Geiger's Thoughts on Bush and Memorial Day

I try not to use the word hate. I try not to let hate into my soul, but sometimes it is just unavoidable. For instance, there was an attending physician from my residency who made my life miserable for no particular reason except that he could. It got so bad that if he was walking across the street and I was driving my car… I just don’t know if he would make it. In a similar light, Bob Geiger, who stopped writing his blog about six months ago, posted something on the Huffington Post. He talks about his hatred, Bush, and the military in which he served.


From Huffington Post:

Dead Troops Remembered By President Who Had Them Killed

Yes, that’s a harsh headline for this piece.

But I’ll ask you to forgive me because, as a Veteran, there isn’t a day on the calendar that causes my hatred — and I do indeed mean hatred — of George W. Bush to bubble over the top more than Memorial Day.

“On Memorial Day, we honor the heroes who have laid down their lives in the cause of freedom, resolve that they will forever be remembered by a grateful Nation, and pray that our country may always prove worthy of the sacrifices they have made,” reads Bush’s official Memorial Day proclamation, issued by the White House on Thursday.

The Chickenhawk-in Chief says a lot of things that make this Vet’s blood boil but stuff like saying that he prays “…that our country may always prove worthy of the sacrifices they have made” is almost vomit inducing.

This statement comes from the same man who himself began dishonoring the sacrifices of all Veterans in such huge ways in March of 2003, when he invaded Iraq behind a veil of lies and deceit and started spilling barrels of military and civilian blood to start a war with a country that posed no threat whatsoever to our national security. These stirring words of remembrance come from an administration that began with a stolen election in 2000, which goes entirely against what I was taught way back when I was in the U.S. Navy, which was that part of the “way of life” we were protecting was symbolized by the ability of all of our citizens to have their votes counted.

“These courageous and selfless warriors have stepped forward to protect the Nation they love, fight for America’s highest ideals, and show millions that a future of liberty is possible,” continues Bush’s proclamation. “Americans are grateful to all those who have put on our Nation’s uniform and to their families, and we will always remember their service and sacrifice for our freedoms.”

The words Bush puts forth are true — it’s him being the one to say them that I find so sickening and personally offensive.

It is positively nauseating to have George W. Bush ever talk to us about “America’s highest ideals” when his administration has started a bloody war for no reason, imprisoned those suspected of being “terrorists” without trial or benefit of legal counsel, tortured prisoners in America’s name and done everything but grab the original U.S. Constitution from the National Archives and run it through a paper shredder.

I also don’t believe for one minute that the majority of the planet now holds our country in such extreme contempt because we’re right and they don’t understand our “highest ideals.” This Veteran will go to his grave believing that the years 2000 through 2008 were a dark time in our history when much of what I believed when I served in uniform was made invalid and debased.

According to the Defense Department, we have now lost 4,082 men and women in Bush’s war of choice in Iraq and we should not allow the man who sent them needlessly to their deaths to lead our nation today in mourning their loss. Make no mistake about it, George W. Bush is as responsible for the deaths of those men and women as if he himself had fired the bullet or set the IEDs that ended their lives.

And before the right-wing hate mail starts flowing in my direct I’ll admit that, yes, you are probably right that if Bush said nothing today I might notice that as well. But here’s the thing with so many of us Vets: Memorial Day is not an abstraction to us. Too many of us knew personally and can remember the faces of a few whose untimely deaths we mark today. Some of us actually even saw them killed in battle.

So, we do indeed take Memorial Day very personally and I for one would rather that Bush say nothing at all than to issue hypocritical pronouncements and give an insincere, flowery speech in honor of our war dead when he is personally responsible for the most recent we mourn today.

Even a garden-variety murderer would be unlikely to make an appearance when the victim’s family is observing the anniversary of a loved one’s death.

The least Bush can do is stay in the White House today, keep his lying mouth shut and understand deep in his craven soul that the next day the Congress should declare a national holiday is January 20, 2009, the day he leaves office and his days of dishonoring our war dead are forever done.

6 Responses

  1. More Americans die every 3 days from infections they catch in American hospitals than die in a year in the “war” in Iraq. Americans die every second from thousands of different things. Most of them are preventable. Most of them are other peoples fault. Where is the outrage? Why is the outrage always focused at George Bush? How can he possibly be responsible for the 2 million poeple that die every year in this country? It’s all politically movtivated, or people looking to blame someone else for thier own shortcomings.

  2. I think the anger this past Memorial Day and towards Bush is that this war is/was a mistake. What have we gained? Are we safer? Remember – far more Iraqis and Afghans died as well.
    We miscalculated. That is where the outrage is.
    Let’s make it right.
    Comparing our soliders’ deaths to medical-related deaths is not the same thing, and not the purpose of this blog.

  3. miscalculated? I think that is an understatement. Instead, we need to repudiate the complete ideology that made this invasion possible. The arrogance to think that we might be able to go in there smack some folks around and set up a American a friendly government was beyond comprehension.

    Jackie, thanks for your comments.

  4. B. B. –

    You are right. There are thousands of Americans that died of car crashes and gunshot wounds and falling off of roofs.many of those entries are preventable. As a trauma surgeon, I should know.

    The occupation of Iraq, on the other hand, is something completely different. This is a situation in which our president told us a number of fairy tales that just simply were not true. Some of them they did not know the truth but should’ve investigated and found out what was true before they told us and others were simply wrong. Tens of thousands of people have been killed or injured because of this “mistake.” No, they’re not all Americans but they all are human beings. As Americans, as people of faith, we must do better.

    Thank you for your comments.

  5. It is when Bush has the gaul to say to the young service people. “He wishes he was younger so he could participate” when he deliberately avoided fighting in the Vietnam war. It just makes me sick.
    Bush is in Utah today to raise money for the republicans. It costs $30,600 to meet him. If I had money to throw away iI would half way consider spending it just to meet the worst president ever. But the republicans would have access to the funds. Good thing I don’t have the money to throw away.

  6. In reference to your thought about perhaps running President Bush over if given the chance: Ann Coulter tells assassination jokes, and the radical left goes ballistic. (Actually, they would be right to do so, for once). But the lunatic fringe then spews out kill-Bush comments, and you expect to get a pass on that? No way. That was disgusting, disgraceful. Shame on you.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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