Saturday, May 27, 2006

Say what you mean and mean what you say 

I'm sure most people will remember this famous quote from President Bush in July 2003:

There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.

Bush wanted the insurgents to bring it on and bring it on they did. Since this famous utterance the insurgents have killed over 2,000 more U.S. troops, wounded over 15,000 more, and created all sorts of havoc. Bush laid down a challenge and they took him up on it.

Now it seems as if Bush is having second thoughts about having said that. In a press conference the other day he said:

Sounds like kind of a familiar refrain here -- saying "bring it on," kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner -- you know, "wanted dead or alive," that kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted, and so I learned from that.

So now he wants... what? The insurgents not to bring it on? Talk about sending mixed messages. I mean really, if he didn't want the insurgents to bring it on what did he say it for? Maybe after a few years of having your soldiers blown to pieces every day it's not as easy to have quite so much swagger. Or maybe he thought the insurgents couldn't "bring it on", as implied by his pre-mature "mission accomplished " statements.

In any event maybe one of these days the idiot will learn to follow the old adage: "Say what you mean and mean what you say".


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