George W. Bush kept us safe

This is what Republicans were saying last week: After 9/11, George W. Bush kept us safe. The slick con-man “after 9/11”,  as if the President who ignored a national security briefing with the title “Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside the US” was somehow not responsible for his own inaction   is so offensive you might not notice the really sickening part - the Republican “us”.  For the Republicans “us” doesn’t include US soldiers and sailors and marines - because some of us Americans were not at all safe even after 9/11.

Some of us were sent to Afghanistan where the inept and disinterested Bush didn’t bother to collect allies, provide enough resources to accomplish the mission, or think through a strategy. Bin Laden escaped, Taliban regrouped, and some of us were most definitely not safe.

Some of us were sent to Iraq to get Weapons of Mass Destruction that turned out to be Bush administration marketing gimmicks. The Bush administration didn’t bother to get us basic equipment, like bulletproof vests. They sent over highly paid children of political operatives to mismanage the occupation from within walled bases equipped with swimming pools and chefs while some of us were forced on tour after tour “stop loss”. They diverted billions to overpaid contractors who electrocuted some of us in the damn showers even.

That’s Republicans for you: “us” doesn’t include anyone but them.

Section 60 in Arlington Cemetery.

I don’t even want to talk about those of us who were not so safe in New Orleans after Katrina.

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