Monday, May 30, 2005

Bush Pays Tribute to Nation's War Dead

This is from Pete Yost of the Associated Press:

"ARLINGTON, Va. (May 30) - President Bush honored America's ''brave defenders'' Monday in a dual Memorial Day salute to the dead and missing in action from wars of yesteryear and those on the front lines of today's war against terrorism.

''We must honor their sacrifice by defeating the terrorists, advancing the cause of liberty,'' Bush told a large crowd of military leaders, rank-and-file troops and their families gathered under a brilliant sun at the nation's most revered military burial ground.

Standing in front of two large American flags draped over a marbled wall, Bush cited letters from some service members who subsequently died in action in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. ''We resolve that their sacrifice will always be remembered by a grateful nation,'' the president said."

This is a perfect example of a manufactured news event by the White House PR machine to be published by a complacent media. The president goes out, lays a wreath, then gives a speech linking U.S. soldiers killed in previous wars with current soldiers fighting in Iraq. And again, the president and the neoconservative continue to link Iraq with terrorism, saying how the American people must continue to fight and sacrifice their children and untold billions in treasure to a nation currently degenerating into a full-blown civil war. The press and TV cameras will gobble up this staged event without any constructive criticism or analysis. Finally, the American public will continue to remain either sickened or dumb on the serious problems that this war has caused for the country.

This is politics in its most disgusting and degenerative form.

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