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every once in awhile, that brain-dead guy in the White House who neither I nor anyone I know voted for manages to surprise and shock me with one of his ridiculous comments. but this - what’s the phrase - takes the cake? actually it goes far beyond taking the cake… it grabs the cake and runs a marathon with it.

in answer to this question from an interview on May 13 with Politico.com and Yahoo online users, “you haven’t been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?” that guy who has access to the Doomsday Machine has the temerity to respond: “Yes. It really is. I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died, to see the Commander in Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

YA THINK??????

there’s a lot more to this incredible interview and i highly recommend reading Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment from last nights Countdown, available here on the Huffington Post. Video clip there as well.

last night on the Daily Show, Senator Harry Reid told Jon Stewart that we are spending $5 per second in Iraq. yes, O Best Beloved, this number is echoed in a NY Times editorial by Nicholas D. Kristof from March 23, 2008 that somehow crept by me without me seeing it.

In his piece, Kristof quotes Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist: “The present economic mess is very much related to the Iraq war…. It was at least partially responsible for soaring oil prices. …Moreover, money spent on Iraq did not stimulate the economy as much as the same dollars spent at home would have done. To cover up these weaknesses in the American economy, the Fed let forth a flood of liquidity; that, together with lax regulations, led to a housing bubble and a consumption boom.”

And here is the soul-shattering, frightening and sickening bottom line, per Kristof: Granted, the cost estimates are squishy and controversial, partly because the $12.5 billion a month that we’re now paying for Iraq is only a down payment. We’ll still be making disability payments to Iraq war veterans 50 years from now.

Thanks to the Bush administration, we will never see the end of this in our lifetime.