One Of These Days These Boots Are Gonna Walk All Over You
Sometimes I think I give the Bush administration far too much credit. When it comes to political strategizing, the Republicans have been wiping the floor with the Democrats for so long that it’s hard not to give them their props for a job well done. But when it comes to governing, I often make the mistake of assuming their political acumen is applicable to their domestic and foreign policy decisions. I don’t agree with the chess moves they’ve made, but I tend to think that they’re getting the outcome they want, even if it’s bad for the country, more often than not, it’s good for them and their friends. No bunch of idiots could be that lucky so many times. But now I’m having second thoughts and think the entire leadership of the Bush administration is just downright stupid.
It’s been clear from their first week in power that they were in over their heads and they have proved the point every single day since. But with shit blowing up in the Middle East right now and Israel thinking that they can follow Bushy’s lead and invade whatever country they want and expect any better outcome than we’ve had in Iraq, I think this fake President of ours may end up destroying more than just our country in his mad quest for world domination. Just like the kid that plays with matches and then cries himself silly as he watches his entire neighborhood go down in flames, Bush seems totally unaware that what’s happening in the Middle East is all his doing. What a fucking schmuck.
The entire administration is running around with buckets of water trying to put the massive ten-story high flames out while simultaneously hurling blame around hoping it will stick to anyone other than themselves. Steve Clemons over at The Washington Note is blogging about rumors that even Condi is being treated like the petulant little sidekick she is by the Israelis. I guess Condi’s dominatrix boots don’t scare ol’ Ehud Olmert as much as they do Georgie boy. Or maybe Olmert just hasn’t had the opportunity to see the walkin’ those boots can do. Start walkin’ Condi, make Nancy Sinatra proud girl.
And I can’t help but think about Bush’s own words and the “roadmap to peace” crap he loves to throw out. If this is the roadmap to peace in the Middle East, I suddenly understand why all the treasure maps in movies are always singed around the edges. That’s just what happens when you have pirates leading the way. Which also reminds me of my favorite School House Rock(ish) political satire bit where they sing “pirates and emperors, they’re really the same thing.” Ain’t that the truth? Emperors just steal bigger and this one learned at his daddy’s knee, hell that whole family is prodigious in that regard.
So what now? It’s all just so awful, the bombs, the dead civilians, the ruined lives, the tensions in an already tense region on the verge of boiling over and our presence still uncomfortably heavy in Iraq as we tether ourselves to the only country more hated in the region than our own. We thinking people aren’t surprised that we find ourselves here, in a made up “clash of civilizations” that these geniuses in the White House did everything in their power to spark and nourish, but that doesn’t make it any easier to watch.
I think I have chosen to believe that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolten, Perle, Condi and the rest of the neo-con assholes are evil, because the only other possibility is that they are just plain dumb, and that’s so much more frightening. Evil but smart implies that they have some control over the situation they’ve created, whereas downright dense means we’re walking this tightrope without a net while shit burns down below. I’ll give them some credit and assume that they had evil intent but are just too stupid to control what they’ve set in motion. On the rest of the credit, I’m calling in the chip. I just hope their mommies and daddies have the gold to back up their junior underachievers grandiose plans that have come crashing down to the ground. Even if they do, it won’t do us much good now and our future may depend solely on Condi’s boots. I just hope she’s as tough as she looks.