Thursday, August 04, 2005

Bin Laden......Sounds familiar

Bin Laden.....Sounds Familiar
Note to Self - Check It Out After Vacation

As President Bush launched the longest vacation in presidential history, except perhaps for Reagan's entire second term, he managed to make a complete fool of himself. Bush started his vacation on a day when 14 American soldiers were killed in Iraq by the "last throes" of the insurgency.

In response to that attack, Bush vowed, "we will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq.''

He failed to mention plans already in progress to begin pulling US troops out of Iraq in time for the 2006 mid-term elections (in the US). Apparently, a momentary lapse of memory which is pretty common in alcoholics.

One day later, the man who is second in command of al-Queda (you remember them, they were responsible for the 9/11 attacks, not Iraq), Ayman al-Zawahri, speaking for his boss, Osama bin Laden (remember him) went on the verbal offensive.

"He said bin Laden had offered a truce to Western countries asking them to pull out their armies from Iraq and Afghanistan in order to live in peace.

"To the people of the crusader coalition ... our blessed Shaikh Osama has offered you a truce so that you leave Muslim land. As he said, you will not dream of security until we live it as a reality in Palestine, and until all your infidel armies leave Prophet Mohammad's lands," he said.
"Our message to you is clear, strong, and final: There will be no salvation until you withdraw from our land, stop stealing our oil and resources, and end support for corrupt rulers," al-Zawahri added."

President Bush said he would look into the matter as soon as he finished clearing some brush and falling off his mountain bike.

President Bush made it clear that, despite what senior aides and military leaders had been saying about the "global struggle against violent extremism," he was still at war with the bad guys. Still in the "bring em' on" stage of his arrested development.

"Make no mistake about it, we are at war," he told a group of Texan legislators in a speech that used the phrase "war on terror" five times. "We're at war with an enemy that attacked us on September 11, 2001. We're at war against an enemy that since that day has continued to kill."

Three of Mr Bush's most trusted aides, Gen Richard Myers, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, and Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser, have all recently suggested that the word "war" was an over-simplification."

The terrorists that planned and executed 9/11 are still at large. With clear warning placed before him in 2001, Bush vacationed. Now, with Iraq plunging into chaos, Bush - the War President - - - vacations.

There is a lot to be said for consistency.