By G.D. Maxwell
At the risk of completely losing readership, here we go again... for the last time if thats any consolation.
Sunday night, for the first time since the veil of darkness fell across the land south of the border nearly three years ago, I allowed myself to be optimistic. Watching Bush Lite dodge and weave, prevaricate and obfuscate, I wondered if I was the only one who had a sense he was staggering instead of swaggering. He looked worried, like a punchdrunk pugilist coming out of the fog and suddenly becoming conscious of the fact he just might lose this fight.
Not necessarily the fight in Iraq, although he wouldnt be the first faux conqueror to be bushwhacked in the cradle of civilization, but the fight for re-election. Like his daddy before him, Juniors squandering the goodwill of the people of the USofA at dizzying rates. The fact that Saddams out of power though still lurking in the shadows like some malevolent boogieman is scant succor to a population finally realizing this isnt going to be some Hollywood slam dunk war.
The thing that just might send the prez back to Texas four years earlier than he ever imagined, and the rest of us had any right to hope, wont be the body count intoned on the nightly news. It wont be the criminal environmental record hes racked up. It wont be the sight of him having to suck up to the French and Germans and the irrelevant United Nations to come help bail his sorry butt out of whats shaping up to be Vietnam: The Sequel. It wont be any sense of shame felt by my fellow countrymen over the utter contempt in which nearly every country in the world other than Great Britain now holds the U.S.
Itll be the everlasting power of greed.
The wages of war, or at least the expense, are coming home to roost. Bush finally told the American people he didnt have a clue what he was getting them into or how long it would take to get them out. He asked for 87 BILLION dollars to further prosecute the war and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, that other little hotbed of terrorism wed almost forgotten about. This 87 billion didnt include the 79 billion he asked for and got just a few months ago. That pocket change was just to get the war through this fiscal year, ending this month.
With a budget deficit not debt, deficit, as in current year shortfall already approaching HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS, a recovery without jobs, an unprecedented transfer of wealth to the already wealthy, and a pack of Democratic hopefuls baying like bloodhounds on the trail of an escaped convict, the American people are finally beginning to wake up and realize Bill Clintons Oval Office blowjob wasnt nearly as bad as the screwin Mr. Bush is layin on the whole country.