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The Medals of George W. Bush

George W. Bush doesn't flaunt his hard-won war medals. Occasionally he will wear them if he is attending a formal or military event, but for the most part, they are tucked away in his trophy cabinet.


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(NT) (NT) Some say he didn't EARN that Silver Superstar.

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Now I don't know how to react.

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I still say fairness, honesty and The Golden Rule are what we should strive for in our government and in our president. What a tough job. Only a maniac would want that job. What do you call that disorder where you crave recognition and praise?

BTW, check out Maureen Dowd

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In reply to: Now I don't know how to react.

Narcissists use other people to get what they want without caring about the cost to the other people.

They want praise, compliments, deference, and expressions of envy all the time, and they want to be told that everything they do is better than what others can do. Sincerity is not an issue here; all that matter are frequency and volume


Maureen Dowd ... thanks. Entertaining writer. Wink

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Yeah, that's the ticket! Or in W's case, oedipus complex?

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Oops! Dowd articles not free. Not free bad.

I saw her on Charlie Rose last night pushing her new book: Bushworld: Enter at your own risk. (The book writers are loving Dubya!) She said she was astonished that, before he marched into Iraq, W didn't even consult with the only world leader to have ever put together a collation and to have fought Saddam Hussein. I find that remarkable too, if true.

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He took no one's advice. Not in his nature.

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Re: He took no one's advice. Not in his nature.

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Yeah, that's it. That's exactly what Maureen Dowd was talking about.

Excerpt from "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam" by George Bush [Sr].

"While we hoped that popular revolt or coup would topple Saddam, neither the U.S. nor the countries of the region wished to see the breakup of the Iraqi state. We were concerned about the long-term balance of power at the head of the Gulf. Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different--and perhaps barren--outcome."

Well 'mission accomplished' there, Dub. And he didn't even ASK Pop about it! Now that's just weird.

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