Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Mission Impossible?

Apparently, the Bush administration wants to appoint a War Czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but they can’t seem to find any takers. Gen. John J. Sheehan, Gen. Jack Keane, and Gen. Joseph W. Ralston have all reportedly been tapped for the job and all have declined with Sheehan stating bluntly, "The very fundamental issue is, they don't know where the hell they're going."

President Bush is looking for a way out and no one seems interested in helping him do it. The problem is, Bush isn’t trying to find a solution to the disaster in Iraq or finish the job he’s abandoned in Afghanistan, he’s instead looking for a credible name to sign onto his failed policy as he pushes forward aimlessly. With Dick Cheney still the most powerful force within the White House, any General tapped for the job will likely respond similarly to Sheehan who said, "So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, 'No, thanks.'" His mama clearly didn’t raise no dummies, too bad for the country that Babs Bush was working overtime on that front.

Every attempt to inject reason into Bush administration war policy has failed miserably. Most dissenting voices within the administration have been expunged, those that still remain are ignored, and the Iraq Study Group recommendations were quickly tossed aside in favor of an escalation plan opposed by just about everyone but John McCain. The sad truth is, as long as Bush and Cheney occupy our White House, there will be no resolution in Iraq.

Cheney continues to sell the war using the same old lines and Bush simply doesn’t have a clue how to run a country, form a coherent policy or execute a war. We do have a King and he’s a buck naked, bumbling fool who thinks he rules the world. We The People are the only ones left that can dispel him of that notion. That is our mission should we choose to accept it.


Anonymous david said...

I nominate Jeb Bush for Iraq War Czar. Why not? He now has a Kolij of Edge-a-kayshun named for him. Perhaps he could rename Baghdad Bushberg.

9:35 AM  
Blogger SM Schwartz said...

Bush REALLY needs to get his son a baby sitter. How about Madeline Albright?

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kurt Vonnegut, author of the classic novel about the cruelty of war, Slaughterhouse 5, has died.
NYTimes obit HERE

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Dale H said...

"Isn't it time somebody investigated
Yale University?"

"Since Dresden transformed Vonnegut into being a card-carrying pacifist it's not surprising that he disdains everything about the Iraq war. "Honestly, I wish Nixon were president," Vonnegut laments. "Bush is so ignorant. And I don't like idiotic, impulsive people. He's not a capable human being. The war in Iraq shows that he's a phony Christian. Remember what William Shakespeare taught us a long time ago, 'The devil can cite Scripture for his [own] purpose.' "

He asks me if I know why President Bush is so pissed off at Arabs? I shrug no. "They brought us algebra," he laughs. "Also the numbers we use, including the symbol for nothing. Zero."

These days Vonnegut claims to be just a "farting around master"—the occupation which, in fact, people, he believes, were put on earth to do. Farting around for Vonnegut these days is a smorgasbord-like affair. Last year, Seven Stories Press released the meditation entitled A Man Without a Country—about being an octogenarian alive in Bushworld.

Unpublished poems abound, most poking fun at "W" and the geeky Radical Right. Take, for example, "Neo-Cons":

I feel as though we have been invaded
by body-snatchers or Martians.
Sometimes I wish we had been.
Isn't it time somebody investigated
Yale University?"

2:03 PM  
Blogger thehim said...

I nominate Jeb Bush for Iraq War Czar. Why not?

Why not Jenna?

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not Jenna & Barb Bush? Twin wars, twin czars. And no alcohol in either zone.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Ron West said...

Paul Wolfowitz may need a new job.


4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Wolf! You broke it, you own it.

And it could bring peace to the area to show a good Jewish boy can love a nice Arab girl.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous david said...

War Czar!
Kind of tells you all you need to know. Bring in the Praetorian Guard! I bet Bush & Cheney wish the Constitution had an Article 48. They certainly have had Gonzales looking for loopholes.

Surely, somebody read up on the history of Britain's wars in Afghanistan & Iraq during the 19th & early 20th century. They'd have known this wouldn't end well. But America ignored the French & Chinese experience in Vietnam and went in any way.

Noam Chomsky has some interesting comments on American Interventionist Policy. And how nice to see John Stuart Mill in all his libertarian glory advocting drug trafficking and the subjugation of 'inferior' races.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Ron West said...

John Sheehan has an op-ed on WaPo today on why he doesn't want to be war czar.

8:34 AM  
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