You might wonder whether the President of the United States pays any attention to blogs supporting the war effort.
So says N.Z. over at the Victory Caucus, and he’s right! I have often wondered: “Gee, does the president have time in his busy schedule of jogging four hours a day and not reading the newspaper to meet with a bunch of right-wing cranks?” Luckily, it turns out he does. N.Z. and a handful of other milbloggers got to meet with the Commander in Chief yesterday morning, and it turns out he’s got a lot on the ball! Opinion varied as to whether he’s doing a super-duper-great job or merely a super-great job, but one thing’s for sure: he is easily able to convey his awareness that a war is going on! Let’s check out some exciting excerpts from this meeting of the minds.
Above: “I’m gonna have to disagree with you, Matt; I believe
that the president is, in fact, doing a mega-ultra-great job.”
* Bill Ardolino at In DC Journal (who also provides the gangbusters Bush quote of the conference as his headline: “I find it interesting that [I] would be sitting down with bloggers”, surely the most enthusiastic espousal since Krusty the Klown’s “I heartily endorse this event or product”) was pleasantly surprised that the President seems to know things about the war:
I was surprised by Bush’s command of details in Anbar and his recognition of certain problems.
Wow! I would also be surprised that Bush recognized certain problems, as well. But wait, it gets better!
I posed the following question to President Bush: We are fighting hot wars on two major fronts: Iraq and Afghanistan. In both conflicts, there are safe havens fueling the insurgencies in these nations.
Great! That’s not a question, really, but still! (You have to go to Roggio’s site to get to the actual question, which comes after seven sentences of him showing off how smart he is, at which point Bush had probably wandered off to play paddleball.)
* Blackfive seemed to mistakenly believe he was meeting the Rolling Stones:
It was very cool. The President of the United States slapped my hand and called me “brutha”. Top that…Ardolino looked like a freakin’ rock star…I was able to shake Tony Snow’s hand and tell him “You were there when we needed you…” The one thing that he made sure was accomplished in the hour he spent with us was to say “Thanks.” For an hour today, it made it all worth it. He just wanted to say “Thanks, friend.”
Hard-hitting independent journalism, there, Blackfive! Thanking a bunch of sycophants for helping him spread a propaganda message? Mission accomplished indeed!
* Not to be outdone, John at Castle Argghhh took advantage of his one and only meeting with the world’s most powerful man to report this Iraq War shocker:
Barney is one *fine* looking Scotty.
Whoa! Slow down there, big fella; what you’re contemplating is still a crime in all but 20 states.
* By far the best revelations came from Victory Caucasian N.Z. himself, though. Listen to these fascinating tidbits from the mind of our president:
The President told of how his father fought the Japanese, and how he himself had now met with the Japanese Prime Minister in the Oval Office to discuss how Japan and America could work together to help newly forming democracies.
So, his father killed them, and he has meetings with them! That’s progress!
On progress in the war: “Wars don’t go from Point A to Point Z; democracies don’t go from Point A to Point Z.”
I dunno. I think this war went from point A to point Z pretty quickly, myself, but what do I know? If I was smart, I’d have gotten to meet the president.
On the Taliban’s “offensives” in Afghanistan: “When they show up, they are losing.”
So, really, even though we ‘defeated’ them six years ago and they’re still controlling parts of the country and fighting us after we declared victory, it’s okay, because they’re losing! Just look at the historical parallels, what with all those futile German and Japanese attacks we had to endure in 1951.
On Al Qaeda’s leadership: “When you look at the history of the Chief Operating Officer of Al Qaeda [bin Laden's top deputy], you’re not alive or you’re captured.”
Oddly, when you look at the history of the leader of al-Q’aeda, you get kind of a different picture. But you know how it goes, when you’re getting to shake hands with Rush Limbaugh’s old weekend guy and scope out a really hot-looking Scottish terrier, you can forget to ask those kind of trivial questions.
On the challenges of finding democratic leaders to step up in Iraq, he described a conversation including Ambassador Crocker where someone cited the example of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and asked of Iraq, “Where’s Mandela?”. The President said “Crocker said, ‘dead’…[killed by Saddam]…this is a society that’s learning how to be a democracy.”
Now, a casual reading of this paragraph might lead you to think that the president’s ambassador to Iraq thinks that the actual Nelson Mandela is dead and that Saddam Hussein killed him. But read a little deeper and it’s totally more sophisticated than that! What he’s saying is that there was probably once an Iraqi analog to Mandela, and that he can’t step up to advocate democracy because Saddam Hussein had him killed. It is entirely possible that the president himself, however, thinks that Nelson Mandela is dead, seeing as he didn’t want to meet with the guy on his last trip to Africa. But we can always hope that an Iraqi Mandela will someday emerge, so that he can go to jail and Dick Cheney can oppose his release.
On the new Iraqi government’s need to gain the trust of their people: “Does the average cat understand… this is a government for the people?” (yes, the President said “cat”. Groovy.)
Far out! The president totally groks on how the average Iraqi cat can’t get with the whole democracy bag! That’s like, heavy, man!
Responding to one of the bloggers in Iraq he expressed envy that they could be there, and said he’d like to be there but “One, I’m too old to be out there, and two, they would notice me.”
If only he’d had the opportunity to fight for freedom at some point in the past, when he was younger and less recognizable.
Above: “Oh, would that I could have been there!”