone that was an old romantic like I was. I was going through a very rough time in Iraq and I was startin to doubt my mental state. Then one day after a patrol, I go to my facebook and there you were...
I can’t stop crying while I writing this letter, but I have to talk to you one last time, because maybe the last time I heard your voice I did not know it would be the last time I heard your voice....
I Love You. Go be happy, go raise a family. Teach your kids right from wrong, and have faith, darling. I think I knew I loved you even before I met. I love you, Katy. * Kiss * Goodbye
Life interrupted. Must be hardest of all on George W. Bush. Obviously.