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All content © 2002-2005 Anne Zook

August 29, 2002
The Mouth Speaks

The Mouth of Sauron spoke to those too insignificant to warrant the Master's attention.

I'm beginning to think of our illustrious (not) ViP in this capacity as he repeatedly takes on the futile task of making a case for convince the public his master's boss's plan to launch a war against Iraq.

Especially when I read that a "senior administration official" said that "President Bush "should not make the case" until he has made a decision about how to bring an end to Saddam's leadership." That, you understand, was how they explained that we're mostly only hearing Cheney on the subject, but we're hearing him make the same speech again and again.

Sauron doesn't speak until The Mouth's endeavor to enforce obedience to Sauon's dictates fails.

I continue to believe that all of this posturing and posing on the part of White House officials is a futile attempt to make the Bush-leaguer look like a leader and I remain unconvinced. Nothing looks weaker than a man who so obviously has his heart set on a course of action and yet who doesn't have the courage to stand up and say so personally.

I also think that most of the Prez's advisors are against the war and that their careful attention to distinguishing "the President" from his advisors and staff in their press briefings is an indication that they're hoping to distance themselves from his ill-advised aims.

If so, I applaud them. This war is a stupid idea.

It's not Big Brother's business to try and prevent what might happen some day.

When you look at the Bush-leaguer's rationale, it's frighteningly similar to the tactics of the idiots in Delaware who are trying to compile a database of pictures and names of those who might commit a crime someday.

The only difference is that the Prez wants to kill his potential criminal instead of just putting his name in a file.

Why are you doing this, Georgie-porgie?

Trying to win daddy's approval by completing one of the tasks he couldn't complete when he was in office?

Trying to buy popularity among the public with a Gulf-type war that you think you can win quickly and easily? Danger, Will Robinson! Iraq isn't that easy a nut to crack.

Is there corporate money somewhere in the mix? (Don't pretend to be shocked, okay? When you signed up to run for the presidency, your financial dealings became my business.) Is that it? Got a big money friend with an interest in keeping the middle-east destabilized?

Is it highly-confidential, secret information that you know and think is just too dangerous to publicize? (Bite me, boy. My IQ is probably considerably higher than yours and if people like you didn't make a habit of keeping secrets from people like me then maybe the apathy about politics in this country wouldn't exist.)

Or are you mad because less than a year after 9/11, most of the civilized world is united in condemning your politics, practices, and aspirations? Are you determined to do it your way, no matter what, just to spite the world?

I've got a news flash for you, okay? We don't want your war.

You think Hussein should be dead? Go after him personally.

Put your own ass in danger. (For a change.) Then maybe I'll be convinced of your sincerity. Shamefully, much of the press has been very easy on you about your appalling military record. Sadly, the people who did fight and who have been demanding answers aren't getting any.

Me? All I'm saying is that starting another war that you won't have to fight in isn't exactly the way to convince me or anyone else you've got the stones that your job demands.

Pardon me if I continue to believe you're a lousy leader, a worse politician, and the wrong guy to be sitting in your chair.


Also: the first name on my List, which I've decided to call The Alley, is that of retired Boston FBI agent H. Paul Rico.

Mr. Rico wins, not only for assisting to send the wrong four men to prison for a murder he knew they didn't commit, but for his mind-boggling lack of repentance now that the story has come out.

"What do you want, tears?" Rico shot back at Shays, who accused the agent of feeling no remorse for his role in case. "It'll be probably a nice movie or something," replied the ex-agent, when pressed on the matter.
Is justice blind, deaf, and dumb in this country? We'll know by whether or not Rico and some of his cohorts wind up behind bars, won't we?

I'm not betting on it.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:56 AM


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