Stay classy, George.
Okay, so President Bush is a lying liar who lies.
I hate that. Of all the things that could possibly be done to me, being lied to bothers me more than just about anything. When I was growing up, pretty much the only offense considered worthy of a spanking in our house was lying, because it was just that important to my parents. And I feel the same way. There's so much that is involved in a lie: the assumption that you're dumb enough to fall for it, the assumption that you don't deserve the truth (or the paternalistic assumption that you just can't handle the truth), the arrogant assumption that the liar isn't held to the same standards of honesty as the rest of society. Trust is a long time in growing and hard to win back when you screw up once; violate that trust, unashamedly, a dozen times, and there's no going back.
Bush lied about why we were going to war. Weapons of mass destruction, liberation, just stay for a few months, greeted as liberators, all lies, liar. He lied about "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." He lied like a dog during the presidential debates in 2004. A couple of years ago, he lied big about the Social Security trust fund in order to defend his privatization plan. He lied about not being warned about Hurricane Katrina. He lied about the "stay the course" thing. He lied about actually following the Constitution for once and calling off his warrantless wiretapping program.
And on it goes. This time it's not actually him saying the words - it's his favorite defense secretary, Robert Gates - but it's still Bush's lie: We're extending tours of duty in Iraq from twelve to fifteen months, but in return, we're going to guaran-damn-tee that you'll get at least a full twelve months at home between deployments to "provide some long-term predictability for the soldiers and their families."
Except... Kidding! Just kidding:
The Army is sending a company of Europe-based soldiers back to Iraq before the unit has had a full 12 months of "dwell time," or at-home rest.
Members of the 1st Armored Division's 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, Company A, learned Tuesday that they are scheduled to head back to Iraq in November, just nine months after the 150-soldier company left the combat zone in February after a 13-month deployment.
See, this is why I oppose Bush's so desperately desired blank check for Iraq funding. This is why benchmarks and timetables and accountability are so crucial. This is why Congress has not only the right but the responsibility to keep track of what he's doing with the money after he gets it: Because he lies. He lies all the time. And whatever it is he says he's going to do with the money, you can't be sure that that's actually what's going to be done, because he's a liar.
Oh that makes me so mad.
All off that that's why this Friday Not-Even-Random Ten is dedicated to George W. Bush, The Decider, The Comander Guy, the guy who was totally going to bring dignitude back to the presidency. Not holding my breath, there. Honestly.
1. Ice Cube, "Don't Trust 'Em"
2. Endo, "Simple Lies"
3. Lenny Kravitz, "Believe In Me"
4. Sting, "Big Lie, Small World"
5. P.M. Dawn, "Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine"
6. Joss Stone, "Dirty Man"
7. Dashboard Prophets, "Dismissing the Myth"
8. The Chemial Brothers, "Dig Your Own Hole"
9. Public Enemy, "Don't Believe the Hype"
10. Guster, "Two Points for Honesty"
Your Ten, random or otherwise, goes in comments. But don't let me catch you making stuff up.