November 28, 2003

While the Commander in Chief was visiting the troops...

The trolls over at the Dean blog were at work yesterday. I wonder how come none of them were bashing Hillary for being in Afghanistan and telling the troops that we owe it to the Afghan people to be there for the long haul?

Anyone remember if Clinton ever went where the troops were *when* it was still dangerous? Yes, Bush went to the Baghdad airport and never left, but imagine how this would have spun as irresponsible risk-taking and showboating if he had done something (like some of these guys seem to think he should have) and gone to 'observe' an op?

A little snippage, provided by BlogsforAmerica. If you want to see the whole thing, here it is.

I'm sure that others like Misha and Matt are spanking this far better than I, but I feel moved to comment...
Some of the contenders:

Mr. Puke shows up in Iraq. Maybe he'll stay there for a while...

Posted by Another VT'er at November 27, 2003 12:49 PM

Unless you're in uniform or doing some NGO work over there, brainiac - he's already been there longer and shown more support for the Iraqi people than you have. Aren' t you supposed to be the progressive, nurturing type?

OK.....Bush makes a surprise holday visit to the troops in Iraq......again this faker get to dress up in military garb and play soldier, with all the troops falling in line.... Like my Father once said, "he (Bush) wouldnt know what to do if an angry man came at him".....oh for the wisdom of my parents.... This President is a faker and opportunist..I am sure this was Karl Roves idea......if Bush is such a hero, then Mr President please go out on patrol tonight, unguarded, with the REAL fighting men and women of this country......try it, you will get a dose of reality pal what real urban warfare is like.......

Posted by: Mike in Raleigh, NC at November 27, 2003 01:04 PM | Link

Mike - like you know, I'm sure. You are probably taking a break from your last sweep trying to find the Mad Mortarman. And, oh, yes I do know , btw. I know what it looks like to see the vehicle commander slump back into his now-burning BTR-70 while I change belts in the Ma-Deuce.
Oh, yeah, what happens if we do just a tiny edit here...

OK.....Bush Clinton makes a surprise holday visit to the troops in IraqBosnia......again this faker get to dress up in military garb and play soldier, with all the troops falling in line....
Like my Father once said, "he (Bush Clinton) wouldnt know what to do if an angry man came at him".....oh for the wisdom of my parents....
This President is a faker and opportunist..I am sure this was Karl Roves James Carville's idea......if Bush Clinton is such a hero, then Mr President please go out on patrol tonight, unguarded, with the REAL fighting men and women of this country......try it, you will get a dose of reality pal what real urban warfare is like.......


It reads pretty clean, doesn't it?

hope they charge the expence for this visit to iraq to the bush campaign.what did this visit have to do with anything else but a photo op.

Posted by: keith at November 27, 2003 01:04 PM | Link

Gee I dunno, a visit by the Commander in Chief to his troops in the field? Are you suggesting that we go back through any of Clinton's visits to troops where photos were taken that in any way ending up touching anything political, we bill the DNC or whatever? Yeah, right. *THOSE* were all totally righteous events that accrued absolutely no politcal capital. Grow up, wouldja?

The Gutless Wonder-in-Chief only spent a couple hours on the ground...he never even left the airport.

What a spineless, heartless jerk. That's about as much as I can edit myself. I'm sickened that he could have been "visiting" the troops countless times in the last 10 months, yet, he sneaks over there for a photo op on a holiday.
I'm a pessimistic person, but this is even lower than I expect.

Posted by: Brian(in TX) at November 27, 2003 01:14 PM | Link

I didn't see Hillary (I do give her credit for Afghanistan yesterday) or Jimmy Carter, or, dare I say this... Dr. Dean over there.

UPDATE: Mebbe I shouldn't give her so much credit. PardonMyEnglish doesn't think so!.

Darrell in Iowa -

Yes, but imagine if this were his father... which is scarier? Cheney or Quayle?

Posted by: Ryan C at November 27, 2003 01:30 PM | Link

Hmmmm, can't tell where the wishful thinking is here. I suppose we should be happy that Ryan was at least concerned for the CinC's safety.

Bush in Iraq..

Just another one of those sleazy Karl Rove inspired photo ops for the Prez...

Posted by: Al at November 27, 2003 01:30 PM | Link

Ah yes, the shadow Prez. Let's just substitute Clinton and McAuliffe and it reads well, too. Just like before.

We can only hope that the current POTUS touches down at Andrews and disembarks wearing combat fatigues to maximize the p.r. possibilities of this sneak visit to Baghdad.

This kind of stunt will not distract the American people from the sacrifice of their sons and daughters in the military and it certainly shows the cynicism of Bush's handler, Karl Rove.

Posted by: Patricia Taylor at November 27, 2003 01:35 PM | Link

No, you are right, it won't. Especially since it was intended to highlight it, Patty.

What I want to know...is how much Bush's publicity stunt today cost the American taxpayer...(I'd also like to know what the background banner said this time...).

I can't help but see this as a cynical ploy to get on network news during a holiday. If Bush really wants to boost the morale of the troops...he could start by restoring their veterans benefits, and outlining a viable plan to get them home.

Posted by: Hopeful in AZ at November 27, 2003 01:37 PM | Link

Gee, I dunno, dudes. There is a tradition in the Office of the President, regardless of the party of the occupant, to visit the troops on major holidays. If nothing is going on, usually stateside, if something *IS* going on, overseas. Sigh. And, being a %70 disabled veteran who is about to not have to fully fund my own disability payments - what benefits were cut that need to be restored? Did I miss something? (That's a real question, folks!)

If I hit someone in my car, drove off, and two weeks later visited them in the hospital and was photographed serving them lunch, would that make me a good guy?
Bush is even worse, since he lied through his teeth, and continues to, for the purpose(s) of this war.
Cynical guy

Posted by: Cynical Guy at November 27, 2003 02:01 PM | Link

Let's at least get some parallelism here. You are mixing the troops and the Iraqis, aren't you? Or are you essentially accusing Bush of assaulting the troops?

Joseph-

Of course we hate him, It's time for him to go. Do you understand what kind of pain he has inflicted upon this country?

I would say Hillary is much more courageous than him even as a woman.

Posted by: beatkerry at November 27, 2003 02:14 PM | Link

I was in more pain watching the previous President lie under oath on television just to cover his inability to control his urges and argue the meaning of "is."

Troll Joseph, they wouldnt show it live because

the "terrists" might be watching, and roll out a DONKEY cart.

They just did a "SPECIAL REPORT" interuption on CBS complete with Photo Op on the president's visit 'to the troops in Iraq'. pointing out that he was long gone now.

the mans actions taken as a whole are phoney, forced and hypocritical. He's chasing Hillary who is the region today visiting troops and she left the airport...

Posted by: rene' in Texas at November 27, 2003 02:15 PM | Link

Kinda like those "tears" of Clinton at his Commerce Secretary's funeral... and note how Rene' kinda likes the idea that Donkey Democrat carts are being used for rocket attacks. Good job, Rene'! That'll land you a few more middle-of-the-road voters next year!

Joseph:

I don't want to be left out of your I Hate Bush List. That lying AWOL piece of crap doesn't deserve any respect.

Posted by: Pat In Missouri at November 27, 2003 02:25 PM | Link

As I recall Baldilocks has already fisked this. But it's just too good to let go, eh?

Jen Martinez [still rolled, Jen 8^)] has some thoughts on the subject of the Prez's visit [assholes, Jen? Tut-tut! The language! 8^)], as do Baldilocks and the Patriette!

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