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Stay The Course


Dear Editor of the East Hampton Independent,

Bush's ratings took a bump recently, after he managed to elbow his way into stealing some of the spotlight from Prime Minister Blair's successful stunning handling of the terrorist plot. It reminded me of some of his other "heroic" photo-ops. There was the megaphone performance atop the ruins of the twin towers, many days after the horror, or his visit finally to the Katrina disaster weeks after he completed one more of his legendary vacations. His legacy will have a footnote that this president has been on vacation longer and more often than any before him. Makes you kind of proud.

But just when you think this guy cannot be more of a phony, he dons his Air National Guard fighter pilot costume and has himself landed on an the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier in order to give his "Mission Accomplished" speech in which he declared the "end of major combat" in the unfounded war into which he had manipulated our country. That was almost three and a half years ago. Since that accomplished mission, nearly 3,000 armed forces' lives and tens of thousands horribly wounded have become victims of the Iraq quagmire. What a unique end of major combat. If that is winning, Webster's definition is in need of revision.

The new brainless battle blurb is "Stay the course." If that evaluation is as accurate as those made by Bush on the USS Lincoln, we're in deep doo-doo.

JOSEPH FULLER
September 05, 2006

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