Monday, December 15, 2008

Bush Thought They'd Greet Him With Flowers...

Special commentary by Big Dan: "Advice to shoe throwers: I would've FAKED the throw on the 2nd shoe, then when Bush popped his head up, corked him with it...OR...throw the first shoe way up in the air, a big rainbow lob, and while he was looking up at it, beam him with the 2nd shoe...OR...I would've brought THREE one expects THREE shoes..."

Six years into the war that the Bush administration said would last a few weeks and the Iraqi's would greet us with flowers, ONE MILLION dead Iraqi civilians later, we have another "unannounced visit" by Bush to Iraq. At this "surprise visit", an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at Bush. Did you notice that when someone from the Bush administration visits Iraq, it's preceded by the statements "unannounced" or "surprise" visit? Do you know why? Because their lives would be in jeopardy if they announced their visit ahead of time! Did you ever see: "Surprise visit to Germany by Bush" or "Unannounced visit by Rice to England"? When you google "surprise visit" or "unannounced visit", you don't even have to supply the word "Iraq" in the search!!! Who's telling the media to put "surprise visit" or "unannounced visit" before every trip to Iraq by someone from the Bush administration???

Bush's puppet tries to block shoe(s). Too bad it wasn't Richard Reid (right) who threw the shoe...Richard Reid's defense: "Your honor, I didn't realize I had on my exploding shoes when I boarded the plane."

Iraqi who threw shoes covered U.S. bombing of Shiite area

In final Iraq visit, Bush ducks a pair of shoes

Iraq TV demands release of shoe attacker

Arab world hails shoe attack as Bush's farewell gift

In Praise Of Muntather Al Zaidi

What will happen to Muntathar al Zaidi, the correspondent for Baghdadiyah Television, who, alone of all the journalists Bush has seen in the past eight years, had the courage to call him the murderer that he is?

“This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” He then threw a shoe at Mr. Bush, who ducked and narrowly avoided it.

As stunned security agents and guards, officials and journalists watched, Mr. Zaidi then threw his other shoe, shouting in Arabic, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”

Iraqi Journalist Hurls Shoes at Bush

...a great all-around day:

Lipstick, mascara, hair cover-up on the bruise, Dana? Why not?

Spokesliar Perino bruised in shoe-hurling melee

Bush aide reveals her black eye ... while Baghdad shoe attacker nurses a broken arm and ribs


Is Cheney even an American? He sure doesn't act like it!

From Meet the Press, March 16 2003

Vice President Cheney: Now, I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. And the president's made it very clear that our purpose there is, if we are forced to do this, will in fact be to stand up a government that's representative of the Iraqi people, hopefully democratic due respect for human rights, and it, obviously, involves a major commitment by the United States, but we think it's a commitment worth making. And we don't have the option anymore of simply laying back and hoping that events in Iraq will not constitute a threat to the U.S. Clearly, 12 years after the Gulf War, we're back in a situation where he does constitute a threat.

Mr. Russert: If your analysis is not correct, and we're not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?

Vice President Cheney: Well, I don't think it's likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. I've talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House. The president and I have met with them, various groups and individuals, people who have devoted their lives from the outside to trying to change things inside Iraq. And like Kanan Makiya who's a professor at Brandeis, but an Iraqi, he's written great books about the subject, knows the country intimately, and is a part of the democratic opposition and resistance. The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.

Vice-Liar Cheney in '94: "Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire" C-SPAN

A Look Backward at the Commander's Credibility: "We will be greeted as liberators with flowers"


Petition to sign to get him shoe thrower released...

Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist Remains Imprisoned

The International Federation of Journalists has called on the Iraqi government to release the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush at a news conference on Sunday. Muntadar al-Zaidi has been held without charge for over twenty-four hours and has been reportedly beaten in jail. His brother said al-Zaidi has suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury. Earlier today, al-Zaidi was handed over to the Iraqi military command in Baghdad. Al-Zaidi has become a folk hero in many parts of the Arab world. Demonstrations have been held across the region calling for his release. In Iraq, thousands of protesters rallied in Baghdad and Najaf.

Bush's shoe attacker has broken arm, ribs: brother

Iraq to probe 'custody abuse' of Bush shoe assailant

Ali al-Husseini: “We call on him Bush to get out. We also call for the immediate pullout of the occupation forces form Iraq, and we also call for the release of the honest Iraqi Mujahid journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi for his ferocious and patriotic act at the cabinet, which we have seen.”

Muntadar al-Zeidi: The Shoe-Man of Baghdad

Meet the Man Who Threw His Shoes at Bush: Muntader al-Zeidi

Iraqis urge government to free shoe-thrower

Breaking: Al-Zaidi beaten, in US-run Camp Cropper prison

Here's where he's being held: Detainee dies in US custody in Iraq

Camp Cropper

Bush's Iraq-Afghan farewell tour marred by dissent

Reporter handed to judiciary

Iraqis support Bush ‘shoe-thrower’ al-Zaidi

Arabs hail shoe-throwing journalist as hero; Thousands protest in Baghdad, burning U.S. flags and demanding 28-year-old's release

Arab world demands Baghdad release its 'hero'; Chavez hails 'courageous' Iraqi shoe thrower

Al-Zaidi charged for throwing shoes in presence of Maliki, not for aiming at Bush.

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