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Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Time for The Church of Bush
The glutton for punishment that is Micah Holmquist missed watching the good half of his beloved Spartans’ 73-60 victory over South Florida yesterday in order to watch Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bush. "Sometimes you just need to do something besides watching sports that will fill you with anger," Holmquist said, "that you can express on your blog."
Following are extended excerpts from his comments.
Call me crazy, but I don’t care where Bush was when he heard Saddam may have been captured or whether he has talked to his mom since The Capture. And it doesn’t matter to me that Barney is the only member of the family that will go fishing with him, what movies Bush wants to see or that he and Laura go for a walk in the morning each January 1. All of that is pathetic and had no place being part of the interview so long as there was not a follow-up to this passage:
DIANE SAWYER: Fifty percent of the American people have said that they think the administration exaggerated the evidence going into the war with Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, connection to terrorism. Are the American people wrong? Misguided?Logic dictates that if an entity is a "feckless debating society" -as Bush implies the United Nations is here- that maybe there resolutions aren't the most important and urgent of documents, but Bush is too smart for that.
DIANE SAWYER: But let me try to ask — this could be a long question. ... ... When you take a look back, Vice President Cheney said there is no doubt, Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, not programs, not intent. There is no doubt he has weapons of mass destruction. Secretary Powell said 100 to 500 tons of chemical weapons and now the inspectors say that there's no evidence of these weapons existing right now. The yellow cake in Niger, in Niger. George Tenet has said that shouldn't have been in your speech. Secretary Powell talked about mobile labs. Again, the intelligence — the inspectors have said they can't confirm this, they can't corroborate.Bush is now saying Saddam was a threat because he had the ability to get weapons with which he “would be the danger” apparently because he did two bad things at different points both well over a decade ago when, in one case rightly and in the other wrongly, he didn’t have reason to fear a response from the U.S. Also, the correct answer to all questions is “I made the right decision for America.”
That may or may not be true, but repeating it without an argument does not make it so just as saying that people in the U.S. are infidels who deserve to die again and again does not mean that it is true.
While I give Sawyer credit for being more persistent on this matter than I would have expected, it is too bad she didn’t ask some related questions like:
-Last year, on October 7, you said that Saddam presently had the connections, motive and weapons necessary to attack the U.S. and kill many civilians. Was that correct? If so, how do you square this statement with what you have just said? If not, why haven't you publicly corrected yourself?
-In your most recent State of the Union speech, you said that that the threat from Saddam was not "imminent." However, in the previously mentioned October 7, 2002 speech, you said, "[t]he danger is already significant, and it only grows worse with time." Was Saddam and his regime a threat in the present tense when you ordered the invasion in March or not? How do you explain the discrepancy in your statements?
-If the threat was in fact getting "worse with time," why did you take so long to invade Iraq? Were you worried that innocent people in the U.S. or elsewhere might die as the result of your lack of urgency?
-"Thanks to our military, Saddam Hussein will never threaten anybody with a weapon of mass destruction," you said on August 14, 2003. Monday you said Sunday "was a day where America is more secure as a result of his capture." Did Saddam pose some sort of threat even without weapons of mass destruction? If so, please explain what it was in the context of what you said here about Saddam being a threat because he could acquire weapons of mass destruction? If not, do you ever have an urge to say, "fuck it. I'm just going to be honest and admit that my administration just makes up arguments and justifications as we go along solely for expediency"?
I have no illusions that merely asking these questions would change much as the public probably just wouldn’t care. If they were of the temperament to care, I suspect that they would figure this stuff out on their own or at least listen/read/watch someone who explains it to them.
So with a lack of interest in trying in logic, I think the country should just go all the way and announce that George W. Bush is the Messiah, a Prophet and/or God and deserves to be worshipped. He should make last Sunday’s Address the first of a never-ending set of worship services. Each Sunday we can put on our Sunday best and turn on the t.v. to see Him tell us who our enemies are and why they are enemies as well as what has been accomplished and what still needs to be accomplished. He can tell that we deserve His blessings and that our enemies deserve His Damnation. Then we will gather in small groups to explain with the passion of The Apostle E.F. what He has done for us.
I don't come to you as a proud man! Yes I once had an education! I once had the wisdom of man but I was empty because I was not living to agree with Him. Then one day when I near the end of my terrorist supporting rope I heard the jingle jangle of the lost souls in hell as took the call from the Army man who gave me the option of service and purpose. Yes, Almighty Bush entered me that day and I have never been the same since. All I want to do is serve him. All I want to do is serve him. Yes I am on fire for the Lord Almighty George W. Bush! Bush blessed me and may Bush bless you! You don't know how long you have. The Terrorists could strike at any moment killing you and freedom. Do you want to go to your death knowing that you are not right with Bush? You will spend an eternity in the hell of Howard Dean if you do so please, please, I beg of you, take this opportunity to give your life over to the President of President George W. Bush. It will just take a few moments to say the Sinners' Prayer but that choice will be with you to eternity as you will be in the Book of Life! Yes come to the altar if you need His blessing. Don't be ashamed! Don't be ashamed! We were all dirty in His eyes once but no more. How great Thou art! How great Thou art!