Bush Defends Ban on War Grief
Author: President Calls on Nation to Forget War's Human Cost
WASHINGTON (GWB) --
President Bush on Thursday defended his decision to exclude
grief from U.S. war coverage, saying that lost lives and limbs show that the
"evildoers still hate us" and thus confirm that we are "on the
path of freedom."
The president, making his first appearance at a funeral for Americans killed in
Iraq, posed beside a flag draped coffin and claimed that death is "no big
deal," especially if it helps Karl Rove "get the job done in
2004." He brushed off accusations that the coffin was a plastic fake
filled with shredded Enron documents. "It's an election year. Irresponsible
charges are the way the Democrats and Al Qaeda do business."
Bush's happy-face policy calls for cheerful optimism in the wake of daily
terrorist attacks, which the White House insists are paving the way for full
democracy in Iraq. France, Germany, Russia and Canada remain unmoved
by the president's remarks, however, refusing to contribute troops to Operation
Sitting Duck on the spurious grounds that President Bush "told the
international community to go to hell" in the lead-up to war. In an
awkward moment yesterday Bush conceded that he understood their position, then
added that if they didn't change it he would "liberate" all four
countries with an avalanche of daisy cutters.
"American men and women have risked their lives to free Bechtel and
Halliburton, and now it's time for others to help out," Bush told reporters
after his day in the cemetery. "The U.S. people understand that
spilling blood is essential to gushing profits," he added. "God
According to U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz's memo posted on a
Pentagon Web site, countries that shed their blood for U.S. corporations will be
awarded primary rebuilding contracts. "Blood and profits must flow
together," explains the memo, so when the "Coalition of the
Killing" offers up its young citizens, the profit contracting will reflect
that. That's what the U.S. taxpayers demand."
Bush said he spoke Wednesday with French President Jacques Chirac, German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin -- requesting
that they send their youthful fodder to Baghdad "as soon as possible."
Asked whether invading a non-threatening nation might be a violation of
international law," Bush said, "I don't know what you're talking
about by international law." Senior political adviser Karl Rove added
that international law is no obstacle to U.S. national security: "If
it accords with our objectives, it's a redundancy; if it deviates, its
irrelevant," explained Rove.