WASHINGTON A blistering comedy ?tribute? to President Bush by Comedy Central?s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close. […] As he walked from the podium, the president and First Lady gave Colbert quick nods, unsmiling, and left immediately.
The secretary should go not because he has been criticized by a group of retired generals but because he embodies the smugness and inability to acknowledge error that has characterized both the Iraq war and the wider war on terrorism. Rumsfeld has been the pinched public face of an administration that has cut legal and humanitarian corners in dealing with people ? including U.S. citizens ? suspected of involvement with terrorists.
Too over-the-top to be true? In fact its the most hilarious and disturbingly not-parodied headline story in Sunday’s Times UK (tip via Blairwatch).
THE American military is planning a ?second liberation of Baghdad? to be carried out with the Iraqi army when a new government is installed. […] Strategic and tactical plans are being laid by US commanders in Iraq and at the US army base in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, under Lieutenant- General David Petraeus. […] The battle for Baghdad is expected to entail a ?carrot-and-stick? approach…
This must be an extension of Bush’s infamous “Fool me once… can’t get fooled again” doctrine (video).