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Lip Service

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2008 3:46 AM

4,000 American casualties later, here's the wisdom of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

"I have vowed in the past, and I will vow so long as I'm president, to make sure that those lives were not lost in vain - that, in fact, there is an outcome that will merit the sacrifice," Bush said.

Considering that we neither have a mission or a strategy (other than 'stay the course'), we can expect this 'outcome' to be a load of hooey.

"The president carries the biggest burden, obviously," Cheney said. "He's the one who has to make the decision to commit young Americans, but we are fortunate to have a group of men and women, the all-volunteer force, who voluntarily put on the uniform and go in harm's way for the rest of us."

4,000 casualties should never be a validation of service or twisted into a testimonial for our mistakes. Casualties speak to the failures of leadership - not only strategically, but in a practical sense, for not only failing to provide our troops with the armor and equipment necessary for their safety, but saddling them with extended and multiple deployments (in some cases, going back on our word to them).

Note, especially, that it's always someone else's fault. The Democrats. The liberals. The media. The Iraqis. The insurgents. Al-Qaeda. Iran.

It never starts with The Decider.


Hillary Clinton is now saying she 'misspoke' in regards to her harrowing adventures in Bosnia, overemphasizing the dangers in order to highlight her 'executive branch' experience.

Clinton says it's a 'minor blip' among the 'millions of words' she speaks everyday on the campaign trail.


This has nothing to do with politics. It's just cool.

It's a paper Enigma machine.



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