"There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like."
George W. Bush, December 11, 2002
Well, that was five years ago, when we only had one war. The hugger in chief, he loves to hug so much, he decided to start another war and make his term in office one long hug fest.
But more than just the hugs, we also get the lies. About a week ago, USA Today had the story of an extra 20,000 brain injuries from our huggable little wars that somehow hadn't been put on the books.
Have 30,000 people been injured in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan? Actually, that's just the official number. It's closer to 50,000.
Are we really near spending half a trillion dollars on these wars, as the counter over at FranIAm's blog reminds us daily? No, that number is a lie, too. Honest accounting would put the cost well over a trillion dollars, with no way of putting a good estimate on the final costs.
How many soldiers and vets have committed suicide? The official numbers, when you can find them, might be lowballing those totals, too. I believe that the numbers of the dead Americans are probably the only accurate numbers we get from these wars, that they can't be hiding dead bodies of Americans who have loved ones at home waiting. Not wanting to be a conspiracy theorist, I now have to wonder if I have instead been naive.
There's only one person who lies to the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others lie but having committed the troops, Bush has an additional responsibility to lie and that's him and he knows what it's like.