Monday, May 15, 2006

They’re just sour right now on the war


Another thing that Bush finds “interesting”: “The really interesting thing about the law enforcement community is there’s such a strong bond between those who serve on the front lines of fighting crime.”

Karl Rove explains the source of Bush’s low poll numbers: “People like this president. They’re just sour right now on the war.” Imagine them blaming that nice Mr. Bush for something he had nothing to do with. Rove points out that Bush’s likeability numbers are higher than his approval numbers, saying “There is a disconnect.” I couldn’t agree more, although Rove seems to think that people should approve of Bush’s policies because they like him, while I think they should dislike him because of his arrogant, harmful, reckless policies.

The Pentagon website has a day-in-the-life piece about a “presence patrol” in an Iraqi village, designed to “assure people the coalition is there,” much in the same way that cats mark their territory, although they (the soldiers, not cats) seem to have spent most of their times looking for what the insurgents no doubt call “presence bombs.” They’re looking for anything out of the ordinary. Says another sergeant, “We have been here four months now. We know what looks out of place.” Oh yeah, you’re a regular T.E. Lawrence, you are. The patrol spots a stopped car and checks to see if it is really broken down. They ascertain that it is and so refrain from shooting the driver. Then they spot some fresh dirt! They get very excited! But they find out it is just some local children building a speed bump. “They need to tell us that,” says Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Long. “That’s a good way to get shot.” Finally, after a long day of not shooting children and people whose cars broke down, they returned to base. “The soldiers often conduct dismounted patrols, but this day it was enough to let the people see them and know they are there, the soldiers explained. The team checked out a number of things, spoke with groups of people and came home safely. All in all, they declared it a very good Mother’s Day patrol.”

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