Saturday, February 25, 2006

Iraq is FUBAR

The situation in Iraq is FUBAR:
The streets of the capital already feel as unsafe as at any time since the 2003 invasion. As one U.S. major put it, Baghdad now resembles a pure Hobbesian state where all are at war against all others and any security is self-provided.
I can't wait until they start blaming the liberals and the press for this unmitigated, bloody disaster. Maybe Iraq was Clinton's fault as well. Perhaps now baby fascists like Sean Hannity will stop asking the question, "So, you'd prefer that Saddam Hussein would still be in power?" This is a classic "when did you stop beating your wife?" false choice. It used to be a silencing question, except now, things have gotten so bad there that a large number of Americans, 55% of them, think the answer is "Yes, I would prefer that Saddam was still in power, fuck you very much. Bring our children back home."

Glenn Greenwald writes about the hysterical abuse hurled at anyone who dared to question the war movement.
This grotesque exploitation for domestic political gain of patriotism, loyalty and bravery is the single most frequently used rhetorical tactic of Bush followers over the last five years. During this same time, we have been hearing all sorts of complaints about the "Angry Left." Similarly, that the "lefty blogosphere" is composed of enraged, epithet-spewing cretins has become the newly unveiled conventional wisdom among the status-threatened establishment media. And yet, it has become so common as to be routine for Bush followers to stridently accuse their domestic political opponents of being cowards, subversives and traitors, and,
increasingly, to call for their imprisonment and/or execution.
In a sane world, the people who made those statements would now realize that they were completely, 100% wrong about Iraq. They would beg for forgiveness from their viewers, readers, and most especially, from the people whose perfectly reasonable opinons they called traitorous and sedition. We don't live in that world. Limbaugh, Malkin, and Hannity are paid to spread their noxious opinions like Mr. Creosote spread his dinner, and apologies aren't acceptable to the vicious, hateful rabble they preach to.

Here's my unhappy promise. I promise that the neocons, the Vulcans, and all the brainless apologists of the Bush Administration that Billmon so perfectly characterized as "following every loop and corkscrew in the party line like a carload of zombies on a rollercoaster," all of them will be claiming that Iraq is not their fault. They will claim that losing Iraq to the forces of darkness and nihilism is not the fault of their lack of planning, or their hubris, or their sinfully arrogant belief that they could play geopolitics without actually understanding the rules.

This mistake has to be someone else's fault, and my first guess is the press wil be chosen as scapegoat, with the inherent ungovernability of middle easterners as a second choice. Note that these are not my opinions. This is what I am predicting we will hear from the right, as the full measure of this ongoing catastrophe starts to sink in, and we are forced to pull out.

What a disaster this war has been. 100,000 lives, and $250 billion dollars. The initial estimate was $2 billion, and they thought they'd lose a few dozen guys, like they did in Iraq and Afghanistan. The architects of this war and the geniuses who approved torture as official policy should all be in jail.

Update: Shadan7 at dailykos passes on a letter from an officer friend of his:
It says a lot about our country that Clinton was impeached and Bush has not been. The idea that a sexual indiscretion is more significant that entering a war under false pretenses, flagrantly breaking the law on domestic surveillance, and presiding over an immense squandering of national treasure is, frankly, ludicrous. I had a rather unhealthy personal hatred of Clinton in the 1990s, primarily because he was a draft dodger who had become Commander in Chief. Every US military death in Haiti, in Somalia, in Bosnia was a moral outrage. Now, though, I'm faced with a C-in-C who also evaded meaningful service and has ordered thousands to die in a war based on a lie. Clinton balanced the budget; Bush broke it.
If it weren't for hypocrisy and justification, the supporters of this immoral war wouldn't have the strength to get out of bed in the morning.

3 Comments:

Blogger Well Watcher said...

Definitely Clinton's fault. Definitely.

Two minutes to Wapner.

Sunday, 26 February, 2006  
Blogger Ed Park said...

I don't know if you saw that documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, but I have a feeling I'm going to experience the same anger and revulsion I felt after watching it when all the post-Bush era documentaries are made.

Well, here's to hoping that a little more than half of sentient beings in this country vote the right way .. or for the least worst of two evils ..

Sunday, 26 February, 2006  
Anonymous wrd said...

... and that the votes are correctly counted!

Monday, 27 February, 2006  

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