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Sunday, May 23, 2004
 
Who-the-hell is on First?
Should major city newspaper editors prevent guest contributors from making fools of themselves? Nah...

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Usually 9Driver's territory but...):
It has been said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. While sports do not create character in a person, sports do develop traits inherent in the person. Important lessons are learned on the pitcher's mound; steps are taken into manhood.
like how to spit.
Bush is the first Little League player to occupy the Oval Office, and he played baseball at Yale. So did his father and his grandfather.
Little League is where he belongs. Also, he quit the Yale Baseball team after Freshman year when he learned that he would never make varsity.
Baseball is not football. It is not territorial. It's not ruled by a clock; it could go on forever
But as a politician, his disgraced ass is going to be tossed out of the White House on January 20, 2005
.[snip]To wage war against an enemy that might attack at any time, anywhere, with long periods of inaction and then surprise assaults, it might help if you had strong nerves and an ability to watch out for action on three bases, home plate and the outfield -- at once. It certainly requires coordinated intelligence.
If the world were a baseball diamond and W was the manager of the team in the field, we would have a pitcher (The US), a catcher (The UK), a third baseman (Poland), our shortstop (Spain) would have quit, the first baseman (Lithuania) would be about two feet tall, our second baseman (Japan) would send a surrogate, and our entire outfield (France, Germany and Canada) would have run straight for the showers after reading the opening lineup.
After managing his father's winning campaign for the White House in 1988, George W. Bush helped put together a group of investors who bought the Texas Rangers. The team included stars like Nolan Ryan, who later campaigned for him.
Junior has a penchant for washed up old heroes who are still trying to play.
"I run a baseball team," Bush explained to a campaign aide. "I don't pick up a phone and criticize the players when they screw up in the outfield. That's my manager's job. I'll let you ... run the campaign, but I'm in charge."

A commander in chief needs to be in charge -- and delegate to a very talented team.
Bush likes to delegate things... A LOT! As Kevin Drum once noted, bad CEOs think that because they delegate everything, it is automatically accomplished. There is no understanding or follow-up. Junior has run every company he has every handled into the ground, or he as been bailed out by the same guys who helped him buy the f***king baseball team in the first place. This time, Daddy's friends can't help.
The citizens of the United States, who now seem to have a nine-day attention span for war, have a president who is willing to combat terrorism for 10, 12, 13 innings -- whatever it takes.
It's funny. I remember Rumsfield stating that we would be out of Iraq by September of last year. As for the real war on terror, mostly being fought in Afghanistan, it is clear that much more progress would have been made if BushCo hadn't diverted 137,000 troops to Iraq. (There are less than 10,000 in Afghanistan.) Orwell talked about a permanent war in 1984.
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Baseball has to have helped him to overlook Bronx cheers from nations like France -- and worse, from U.S. citizens reliving the "Hell no! We won't go!" Vietnam War era.
Yeah.... those frogs. How dare they insist that Hans Blix be given 6 weeks to finish his search for WMDs. Just because French Intelligence said that Colin Powell's assertions were crap... Those bastards... and they like Michael Moore and Jerry Lewis!
"From baseball I developed a thick skin against criticism," said Bush. "I learned to overlook minor setbacks and focus on the long haul."
Translation: "I was hit in the head with the ball and now I'm a little slow".
9/11 pushed the World Series of 2001 into November, because it was held in New York. Bravado, bravery and a battered flag opened the game at Yankee Stadium. Our president pitched the first ball with F-16s circling the air space above a packed stadium.
... And we ALL cheered. It's too bad that the GOP decided that this time of national unity was the perfect time to ram through their radical agenda. Within 90 days, the right wing was hysterical that the majority of Americans had not become registered Republicans and born-again Christians. Instead we were called traitors if we thought it was the wrong time for tax cuts.
We're in a different kind of war. No one knows how to win it quickly.
No one knows how to win it... period.
Bush, at least, knows how to play ball.
T-ball, that is.

 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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