THE BLOG
05/15/2007 02:07 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Are We Done Yet?

The Guardian reports today that, according to the Wolfowitz/World
Bank investigation, when Wolfie's senior staff objected to Shaha
Riza's compensation package (and, where, once again, did she get her
security clearance, I would like to know), Wolfie shouted, "If they
fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too!"

I love this. Isn't Wolfowitz the guy who has been repeatedly
commended for his humane outlook, his charitable drive, his general
do-gooder (but in a conservative way of course) point of view? Yes,
Wolfowitz got us into the horror of the Iraq war. Yes, he was the
architect of the madness, but, you know, it was only out of an excess
of good intentions. He wanted to save Iraq, not destroy it, and if the
Iraqis have not allowed themselves to be saved, well, what can someone
who is just a bureaucrat, and maybe, in fact, a little too good for
this world, do about it? Not much. Certainly not apologize or commit
any sort of honorable suicide.

Just as a little reminder of what Wolfie did in his last job, I quote
another piece in the Guardian, from some weeks ago. The author is
Haifa Zangana, an Iraqi columist and novelist who was no friend to
Saddam. This is from the April 12 Guardian, and concerns the growing
resistance by Iraqi women to the American presence:

It is important to recognise that the resistance was born not only
of ideological, religious and patriotic convictions, but also as a
response to the reality of the brutal actions of the occupation and
its administration. It is a response to arbitrary break-ins,
humiliating searches, arrests, detention and torture. According to the
Red Cross, "the number of people arrested or interned by the
multinational forces has increased by 40% since early 2006. The number
of people held by the Iraqi authorities has also increased
significantly."

Many of the security detainees are women who have been subjected to
abuse and rape and who are often arrested as a means to force male
relatives to confess to crimes they have not committed. According to
the Iraqi MP Mohamed al-Dainey, there are 65 documented cases of
women's rape in occupation detention centres in 2006. Four women
currently face execution - the death penalty for women was outlawed in
Iraq from 1965 until 2004 - for allegedly killing security force
members. These are accusations they deny and Amnesty International has
challenged.

That Wolfowitz apparently still thinks of himself as a good person,
and, right now, a victim of a "smear campaign", after instigating the
wreck that is Iraq is something that I simply cannot understand.
Clearly Wolfowitz, Cheney, Perle, Rice, Hadley, Kristol, and all the
other perps here are lacking in some innate human capacity of
observation and understanding, though the fact that they carefully
protect themselves from ever seeing what is actually going on in Iraq,
in American army hospitals, or in the families of American soldiers
indicates that there is, at least, some vestigial organ of fear and
avoidance that is still active.

It would seem that our principal hope is that Wolfie will follow
through on his threat, and really fuck whoever it is who might fuck
him. And let that be the Bush administration, who are, right now,
protecting him. I would like to think that we are approaching the
deepest, brittlest nubbin of the Bush/Rove conspiracy to take over the
US, and that when the inner circle begins to go, there will be less of
a crumpling and more of an implosion, as every man and woman saves
him -- or herself -- by outing the others. Tenet has begun, but I want a
cascade effect. I want an avalanche that buries every single one of
these people beyond rescue and beyond redemption. No memoirs, only
depositions. No retirement activities, other than mopping floors at
Walter Reed. No resurrections, a la Cheney and Rumsfeld and Rove,
post-Nixon. Conservatives, read my lips: you own these people. If you
want anything from us for the next three generations, get rid of them
now.