... and my heart skipped a few beats, my fists clenched, my teeth gnashed together...
Selected quotes from NY Times:
But in an interview with a book author in the Oval Office one day last December, he daydreamed about the next phase of his life, when his time will be his own.Thats just nice Mr. Bush. I'm sure your "freedom institute" will be very successful in promoting democracy in certain oil-exporting countries around the world. But what really get me is the following:
First, Mr. Bush said, “I’ll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol’ coffers.” With assets that have been estimated as high as nearly $21 million, Mr. Bush added, “I don’t know what my dad gets — it’s more than 50-75” thousand dollars a speech, and “Clinton’s making a lot of money.”
Then he said, “We’ll have a nice place in Dallas,” where he will be running what he called “a fantastic Freedom Institute” promoting democracy around the world. But he added, “I can just envision getting in the car, getting bored, going down to the ranch.”
“I’m playing for October-November.” That is when he hopes the Iraq troop increase will finally show enough results to help him achieve the central goal of his remaining time in office: “To get us in a position where the presidential candidates will be comfortable about sustaining a presence,” and, he said later, “stay longer.”I'm glad to hear you are playing with war. Its wonderful that you have the interests of the presidential candidates above the lives my fellow citizens serving abroad. The ones that should be here working to support their families or going to college to learn a skill that will advance them in their future or otherwise enjoying daily life in the serene surroundings of Whereverville, USA. "Staying longer" is certainly a good plan for the republicans since they obviously can't get policy and democracy right in our country, its better that they practice abroad for another 8 years, perfect their version of democracy. Kind of like Second Life or a video game. Keith Olbermann brought this information to my attention just now in "Special Comment" rant on his show tonight. I loved it even it was a bit overdone on the dramatic tone. Here are several excerpts, click the last link for the transcript.
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Mr. Bush probably did not know that, with his own words, he had already proved that he had been lying… is lying… will be lying.... about Iraq.
He presumably did not know, that there had already appeared those damning excerpts from Robert Draper's book "Dead Certain."
"I'm playing for October-November," Mr. Bush said to Draper.
That, evidently, is the time during which, he thinks he can sell us the real plan.
Which is, to quote him: "To get us in a position where the presidential candidates, will be comfortable about sustaining a presence."Comfortable” -- that is -- with saying about Iraq, again quoting the President, "stay... longer."
And there it is, Sir.
We've caught you.
Your goal is not to bring some troops home -- maybe -- if we let you have your way now;
Your goal is not to set the stage for eventual withdrawal;
You are, to use your own disrespectful, tone-deaf word, playing at getting the next Republican nominee to agree to jump into this bottomless pit with you, and take us with him, as we stay in Iraq for another year, and another, and another, and anon.
...the President's true hope is that they will not come home; but that they will stay there, because he is keeping them there now, in hope that those from his political party fighting to succeed him, will prolong this unendurable disaster into the next decade.
That is your genius, Sir -- as you see it, anyway.
You can deduce what we want -- we, the people, remember us? -- and then use it against us.
You can hold that canteen up and promise it to the parched nation.
And the untold number of Americans whose lives have not been directly blighted by Iraq -- or who do not realize that their safety has been reduced and not increased by Iraq -- they will get the bullet points: 'Bush is thinking about bringing some troops home. Bush even went to Iraq.'
You can fool some of the people all of the time, can't you, Mr. Bush?
And this laziest of Presidents, actually interrupted his precious time off to fly to Iraq to play at a photo opportunity... with soldiers... some of whom will... on his orders... be killed before the year... maybe the month... is out.