In a hastily called press conference today, Bush crowed:
"I have planted the flag of freedom in the world."
Thank God for George W. Bush, who gave the world freedom.
Watching the press conference, I was nauseated by his continual smirk -- especially when he talked about how the death of 36 soldiers today in Iraq was not important given the big picture.
"The story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people," Mr. Bush said. "I understand that. We value life. And we weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life. But it is the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom. Otherwise, the Middle East will continue to be a cauldron of resentment and hate, a recruiting ground for those who have this vision of the world that is the exact opposite of ours."
Am I alone in feeling that response is completely disgusting, and disrespectful towards the soldiers who are fighting and dying for his "vision"?
His arrogance knows no bounds, either. Again, we're back to the claims that any criticism of him and his borders on unpatriotic:
Several questioners noted Democratic criticisms of his Iraq policy leveled during Condoleezza Rice's Senate confirmation proceedings for secretary of state. Mr. Bush said he thought such statements could leave the Iraqi people "wondering whether or not this nation has the will necessary to stand with them as a democracy evolves."
Oh, that makes a lot of sense, Mister President: If America shows any characteristics of being a free democracy, that will discourge other democracy supporters around the world. File that under, "Do as we say, not as we do."