Just like Robert Novak and their mentor the Moose, the Mooselings have a low tolerance for bull.
Tell us what you really mean, they say. Enough with the semantics, they protest. Talk is cheap, get on with it.
With the current administration and its ongoing mismanagement of the situation in Iraq, the Mooselings' high standards and keen bull-detection abilities have been stressed as never before.
Sometimes, the Mooselings spot disappointing but amusing and absurd instances of bull. Remember, of course, the presumptuous Mission Accomplished banner from way back in the day; or, as New Donkey explores here and here, the confused linguistics debate over what exactly we ought to call this War or Struggle or Entanglement or Hoohahh or, you know, whatever.
Sometimes it is sad to consider the fact that Bush, who got elected by embracing the mantle of compassionate conservatism, has long abandoned compassion not only in his policies, but also in one of his most solemn duties, consoling the families of the fallen. The New York Times features one mother who encountered a strangely aloof President:
Mr. Bush, she said, acted as if he were at a party and behaved disrespectfully toward her by referring to her as "Mom" throughout the meeting.
By Ms. Sheehan's account, Mr. Bush said to her that he could not imagine losing a loved one like an aunt or uncle or cousin. Ms. Sheehan said she broke in and told Mr. Bush that Casey was her son, and that she thought he could imagine what it would be like since he has two daughters and that he should think about what it would be like sending them off to war.
More often than not though, the indifferent lip service and genuine-seeming talk reveals a disregard for the facts on the ground and a disrespect for those making the real sacrifices.
Today's USA Today reports that:
A Marine regiment that took heavy casualties last week in western Iraq -- including 19 killed from a Reserve unit headquartered in Ohio -- had repeatedly asked for about 1,000 more troops. Those requests were not granted.
Regimental Combat Team 2 began asking for additional troops to police its volatile 24,000-square-mile territory before most of its Marines deployed in February, said operations officer Lt. Col. Christopher Starling, 39, of Jacksonville, N.C.
Starling said the unit could "optimally" use one more battalion, about 1,000 troops, to take some of the pressure off the Reserve unit, which is spearheading an offensive in the region. "With a fourth battalion, I wouldn't have to play pick-up ball," Starling said.
Particularly offensive was Rumsfield spokesman's dismissive non-response response to Starling's claim:
Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita said Sunday, "I don't doubt every colonel wishes he had more in his area, but the decisions about how troops are (deployed) are made by the commanders above them."
Our nation continues to pay a horrible price for its failure to secure Iraq. Despite President Bush's aggressive language about finishing the job we started there, the administration continues to show that its much better at offering top-quality bull than actually getting serious about winning the peace and protecting our soldiers.
-- The Mooselings --