Friday, June 09, 2006

TV drama The Shield: Are you happy now, George Bush?

Last Tuesday, June 6th, I was watching Rescue Me, a funny and dark Denis Leary show on FX. In the middle, among the commercials, they had a promo for the upcoming last season of The Shield: "Coming soon."

The promo showed all the main characters lurking in a darkened underpass next to a dead body in a car. It was one of the good guys, or reasonably good, compared to the rest of the crowd on that show.

Words were printed on the screen and it all reminded me of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their ilk:

"Viewer discretion advised.

"When everyone's dirty.

"When everyone's desperate.

"When everyone's guilty.

Voice over: "Are you happy now, Vic Mackey?

"No one rests in peace."

Are you happy now, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld? Over 2,400 of our people are dead because of your lies. Iraq is an even worse disaster because of you.

Millions of people are not resting in peace. The middle class in Iraq is fleeing for their lives. American families are in anguish because of lost sons, husbands, brothers, daughters or afraid they will soon lose a son, husband, brother, daughter.

And today (June 9th) is Robert McNamara's birthday. He is 90. You remember McNamara. He's the Rumsfeld of the sixties who lied about our "upcoming victory" over the North Vietnamese. But he secretly knew we hadn't a prayer of winning. He has since admitted it! Over 58,000 names on The Wall. But he's still around, prospering.

That'll be our future. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld will still be around years from now. Prospering. Making money in oil.

But for now, they're desperate. They're trying to convince us that the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will lead to a victory and a democratic Iraq. Yah, right.

They're guilty as hell.

Are you happy now, George Bush?
--Walter Haan,


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