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You might have mistaken him for Michael Dukakis, but that was President Bush doing a tail-hook landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln May 1. If you missed it, don't fret too much because you're sure to see it repeatedly during the 2004 Presidential campaign. The White House originally said that Bush was making the unprecedented jaunt because the ship was "too far out to sea to be reached by helicopter," even though the carrier was just 30 miles from port and actually had to be slowed down to accommodate the president's photo op.

"Yes, I flew it!" Bush shouted to reporters on the flight deck as he emerged from the S-3B Viking jet. He was seated in the co-pilot seat for the mission however, which leads one to wonder, did that relegate God (Bush's co-pilot) to serving drinks in First Class, or was He busy back in DC helping John Ashcroft reinterpret the Constitution?

Republican strategists have said they intend to make national security a focal point of Bush's re-election campaign. This isn't to suggest that the jet photo-op was just an elaborate kickoff to that campaign. Nah, we're sure there was probably more to it than just that.

The Boston Globe has reported since the 2000 Presidential campaign that Bush's Texas Air National Guard record is, at best, suspect. Contrary to his biographical claims, his final 18 months of service in 1972-73 not only involved no flying -- he was largely unaccounted for. Absent. Nowhere in sight. No records exist to indicate that he even showed up for the periodic drills required of part-time guardsmen during that time.

So, what does all this have to do with the President's recent fly-in? We think this super-patriot former draft dodger is finally making good on his Vietnam era commitments. Because integrity matters.

Apparently, Saddam Hussein and his sons took about $1 billion in cash from Iraq's Central Bank just hours before the US began bombing Iraq. This explains a lot. While the notoriously liberal, Bush-bashing media continues to dwell on the Weapons of Mass Destruction yet to be found and the various other inconsistencies proffered by the Coalition of the Shilling, as it turns out, this wasn't even a war.If you look at the fine print on Hussein's bank account, it clearly states, "Severe and significant penalties for early withdrawal." So it seems that President Bush was simply enforcing International Banking Rules.

Ignorance is strength.

Jan Simonsen, a rightwing independent in Norway's parliament, nominated President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize last week, praising them for winning the war they helped precipitate in Iraq. "Sometimes it's necessary to use a small and effective war to prevent a much more dangerous war in the future," was Simonsen's rationale. "I'm not especially optimistic that Bush and Blair will win but I think it's worth a try."War is peace.

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