This was the first comment to a Will Bunch posting on Attytood examining the parallels between Bush's speech last night and Lyndon Johnson's State of the Union address exactly 40 years earlier. When Johnson spoke, the American death toll in Vietnam had reached 7,917. By the end of the war, 50,285 additional Americans would die. When Bush spoke, the American death toll in Iraq had reached 3,018. Does that mean with this escalation we can expect an additional 19,000 American deaths before the Iraq War ends?
Given our history, a constitutional amendment banning anyone born or residing in the state of Texas from serving as President seems a prudent act. We have had three Texas presidents, LBJ, Bush I, and Bush II. Each, in his own way, has been an unspeakable disaster.