Dec 6, 2006

Iraq Study Group Report: Bush Monkey Business Is Over—or Is It?

With delight and exuberance, I listened to the public flogging Bush got by his daddy's cohorts last Wednesday. The Iraq Study Group turned in an unexpectedly, well, honest-sounding assessment of the horrible conditions in Iraq now, sparing no words to basically announce to the world that the current president of the U.S. has both a scant grip on reality and has been lying to us, oh, since the first plans to invade Iraq were hatched, way back before the September 11 attacks (maybe as far back as 1998).

The Iraq Study Group report excited me because it signaled—after the decisive thumpin' the Republicans took in November, and the excoriation of Bush policy by his former partners-in crime from PNAC (you know the bunch, Wolfowitz, Perle, et al)—the final nail in the neoconservative coffin. Now that Bush senior's pals have sounded off too, the if-you're-not-with-me-you're-against-me attitude of the current Bush joyride has got to grind to a screeching halt. If everyone is against you, what do you do? Well, if you're even remotely acquainted with reality, you might sidle off into the sunset. Sadly, Bush is taking this opportunity to make a mad dash around the globe to do something, anything, that seems constructive.

Meanwhile, the report said, "Get thee to a meeting with Iran and Syria." Bush countered with "Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin." Translation: Not until the Pentagon, the US State Department, and the National Security Council have issued their reports on the matter too. Translation's translation: It looks like I'm doing something, anything, that seems constructive. But what I'm really doing is twiddling my thumbs. The other reports are gonna take some time. And pretty soon, I'll be outta here anyway.

On many levels, this makes no sense. Except one: Bush's goal is to perpetuate war. All roads seem to lead back to the never-ending American Military-Industrial Complex (MIC), as President Eisenhower so wisely warned about in his farewell speech:
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
"We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
On Tom Ashbrook's NPR show, On Point this morning, a guest suggested that nothing much would happen on this issue until the 2008 election anyway. While he's probably right, I did get a huge lift out of the flaying Bush took. Grant me this little bit of insidious joy—it's been a long six years.

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