'Moral or Intellectual Confusion'
How's it hanging, Rummy? Got any "tough guy" wisecracks today?
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday accused critics of the Bush administration's Iraq and counterterrorism policies of trying to appease "a new type of fascism." In unusually explicit terms, Rumsfeld portrayed the administration's critics as suffering from "moral or intellectual confusion" about what threatens the nation's security and accused them of lacking the courage to fight back.
Excellent! Your biting rhetoric has once again soothed a defeated America and brought comfort to the families of the 45,000 or so Iraqis killed so far in your top-notch occupation. Excuse us while we find some whining "blame America first" media fruit to kick in the teeth.
At another propaganda stop at an Air Force base outside Reno yesterday, the worst American military leader since Custer and proud architect of the "greatest strategic disaster in United States history" demanded that his captive audience "feel each day as you did on Sept. 12, 2001."
Interesting choice of dates. While the president can hardly fall down without saying "September the 11th," the truth is that Sept. 11 wasn't all that great a day for an administration that was widely seen as a bunch of old Nixon-Reagan Era crooks who had managed to slither into the White House one last time.
With Bush on the run like a little girl, Cheney holed up in his bunker, Rumsfeld hiding in his office and the entire U.S. military curiously unable to halt the progress of a few hijacked passenger jets lazily looping over dozens of Air Force bases, Americans were so desperate for some kind of leadership that they turned to an opera-loving New York mayor with gay roommates.
But on Sept. 12, America looked to Washington and said, "Jesus Christ, do whatever you want, just do something." Thanks for reminding us, Rummy!
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