Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Okay, it's been a while, and there's some personal life things a'happenin' (no, we don't know if it's pink or blue yet, but the genetic screen has come back clean, thank goodness), but I just felt the need to chime in for a minute on this whole Iraq 'emergency' funding bill thing.

A while back I threw up a post in which I posited that the fuck-ups in the Iraq war weren't fuck-ups, but a fairly devious plan that Jr. and Shotgun Dick were threading their way through. I don't remember the details, but I remember that. And, sorry, it's too late for me to run through posts trying to find it.

Anyway, my point was that acting stupid and bullheadedly arrogant has become de riguer for the White House boys and it gets all the liberals yelling and screaming and acting like angry 10-year-olds, making them look fairly idiotic AND keeping them from doing anything dangerous (to the Bush administration). It's a great tactic, so long as you're sure that you've got the money and the juice to push your agenda through regardless. And Jr's current stance, the "I'll veto anything with a timetable" thing is setting up a perfect out for the Iraq War.

Listen, no matter what the plan might have been in the beginning, it's failed. Completely. I doubt if anyone in the White House really thinks that we can "win" (whatever the fuck that's supposed to mean in this context). But to pull out without some kind of solid finale to the crap going on in Iraq would be the absolute death of whatever movement the Project for a New American Century people think they've got going on. Jr could just run out the clock, keep the war going on until Hillary or whoever saunters into office in '09, and I don't doubt for one second that he'd be happy to do that, but I'm figuring that even his nearest and dearest have gotta be advising him against that at this point.

So what to do? Easy. Do what Rove has been telling him to do this whole time: turn it around. Barefacedly bullshit the people and the press, make the Dems the bad guys for pulling the plug. Harry Reid has already said that if Jr. vetoes the spending bill with timeline, he'll push to withdraw funding altogether. Which means the troops walk, no matter what kind of shape Iraq's in. And then Bush gets to slide out of office pointing at thousands of dead Iraqis and blaming the Dems for it, for making the troops leave before the war was "won".

I've gotta admit, it's a great plan. It's vicious and devious and will cause no end of collateral damage to both bodies and reputations. I wonder how long they've been maneuvering to get themselves into this situation?


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