Bush: It's Just Not Do-able
In a way, I'm glad Bush is insisting on sending in more cannon fodder to Iraq.
That way, even the staunchest Republicans who once supported him will pull away for good, leaving him as he is: a ridiculous, petty tyrant with the warped thinking of an untreated alcoholic.
Even Saddam's execution-- what could have been a real victory for Bush-- is tainted. If we invaded Iraq based on lies, then executing its leader takes on a rather phony veneer. Nah, Bush just wanted him dead and he's dead. That should have ended things.
But what bothers me most is that America is a young country of citizens whose origins span the globe. We do not have centuries old, common traditions that might appear mysterious to other nations, and our leaders don't bother to learn about other nations before we attack them.
The Middle East is the cradle of civilization, with ancient traditions, folkways and mores only scholars of the Middle East can even hope to learn of and comprehend.
One tradition is that of cousin marriages. More often than not, married couples in the Middle East are first or second cousins. When tribes are related by blood, one would think the bond would be even stronger, making foreign invaders that much more of a loathsome threat to their homeland security.
If BushCo's initial aim was not to depose an evil dictator but to invade Iraq to grab its oil, that mission failed.
And forget about fighting terrorism, because we know by now Saddam was not in league with bin Laden--bin Laden thought Saddam was too liberal, and we should also know that Saddam's Baath party was secular, not religious. Bin Laden is anything but secular.
So now we've come to a pissing match with Bush. He just can't admit that his plan was botched from the get-go, so he wants to escalate even more to try to save face. To hell with the expense, to hell with the lost lives, Bush wants his way because he's used to getting his way.
And the more he tries to force his will on we the people, the worse he'll look.
It's a classic example of someone hoisted by his own petard.
Or shall I say, "hoisted by his own retard?"