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Monday, July 04, 2005

Trolling for Troops

George Bush spent this afternoon at the West Virginia University campus speaking to an "audience of a couple thousand people [which] was restricted to ticket-holders who gave him an enthusiastic welcome", in what looks to be an appeal to patriotism, in an effort to acquire some new recruits:
"As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we rededicate ourselves to the ideals that inspired our founders. During that hot summer in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago, from our desperate fight for independence to the darkest days of a civil war, to the hard-fought battles of the 20th century, there were many chances to lose our heart, our nerve, or our way."

"But Americans have always held firm, because we have always believed in certain truths. We know that the freedom we defend is meant for all men and women, and for all times. And we know that when the work is hard, the proper response is not retreat. It is courage."
Doesn't George know that young chickenhawks, while great war-mongers, rarely actually serve. One would think he would know better, having been one himself.

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