What’s your opinion about Rummy boy, aka Bush’s lip? The other day the liberal
columnist Nicholas Kristof surprised himself by “Sticking Up for
Rumsfeld.” He wrote that demands for Rummy boy’s resignation
struck him as “unfair and premature,” even though he has “presided over the most foolish conflict
since the War of Jenkins’ Ear in the 18th century.”
(Don’t remember that war? It pitted
England against Spain over territorial claims in the southern colonies and got its name from
Robert Jenkins, the master of the British ship Rebecca, who claimed his ear had been cut off by
Spanish guards. The carefully preserved ear was shown in the British Parliament and became a
rallying point for anti-Spanish propagandists.)
At any rate, the online liberal advocacy group moveon.org not only wants Rummy boy fired. It has
written a script for a TV ad promoting that point of view and is asking the public to help put the ad on the air. Here’s the script:
THE CAMERA IS MOVING AROUND THE BASE AND UP THE SIDE OF THE
STATUE OF LIBERTY. WE SEE THAT THE STATUE HAS A HOOD OVER ITS HEAD.
WE THEN SEE A PICTURE OF DONALD RUMSFELD AND PRESIDENT BUSH.
[Audio: Announcer Voice-Over]
They said we were going to Iraq to bring American values: democracy, liberty, justice. But
something has gone terribly wrong.
It’s been reported that Donald Rumsfeld initiated a plan that encouraged the physical coercion
and sexual humiliation of prisoners, violations of international law. Rumsfeld has placed the men
under his command in even more danger.
Why hasn’t George Bush fired this man?
You remember moveon.org’s Bush in 30
seconds political campaign ad contest, doncha? Remember the
winner, “Child’s Pay,” which was meant to air during the
Super Bowl but wasn’t allowed to? And the runner-up, “What are we teaching our children?” And the
funniest ad, “If Parents Acted Like
Bush”? And the best animated ad, “What I Been Up To
…”? And the best youth ad, “Bring It On”?
If you don’t, just click the links. We offer them as an antidote to tonight’s free White House
ad, excuse me, presidential speech.