Monday, September 25, 2006

Punctuation marks

Greg Mitchell at Editor and Publisher has some thoughts on what has to be one of the most bizarre statements Bush has ever made.
I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is — my point is, there’s a strong will for democracy."
A comma. Tell that to the families that he doesn't choose for his secret photo ops. The hundreds of thousands dead at his hand will be comforted I'm sure. Mitchell has a few more exclaimation points of his own.
But I'd like to offer one more, the simple period, to replace the hopeful comma. Below you will find some 2,700 periods, each standing for an American life lost in Iraq. Space does not permit a full accounting of the Iraqis killed, or any of those damaged for life.

It takes a long time to click down that many teeny tiny headstones if you do it line by line. It would take hours to click through if there was a dot for every life that has been damaged by this man's war.
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Blogger mikevotes said...

That was such a strange statement. Once again, though, there is the assumption on the part of the administration that Iraq will somehow be "won" whatever that is.

If Iraq is to be lost, this violence will be a series of exclamation marks warning of the end of US hegemony.

If the US can no longer "do" an Iraq, what fear do we hold for the Iran's, N. Korea's or anyone else.

On weird Bush comments, Did you see the comment in today's press conference?

Bush: "If somebody has information about a potential attack we need to be able to, uh.... (HUGE PAUSE)

.... ask them some questions."

You know he wanted to say torture.


10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I missed that press conference Mike but I've noticed he's been struggling to finish sentences lately. I figure it's either the tranquilizers or they're him adlib again...

10:20:00 AM  

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