Wankee Hotel Foxtrot

See if you can spot the irony here:

WASHINGTON – A sharply divided House voted Friday to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq next year, but the president reiterated his vow to veto the bill, saying the House had “abdicated its responsibility.â€?

Bush appeared at the White House alongside veterans and family members of troops to accuse Democrats of staging nothing more than “political theater” that delays the delivery of resources to soldiers fighting in Iraq. If the spending bill is not approved and signed into law by April 15, Bush said troops and their families “will face significant disruptions.â€?

So, Bush uses vets and military families as political props and then accuses his opponents of engaging in political theatre. The mind, she be a-reelin’.

What a bloody knob.


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Poor Fratboy. He never understood that the only reason the whole PR-driven Bullhorn/Flight Suit/Troops-as-props bit worked in the first place was because they wanted to believe that their president wasn’t a clueless dipshit.


Come now, Brad. Those veterans weren’t there for political purposes. They were there to remind us that the Republicans we need victory in Iraq. Victory that will come only by doing exactly what the president says without questioning him. This isn’t politics as usual, not with a clusterf*ck of a legacy victory on the line.


Bush said troops and their families “will face significant disruptions.�

Disruptions like being separated for unreasonably long periods of time, until someone loses a leg in and IED explosion and has to sit in their own urine at a hospital watching black mold crawl up the wall, all the while anticipating the outrageous bill the Pentagon’s fixin’ to stick them with?

Or does he mean that if he vetoes it the war will run out of money? ‘Cos that would be super sad.


When the president does it, that means that it is not theatrical.


There’s no audio; can anyone confirm or deny that he said “THEE-ate-her”?


What always bugs the shit out of me about George’s kabuki is the fact the little shit behaves as if WMDs were actually found in Iraq.


The people have caught on, george. The jig is up. You are throwing lives and resources down a rathole for no return except to your extremist ideology, and the people have had it. The military has had it. Your party is sticking by you, for reasons I cannot fathom other than they have made a poor political calculation, and sure, you can hang on, railing petulantly against the your constituency, but just as the record labels shot themselves in the foot suing their own customers, you will find that you and your party will pay a very dear price for your ideology…



Pot Kettle Black:

It’s become so obvious
he is so oblivious to himself


Lawnguylander – very, very, very nice. From one Wilco fan to another. Cheers!


George is never going to believe that he’s being held responsible for the hideous results of his actions.

It’s never happened to him, so not only does he not know what it feels or looks like to actually display that vaunted Personal Responsibility, he doesn’t have the first clue how to act when it’s happening.

And, like any asshole in over his head in unfamiliar territory, he will just go on pretending it’s not happening, by saying, over and over again, that it’s something different.

It’s disgusting, and more than a bit painful, to watch.


Yep, mikey, and the latest long-term analysis from Pew Research backs you up. (Long story short: 2006 was not a fluke and the Rs are cratering both in terms of party-ID and position on key issues).

Politically, the GOP is just now taking the first few bites of what is likely to be a generation-long shit sandwich. I hope they chew slowly and savor every fucking bite.

Smiling Mortician

About “disruptions” — what Betty said. [And hey, Betty, nice new moniker!]

but the president reiterated his vow to veto the bill, saying the House had “abdicated its responsibility.�

So apparently the house has abdicated its responsibility to . . . um . . . not pass any legislation. Yeah, that’s it.

Politically, the GOP is just now taking the first few bites of what is likely to be a generation-long shit sandwich. I hope they chew slowly and savor every fucking bite.

From your mouth (eww, sorry) to Smedley’s ear, kingubu.


So unless Georgie-porgie gets exactly what he wants, which is unlimited funding for the war with no congressional oversight whatsoever, he’ll veto the war appropriations. Therefore, it will be the Democrats’ fault that the war effort is disrupted. Right.

I heard Dear Leader’s “political theater” line on the radio while I was at work. Does he really think that’s gonna fly? Because last I heard passing funding bills was the House’s fucking job. Bush undoubtedly considers all aspects of governance as theater, now that I think about it.


According to Ablog, Bushs’ use of uniformed troops as stage props is definately illegal. Just one more reason for Congress to be asking questions of people under oath.


Shorter Bush-Kidnapped Veteran’s Families:

I demand that daddy stay in Iraq forever, or else I’ll blame the Democrats.


I think his demeanor missed.

Random Observer

Everything to him these days is “political” or “partisan”, that’s all he has left to lean on.


Thanks Brad and slainte to you. Hope you enjoy this. It’s oddly touching.


When the president does it, that means that it is not theatrical.

Well, when it comes to Dubya, he (or more correctly his handlers) may have been trying for theatrical, but it was sadder than a half-drunk uncle doing karaoke at a wedding nobody wanted to invite him to in the first place. Preznident Pissypants seems to have developed a permanent pout, and his “I don’t want to be here, and I despise you all for a bunch of suckers” body language is getting more blatant at every appearance. It would be entertaining, in a gruesome way, to think about the possibility of him having a grand meltdown on camera — if only to see how the MSM fluffers coped with the spectacle — but Pissypants hasn’t got even that much interest in the job of preznidentin’. One of these days he’ll just refuse to leave his bed, or more likely his bicycle trail, and his puppetmasters will be left to spin his absence as best they can. (Probably by insinuating that the Dems had him poisoned, if Karl Rove is still in the building.)

Qetesh the Shaved Abyssinian

Hey, owlbear1, don’t diss kabuki by assocating it with Georgie’s petulant whining! I’ll have you know kabuki is an old and difficult tradition of performance, which requires skill, perserverance, and talent. None of which Witless Boy has. It’s also governed by many stringent rules, which clearly Georgie Boy is not. Or thinks he’s not.

If you must slam his performance by likening it to something, stick it to vaudeville: that relies of the ignorance of its audience and lots of tit and bum jokes. I’m sure he’d be great at that.

Innocent Bystander

Have fun kids…Gonzales is going down:


Lying to Congress…that’s unAmerican isn’t it? Why do these RICO bastards hate America so much?


“Remembers, Citizens; transcripts are just political theater!”


sharply divided?

I suppose if the Democrats had had to extend the vote for five hours to get 50% +1, then it would have been a sign of a political change sweeping a weary electorate!!11!

Fucking Bolsheviks.


He needs the diaper that lasts for 900 miles.


My apologies Qetesh.

nice kitty…

Qetesh the Shaved Abyssinian

Apologies graciously accepted, owlbear1. Just tread carefully around Asian culture in future. And be nice to cats.


What I am now wondering is, will Bush actually veto this supplemental spending bill? He has said repeatedly that he will, but, from reading about the amendments that the Democrats put on the bill, I wonder if he would be very stupid to do so.

The Democrats have passed, in the house at least, a bill with a lot of compromises and watered-down language. If it passes, it would be very easy for the white house to bypass the supposed ‘limits’ on Bush’s authority that are in the bill. But if he vetoes the bill, he then owns a lot of problems, not the least of which is, he would not have any more $$$ for the occupation of 2008.

However, in the past he has vetoed bills with even tiny brakes on his powers, like that McCain torture thing. We’ll see.

Herr Doktor Bimler

Just tread carefully around Asian culture in future
How about that other “old and difficult tradition of performance, which requires skill, perserverance, and talent” — karaoke? Are we still allowed to diss karaoke?


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