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Friday, June 01, 2007

George the Mad

There are a lot of ways to put this. Crazier than a cork anchor, squirrellier than a walnut grove, not firing on all cylinders, just one oar in the water. But, of course, the correct diagnostic term is 'nuttier than a cheese log.'

Dallas Morning News, via Think Progress:

But by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated "I am the president!" He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of "our country's destiny."



How comforting. The president, it seems, is twisted as a corkscrew. And about as smart -- does he even know what 'destiny' means? Here's a hint, Mr. President: it's not something you can 'get out of.'

On the bright side, I've been right all along. It's more of a comfort to me than to you, but there ya go. Bush is planning on staying in Iraq until time stops. The bright side for you is that Bush is trying to outsmart his unknown successor and he's a guy who couldn't outsmart a beartrap. That'll go about as well as every other damned plan he's had so far. This is a man who could go skydiving and get lost on his way to the ground. He was once defeated in a fair fight by a pretzel.

And (thanks again to TP), this isn't the first time Bush has had a serious meltdown.

The Nelson Report:

[S]ome big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their friend in the White House. The story goes that they got out exactly one question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of The President in an extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he's doing things would be OK... etc., etc. This is called a "bunker mentality" and it's not attractive when a friend does it. When the friend is the President of the United States, it can be downright dangerous. Apparently the Texas friends were suitably appalled, hence the story now in circulation.


The good news here... Well, to tell the truth, there is no good news here. This is what congressional Democrats caved in to -- a madman's vision of a country at eternal war. Or, at least fifty years or so of war.

Reuters:

President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.

The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.


Iraqis aren't going to go for that. Polls show they want us out first thing yesterday. After all, it's our presence that's screwing things up there -- all the nuts want us gone, too. If you actually wanted endless war, this would be the way to go about it. The violence is reactive.

Here at home, a Gallup poll recently asked people. "If you had 15 minutes with President Bush in the Oval Office what would you tell him to do about Iraq?" Not surprisingly, most said they "would urgently urge him to focus on getting out of Iraq, with the highest number (nearly 4 in 10) agreeing with the wish to simply 'pull the troops out/end it' and others backing other exit ideas." You know, in a freakin' democracy with a president who sees himself as a public servant, that'd be enough.

But Bush doesn't think this is a democracy. In fact, he's been awfully busy dismantling american democracy between lunatic rants behind closed doors. In Bush's America, people elect kings and the rule of law -- not to mention Congress -- is irrelevant. If Bush had paid attention during history class, he might echo Louis XIV and tell us, "I am the state!" not, "I am the president!"

There's so damned much we could impeach Bush for. I guess there's no provision for impeaching on the grounds that the executive is insane because there doesn't have to be. What crazy president wouldn't commit crimes? Hell, we've got crimes piling up around our ears. Bush spends as much time insisting that this Bushie or that isn't a criminal as he does with his Hitler in the bunker imitations.

If Bush has finally gone all Caligula on us, then what person in their right mind would argue that it wouldn't be a good idea to get rid of him?

--Wisco

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