"Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
September 20, 2001
From the moment that this shallow, trite, idiotic, ridiculously simplistic phrase "the terrorists" began to work its insidious way into the American lexicon, our political discourse has descended to a level of childishness never before seen in our history. I stifle my gag reflex every time I hear it. It's as if we're all children, and "the terrorists" have taken the place of "the bogeyman" to scare us into submission when we're being unruly. And it has worked like a charm! The media and the public have swallowed it hook, line and sinker. The administration has kept them all looking under their beds and checking closets for "the terrorists" while proceeding to start a war of aggression, eviscerate the Constitution, break the law of the land, and conduct an unprecedented executive power grab, all in the name of "protecting" us. Even the president's opponents have been suckered into this ruse by allowing him to frame our national political debate in such juvenile terms."However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses."
-- George W. Bush, Oct 30, 2006
"I wonder if they are more interested in protecting the terrorists than they are in protecting the American people."
-- John Boehner, Sep 12, 2006
"Suggestions, for example, that we should withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq simply feed into that whole notion, validates the strategy of the terrorists."
-- Dick Cheney, Sep 10, 2006
Look people, every time these assholes say "the terrorists", instead of pissing yourself in fear like they want you to, think about who really attacked us on 9/11. It wasn't some fearsome, omnipresent enemy who represent the greatest threat to western civilization since the USSR or the Axis powers of WWII. It was 19 hijackers, financed by one rich Saudi, who penetrated our lax airport security and took advantage. That's all. The rest is all ridiculous bullshit hyperbole, designed to:
- Start a war they wanted to start all along, strictly for the financial gain of the Republican Party's cronies.
- Expand executive power in furtherance of the "unitary executive theory".
- Make you forget the fact that these incompetent shits still haven't caught the perpetrator of the crime.
Sure, there's an Al-Qaeda problem in Iraq now, but you can thank George W. Bush for that. It didn't exist before the invasion, no matter how many lies Dick Cheney tells you. There's a bigger Al-Qaeda problem elsewhere. Bin Laden is rebuilding his organization right now in northwest Pakistan, thanks to George W. Bush failing to kill or capture him when he had the chance. So every time you hear them say "the terrorists", just make it singular and think about:
If Bush would have simply done the job right in the first place and captured this animal and his buddies, and put them on trial like civilized nations do:
- The big bad Al-Qaeda figurehead would be in prison instead of coming out with videos making a monkey out of Bush.
- We wouldn't have lost another 4,000 people and spent half a trillion dollars in Iraq.
- The rest of the world would still respect us, instead of considering us a pariah nation.
- George Bush might not have destroyed his own political party.
If one were prone to express things in the childish, moronic way that George W. Bush is so fond of, they might say that he's letting "the terrorist" win. They might say that "the terrorist" is doing a fine job of kicking Bush's ass, actually.
But I would never do that.