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I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn.” – George W. Bush.

No, I haven’t lost my mind. Nor am I channeling my inner “Drudge“. George W. Bush, naturally, wasn’t President at the time when he said that on June 5, 1999, criticizing then President Clinton on keeping troops in Bosnia.

Bush in Rose GardenPresident Bush delivered an address from the White House Rose Garden this morning and wasted no time blasting Democrats for drawing up a $96 Billion dollar defense spending bill that also set a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

If you haven’t noticed lately, Republicans have become more and more disconnected from reality. There was Senator McCain telling Bill Bennet and Wolf Blitzer that, thanks to the Surge, parts of Baghdad outside of the “International Zone” (once called the “Green Zone“, but have since stopped as it falsely implied a sense of safety) were now safe enough to “go for a stroll”, and that “General Patraeus goes out there [in Baghdad] almost every day in an unarmed humvee.”

When faced with reality by a long embedded reporter in Iraq, Senators’ McCain and Lindsey Graham immediately flew to Iraq and flushed their credibility down the toilet by going on that stroll “three minutes from the Green Zone, surrounded by 100 heavily armed soldiers, three Blackhawk helicopters and two Apache Gunships.” McCain and Graham then had the balls to tell reporters that they proved themselves right and the critics wrong.

NBC Iraq correspondent Tom Aspell put it best when he noted that with a similar level of protection, “Paris Hilton could ride a bicycle in a bikini through Anbar province” with the same level of protection Senator McCain surrounded himself with that day.

Then, almost as if to help drive home the point of their outrageous hypocrisy in the name of playing Partisan Politics, The White House came out and criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for traveling to Syria to meet with the President of Syria regarding security in Iraq a mere THREE DAYS after a Republican delegation did the same thing.

Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, along with SIXTEEN other Republican Senators, criticized the Democratic defense spending bill for containing “pork”, that had no such objecting when passing their own defense spending bill last year that included $700 Million for a “railroad to nowhere“.

Imagine for a moment it’s a time before George Bush is declared President. Two countries have taken each others citizens hostage. One of them blindfolds, tortures and generally violates the Geneva Convention rights of its prisoners, not even allowing the world to see who those prisoners are or let the families of those prisoners know they are alright and not being mistreated.

The other country does just the opposite. The prisoners are treated well and allowed to let their families and the world know they are okay.

Before George Bush, there would be little doubt the United States would be the latter of those two countries.

Who ever imagined (before President Bush), the United States being SHAMED by IRAN regarding prisoner treatment? Leave it to Monty Python alum Terry Jones to point out the obvious, that Iran’s treatment of British soldiers is FAR better than the way the United States has been treating prisoners at our POW camp at Guantanamo Bay.

Makes you proud to be an Amerikan, huh?

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