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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


How do you ask someone to be the last person to die for a mistake lie?

George Bush proclaimed to the world today that "here's one thing I'm not going to do: I'm not going to pull our troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete."

George Armstrong Bush and his Last Stand

And here's another thing he's not going to do: urge any member of his own family to be one of those "troops on the battlefield," risking death to "complete" his "mission." The caption to the picture above is of course completely fanciful; the idea that George Bush might emulate George Armstrong Custer and actually place himself in danger is beyond laughable.

John Kerry was wrong when he asked his famous question, because the Vietnam War was no more a "mistake" than the invasion of Iraq. Both were quite deliberate manifestations of American foreign policy, of American imperialism. But the correct question, the one shown in the title of this post, is one I'm waiting for someone to ask this time around. Shouldn't this be the sign-off line for some columnist, some pundit, some talk-show host somewhere? Keith Olbermann, are you listening? "XXXX days since 'Mission Accomplished'" is getting old as a sign-off. I hereby surrender all copyright claims to this quote, if only you or anyone else will help popularize this question. Because it is the question that Americans need to be asking, now.

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