Did anybody else catch President Bush's speech to the American Legion this morning?
He had a difficult time, even for him, putting words together today. He seemed kind of extra hyped up, too. He tried to play it off, cracking jokes
about problems with education and learning, but it was really glaring to me what a hard time he had speaking this morning.
He admitted responsibility for putting our troops in harm's way to fight his WOT, which I appreciate. He then tried to do some damage control on the
Walter Reed fiasco, claiming he had made the biggest allocation in history for the VA, and promising to fix the problems in the hospital system. Too
little, too late, imo. He went on to say he was appointing a bi-partisan presidential committee to review the entire system. Again imo, nothing short
of an independent commission is called for to investigate the glaring, ongoing lapses in care for our veterans in the current system.
Then he went right into talking about 9/11 again, saying 9/11, 9/11 again and again. Then on to some sinister comments about expecting Al-Qaeda to
mount spectacular attacks to derail his Iraq surge.
Expect 'spectacular' al-Qaida attacks
Bush offered his assessment in a speech before the American Legion. "We can expect al-Qaida and other extremists to try to derail this strategy by
launching spectacular attacks," he said.
Then he got to the real point of his speech; additional funding for his troop surge.
He pushed Democrats in Congress to approve his latest spending request for the Iraq war without any limitations.
He kept squinting and darting his eyes back and forth over the crowd, too, like he was looking for hecklers or expecting an IED to go off or
something. I imagine in the wake of the bombing at the bookstore in Baghdad yesterday, with 38 dead and 105 wounded, followed by the loss of 9 more US
soldiers today, on top of the Walter Reed fiasco, a speech to veterans might be anticipated as a hard sell. Oh, and this just in: 93 Shiite pilgrims
killed by two suicide bombers near Karbala. Spectacular enough for you?
All together, it wasn't pretty. I have a hard time listening to the man anymore, even when he is speaking clearly. I can understand his discomfiture,
though. He must be wondering when the some of the people he is fooling all of the time are finally going to catch on. It shouldn't be long now. Were
they laughing with him or at him?
What a sad, sorry state of affairs this President has gotten this beautiful country of ours into. It is sad for me that I can't support him or his
administration or any of its warmongering policies.