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George Bush’s War Books & Bong Hits For Jesus

by | 20th, March 2007

banks_amend560.jpg PRESIDENT Bush was on telly yesterday.

The New York Times TV Review notes that his address to the nation was filmed in front of a row of books meant to show the wisdom of the commander-in-chief. But the American public is unlikely to be fooled by a bookshelf.

After all, as the review points out, even if they don’t watch the news, Americans are bombarded with disparaging views of the war across a range of television shows, even sitcoms. According to the American television has become more openly sceptical of the US Government’s handling of the war after initial fears of appearing unpatriotic in the wake of September 11.

On an episode of the comedy series Arrested Development, two brothers travel to Baghdad to secure the release of their other brother who is being held in jail. “It’s U.S.-run,” one says. “God knows what they are doing to him.”

Speechifying

As far as the content of the speech itself went. Bush gave up almost entirely on his gospel of spreading democracy throughout the world. Instead, he was forced to warn of the consequences of withdrawing early, which could turn Iraq into a staging ground for terrorists. Gosh! Bush’s fear of early withdrawal was not plucked from thin air. On Thursday Congress will vote on a $100 million war package which includes a provision for Bush to pull the troops out of Iraq next year. But his warnings are unlikely to find much sympathy from a Democratic-controlled Congress that seems to grow bolder daily.

Cheerleading and Protesting

If Bush wanted to find any solace this morning he could have turned to the Opinion page of the New York Post where retired U.S. Army officer Gordon Cucullu penned a lengthy upbeat piece entitled The Iraq Surge: Why It’s Working . Of course, Bush would have had to have ignored the small but numerous protests and vigils that took place around the country, including New York where the New York Sun reports dozens of people were arrested on Wall Street for blocking access to

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