Never mind the irony that Bush has stated on multiple occasions that he regrets the whole “Mission Accomplished” thing, of course. On his watch, nearly 3000 died in the worst terrorist attack in American history. In response, he turned around and invaded a country that had nothing to do with it, resulting in even more American lives lost, tens of thousands wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars spent…and nearly 6 years later, we’re still there. But we’re supposed to thank him, because the batshit crazy cave-dwellers haven’t managed to pull off another stunt with knives and flying lessons? They’re saying that not allowing the same mistakes and oversights to happen again is cause for some sort of praise, and willfully ignoring the fact that the battle was being waged well before 9/11, and making the assumption that those of us that hadn’t died horrifying deaths would be living under bin Laden’s rule if it wasn’t for the protective blanket provided by Papa Bush. I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it.
Well, if one admits that it’s a cop-out for unconditionally supporting the guy all these years, then maybe I get it.
Anyway, if you click the image, you’ll see also that the site’s founders make the claim that “the president’s Number One Mission is to protect our nation” (bold in original). But as we saw yesterday, the oath requires the president to swear to “preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States”. Much has been made of the conflict between the two principles during Bush’s eight years in office, certainly, and I would assume that the ultimate goal would be to avoid sacrificing one for the sake of the other. So how did Bush do with regard to the actual oath? Pretty poorly, it would seem.
So go ahead and thank him, if you wish. You’re just a couple clicks away. Give him the ol’ A for effort. For myself, I think instead I’ll wait see if Obama is capable of cleaning up the mess first.
Exit thought: That image of Bush has always spooked me. Is it a gay lover look? A Manson-esque stare? The failed televangelist? I’m not sure, but I’d take his ridiculous eyebrow-contorting phony smirks any day of the week over that crazy mugshot.