Baghdad Dick

Who ya gonna believe?

Sense and nonsense

The Supreme Court says people can't smoke marijuana, even for medical purposes. It may not be marijuana, but those people in the Bush administration are smoking something!

During the run-up to and early days of W's Great Iraq Misadventure, we all had a lot of fun with "Baghdad Bob," the Iraqi information minister. We now have our own minister of disinformation in the person of the vice president who pronounced, on Larry King Live, the Iraq insurgency nearly over.

Iraqi Information Minister
"I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad."
Vice President Dick Cheney
"[The Iraq insurgency] is in its last throes, if you will."

In the face of near universal shock and awe that anyone could say such a thing, Cheney has taken a leaf from the Bill Clinton playbook, parsing words and splitting hairs to avoid saying he erred.

Bill Clinton
"It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is."
Dick Cheney
"If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, ..."

Then there is the Defense Department testimony before Congress this week, in which Donald Rumsfeld who runs the war and General Abizaid who fights the war were clearly talking about different wars.

General Abizaid
"[I]n terms of foreign fighters, I believe there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago. In terms of the overall strength of the insurgency, I'd say it's about the same as it was."
Donald Rumsfeld
"Any who say we are losing this war are wrong. We are not."

Let's not forget the Dissasembler in Chief.

Bush on USS Lincoln
"Major combat operations are over." (May-03)

When Bush played dress-up on the USS Lincoln in May of 2003 to tell us it was over, 138 US service men and women had been killed in Iraq. Today, the number of US fatalities stands over 1700 and counting. The number of US wounded stands over 12,700. If other coalition forces and civilians were included, these numbers would be much greater.

W is scheduled to give a speech about Iraq next Tuesday (28-May-05) at Fort Bragg, NC, where he will doubtless use assembled troops as a friendly backdrop. But anyone who expects Bush to announce new plans or policies will be sorely disappointed. When things are going badly, it is not the Bush way to admit it and make mid-course corrections. The Bush way is to keep doing the same thing, but change the way they talk about it. The only changes we can expect will be on the public relations front, not the policy front.

The scales are finally falling from eyes of the American public.

Senator Chuck Hagel
The White House is "completely disconnected from reality."

Senator Chuck Hagel (D-NE) has it right. The Bushies live in some alternate universe.

Bush's job approval rating is plummeting. The distraction machine is swinging into full gear. How else to explain a smart guy like Karl Rove saying something as stupid as:

Karl Rove
Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.

The rest of the world figured it out along ago. Even China is viewed more favorably than the US in many parts of the world, even among our best friends and allies!