Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Yesterday was MA Day

When I grew up, we celebrated May Day with May poles and an outdoor celebration. It waas kind of like a day-long recess . . .

Four years ago, Bush seized that bucolic day and made it into MA Day - Mission Accomplished Day - the day he stuffed a sock in a flight suit and acted like he could land a plane on an aircraft carrier without a few toots of coke to steady his nerve (while many people think he landed the plane, it's a lie - a real pilot landed the plane). The "liberal" press responded with fawning worship.

One can only wonder how the 25,000 American troops who have been wounded since May Day became MA Day viewed their future back when Bush told us we had been victorious. One can only wonder how the more than 3200 troops who have died since Bush declared our mission accomplished spent that day, or how they could have spent yesterday, if they were still alive.

MA Day was four years ago. May Day was in another era.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

"...the day he stuffed a sock in a flight suit and acted like he could land a plane on an aircraft carrier without a few toots of coke to steady his nerve..."

ROFLMFAO!! (note the extra F)

Dan, my man, that may be the funniest and cleverest phrase you've turned. And that is high praise indeed!

You had me at "stuffed a sock".

5/02/2007 6:26 PM  
Blogger Roy Lofquist said...

Dear Sir,

I must respond to the multiple factual errors in this post.

Neither Bush, nor any member of his administration nor the military said that he piloted the plane. Any misunderstanding is due totally to the media coverage.

A "real pilot?". Bush flew the F-102 Delta Dagger, a notorious widow maker. Fatal accidents in the F-102 are on a par with the actual risks taken by combat pilots in Vietnam. The Air Force employed only a few F-102's in Vietnam then transitioned to the F-106 Delta Dart. Given the remaining service commitment of Bush, and all others in similar cicumstances, the Air Force decided to bring in a new generation to fly the F-106.

As anyone who has any familiarity with naval aviation will tell you, any landing on a carrier is risky business. Believe me, those men on the carrier were impressed.

As to "Mission Accomplished": that banner was put up by the crew of that ship and was absolutely correct. The mission was to depose the military and government of Iraq.

In his speech Bush made no claims of victory. He stressed that we were in for a long slog and that it would be difficult. Not triumphant but determined.

Bush flew into Baghdad for Thanksgiving. I'm sure that the Secret Service was apoplectic.

You may have different views of the foreign policy of the United States than have I. But, to infer that Bush is other than a courageous man is vile slander.

Regards,
Roy

5/05/2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Roy, thanks for visiting and voicing your thoughts. You've given me an opportunity to correct you.

First, did I claim that anyone official claimed that he landed the plane? No, I didn't, so to claim that I made a factual error is, in fact, a factual error.

As for Bush being a real pilot, he was a cokehead who used his father's connections to avoid Viet Nam. I can't blame the military for avoiding putting him into a good plane.

I know plenty about naval aviation. I'm sure the people on deck were impressed, as they should be to meet their commander in chief. He's still killing our soldiers, and they're still impressed with him. Command discipline is a marvelous thing.

It's funny that you still believe the discredited lie about the banner. Read up a bit - you're wrong. Bought and paid for by the White House.

I remember Bush's photo op in Baghdad. Yawn. He created a dangerous situation there, and snuck in and out of it like a coward in the night. Was I supposed to be impressed?

Bush is a chicken - a coward who will send young men to their deaths while keeping his daughters in the finest nightclubs. On 9-11, he hid like a frightened child rather than stepping up and acting like a man. If you consider that to be vile slander, then I defy you to show me where I'm wrong.

5/05/2007 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Arlene said...

You write very well.

10/21/2008 6:19 PM  

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