A BuzzFlash Editorial
August 26, 2002
BuzzFlash Message to America's Veterans: Part III
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
The decision to invade Iraq now comes down to the outcome of a Bush family feud: Bush vs. Bush.
With the publication of a James Baker August 25th New York Times op-ed urging caution on a war with Iraq, nearly all the senior Bush I advisors have weighed in with warnings to Boy Bush, the Vietnam-evading treadmill runner in the White House. James Baker, who is Bush the elder's family consiglieri, wouldn't publicly air a disagreement with the scion of the inbred Bush family unless Papa was orchestrating a very aggressive effort to undercut his son's brainwashing (which could have been done with a Q-tip and a flake of detergent in one stroke) by the Pentagon Defense Advisory Board "Hawk Cult."
you add Colin Powell to the list of Bush I dissenters (now persona
non grata with the Pentagon "Iraq or Bust" Hawk Cult), about
the only Bush I official who hasn't publicly dissented is Bush I himself.
Heck, over the weekend, even Boy Bush's Mid-East Envoy, General Zinni,
warned against the invasion given current circumstances. Zinni even took
a BuzzFlashian swipe at the Hawk Cult: "It's pretty interesting that
all the generals see it the same way," he said, adding, "and
all the others who have never fired a shot and are hot to go to war see
it another way."
In response to Daddy Bush's PR warning (through his Royal Court advisors) to Boy Bush, Karl Machiavelli Rove leaked an item to the Washington Post that the dauphin was enjoying a book entitled "Supreme Command." In an article entitled "Bush's Summer Reading List" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37785-2002Aug19.html), we learn that Boy Bush is allegedly reading this new tome, by a full-fledged member of the Hawk Cult think tank wing. The book's key message is, according to the Post, "the same as Clemenceau's: 'War is too important to be left to the generals.' It is a study about the importance of civilian leadership and its responsibility to probe and harass the military brass, who are chronically full of reservations about any war."
Yes, you read that right: "War is too important to be left to the generals." That fits right in with the Bush/Ashcroft motto: "Justice is too important to be left to the courts." It also fits in with the Boy Bush view on democracy as espoused by an aide commenting on the U.S. efforts to oust the voter-chosen leadership in Venezuela: "Being democratically elected doesn't necessarily bestow legitimacy on a government."
As the Post article noted, "Bush's disclosure of his summer reading seemed deliberate during an interview in which he was otherwise less forthcoming. As the AP reporter noted: 'Spotting a herd of cattle, he [Bush] says simply, 'Bovine.' Minutes pass before he says another word.'" Translation: Karl Rove wants us to believe that Bush believes that America's generals are wavering wimps.
So we have a recovering alcoholic, with a shady business history, who let other young men die in his place in Vietnam, being dictated war policy by a "Vice-President," with a shady business history, who also let other young men die in his place in Vietnam (as he dodged the draft). The "Vice President" is Bush's handler on behalf of the Hawk Cult.
(As long-time BuzzFlash readers know, BuzzFlash has been repeatedly editorializing since the fall of 2000 about the Grand Hypocrisy Party (GHP) ChickenHawks who ran from service in Vietnam, led by Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft and DeLay.)
About the only prominent Republican who fully supports the current Bush strategy of unilateral intervention is Tom "the Exterminator" DeLay. And what is Tom DeLay's military record? There is none, of course. He has made the absurd claim that he went to "volunteer" for service in the military during the late '60's, but all the service positions were taken up by minorities who enlisted to fight in Vietnam.
BuzzFlash is not making this up. See "Of all the ChickenHawks, Tom
DeLay Takes the Cake"
Our military veterans should remember that most of the men who will send our young men and women soldiers to die in Iraq ran the other way when they had the opportunity to serve in Vietnam.
Richard Perle, a prominent figure in the unelected Bush shadow government, has emerged as one of the key administration spokespersons for invading Iraq. He didn't serve either. In fact, Conservative GOP Nebraska Senator and Vietnam Veteran Chuck Hagel suggested, "Maybe Mr. Perle would like to be in the first wave of those who go into Baghdad."
Hagel, urging restraint in attacking Iraq, added, in an interview:
"It is interesting to me that many of those who want to rush this country into war and think it would be so quick and easy don't know anything about war," Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, said in a Newsweek article about a split in the administration over Iraq policy.
come at it from an intellectual perspective versus having sat in jungles
or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off. I try
to speak for those ghosts of the past a little bit."
Perle, who heads the Defense Policy Board (which Time Magazine
calls "The Secret War Council" http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101020826-338628,00.html),
now argues that Bush can't back down from invading Iraq, regardless of
the justification, because he has boasted so much of kicking Saddam's
butt that he would look weak if he didn't go to war. "The tough talk
now demands action, argues arch-hawk Richard Perle, chairman of the Defense
Policy Board, a Pentagon think tank. He responded to [Brent] Scowcroft's
critique by warning, 'The failure to take on Saddam after what the president
[has] said would produce such a collapse of confidence in the president
that it would set back the war on terrorism.'"
So now America's finest men and women in the military must go into battle to protect the John Wayne image of the rich frat boy who spent the Vietnam war drinking, carousing and allegedly using cocaine.
George W. Bush has always relied on Bush I's friends to pull his butt out of the frying pan -- and it's been singed many a time. Now that Daddy's war veteran friends are lined up against the kid who's all hat and no cattle, what is Boy Bush going to do?
Bush's own Mideast envoy, we assume, is one of those generals Bush thinks is a whiner. But we'll side with Zinni, over America's "yellow streak" leadership:
"Zinni took a shot at the hawks, noting their lack of military experience. He ticked off several prominent military men who have expressed reservations about the war: Secretary of State Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gen. Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser under former President Bush; and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of operations in the Persian Gulf War.
And as Senator Hagel, who received a 100% voting rating from the Christian Coalition (so he's no flaming liberal) warned: "If you think you're going to drop the 82nd Airborne on Baghdad and finish the job," said Senator Hagel, a Vietnam war hero, two weeks ago, "I think you've been watching too many John Wayne movies." (New York Times, August 17)
is not good at finishing the job. This guy is not a closer. As Michael
Sherry, a historian at Northwestern University notes: "Every time
bin Laden is mentioned, it's a reminder that they [the Boy Bush advisors]
don't have a clue and it's a reminder that the war on terrorism has become
directionless and not very effective."
Our men and women in the military service can't take political stances or publicly campaign against the ill-advised policies of their "commander in chief," but our veterans can.
Veterans of America, stand up for what you put your lives on the line for. Stand up for America. Stand up for the men and women in today's military. Stand up and demand that the Bush Cartel ChickenHawks, who ran away from combat duty, not determine who shall live and who shall die in our armed forces.
Stand up for those who have fought wars and know the risks of declaring war on behalf of America.
Stand up for the sons and daughters of this great nation -- and their futures.
Veterans of America, we are counting on you.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
to Veterans Part I at http://www.buzzflash.com/editorial/2002/07/23_Burned.html
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