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?