"I can't go on with the scene. I'm too happy. Do you mind, Mr. DeMille, if I say a few words? Thank you. I just want to tell you how happy I am to be back in the studio making a picture again. You don't know how much I've missed all of you. And I promise you I'll never desert you again, because after "Salome" we'll make another picture, and another and another.
You see, this is my life. It always will be. There's nothing else - just us and the cameras and those wonderful people out there in the dark... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."
Norma Desmond in 'Sunset Boulevard'
Substitute "President Bush" for "Mr. DeMille" and you, pretty much have the General Extraordinaire David Petraeus?
And instead of making pictures, they're making wars.
The last, worn-out, over-used, broken and tattered shoe drops this evening, when The Petraeus Plan becomes The Bush Plan, and our Commander Guy runs through his infomercial for the continued selling of his invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Today, our good friend Barry Crimmins, in his post, "Pig drippings", writes';
"Unlike the politicians who metaphorically hide behind the grunts, Patraeus literally lives behind a human shield of GI's ... He's an opportunist and after listening to him for two days it's clear he's either delusional or a compulsive liar ..."Opportunist?
Petraeus makes Eve Harrington, from "All About Eve" fame, look like a patient in a coma compared to his clawing his way to the top.
Try this one on for size;
President Petraeus? Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition
Apparently the Surge Master has some plans for politics in the not-too-distant future.
With the way things are going in Iraq, likely, we'll be giving the General a "Thank you for playing, and here's some lovely parting gifts to take along with you, including the Home Edition of "Invading and Occupying Iraq".
That is, if the Bush Grindhouse doesn't bury him like they have the generals before him.
And does the General play nice with others?
U.S.-IRAQ: Fallon Derided Petraeus, Opposed the Surge
To quote from the article, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM) thought of Golden Boy Petraeus as "an ass-kissing little chickenshit".
And that close-up?
That came Tuesday evening, when the General, with his sidekick Robin, went on Faux News, to be sucked off by Britt Hume;
Brit Hume and the Bush administration take propaganda to a new level
So, to sum up the PetraeusReportpalooza, we have a President who just wants to hand-off this Iraq fiasco to the next President, and the military man he has put in charge of this task has aspirations to become a President, not necessarily the next one.
As always, in situations like this, time to cue up Que Sera Sera ...