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March 30, 2008

An ONYDer Double-Header

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 10:51 pm
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Both of these ONYD quotes occurred a couple weeks ago, but I’m running late on clearing through some of my “I have to comment on that” notes, so I figured rather than roll up my post count, I’d combine them in a two-for-one deal.

On March 13, according to Reuters, President Bush called the Iraq war “romantic”, and said that he “env[ied]” the soldiers serving there.  This from the man who, in the best light, enlisted in the National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam (back in those days, there was a draft, so the National Guard stayed home to…well, guard the nation).  The full quote from Reuters’ article:

“I must say, I’m a little envious,” Bush said. “If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.”

“It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You’re really making history, and thanks,” Bush said.

A couple weeks later, in an interview with Martha Radditz, the same interviewer to whom he uttered his previous ONYDer, Vice-President Cheney told us who the true victim in the whole Iraq mess was:

“The president carries the biggest burden, obviously…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.”

Cheney also makes reference to the fact that many of the brave men and women who are currently serving in the military signed up in a surge of patriotism following 9/11, an interesting statement which, while factual (enlistments did increase after the terrorist attacks), once again draws the false tie between Iraq and 9/11 that the administration so loves, and totally ignores the fact that many of them are being forced to stay on in Iraq or Afghanistan, or return there following the end of their originally agreed upon enlistment period due to the military’s “stop loss” policy.

And that doesn’t even include the folks who joined the National Guard (as Bush did in the 60s) to defend the country, only to find themselves fighting abroad (as Bush didn’t), and forced to stay there after their enlistment. Be honest. Prior to Iraq, did anyone really associate the National Guard with armed combat overseas?

But at least they’re living the romance.

The 300 Project: 17/58

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