Kleinheider over at Volunteer Voters linked to an op-ed written by Paul Burgess, former head of foreign policy speechwriting at the Bush White House called “Friends, neighbors, and countrymen of the left: I hate your lying guts”. With a title like that, you can imagine how he became head speechwriter for a silver-tongued devil like George W. Bush.
In the original piece, he rails not only against obvious targets such as Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover (Because, you know, millions are prepared to mobilize when those guys speak), but Cindy Sheehan and Ted Turner, who he describes as being unable to “make up his mind which side of the terror war he is on”.
His position on Democratic politics: I now hate Howard Dean, the elected leader of the Democrats, who, by repeatedly stating his conviction that we won't win in Iraq, bets his party's future on our nation's defeat.
I hate the Democrats who, in support of this strategy, spout lie after lie: that the president knew in advance there were no WMD in Iraq; that he lied to Congress to gain its support for military action; that he pushed for the democratization of Iraq only after the failure to find WMD; that he was a unilateralist and that the coalition was a fraud; that he shunned diplomacy in favor of war.
These lies, contradicted by reports, commissions, speeches, and public records, are too preposterous to mock, but too pervasive to rebut, especially when ignored by abetting media.
Okay, I’ve let this silly bastard ramble long enough. Time for a response.
The White House you served hires only two kinds of people. Rabid, frothing ideologues and Colin Powell. So the idea that you harbored no hostility to the American Left before you got the job is absurd on its face--- One of the job requirements for this White House is the willingness to slander and smear all who disagree with you.
You bring up Harry Belafonte, Ward Churchill, and other people that have the gall to make statements you disagree with. Tell me--- How many people were sent to their deaths when Churchill made his “Little Eichmanns” comment? I don’t agree with what he said, but it’s beside the point--- As usual, someone that at one time represented this White House is trying to turn the rhetoric in America around and making the debate about what someone else said rather than try and defend the indefensible things said by this White House.
Among the absurd lies you point to is one that the president was the mastermind behind 9/11. I wanted to take this opportunity to put your mind at rest--- Who would believe after seeing this White House in action that it’s even conceivable that the president could even come up with a plan that would work? With the exception of United Flight 93, the 9/11 plot went down without a hitch, so it’s not really credible that anyone in the White House had anything to do with it. If they had, none of the hijackers would have actually made it onto the planes.
Along the way, you managed to insult Cindy Sheehan yet again. It is my sincerest hope that all parents of children about to turn eighteen will take note of the utter disregard shown to parents whose sons have bled the Iraqi desert red. The lady deserves answers, plain and simple. The fact that your old boss lacks the fortitude to give them to her has no bearing on whether or not she deserves them.
The fact is that all of us deserve them. Even those of us without children fighting in Iraq deserve to know what the president knew and when he knew it. When last I checked, my taxes still pay for this war, not to mention the share of my taxes that go toward helping tried and true friends of this White House such as Halliburton plunder the funds that are supposed to help rebuild Iraq and bring our troops home. The “hot meals” provided to our soldiers in the Halliburton ads have actually consisted of cold sandwiches and water contaminated with E. Coli--- Yet it’s the American Left that you accuse of disregard for the American soldier.
This is a direct quote from your article: I hate the Democrats who, in support of this strategy, spout lie after lie… …that he pushed for the democratization of Iraq only after the failure to find WMD...
Funny you should say that. If you click here, you’ll see an article from the March 17, 2003 edition of USA Today with the headline “U.S. advises weapons inspectors to leave Iraq”. Perhaps I’m a little fuzzy on logistics--- Did he advise them to leave a place they hadn’t been to?
Of course not. They had been on the ground for months by that point. The only banned weapons they had found were the Al Sammoud missiles, which theoretically carried enough fuel to exceed the UN-mandated guidelines by a whopping ten kilometers. They were destroyed without ever endangering a life. After that, the president said the inspections weren’t working because they found nothing to back up the “pie in the sky” allegations he’d been making for eighteen months by that point. He eschewed verifiable fact for bare ideology. To date, over 2800 Americans have died (I notice you parsed even that number by indicating combat deaths only. Tell me--- Would a helicopter crashing in Iraq still crash in Iraq if we weren’t there? Quit insulting those servicemen by trying to lowball the real numbers!) because, viewed charitably, he chose to ignore every piece of evidence that Iraq had no WMD in favor of baseless allegations that supported the policy he wanted to put into effect. And that’s simply inexcusable.
Also from your article: … Most detestable are the lies these rogues craft to turn grief into votes by convincing the families of our war dead that their loved ones died in vain…. Firemen sometimes die in burning buildings looking for victims who are not there. Their deaths are not in vain, either.
Funny you should use that example--- I’ve used it many times myself. If a witness on the scene tells the firemen that he knows for a fact that those people are in there and they’re not, that witness gets charged for manslaughter. Do you really wish to have that rigorous standard applied to your old boss?
An American soldier takes an oath to defend his nation. But the president has a responsibility to accurately and soberly assess those threats, and to never take the lives of American servicemen and women lightly. This president did not do that. You were not a part of the original drive for war, but you were a part in the denial that went on for two years after its ill-conceived beginning.
So here’s a bold idea--- Make a list of all the people that died on the say so of Ward Churchill, Harry Belafonte, Ted Turner, and Howard Dean (Who, if you’ll recall, was the only candidate for the Democratic 2004 nomination to speak out against the war from the beginning). I’ll make a list of all the people that died because they believed in the White House.
They perished because he spent a year and a half implying that there was a link between al Qaeda and Iraq. They perished because he delivered a State of the Union Address in 2003 that doubled, sometimes even tripled the production numbers of various chemical and biological weapons to make it sound like Iraq had more than the UN confirmed the destruction of, not to even mention the inclusion of “sixteen words” that the White House knew were not true by that point (The CIA had insisted they be taken out of an October 2002 speech, yet with no additional corroboration, they made it into the January 2003 State of the Union).
To revisit the fireman analogy, these firemen rushed into the burning building not because the president said he thought there were people in there--- He said he knew for a fact that they were in there.
You know this. You’ve attempted to tar others so that no one notices your own part in the perpetuation of the false claims that led to this war. It’s not working.
I hate you too. Your hatred of me is leading you to the polls to vote a straight ticket for the party that created a fictional casus belli for war, refuses to even consider a way to end it, and slanders all who disagree with it. Along the way, they’ve managed to find time to cover up for someone who preys on children and leave people dying on their rooftops in Louisiana.
All in all, I’ll take my chances with Howard Dean.
I hate you too.