George Bush, in his latest petulant snit, this one over Congress passing a bill requiring an end to the presence of combat troops in Iraq, uttered the following piece of idiocy,
"Instead, Democrats in the House, in an act of political theater, voted to substitute their judgment for that of our military commanders on the ground in Iraq."
Um, as they quite properly should. Military commanders, on the ground in Iraq or anywhere else, are not the ones who decide when this nation will be at war. Who does have that power as defined by our Constitution? Oh yeah, right, Congress.
Perhaps the Bush thinks there has been a military coup? If there has been, how would he be “the decider” any more, as he is presently a civilian no matter how much he likes to receive and return salutes and occasionally dress up in a military hat (and strut around on an aircraft carrier)?
At least he avoided the pitfall of being all pissed off that "..Democrats in the House, in an act of political theater, voted to substitute their judgment for that of their Commander in Chief." That might have provoked a civilian coup.
Which, come to think of it… Anyway.
The theatrical staging of this "Bush Snit" was particularly offensive. He wanted to be able to claim, quite falsely, that military families were being hurt by Congress’ action so he staged his little tirade with (you guessed it) military families standing behind him as he spoke. Complete with little girls in white pinafores. This is cynical beyond belief and disgusted me, perhaps, even more than did his verbal idiocy.
He wants us to believe that this bill will create a situation where the military will not be able to feed their families and it will be the fault of Congress. Think about it. Congress passes the funding with provisions favored by 70% of the American people, he vetoes it because he is “the decider,” and Congress is starving the troops. He wants us to blame Congress for doing what we elected them to do, and not him for behaving like some two-bit dictator.
I believe he really thinks we’re that stupid.