George W. Bush is taking a break from painting his feet to participate in one of his favorite pastimes: pretending to care about the troops. Despite that he was willing to use a national tragedy to engage America’s servicemen and women in an illegal war, Bush claims that he is saddened by the circumstances our veterans face as a result of his administration’s policies.
In a rare public appearance at a Military Service Initiative Summit Wednesday, Bush showed he cared for the troops by offering a solution to troop unemployment: Drop the ‘D” from “PTSD.” Since it would, according to Bush, then be classified as a treatable condition employers would be less likely to discriminate against those who suffer from it every day! Problem solved!
He says that the George Bush Institute has launched an initiative to help veterans who are transitioning into civilian life after returning from his wars by encouraging them to stay in school and convincing employers to give veterans a chance with bold new initiatives like dropping a letter from an acronym.
In an interview that aired on ABC Monday, Martha Raddatz asked former President Bush if the new initiative helped him cope with the 6,800 American soldiers killed and 51,000 injured in his war. Unsurprisingly, he feels this helps make things even. “No question it helps,” Bush actually said. “I have a duty.”
As if his sudden opinion that he has a duty to those whose lives he has personally affected was not enough, Bush added, “I obviously get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I’m in there with them.”
He praised the attitude of veterans who maintain a positive attitude despite the damage his administration’s actions have caused. “But my spirit is also uplifted when I visit with vets. As I say, there is no self-pity… They don’t say, ‘Woe is me.’ They say, ‘What can I do to continue to serve?’”