It matters not how damning the evidence…

Bush always has a soft landing, and revelations that would have resulted in Clinton’s or even Papa Bush’s crucifixion bounce off the boy-man like rubber bands. I’m sure you’ve all heard the story by now of the report by 16 government intelligence services that basically indicts the Bush administration for creating a new and more zealous generation of terrorists thanks to the fuck-up in Iraq. I predict, however, that this story will go nowhere, devastating though it might have proven for any other US president. But no other president had the force of the Wurlitzer behind him. Greenwald explains:

Only in the U.S., with its toxic mix of Bush administration propaganda and media listlessness, could it ever even be a question open to debate whether invading, bombing and occupying a Muslim country in the Middle East for almost four years would fuel Muslim radicalism, inflame anti-American resentment, and create far more terrorists than ever existed before. And only in the current political climate where up is down could the political party directly responsible for severely exacerbating the terrorism problem with a pointless, disastrous and seemingly endless war have their chances for victory depend upon maximizing the country’s focus on terrorism — the very problem they have so severely exacerbated.

So, a recap of the Iraq war: there were never any WMDs. The proliferation of government death squads and militias in Iraq means that, compared to the Saddam era, human rights have worsened and torture has increased to record levels. Iranian influence has massively increased, as a result of a Shiite fundamentalist government loyal to Tehran replacing the former anti-Iranian regime. We’ve squandered hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives. And we have — according to the consensus of our own intelligence community — directly worsened the terrorist problem with our invasion, and continue to worsen it with our ongoing occupation.

How can anyone claim with a straight face that this war was a good idea?

Leave it to Karen Hughes and Karl Rove. They’ll take care of it with some talking points and position papers. They’ll find out that somone in one of the 16 agencies once gave money to a liberal or, even worse, had a Moslem uncle. They are in over-drive already, pumping away to undermine the whole thing, claiming, as always, that the whole thing is a trick brought to you by the wicked MSM. They do it every time and they always win. Will we let them win again in November? Stay tuned.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

OK – over the past month or so President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and some others In the Admin Du’joure have asked me to pay more attention to Terrorism.
I thought they were kidding.

Well let us make them happy
Let us re-visit the issue

Let us continue to point out that this report is a direct contradiction to the lies and reassurances being propagated by the white house

Let us clamor until this report becomes headline news. Not just for a day or two
But everyday until the election.

September 25, 2006 @ 9:37 pm | Comment

I’m with you Bobbb, but can anything drown out the Karl and Karen noise machine?

September 25, 2006 @ 10:18 pm | Comment

Here’s the headline in the LA Times today: “Army warns Rumsfeld it’s billions short – an extraordinary action by the chief of staff sends a message: the Pentatgon must increase its budget or reduce commitments in Iraq and elsewhere.”

The story goes on to say that “The Army’s top officer withheld a required 2006 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding.
“The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army’s chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented…”

Thanks for breaking the Army, in other words.

September 26, 2006 @ 2:10 am | Comment

“The Fuck-up in Iraq” – ’nuff said.

September 26, 2006 @ 6:07 am | Comment

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