How did George Bush feel when he saw that smart-bomb, a
size-ten shoe and, then, its mate, zero in on his face?
I think I know. Because my senses have been assaulted
repeatedly by Bush�s impoverished insight and developmentally-stunted language.
Here�s a case in point: Bush said the shoe incident was an
�example of free speech in a democracy.� If this is true, why was the thrower
of the weapon of minor proportion, reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi, tortured and
And then there�s: �I don�t know what his beef is.� After
all, Bush has �liberated� so many of al-Zaidi�s countrymen, women, and
children, including some of the reporter�s relatives. What an ingrate al-Zaidi
is! But wouldn�t it have been better if Bush had said �his issue� rather than
�his beef� which sounds so meatheadish? That�s George Bush, though, who told
ABC�s Charles Gibson he�s been the Comforter in Chief, meeting and crying with
the families of our fallen and visiting the wounded in military hospitals.
This master of war is no comforter. Instead, he�s the
Meathead in Chief.
Here�s yet another verbal violation: �Yeah, that�s right. So
what?� This was President Meathead�s question to ABC News� Martha Raddatz�s
challenge that there was no al-Qaeda presence in Iraq before the US invasion
and occupation of the country.
Add the above jaw droppers to the Bush family holiday video,
starring Barney, and remember during a debate over eight years ago when Bush
was asked what �political philosopher� he most admired. He answered, �Christ,
because he changed my heart. When you turn your heart and your life over to
Christ, when you accept Christ as the Savior, it changes your heart and changes
And, then, try to imagine what George Bush might have
wrought had �the Savior� not changed his heart and life. Even more atrocities?
As if Iraq, Afghanistan, and support for Israel�s occupation of the Palestinian
West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem weren�t enough.
If Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich can be impeached for
attempting to sell a senate seat, surely, terrorist masterminds George Bush and
Dick Cheney should be prosecuted for selling an illegal and immoral war to the
American public and for authorizing torture.
There have been more than 4500 troop deaths in Iraq since
Bush hurled a �coalition� of servicemen and women into cycles of death and post
traumatic stress disorder. So many lives will never be the same. Ask Iraq�s new
hero, al-Zaidi, who has seen the carnage in his country where at least a
million Iraqi civilians have perished and more than four million have been
In Afghanistan, coalition deaths have exceeded 1000 and
thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed. President Hamid Karzai has
criticized international forces for the recent increase in civilian deaths.
As we watch the reaction of the people of Iraq to al Zaidi,
who now has star status, we need to recall that we were told our forces would
be greeted with flowers.
Recently, in the Charles Gibson interview, Bush said his
service to the nation has been �joyful,� that his �spirits have never been
If only each family whose spirits will always be down, the
result of losing someone in this Bush-created hell, would throw the empty
boots, worn by their loved one, at the man who fails to follow the precepts of
his favorite philosopher. If only all who feel the deep shame at what is being
done in our names would sling their shoes at the pompous clod who will likely
go unpunished for mass murder--unless enough of us demand accountability.
lives in New York City. She�s written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken
critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she�s a member of Gold
Star Families for Peace. She completed a novel last year, but since the death
of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, in Iraq on August 6,� 05, she
has been writing political articles. She can be reached at Missybeat@aol.com.