Last week, all of the so called “News Networks” on our TV’s were on fire with a story about “unannounced” Presidential candidate Jeb Bush not being able to answer (to the TV reporter’s satisfaction) a question about whether or not he approved of his brother’s invasion of Iraq back in the days when “W” was President of the USA!
While I understand Jeb’s reluctance to give them a straight out yes or no answer, I also understand that if anyone in this whole world is intimately acquainted with the in’s and out’s of the whole Iraq situation concerning his brother, it’s got to be Jeb Bush! He is quite probably also intimately acquainted with the political doing’s of our government back in the days when his father was Vice President under a guy named Reagan and it’s kind of like doing a kabuki dance on the head of a pin for him to give a straight answer to a question and not say too much! I swear, it almost sounded like a used car commercial!
If ever there was a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation for anyone to step into, it’s that particular question being put to poor old Jeb, and here’s why.
Back in the mid 80’s when Jeb’s daddy was VP and Reagan ran the White House, a gentleman named Saddam Hussein was our number one ally and someone we fully supported in his eight year war with Iran. Saddam was our guy. He was this bad-assed barroom bully type in that part of the world and nobody messed with him. That’s mostly because he was also known as someone who would kill you or have you killed at the slightest provocation with anything he could get his hands on (including chemical weapons which he used on the Kurds) and our government, (which included Mr. Reagan and Mr. Bush) were perfectly happy to look the other way while he did it! I’m not saying that impacted Jeb’s answer this week, but I’ll bet it had something to do with it!
Now we come to the other side of Jeb’s answer.
A few years have gone by. Saddam is still in power ruling his world and killing whoever he pleases. The other Bush we call “W” has taken over the White House and not too far away in another house is the number one Bush sidekick and former Halliburton oilman, Mr. Dick Cheney. Gasoline is approaching $4.00 per gallon which has every oil producer in the world frothing at the mouth because one thing they all know, is that Iraq has oil and Saddam is sitting on a bunch of it! The worm is starting to turn and it’s not too long before our one-time friend, the guy we loved and supported in taking care of our Iran problem has now become the number one obstacle holding us back from getting our hooks on all that black gold!
There’s only one little hangup and that is, how do we hatch a story that will slide Saddam out of the way so that we can get our hands on the oil? Hey… how about this? What if we convince the world that he’s got a bunch of WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) he’s hiding? That way, we’ll scare hell out of our people, invade his country, take care of his bad ass, and help ourselves to his oil!?
Needless to say, we cooked up the WMD story, we cooked Saddam’s goose, we didn’t quite get the oil but we did have one of the longest, costliest, wars in history! Now poor ol’ Jeb is standing in front of some inquisitive TV reporter with a microphone in her (or his) hand, and pretty quick he has to come up with a valid answer to that dumbassed question!
I’m not saying all questions are dumb, I’m not saying all TV reporters are dumb, and I’m not saying Jeb’s past life flashed before his eyes but but something weird sure did! What I am saying is that the way things are going today on TV news, given a choice in the believability contest between the current Presidential campaign and the worst used car commercials you’ve ever seen, I think the used car commercials are winning!
Send me your comments and critiques. I’ll read them all and use them if I can.
Have a great week everybody!