September 9, 2003
We all know what "Bush League" stands for, but who would have guessed we would have a president who is a living reminder of that adage. Let's review the bidding.
There was no link between 9/11 operatives and Saddam, so the Bush Leaguers "hinted" at a connection and, believe it or not, a majority of the American people believed the lie. Then the Bush Leaguers made fun of "old Europe" and said we do not need Germany or France because we had "new Europe" with countries like Romania and Albania on our side. The Bush Leaguers disdained the weakness and indecision of the United Nations, and they lied about weapons of mass destruction with help from Tony Blair.
Bush Leaguer Karl Rove was inspired by one of those ideas that sounds great over a few beers but not so good in the morning. Have the lead Bush Leaguer fly to an aircraft carrier with cameras, sailors and all the bunting to declare victory. Announce the "end of combat operations."
Now that more soldiers have died since the staged aircraft landing than before, and the so-called reconstruction of Iraq is a disaster, guess who challenges the international community to help with money and troops? You guessed it.
Could we begin by canceling the non-bid contracts given to Haliburton and other Bush League favorites? Not a chance. Would the US turn over the job to the UN and finance it? Of course not. So, to take attention from what Dave Obey called a "disaster" when calling for Rumsfeld's resignation, President Bush goes on television to point fingers at the lack of help from the very people they insulted months before the invasion.
This would not pass muster as a novel; a novel must be believable. The actions of this administration are not believable.
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