Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Monday, September 08, 2003
The recent free fall in Bush's polling numbers is clearly drawing a response from the White House. It has to be why Colin Powell was sent out to do a Full Ginsburg on today's Sunday gabfests. (FNS wasn't shown on the Left Coast due to football, so I don't know whether Powell technically did the Full Ginsburg or a Near Ginsburg.)
Powell is certainly the most credible Bush sock puppet, but I had really forgotten just how smooth he is, radiating competence and reassurance. The contrast with his boss, who routinely turns the act of uttering a single sentence without a teleprompter to read from into the verbal equivalent of a trapeze act, is unsubtle. Powell is really good - damn if he can't take a shit sandwich and make it sound just like chicken salad.
But a shit sandwich, however skillfully marketed, isn't going to taste like chicken salad. Yes, we are making progress on rebuilding the Iraqi infrastructure, but we don't have enough troops, the troops don't have enough resources, the progress is far too slow,and the people are turning against us with basic needs like public safety and utilities unprovided. Any sort of real democracy in either Iraq or Afghanistan is pretty obviously a fantasy. And the end result may very well be that we've spent a vast fortune and lost hundreds of GIs to deliver a new recruiting tool, and a new theatre, to Osama.