Monday, June 19, 2006

Two Quick Questions For Monday: W Plays Politics With The Graduating Class of 2006 Per Usual

I have two quick questions for you this AM. First, what do Word War Two and September Eleventh, Two Thousand One have in common? Second, is it proper for the President of the United States to use a commencement address to deliver political messages to the Iranian people?

I know my answers, but what are yours?

Here's two paragraphs for those who are click averse and don't have the desire to review the whole text of W's speech at the Merchant Marine Academy where he proves once again that he is able to use wide swaths of people as political tools and levers (in other words, playing politics with the class of 2006) via the presidential propaganda catapult:
I've a message for the Iranian regime: America and our partners are united. We have presented a reasonable offer. Iran's leaders should see our proposal for what it is -- an historic opportunity to set their country on a better course. If Iran's leaders want peace and prosperity and a more hopeful future for their people, they should accept our offer, abandon any ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons, and come into compliance with their international obligations.

I've a message for the Iranian people: The United States respects you and your country. We admire your rich history, your vibrant culture, and your many contributions to civilization. When Cyrus the Great led the Iranian people more than 2,500 years ago, he delivered one of the world's first declarations of individual rights, including the right to worship God in freedom. Through the centuries, Iranians have achieved distinction in medicine and science and poetry and philosophy, and countless other fields.
And, instead of grief and remorse for the family of another soul lost because of the Iraq Conflagration the W, Rove and Co. started, we get yet another reprehensible example of the President using the dead to push for support of his lethal agenda:
We see the devotion to duty and honor and country in the life of one of this Academy's finest graduates, Aaron Seesan. Aaron was an Ohio boy who grew up dreaming of being a soldier. He brought that dream with him to this Academy -- and when he walked through these gates three years ago, he carried on his shoulders the gold bar of a second lieutenant in the United States Army. After entering the Army, Lieutenant Seesan trained as a combat engineer. And he was serving at Fort Lewis, Washington, when a group of soldiers who were based at the fort were struck by a suicide bomb in Iraq. Two of the men were killed. And that's when this young lieutenant volunteered to go to Iraq to take the place of a wounded platoon leader.

When Lieutenant Seesan arrived in Iraq, some of his fellow soldiers wondered what was the Army thinking. His platoon sergeant said, "I didn't know what the hell a Merchant Marine graduate was doing here in the 73rd Engineering Company." The sergeant quickly changed his mind when he saw Lieutenant Seesan in action, taking care of his men as they patrolled the most dangerous roads in and around Mosul. In May 2005, he was leading a routine sweep of a city street when a bomb exploded and hit the fuel tank of his Humvee. Those who were with him recall his last words: "Take charge, Sergeant Arnold, and take care of the others."

He died on May 22 -- on National Maritime Day. For his act of bravery, Lieutenant Seesan was awarded the Bronze Star. And the campus memorial that bears his name will remind all who come here of Kings Point commitment to service above self.

Aaron Seesan gave his life freely. While still in high school, he wrote a poem that now seems prophetic. He wrote, "Mourn not my terrible death, but celebrate my cause in life." Aaron's cause in life was freedom, and as you take your place as officers in our Armed Forces, I ask you to celebrate the freedom for which Aaron fought and died.


Solara said...

Whenever W speaks I get depressed. How can anyone else buy this crap? How can it not be obvious how unscrupulous he is? Good post.

Anonymous said...

As usual, Bu$hCo's position is absolutist: Only our interpretation can possibly be considered correct because our motives and position are above reproach. What a dick!

Stacyb said...

No its not appropriate but I am not surprised he did this- for propaganda to work there has to be a steady stream of it otherwise the propaganda is ineffective.

And as if Bush knows one damn thing about Cyrus the Great or Iran 2500 years ago. How can one respect a President who has so little knowledge about what he is saying?

Bush compared himself to Truman last week and always tries to link the cause of WWII with Iraq, as though saying them in the same sentence will give legitimacy to this unecessary war. Only someone with no knowledge of history would buy that crap- we entered WWII when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor and on another front there was a very real threat that Hitler could take much of Europe- Britain was getting pounded to oblivion by Germany. And lets not even get started on the Holocaust.

To compare all of that to Iraq is insulting and the fact that the media let him get away with it is despicable.

PTCruiser said...

"I've a message for the Iranian people: The United States respects you and your country."

I wonder if he was able to keep a straight face while he said this.