Thursday, August 23, 2007


This war has gone on for so long now that I, like most members of the current administration, can't recall specifically exactly how many years ago it was that Junior told us that Iraq was nothing like Vietnam. Four? Five years?

When I heard him say that - and again, I can't recall how long ago this was, where I was exactly, nor with mind is weak - I thought:

"Yes, that's so true. In Vietnam we had 'escalation'. In Iraq we have 'surge'. Big difference. And although both are extremely warm environments, one is a lot more humid than the other. And one has more trees, and less sand. One is in the Middle East and the other is in the Far East. 'East of what?' you might ask, but that won't do you any good, because I can't recall. And we killed a lot more people in Vietnam, ours and theirs. True, the Iraq War is scheduled to go on forever, so maybe we'll catch up on the killing, but so far they are completely different in that regard.

Junior was right, as always, all those years ago. It was a slam dink. Vietnam and Iraq were as different as night and...geez, I can't recall. What is it that comes between night and night? Oh well. I'm sure it will come to me.

But now, I hear tell, Junior's changed his tune. Now he's been telling the Legionnaires that Iraq IS like Vietnam!

WHAT?!!! Imagine my confusion, although you, yourself, are probably too confused to aid me in my confusion.

But that's no problem, because here in the mental hospital they give us lots of time to think, and it's been raining a lot lately, so that helps the brain too.

I've had to give up all of the ill-conceived notions that Junior gave me all those years ago and turn my attention to the new set of ill-conceived notions he's given me. (He's always having to explain things to me like a child, Junior is.) It's taken me a couple of days, but I've managed to wrassle this hog of thought to the ground and, by golly, I find that Junior is right again. Iraq IS like Vietnam! Exactly like it!

#1 - Iraq is exactly like Vietnam because we got into both of them for the wrong reasons, led astray by dimwitted leaders deep in the pockets of the bankers and the corporations.

#2 - Iraq is like Vietnam because neither one of them attacked us!

#3 - Iraq is exactly like Vietnam because we get to try out our new weapons on live human beings!

#4 - Something about oil.

#5 - It gives our young people something to do! I mean, what better way for young people to let off steam that giving them guns and letting them shoot people? And if they weren't doing it over there, they'd be doing it over here! Some of them DO do it over here, from what I've been reading. Quite a few, in fact. And those people should be sent to Iraq, because they're already skilled at shooting people.

Oh, and there's lots more reasons too. But I'm keeping those a secret, because you don't want to show the enemy your playbook! Junior taught me that, too. So I zealously guard my playbook from the other inmates here, and also from the guards. I'm pretty sure that Johnson is al Qaeda. And the warden here, he kinda looks like Ho Chi Minh.

Well, I've gotta go. The attendants are here now and I guess it's time for Bingo. I'm glad Junior helped me resolve my confusion issues, because you need a sharp, crisp mind for Bingo. The numbers come at you so fast.

Psychiatrist's Note: After several days, and a complete psychological evaluation, Mr. Shakespeare has been found to have a severe case of 'Bush Fatigue'. Luckily, we were able to diagnose the condition before he went utterly mad. He has been placed on appropriate medication and the staff of this hospital has determined that Mr. Shakespeare should be allowed to use a computer, but BY NO MEANS is he to be given a pencil, pen NOR ANY OTHER SHARP OBJECT.


Coffee Messiah said...

Where's Prof. Irwin Corey when you need him to explain such craziness?

Time said...

Bush/Nixon - is there a difference? Yes, Bush is much worse!

Bush's interpretation of History reflects his C average performance as a student. He needs educational "rehab."

windspike said...

Where are all the protesters? Oh, wait, this administration also chose to selectively learn that lesson as well - you have got to cordon off the protesters so the president can hear them

Larry Jones said...

Your confusion might stem from the fact that, coming as you do from the reality-based community, you are expecting reality to be, well, real. You observe stuff and you go with what you see. The President, on the other hand, is of the faith-based community. He believes stuff, and then makes up stories to illustrate his beliefs. Since he is always growing and learning, these stories must be changed periodically, often saying the complete opposite of the old stories.

Hope this helps!

Nvisiblewmn said...

He's always having to explain things to me like a child, Junior is.

Don't feel bad. He does us all that way.

Hey, is there a cure for Bush Fatigue? I'm going to need some of that.

Anon-Paranoid said...

So they sent you off to the Reeducation Camp to be reeducated.

Can we send the Decider there also. He really needs some brainwashing, opps... meant reeducation.

God Bless.

sumo said...

Oh Neil...I hope you win big at Bingo! The old ladies will surely share "things" with you being a winner and all...

a rose is a rose said...

don't forget, there ARE crayolas you can use! (although, they took out burnt umber. bummer)

the artwork is superb mr shakespeare

JM said...

Yes, “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia”. Pretty frightening that Dubya has learned the lessons that history has taught wrong, but at least he's consistent. I hope you have enough medication to share with the rest of us.

Nava said...

"this hospital has determined that Mr. Shakespeare . . . BY NO MEANS is he to be given a pencil, pen NOR ANY OTHER SHARP OBJECT."

in that case, they should have had you check your tongue at the entrance. That is one overwhelming powerful image!

MichaelBains said...

no "sharp object(s)" my arse!

thanks gawd they didnae take the sharpest of 'em all; yer Wit!

Aaron A. said...

So those anti-war protesters have been right all along?

Graeme said...

We all have Bush fatigue, the only treatment is large amounts of alcohol.

Larry said...

Is there any sanity in the twisted world called Bush?

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