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9-11 Plus 5

9-11 PLUS 5

Raging Moderate, by Will Durst

Monday was the fifth anniversary of IX-XI, and President Bush apparently decided to prepare us for our national day of mourning by delivering a week-long series of seminars on fear mongering. Okay, okay, maybe 'fear mongering' is a bit much. Perhaps a better phrase would be 'PR campaign of cheap political calculation,' or 'systematic exploitative pandering,' or 'a typical sleazy example from the Karl Rove electioneering handbook.' Or as we have to come know it during the last six years: 'business as usual.'

First Dubyah played the Nazi card, calling Democratic plans for a phased withdrawal of our forces from Iraq an appeasement similar to Chamberlain's treatment of Hitler in 1939. I'm surprised he didn't unveil secret footage of Nancy Pelosi brandishing a rolled-up umbrella. Then he played the Red Menace card invoking Lenin and intimating a hammer and cycle tattoo on Howard Dean's forehead invisible only due to a thickly slapped-on layer of Dark Egyptian Number 4 makeup.

And if these two jack-booted images don't do the trick, expect to hear him summon up other more ancient scourges like the Huns and the Mongols and the Visigoths in his never-ending quest to keep Americans all aquiver so we run and hide behind his urban-camouflaged pants right up until the clock strikes 8 p.m. PST, November 7, 2006. Screw Hawaii.

Uncharacteristically, Democrats refused to curl up in their customary flinching fetal position at the sound of the president's big bad rhetoric, and ratcheted up their criticism of his war policies calling for the institutionalized bitch-slapping of Donald Rumsfeld in a transparently futile attempt to get the secretary of defense to join 10,000 Intel workers in next month's unemployment line. Predictable as a papier-mâché roof in a Category 3 Hurricane? Yes. But as they say about fire, it takes politics to fight politics.

White House spokesman Tony Snow knee-slapped and guffawed and scoffed at the Democrats' proposal stating that portraying Rumsfeld as a bogeyman 'may make for good politics but makes for lousy strategy.' And one can't immediately discount that opinion because if anybody has experience with lousy strategies, its this White House.

An administration that strategized the best way to stem terrorist activity was to invade a country that had none. An administration that stragetized that applying car battery contacts to a prisoner's nipples was not torture because it wasn't life threatening. An administration that stragetized that causing the death of over 100,000 non-combatant Iraqis was going to win over the hearts and minds of their countrymen. An administration that considers the best strategist to be the one who finds the biggest stick. Do the names Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and John Bolton have any meaning here?

In just one of his series of deep-tissue massages of fear and loathing, Bush mentioned Osama bin Laden by name 18 times, conveniently neglecting to mention it was HE who DISBANDED the CIA division devoted to finding the six-foot seven-inch Arabian guy traipsing around the Kyhber Pass dragging behind him a solar powered kidney dialysis machine from the Islamabad Sharper Image catalog.

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the president spoke to the country of bin Laden: 'He can run but he can't hide.' You know what, it's been five years. I think they're both hiding. One behind the billowing skirts of the other.

Comic, writer, actor, radio talk show host, burden to his family, Will Durst, after his vacation, doesn't need Dark Egyptian Number 4.

Copyright© 2006 Will Durst, distributed by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Will Durst is a political comedian who has performed around the world. He is a familiar pundit on television and radio. See www.willdurst.com for additional information on Will's performance schedule. Will's CDs are available at laugh.com. Email Will at willdurst@sbcglobal.net..

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