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    Friday, September 14, 2007

    Delusional, Worn Out, and Fooling Himself

    I listened to President Bush's speech last night about Iraq.  I don't have the inclination to deconstruct it all here.  But as I listened to it, I wondered, who is he trying to kid?  Does he even believe what he is saying?  If he does, he is deluded. 
    He has made a mess he cannot fix, and he is determined to pass this bag of flaming shit onto the doorstep of the next president. 
    He looked and sounded pathetic and weak.  He has ceded his role of commander in chief to whatever Patraeus says he should do.  And he claims success for the surge where there is little or none that has to do with the surge, for that which has improved in Iraq has nothing to do with the surge.  He says we are bringing troops home due to "success" when really, we are bringing troops home regardless because we have no more to send.   We cannot sustain the presence we've got there with the troops we presently have, no matter how it is going over there.
    But the thing that really rubbed me the wrong way was the email he read from the parents of a dead soldier, who thought their son's death was not in vain because this is a battle between "good and evil" and that "freedom is not free."  Nevermind the simplistic worldview of these parents -- is this the worldview of this president?  That this is a black and white, good versus evil situation?  In which case -- that sheik that was assassinated yesterday, the one who flipped from al-Qaida to our side -- was he good or evil?  Before he flipped, he helped kill Americans.  So which is he?  Good or evil?  Mr. President, this is not like a trade in baseball where Sammy Sosa wears a Rangers jersey one season and a Cubs jersey the next.  Whether this president believes this situation can be so defined, or wants us to believe that, either way, it is a shallow and complete misunderstanding of the complexity of the sectarian and factionalized strife in Iraq -- strife that we unleased through our total bungling of the post-invasion.
    As for "freedom is not free" -- thanks for the bumper sticker philosophizing.  What's next?  Freedom is not dumb?  

    Comments on "Delusional, Worn Out, and Fooling Himself"


    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (10:30 AM, September 14, 2007) : 

    Weak and stumbling over the English language. As usual.

    It's a new set of false deadlines which will culminate in another false report that recommends another set of false deadlines.

    What's amazing to me is that Bush and his cronies talk about how "terror" will take root in Iraq if we leave. Iraq won't be free if we leave. The Iraqi government wont have a chance if we leave.

    No. Those things are happening now. We invaded a country and expect the populace to be complacent about our presence. The only thing we are interested in is economic and financial colonization under the guise of spreading something called freedom - you know, the ideas this country upholds every day through suspension of habeas corpus, the detainees at Guantanamo with no access to due process, wiretapping of the citizenry, etc.

    Iraq isn't "free" now because we have touched off a sectarian civil war. We have no understanding of the centuries of religious strife that have occured there. The errors of this war are so glaring that, at times, I think they are intentional. I start to think there is something to be gained for these administration fucks in all this violence and we just don't see it yet.

    And where is this fictional Iraqi government that will supposedly toppple?


    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (10:37 AM, September 14, 2007) : 

    and P.S. Iraq will never be free from us because we have a financial interest in that country. Bush sells the idea of Iraqi freedom meaning democracy. Bush's freedom has nothing to do with democracy. It means eliminating resistance to our interests - oil or whatever plans are bubbling in the Halliburton cauldron.

    And now I'll work to get my blood pressure back down to normal levels.


    Anonymous Evil John said ... (2:52 AM, September 17, 2007) : 

    "freedom is not free"

    See this one from R. Giuliani?

    "Freedom is about authority."

    I think it says something wonderful about the broad possibilities inherent in the human race that we can have a president like Bush and the Republicans can _still_ find a credible candidate who just might be worse.

    I'd like to say something bad about Bush, but I can't think of anything that isn't essentially redundant with "delusional fool."


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