Trying To Maintain Rationality

Monday, August 15, 2005

The War In Iraq Was Predicated On What Now?

The Washington Post is reporting that the Bush administration has lowered its expectations for whatever it was that we were doing in Iraq in the first place:

The United States no longer expects to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges, U.S. officials say.

"What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground," said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion. "We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we're in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning."


"The most thoroughly dashed expectation was the ability to build a robust self-sustaining economy. We're nowhere near that. State industries, electricity are all below what they were before we got there," said Wayne White, former head of the State Department's Iraq intelligence team who is now at the Middle East Institute. "The administration says Saddam ran down the country. But most damage was from looting [after the invasion], which took down state industries, large private manufacturing, the national electric" system.


"...shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning..."?

WTF? First it was WMD and nukes, then it shifted to freedom/democracy for Iraqis, now it's... errrrr... looks lahk we rally gits us a fucked-up sit-chee-a-shun, boahs!

What more do you need to hear to be convinced that Bush et al. are fucking liars, have completely fucked up our all-volunteer military, and have diverted our tax dollars into the pockets of the already filthy rich?

Here's what I'm thinking: Does the guy have to balls to resign... or are we gonna have to take him down?


  • Balls have nothing to do with it...He's clearly proven that he has the audacity to do anything he wants, when he wants to, and he has a whole mess of yes people to clean up the mess. One thing I think we all took too lightly was when Bush made the statement "this would be easier if it were a dictatorship". An off-hand joke to some, and an honest assessment of his political philosophy to others, including me.

    The DOD arguing that not only should the abuse documents and footage be sealed, but their reasons for sealing should be sealed?

    Attacks on Dem Senators for wanting access to the same Robert's documents the WH had during the build-up for senate confirmation?


    Continued suppression of documents related to VP's energy meetings years ago?

    Breast-beating about how the world needs to be safeguarded from nukes, which is true, were it not for our own buildup of said weapons. And, anyone who buys this line must believe in the paternalistic notion that we as American's are (along with some chosen friends) particularly qualified to own such weapons. BUsh sees himself as above other world leaders, his political foes, and seemingly regular US citizens.
    Don't buy your popcorn for the resignation show, because it wont happen. However, we should all be saving so we can be in Washington when he is Forced out.

    Karma Works!!!

    We could add to this list all night and still not be finished by sunrise.

    So, its not balls...its a remarkable and obvious disdain for our own political and judicial system. One, I might add, he is supposed to be protecting and honoring. We will definately have to PUSH him out because

    By Anonymous jfran_WV, at Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:52:00 PM  

  • You're right -- "balls" really isn't indicative of anything the guy does.


    Washington D.C. is a sick, sick place, my friend. I wish we could just purge these losers (as of tomorrow morning) and start over.

    By Blogger EconAtheist, at Tuesday, August 16, 2005 9:27:00 PM  

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