Thursday, July 5, 2007

Let's talk about courage, shall we

Resident of the White House, George W. Bush, made a speech on Independence Day, aside from the laughably ironic treatise about religion and government therein. He said, in talking about his relentless pursuit of "something" in Iraq, that, "Victory in this struggle will require more patience, more courage, and more sacrifice."

Well, we know he hasn't really made any sacrifice in his pursuit of an ever-receding victory, and we know his patience is akin to a mule's.

But courage. Courage? This is a man who refuses to give any speech in front of any audience who might question the veracity of his statements. This is a man who chooses, in advance, the journalists who will be allowed to ask him questions at press conferences. This is the man who refused to speak with Cindy Sheehan. This is the man who corrals protesters into fenced "free-speech zones," at his public appearances. This is the man who frittered away his opportunity for courageous action during the Viet Nam war by using his uniform to pursue Southern belles and mint juleps.

This is a man who, with a straight face, can invoke a plea for courage? Give him a medal. It worked for the cowardly lion.

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