Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Dance of the Stubborn

What we are seeing right now is President Bush responding to the utter failure of his main plan, the Iraq War. This was the big one for him - a chance to show Daddy that gut instincts can run the world better than exhaustive research and brain power. Now that it has blown up on him, Junior's ready to fold. He wants to fold. But he knows that he can't do it without looking like a colossal loser. This is the point where the arrogant little punk is at his worst. If he gives in, it will be with a big tantrum - like watching a nanny drag a rich brat out to the limo.

The beleaguered President of Iraq finally showed up to talk with our guy in Jordan. President Bush said, "One of his frustrations with me is that he believes that we've been slow about giving him the tools necessary to protect the Iraqi people. He doesn't have the capacity to respond. So we want to accelerate that capacity." Oh, so that's what went wrong. We forgot to accelerate the capacity. President Bush also said there will be no "graceful exit" from Iraq. It's clear that if he does give in, he's going to be as much of a pain in the ass about it as possible.

Meanwhile, there's that potential event out there: The real tipping point. When things go this poorly, it is very hard to keep them in a manageable level. Reporters in Iraq are saying that no amount of TV coverage can possible depict how messed up the place really is. How many Iraqis are there? 14 or 15 million? And we have less than 150,000 troops? In Vietnam, what would sometimes happen, would be that a base was overrun. Not that I was there or anything - I'm working off the History Channel here. The VC would take huge casualties but they would continue attacking until they had swarmed through the perimeter and taken one of our positions.

I worry that there is an event like that coming at us - an event so hideous that public opinion in America will turn from disgust to extreme anger. This Commander in Chief has left our troops out there in the wind. Every year gets worse, and the winter of 2006 is no different. The unbelievably hot days of the summer of 2007 lie ahead.

Let's hope that before then, our little rich kid gets past his need to drag this out, and relents. We can still do it on our terms or we can wait till something really awful happens involving the death or capture of a significant number of young Americans in one horrible event.

It's time for this stubborn little punk to realize that this is not about him or his famous resolve. Not anymore. He's acting like he's still concerned about his reputation with the American People. We've got to let him know not to bother.

The dance recital went poorly, the little brat is throwing a tantrum, and the America People must act as the nanny. We've got to drag this petulant child out to the limo and head home.

2 Comments:

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While agreeing with the emotion of your comments and the direction those emotions take, I believe our feelings must be placed in the back seat of the lim-bido in order to reach solution.
The United States collectively is accountable for the result we currently call 'Iraq'. The United States collectivley will be responsible for what I will temporarily call 'post-Iraq'.

 
At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Tenskwatawa said...

Bill, your observation of Dubya's psychological neurosis is well done for a focus on him. Adding some context around him, though, might give us a sense of how it appears from his point of view, from his petulant king-in-a-bubble throne.

I don't know if this works for you, but the following scoop of inter-related facets of the dictatorship that he, and the fascists he rode in on, stubbornly thinks he is dancing in, is shocking to my eye for how thick and hard the POTUS 'context' has gotten set.

Like Hitler and Brezhnev, Bush is in denial, By Robert Fisk, -- More than half a million deaths, an army trapped in the largest military debacle since Vietnam, a Middle East policy already buried in the sands of Mesopotamia - and still George W Bush is in denial. How does he do it? How does he persuade himself -

... followed next at that linked website, by this collection of items:

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Powderkeg


By Mike Whitney
NATO has been a useful tool for the United States. It’s helped to conceal America’s imperial ambitions behind the mask of US-European solidarity. Now Bush is putting the alliance at risk by using it to enlist European support for a global resource war. Continue
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Bob Gates & Locking You Up Forever


By Robert Parry
As the next Defense Secretary, Robert M. Gates will be in charge of a new star-chamber legal system that can lock up indefinitely “unlawful enemy combatants” and “any person” accused of aiding them. Yet, despite these extraordinary new powers, his confirmation is being treated more like a coronation than a time for tough questions. Continue
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Terrorist case against Denver family ended


By Bruce Finley
A federal judge on Wednesday declared the end of the government's four-year case against a Denver Pakistani-American family once targeted by the FBI as terrorists. Family members whose lives were turned upside down simply wept. "We've lost everything," longtime Colorado restaurateur Abdul Qayyum said. Continue
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Ghosts in the Machine
Encounters With The NSA


By Charles Sullivan
Quite some time ago, I am not sure exactly when, the thought police (National Security Agency) clandestinely moved into my computer. It did so without my permission and in violation of the law, not to mention the Constitution. The prying eyes of government are watching my every move, noting my every keystroke and monitoring my every electronic transmission and telephone conversation. Continue
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U.S. Rates Travelers for Terror Risk


By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
Without their knowledge, millions of Americans and foreigners crossing U.S. borders in the past four years have been assigned scores generated by U.S. government computers rating the risk that the travelers are terrorists or criminals. The travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments, which the government intends to keep on file for 40 years. Continue
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New Rules Make Firms Track E-Mails, IMs


By Associated Press
U.S. companies will need to keep track of all the e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees thanks to new federal rules that go into effect Friday, legal experts say. Continue
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1 in every 32 U.S. adults behind bars, on probation or on parole in 2005


The Associated Press
Racial disparities among prisoners persist. In the 25-29 age group, 8.1 percent of black men — about one in 13 — are incarcerated, compared with 2.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.1 percent of white men. And it's not much different among women. By the end of 2005, black women were more than twice as likely as Hispanics and over three times as likely as white women to be in prison. Continue

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In case you missed it

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons


It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying. Click to view

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... Dubya the Tormented Torturer

 

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