Thursday, June 01, 2006

Is It Ethical For The Unethical To Be Proponents Of Ethics? Discuss.

Ok we need a little help here. Please explain this. President Bush goes AWOL during the Viet Nam war and lies about everything from WMD's to the fish he caught. Cheney also dodges the draft during Viet Nam because he had "better things to do," outs an undercover CIA agent, and shoots a guy in the face then makes the guy apologize. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lies to Congress about the NSA wiretapping program. More Republican Congress people come under indictment every day, but it's the troops in Iraq who need training in ethics?

We're confused.

The training over the next 30 days in "core warrior values" would highlight "the importance of adhering to legal, moral and ethical standards on the battlefield," a statement said. "It's beginning to look a little too much like DC over here," said a spokesperson for Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of the Multinational Corps-Iraq. "And we're not just talking about the violence in the streets."

Lieutenant General Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of U.S. combat troops in Iraq, said that of nearly 150,000 U.S.-led troops in the country "99.9 percent of them perform their jobs magnificently" every day. "Can't say that about the Bush administration. And they're not being shot at either." he added.

When asked to explain the apparent contradiction in approaches to illegal, unethical and immoral behavior between the troops in Iraq and the administration in Washington, White House Press Secretary Tony Snowjob said, "It's important that public servants in the government be role models for regular citizens. We are held, rightly so, to a higher standard and we should expect no less of ourselves than...hahahahahahahahaha...oh forget it. Look, bottom line is we just steal money and trample the Constitution. These guys shoot people. Apples and oranges folks, apples and oranges."

President Bush said he was "troubled" by the reports which moved him into sole position of second place on the all time list of most obvious things said by a politician as if they were deep insights. Later Bush confirmed that he was also going for the record in number of times he speaks to voters as if they were two year olds. "It's will be my legacy" he told reporters.

"I'm mindful that there's a thorough investigation going on. If in fact, laws were broken, there will be punishment." Bush said. When asked if he was talking about the soldiers or his administration Bush replied that "If someone in my administration breaks a law, we get Congress to change the law. That's how a democracy works."

Later, in an informal meeting in the press room Bush challenged reporters to "shout out a Democrat's name and I'll give you their cell phone number." Before any names could be shouted out someone said Bill Clinton was at a local MacDonalds and the room quickly cleared. "212.555.7351," Bush said, but it wasn't clear that any reporters had heard him.

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