Dispatches from the Creation Wars

What a Difference Seven Years Makes

Gotta love this old quote a poster at DailyKos dug up from a speech Bush made to the VFW while campaigning in 2000:

“The facts are stark and the facts are real. . . Our men and women in uniform love their country more than their comfort. They have never failed us, and we must not fail them. But the best intentions and the highest morale are undermined by back-to-back deployments, poor pay, shortages of spare parts and equipment, and rapidly declining readiness.”

“. . .these are signs of a military in decline and we must do something about it. The reasons are clear. Lack of equipment and material. Undermaning of units. Overdeployment. Not enough time for family. Soldiers who are on food stamps, and soldiers who are poorly housed. Dick Cheney and I have a simple message today for our men and women in uniform, their parents, their loved ones, their supporters: Help is on the way!”

I don’t know whether to laugh or scream.


  1. #1 Stuart Coleman
    April 5, 2007

    Preferably both, just try not to let your head explode. That’s becoming a full-time job for me (and I can imagine that most Libertarians feel similarly).

  2. #2 Kenny
    April 5, 2007

    Too bad Clinton left such a mess huh? Hard to recover from all the military cuts he made while in office, leaving us hardly a military at all.

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    April 5, 2007

    That’s funny, especially given that the Republicans controlled Congress, and thus the budget, for much of his administration. I love how partisans think.

  4. #4 Tex
    April 5, 2007

    Like Molly Ivins used to say, “No mater how cynical I become, it is hard to keep up.”

  5. #5 Jim51
    April 5, 2007

    I am astonished at Kenny’s comment. While it is true that during the Clinton years the “peace dividend” or “end of the cold war dividend” idea was generally accepted, it was accepted largely by both parties.
    And to suggest the we were left with “hardly a military at all” is an incredibly boneheaded remark. We were left still with the most capable military in the world.
    Kenny- would you have traded our military in the year 2000 for anyone else’s in the world? If so, whose?

  6. #6 daenku32
    April 5, 2007

    But you see, 9-11 changed everything. Now the happiness of the booted machines is secondary for our accomplishing our goals…whatever they may be. Since Bush never has revealed them..

    I feel like digging out my old-skool Megadeth albums.

  7. #7 blah
    April 5, 2007

    Jim51, sarcasm or irony. Keep either in mind then read Kenny’s comment again.

  8. #8 Jim51
    April 6, 2007

    While I must admit that it can be hard to distinguish between parody and earnestness, I see no reason to believe that Kenny’s comment is an attempt at parody. Nevertheless, I am more than willing to hear again from Kenny that his comment was either:
    a- an attempt at humor through irony, or
    b- an ignorant overstated partisan remark that bears little resemblance to reality, or
    c- Which country would he have swapped our military with in 2000?

  9. #9 Andrea
    April 6, 2007

    If those traitorous terrorist loving America hating Democrats would just stop their posturing and give Bush the money he needs to do his job, he’d be able to help those poor soldiers.

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