You may have been so disheartened by yesterday's article in the New York Times about the Bush "strategy" in Iraq being "overtaken" by the insurgency that you didn't finish it, but I bravely soldiered to the very end, where I came upon the following mind blowing paragraph:
"Mr. Bush still insists on talking about victory, even if his own advisers differ about how to define it. "It's a word the American people understand," he told members of the Iraq Study Group who came to see him at the White House in November, according to two commission members who attended. "And if I start to change it, it will look like I'm beginning to change my policy."
I feel like pasting that again, just so you can get the full flavor of it:
"It's a word the American people understand," he told members of the Iraq Study Group who came to see him at the White House in November, according to two commission members who attended. "And if I start to change it, it will look like I'm beginning to change my policy."
Remember, when he said this, he wasn't giving a speech to an audience falling asleep in their seats. He was talking to people who put him in office and who WANT HIM TO WIN. Can he really think like this? Can people take someone who thinks like this seriously?
One thing I appreciated about the Times article, the only thing, is the house-of-mirrors quality it portrays of administration discussions of what is going on in Iraq. Fact is, they don't know what is going on, have never known it, but have constantly talked about it without getting anywhere or learning anything. Their every discussion about Iraq has been ass-backwards--"this is the result we want, and so this is what we are going to do" rather than "this is the situation, and this is what we have to do in order to make something of the situation". Always the first priority is to give George Bush what he wants. And George Bush thinks the American people are so effing stupid that they can only comprehend one word. Here's a couple of words the American people understand: "complete screw-up". Here's a few more, "Run for your life!"
I have one question for the Bush administration. If the destruction of Fallujah, which will go down in the history books as a brutal war crime, took place in November of 2004, how is it that it took you another year to realize that the insurgency was getting out of control? If the insurgency was not getting out of control in 2004, then why did you commit the crimes you committed in Fallujah? Did anyone bother to tell George Bush about Fallujah? About the bombs and the civilian deaths and the white phosphorus and the leveling of whole neighborhoods? About the alleged use of new and improved napalm? Or did he just go to bed early and ignore the whole thing?
James Baker and George H.W. Bush, you owe me at least $100,000 plus interest and penalties for having installed your puppet in the White House. He's made a mess that can't be cleaned up, and you're to blame. My lawyers will be calling you.