Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Only Comes Once A Year, But War, That's Forever

Well, another memorial day goes into the books. Parades. Speeches. Bush laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, talked about sacrifice and his head didn't explode proving there is no god and no justice. Must be his flag pin keeps him safe. A lot of air was pushed over a lot of vocal chords by a lot of politicians, but we think TBogg said it best.

We never served in uniform, and that fact right there has made the country safer, still we were interested to hear what the Commander in Chief and the World's Leading War Hero had to say on this day dedicated to those who put their money where other people's mouths were.

OK, so technically Bush never "served in uniform" either. He just sort of wore the thing when his civvies were in the wash, but still he is the president (for another 237 days 13 hours 18 minutes and 47 seconds. But who's counting?) so we suppose he felt the need to say something:
"On this Memorial Day, I stand before you as the commander in chief and try to tell you how proud I am," Bush told an audience of military figures, veterans and their families at Arlington National Cemetery. Of the men and women buried in the hallowed cemetery, he said, "They're an awesome bunch of people and the United States is blessed to have such citizens."
"Awesome?" These people are "awesome?" He's standing in Arlington National Cemetery which contains the remains of people like Generals Dwight Eisenhower, George Marshall and Admiral Chester Nimitz; people like Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Earl Warren; people like Pete Conrad and Gus Grissom; people like John Kennedy. And that doesn't even begin to touch all the people he's managed to add in his seven years as warmonger in chief.

"Awesome" is the best he can come up with? What? Did he just get to level 10 in World of Warcraft or something? Guy's about as eloquent as an empty 55 gallon drum falling down a steel staircase.

So the eloquence bar is set pretty low for the senior senator from the Paleozoic era. What have you got for us senator "real" veteran?
"As we all know, the American people have grown sick and tired of the war in Iraq," McCain told hundreds of veterans and their families gathered for a ceremony honoring U.S. service members killed in conflicts. "I understand that, of course. I, too, have been made sick at heart by the many mistakes made by civilian and military commanders and the terrible price we have paid for them," he added.
OK, so we're all sick of the war, but the thing that gets under McCain's skin are the "mistakes." The war itself? Ah, not so much. Oh, and the veterans of that war? Well, omelet, eggs. You get the picture.

Now, here comes a shocker. People aren't contributing money to McCain's campaign. We know. Go figure. What to do? What to do? How about a fund raiser with a big name republican draw? Yeah. That's the ticket.

Or not.

Looks like the war isn't the only place where mistakes are going to make the senator "sick at heart."

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