Friday, May 16, 2008

Bush Sacrifices for Troops

Bush Sacrifices for Troops
Posted by JD Crowe May 16, 2008 6:53 AM

Just when you think you have a handle on just how flawed and out of touch the president of our country is, he rambles on about how he is showing solidarity with the families of fallen soldiers in Iraq by giving up his golf game. This is his war they are losing their limbs and dying in, and his idea of personal sacrifice is to keep his putter in the bag. Unbelievable. Maybe Bush is just as anxious for a new president as the rest of the country, if only because it may bring the troops home quicker and get him back on the golf course again. Story below....

Bush's golf claim angers veterans

* Ed Pilkington in New York
* The Guardian,
* Thursday May 15 2008

George Bush has angered US war veterans by declaring that out of solidarity with those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq he decided to make his own sacrifice: giving up golf.

In an interview with the Politico website, the president said he took the decision because of the war. "I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

Brandon Friedman, a veteran US infantry officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, told the Press Association: "Thousands of Americans have given up a lot more than golf for this war. For President Bush to imply that he somehow stands in solidarity with families of American soldiers by giving up golf is disgraceful. It's an insult to all Americans and a slap in the face to our troops' families."

Friedman, who is vice chairman of the US veterans' organisation VoteVets, added: "It shows how disconnected he is from everyday Americans, especially those who are serving in Iraq."

Bush said he laid down his clubs after the August 2003 bombing of United Nations offices in Baghdad that killed the UN's top official in the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello. "I remember when de Mello got killed as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life. I was playing golf - I think in central Texas - and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, 'It's just not worth it any more'."

According to a database held by CBS News the statement is not entirely accurate. He did cut short a round of golf at the 12th hole on that day, but his last recorded game came two months later, October 13.

Bush Sacrifices for Troops

Like most things he states he sends a mixed message I bet all the soldiers really feel better knowing that President Bush gave up golf for the war, this isn't Lent and giving up golf does not spread solidarity, maybe he ought to take them another plastic turkey for Thanksgiving......

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