9/19/2005

Daily Kos: The Spineless President

Killer diary but my favorite quotes were the last 2 paragraphs -- law

The White House carted in generators to light the president and his backdrop.. Trouble was, they forgot to run an electricity cord to the clock in the tower behind Bush. All through his speech the clock stood where it stopped when electricity to the city was interrupted. Still does. 6:38 the clock says.

What better image of the failings of the Bush presidency? They throw all kinds of resources at the moment, but nothing actually happens, nothing actually gets going. Only the presidential photo-op takes place ..




The Spineless President
by SteinL

the president likes to see himself, as the man in charge. Yet we've seen repeated evidence that he is not in charge. Positions he states are immovable suddenly shift, once Cheney and his cronies get to explain things to him.
Or when his pollsters sense a shift in public opinion.
Bush, who would never nationbuild and never use the US military to engage in dangerous adventures in foreign lands - did exactly that, once he became president.

Bush is gutless. He has no vision. He lacks the skills and abilities to create positive change.
We term politicians visionary when their goals and ambitions turn into action and tangible progress. They are delusional when everything they state they will do crumbles into dust, or ends in calamity...

Trouble is, he's always AWOL when it comes to the crunch.
And then he wants others to sort things out for him. The reason no one is made accountable in the Bush presidency is because his officials aren't working for him, he is their prop, and they are doing what they damn well please. Rumsfeld would have been given a gun and been told to shoot himself in any other nation by now - he's still there, ruining the military and the reputation of the U.S. abroad.

A man who manages to write two conditionals, "I think" and "I may", as well as wondering whether he could possibly go to the bathroom, in a short note to his Secretary of State - is not in command, he is being commanded.

He didn't go to Vietnam, and his administration has spent more time trying to bury the truth of TANG than it ever spent on Homeland Security after 9/11. Rather than take charge of his destiny, back when he was with the TANG, he tried to shirk his duty and has lied about it since.

And that's the truth about Bush - the shirker of duty. That's why we have these record-length vacations. He really doesn't want the responsibilities of the job he applied for, just the perks. He's deeply uncomfortable with the duties and responsibilities of his office, which is why he is so disengaged.

There is no "there" there with this man. Nothing solid, nothing that a nation can build upon and believe in. Everything is spun and twisted and turned upside-down.

He was famously braindead for seven minutes, following the second plane crashing into the WTC - and then he went hop-scotch around the nation on AF-ONE. He was not in command, never was. Turns out you can't run a nation on the basis of a brief Bullhorn-moment - there has to be some substance, not just the luck of the occasion.

He allowed Bin Laden to get away at Tora Bora (and again his people spent a lot of time lying to the American voters about that, before last year's elections).

He went into Iraq, without a plan, without a clue and without a mission - other than thinking it would be like taking candy (oil) from a kid, "'cause the U.S. got all this military might, see."

And once things went south in Iraq, he lost the courage to be a War President, through both the good and the bad. Churchill, whom he likes to compare himself to (or his speech writers) led through both the good and the bad. Bush only wants the good.

Sure, once Baghdad "fell", Bush could pull his Mission Accomplished carrier strut - but when the truth of Iraq became apparent, he tried to pretend there were no deaths, imposed a ban on showing the coffins of returning soldiers killed in action, restricted access to military hospitals for the press and allowed his officials to lie and lie about the true state of the war in Iraq.
And still the soldiers go without necessary armor. Churchill would have seen to it that they had the armor they needed, the moment the problem was apparent.

They lied about Abu Ghraib. They lied about Guantanamo. They lied about the weapons used against civilians in Iraq. They lied about the treasure of Iraq, and how it was stolen, by the CPA and its cronies. They lied about the Weapons of Mass Destruction.

And they kept on lying and conniving.

A small plane approaches Washinton D.C. The capitol and White House are evacuated. No one tells the president, because the president isn't in command, Cheney is. Cheney is told. Cheney is brought to safety. Bush is out on his bike.

Then Katrina comes.
And Cheney may either have been told to stay out of the picture (there are rumors of a falling-out following the Washington D.C. incident) or else there was some "minor surgery" that Cheney had to undergo and that can explain his absence.

Bush's handlers were gone - he was on an extended bathroom break, so to speak. Had no one to turn to for instructions, and chose to stick with the plan, while New Orleans and Mississippi drowned. Bush with a cake. Bush taking credit for the end of the war against Japan. Bush with the guitar...

The White House carted in generators to light the president and his backdrop, to stagecraft a comeback for their necessary prop. Trouble was, they forgot to run an electricity cord to the clock in the tower behind Bush. All through his speech the clock stood where it stopped when electricity to the city was interrupted. Still does. 6:38 the clock says.

What better image of the failings of the Bush presidency? They throw all kinds of resources at the moment, but nothing actually happens, nothing actually gets going. Only the presidential photo-op takes place - but there is no "there" there - just a lot of noise in the foreground, as the treasury is being looted, the planet is raped and soldiers and civilians die, to carry out the delusions of a clueless and adrift presidency.



Daily Kos: The Spineless President

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