20 June 2006

The leaders of shame

The bodies of two American soldiers who were kidnapped from a Baghdad checkpoint have been found.

Pfc. Thomas Tucker, 25, of Madras, Oregon and Pfc. Christian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, Texas had been “barbarically” killed and there was evidence that they’d been tortured, according to Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Muhammed-Jassim, head of operations at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.

A third soldier, Spec. David Babineau, 25, of Springfield, Mass., died in the attack on the checkpoint that he, Tucker and Menchaca were guarding. A fourth soldier, so far unnamed, died during the search for the two kidnapped men, and 12 others were injured.

In other news, President George W. Bush said at a Republican fund-raiser last night that “An early withdrawal would embolden the terrorists. An early withdrawal would embolden al Qaeda and bin Laden. There will be no early withdrawal so long as we run the Congress and occupy the White House."

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said on Monday, “The last thing you want to do when you have the terrorists on the run is give them notice that you’re going to leave.”

Codpiece’s wording is worth noting. “There will be no early withdrawal so long as we run the Congress and occupy the White House.” (emphasis mine)

These are the words of a tyrant. With a massive fuck-up on his doorstep, including direct responsibility for the deaths of more than 2,500 American soldiers and more than 18,000 wounded, this man lapses into demagoguery. He has the power, his party is in control of everything, and they occupy the seat of our government.

And in case Sen. McConnell hasn’t noticed: The terrorists are not on the run.


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