BUSH AIN'T NO COWBOY, HE JUST TRIES TO STRUT LIKE ONE
Atrios directs us to USA Today founder Al Neuharth asking:
Should cowboy Bush ride into the sunset?
As a former combat infantryman in World War II, I've always believed we must fully support our troops. Reluctantly, I now believe the best way to support troops in Iraq is to bring them home, starting with the "hand-over" on June 30.
Only a carefully planned withdrawal can clean up the biggest military mess miscreated in the Oval Office and miscarried by the Pentagon in my 80-year lifetime. In Journalese, the traditional five Ws of Who, What, When, Where, Why:
Who? George W. Bush.
What? His cowboy culture. Ride fast and alone or with just a few buddies. Shoot first. Ask questions later.
When? After 9/11. Bush bravely took on a necessary fight against terrorists who attacked us. But then he diverted his attention to an unrelated and unnecessary "pre-emptive" war.
Where? Iraq. He led us astray by falsely claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that threatened us. After the "Mission Accomplished" boast in May 2003, he put our troops in new jeopardy by taunting terrorists from other countries with his "Bring 'em on!" challenge last July 2. His anything-goes-against-the-bad-guys attitude and his total lack of postwar planning helped prompt the ongoing prison-abuse embarrassments and brutal retaliations.
Why? Because he believes he can be re-elected as a tough-talking, self-proclaimed "War President."
If Bush were REALLY a cowboy, he'd have learned some Cowboy wisdom:
When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.
There's more ways to skin a cat than stickin' his head in a boot jack and jerkin' on his tail.
If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' someone else's dog around.
There never was a horse that couldn't be rode; there never was a man that couldn't be throwed.
When you throw your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
Coolness and a steady nerve will always beat simple quickness. Take yer time and you'll only need to pull the trigger once.
The cowboy who exaggerates too much soon finds that everyone else has left the campfire.