Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bush photo op: in flagrante delicto!

Er... thank you for introducing yourself, Vernon. I'm glad you consented to join True or Better. You'll no doubt provide the balance we need, much like the New York Times needs David Brooks. (See? Isn't that a better comparison than your Hannity & Colmes idea? You can think of me as... uh... Paul Krugman?)

Speaking of rats, Bush has apparently been ratted out of his cheesy choreographed "conversation" with U.S. troops in Iraq. I'm glad this abuse of journalism has been exposed, but it's disturbing that they do this kind of thing in the first place. I'd count this as off-year campaigning, frankly.

Bush interviews a bunch of Army captains on TV, but he doesn't approve of journalists conducting interviews with soldiers and Iraqis on their own. Y'ever feel déjà vu? Because this reminds me a lot of the way Nikita Khruschev asked Yuri Gagarin if he'd seen God while he was in outer space, and Gagarin yukked it up with the premier. There's some comfort in the fact that the Bush administration is so damned incompetent at this, but on the other hand, it's a dead certainty that they've gotten away with this kind of crap before.

All I want is a decent, above-board, accountable government. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so.

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