This doom saying for my black avian friends based upon just how many human beings felt that the war in Iraq would be over by now or even as recently as 2 years ago felt the American people would be on board with the drive for victory. That brings me to Jonah Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times who by now is likely drink-sloshy from bourbon at his desk wishing he had not shot off his patriotic mouth to Juan Cole in February of 2005:

"I do think my judgment is superior to [Cole's] when it comes to the big picture. So, I have an idea: Since he doesn't want to debate anything except his own brilliance, let's make a bet. I predict that Iraq won't have a civil war, that it will have a viable constitution, and that a majority of Iraqis and Americans will, in two years time, agree that the war was worth it. I'll bet $1,000 (which I can hardly spare right now). This way neither of us can hide behind clever word play or CV reading. If there's another reasonable wager Cole wants to offer which would measure our judgment, I'm all ears. Money where your mouth is, doc."

As Tom Grieve in the War Room at Salon points out Cole did not take the bet (good man all the way around there!) but clearly he would have been on his way to his favourite restaurant for the surf and turf and a fine bottle of his top drop. What did some of the conservatives see that the rest of us did not? I think many of them were blinded by the ingrained power of stuff generated by American capitalism. Let me say that in brief, the elites in America call that democracy so that when the poor and middle class hear democracy they think cars and satellite TV and Wal-Mart™ not elections, the diplomacy needed to get Muslim sects to cooperate and why Turkey hates the Kurds.

Just one more before I go, sure why not?

"The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."-- US Vice President Dick Cheney on CNN's "Larry King Live", 20 June 2005.

Now that quote is eight months before the bombing of the Al Askari Mosque the defining turning point in the war. Still, one can clearly see that especially at the highest levels had taken note that the insurgency was gaining ground and that was a clear threat to the characterization of the American involvement in the war. These observations make this demon reporter wonder if the Bush administration knows how to turn their war machine off?

Cavalor Epthith
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
11 Colnu 1 AS
9 February 2007 Anno Domini


Blogger Drnjbmd said...

It seems that none of the predictions of those "learned" pundits have been accurate. Of course, many common folks who remember the lessons of Viet Nam said, "It isn't wise to go into Iraq unless you have a specific military objective and a specific plan to get out in a specific amount of time".

There is/was no military objective. There is no plan to get out of this conflict and clearly, like the "weapons of mass destruction", there is no viable time limit for withdrawal of troops.

Certainly Mr. Cheney must realize by now, that the insurgents have only just begun to fight. "Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them". A process once set in motion will remain in motion unless some action is taken. It might be time to get into the streets and while praising the professional soldier who takes orders from his/her commander-in-chief, condemn this waste of the blood of the brave with no end in sight.

February 9, 2007 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

Yes indeed, a simple case of political physics!

February 10, 2007 at 2:08 PM  

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