Thursday, June 23, 2005

Real Republicans Rise!

President Bush might be known in an many circles as the smirking chimp, but David Brooks, the insufferable op-ed columnist for The New York Times sports an eternal smirk.

The man is a fool.

In his latest column - "Iraq and the Polls" - Brooks damns the polls that reveal that "[s]ixty percent of Americans say they want to withdraw some or all troops" since that would result in "ruinous consequences for American power and prestige."


The illegal invasion of Iraq has already resulted in "ruinous consequences for American power and prestige" yet Brooks doesn't opine on that.

No. To Brooks, those that support the troops and want them to come home - this generation - only care about our own "personal vindication."


We care about the troops. We care about the thousands of thousands of innocents who have been martyred so that the neocons who have hijacked the Republican Party and our country (and the world) can secure the oil in the Middle East and lay the plans for a Pax Americana.

But Brooks makes a typical wingnut mistake in his attack on the polls.

Brooks cherrypicks polls to combat the polls that don't fit in his thesis:

"Besides, the vast majority of those serving in Iraq, and their families, said they voted to re-elect President Bush. They seem to want to finish the job."

Hence the smirk.

On a related note, Brooks tries to defend his pro-war punditry from the conforts of his office: "Some of you will respond that this is easy for me to say, since I'm not over there."

Hell, yeah. You're a cowardly chickenhawk talking out of your ass.

Jesus' General has the right idea. The best way to shut up cowardly chickenhawks is to confront them with what they are willing to do for their country.

Jesus' General tried to place this ad in the Official Program of the Young Republican National Convention:

But it was turned down because - as the General put it - such an ad would "put a harsh on their buzz."

Real Republicans Rise!

Real Republicans rise and reclaim your party.

Your party has been hijacked. Pledge your allegiance to the fundamental democratic values of this country and tell the far right that it doesn't speak for you.

Real Republicans may have voted for President Bush because they felt that he has kept us safe since September 11th, but many of them are beginning to realize that the war in Iraq was wrong and that it diverted us from the real enemy: Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, who are still on the loose and probably plotting.

Real Republicans rise and call the wingnuts what they are. Cowards.

Check out this exchange from the June 21st Press Briefing with Scott McConnell:

Q: "Is the President concerned about the recruitment being down in his home country, he can't get -- you know, some day you may give a war and no one will come? And, also, the second part of the question, is there any member of the Bush clan who is in the military service now, that you know of?"

MR. McCLELLAN: "I'd have to go check; that's a pretty large clan, as you --"

Q: "Would you do that?"

MR. McCLELLAN: "-- as you referred to. In terms of -- and certainly there are members of the family that have served and served very admirably in the Armed Forces."

Q: "I'm not talking about the past, I'm talking about now."

MR. McCLELLAN: "And in terms of your question on recruitment and the recruiting efforts, I think the Department of Defense has briefed on that recently and they've talked about their efforts to address some of the concerns that you bring up. I would refer you --"

Q: "I asked if the President was concerned."

MR. McCLELLAN: "Yes, it's something he talks to his military leaders about, and they keep him apprised of their efforts."

Q: "Is the President concerned?"

MR. McCLELLAN: "I'm sorry?"

Q: "Is the President concerned?"

MR. McCLELLAN: "Well, it's something he's kept apprised about, but I think you ought to look at the Department of Defense, and the way they have characterized it is the way I would --"

Q: "I heard -- I heard Rumsfeld on the --"

MR. McCLELLAN: "-- is the way I would characterize it. They briefed on it recently, and they talked about their efforts to do a better job of recruiting people to volunteer for the military forces."

As Markos of Daily Kos - a military veteran who is attacked as being anti-military (though I don't always agree with him) - eloquently put it: "Why can't the White House give the Pentagon a little help and urge the nation to enlist, to help fight their war? Because it might call into question the refusal of the Bush clan to make the sacrifice themselves?"

Real Republicans Rise!


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