Is it my imagination, or does this graphic suggest that the donkey is about to um, er, MOUNT the elephant?
This odd illustration cometh from The Telegraph (UK), from which ALSO cometh a howlarious Bush apologia conflating Bush’s unpopularity with Harry S. Truman’s at the end of his term in a classic ‘All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore All men are Socrates‘ festival of speciousness. I trust the reader to note the astonishing rewrite of history involved (‘you got to ACCentuate the positive, EEEEE-liminate the negative‘) But the headline requires comment:
The Telegraph (UK)
By Andrew Roberts
Last Updated: 11:01pm BST 21/06/2008
Yes, idjit, of COURSE it will: it will say that no one expected that a dry drunk would seize on a national tragedy (9-11) to kill a million innocent civilians, unleash TWO invasions and occupations, and unleash, with his blessing, a wave of religious hatred and intolerance that is rapidly polarizing over one billion people against the United States.
Oh, and let’s not forget the 4.2 million REFUGEES that Bush’s invasion created in Iraq.
From the people of Iran holding candles in the steets of Tehran to show their solidarity with the victims of 9-11 and all Americans Bush has “misunderestimated” us to war insider and chairman of the Project for the New American Century‡ (the blueprint for post 9-11, saying that “a new Pearl Harbor” would be necessary to enact a takeover of the Iraqi oil fields and establish a permanent US military presence in the Middle East) Bill Kristol speculating* that if Bush thinks Obama will win, he’ll go ahead and bomb Iran!
[‡ Who evidently don't pay their bills. They haven't changed their name, but the old account at http://www.newamericancentury.org/ now has a notice reading:
This Account Has Been Suspended
Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible.
(hat tip to antiwar.com and ThinkProgress) Rats and sinking ships and all, but you'd think they'd have the good grace to close up shop, rather than let the account sit and fester. It couldn't be THAT much trouble for these Bold Entrepreneurs, these "patriots," these Wile E. Coyote Supergeniuses to settle up their internet account, right? An eye-popping honor roll of PNAC signatories can be found HERE courtesy of Rightweb's investigation. Another can be found at the SourceWatch PNAC entry, here. Gee, you'd think PNAC FOUNDER Bill Kristol could pay his internet bill with ONE New York Times check. Seriously. Here's what the PNAC page USED to look like. And here's a short "PNAC Primer." PNAC, its evil work done, evidently, now fades away.]
[* With permission, obviously. Has there ever been a more willing tool of Republikan Propaganda than Our Very Own malaprop Veep Dan Quayle's old "Chief of Staff" --who used to be referred to as "Quayle's Brain" -- Bill Kristol, the literal son of neoconservatism's Founding Father, Irving Kristol? Running a magazine -- The Weekly Standard -- that hemorrhages millions of dollars a year as a "prestige" loss-leader for sleazy international media man Rupert Murdoch, Kristol's chief blogger, Michael Goldfarb -- a former PNAC staffer -- is now assistant chief of communications for the McCain campaign, in charge of blogosphere smears, evidently, while Bill K. himself appears regularly on Fox News as a talking (point) head and cheerleader for PNAC's wars. If Kristol is speculating about Bush bombing Iraq, you can damn sure betcha that it was either approved or, more likely, PUSHED by the Administration to see what the response would be. Mysterously, right after the "Petraeus Betray Us/Move-on" Rightie Blogosmear™ flap of last September, Murdoch-owned journalist Bill Kristol was offered a regular column in the New York Times, locked in a death-struggle with Murdoch's two assassins, the New York Post, and now, the Wall Street Journal. Curious, that.]
Other accomplishments? To establishing the greatest deficits in American history, outsourcing the national debt, destroying the economy and covertly creating the greatest kleptocracy that has ever been seen in US military history. To creating the machinery of a Secret Police State with secret prisons and a unified intelligence command, a “Department of Homeland Security,” which is a coinage that Americans would have, for 225 years, found chilling and repellent, grotesque and repulsive etc. etc. etc.
Secret prisons. Torture. Gitmo. Three repudiations by the United States Supreme Court. Good lord.
Oh yes. We “misunderestimated” Bush. But not in any good way, as Andrew Roberts’ journalistic eliminatory orificial osculation § would have us believe.
We leave aside entirely Mr. Bush’s vast and lethal command of the malapropism, spoonerism, garble, gabble and gurgle verbal gaffes and any other arrows in The Shrub’s rhetorical quiver. They misspeaks for themself.
§ I’d say ‘analingus,’ but that legalism would be gross.
UPDATE 3:16 PM PDT:
… on core issues related to our national security, be it winning the war against Islamofascism in Afghanistan, Iraq, and worldwide, the right to hold suspected terrorists who fly no country’s banner at a secure site at Gitmo, and the right to wiretap the phone calls of suspected terrorists and/or those who aid them here in the US, he’s been solid and, as Roberts suggested, time could very well prove Bush correct on his GWOT policies as well as fully expose his harshest critics for the partisan hacks most of them are.
That kind of crapulous smooching can be heard (and is) literally from sea to shining sea. Smooch on, Sister. Smooch on. Here’s her archived blog photo (sans white sheets):