10 January 2007 by Published in: General musings 6 comments

I just watched Skippy’s lame-ass justification for his failed Iraq war and policy.

Let’s recap, shall we?

We’re going to send another 21,000 troops over there, thereby escalating the war in the hope of imposing our definition of democracy and settling a civil war through military means, propping up a puppet government that has no popular support along the way (never mind that with an all-volunteer army that’s already stretched too thin, we’re really jeopardizing our national security in order to pursue a failed policy)….

We’re going to spend zillions of dollars trying to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people by trying to give them jobs when this is about political power and revenge for years of abuse at the hands of the ruling majority…in other words, the hearts and minds can’t be won…..

Many of the generals continue to think that there is a military solution to a civil war that this country is not a party to….

The U. S. government continues to fail to realize that it is, in fact, a civil war, and not an “us versus them” threat to U. S. national security, and that if we fail in Iraq, the rest of the dominoes in the Muslim world will fall to the Communists….oops, I mean Islamic terrorists….

The president has just gambled his presidency on an ill-advised and ultimately doomed military fiasco in the mistaken belief that political and sectarian differences can be settled militarily and that the people will welcome democracy with open arms….

Oh, my God….I just realized that it’s 1965 all over again!!!!

And the outcome is destined to be just the same as it was then….just like in 1965, we’re going to feed lots of fresh meat into the meat grinder, all but wrecking the U. S. military and economy in the process, and for what?

Who says history doesn’t repeat itself?

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose–the more things change, the more they remain the same…..

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Comments

  1. Warner Todd Huston
    Wed 10th Jan 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Stick to old history. It suits you better.

    It is NOT 1965 and those who say it is have no grasp of the reality on the ground in Iraq.

    Anyone who thinks they know that “is destined to be just the same as” ANY other time period is a fool filled with only the most cursory knowledge.

    Go back to the Custer stuff.

  2. Wed 10th Jan 2007 at 11:07 pm

    It’s rude to insult me on my own web site. The beauty of it being MY web site is that I get to make–and enforce–the rules, since I pay for it. One of my main rules is that you don’t get to insult me on my own web site. I don’t give a damn who you think you are; you don’t get to take personal shots at me on my web site because you disagree with me.

    You’ve just gotten your one opportunity to insult me on my own web site. Trust me: it won’t happen again.

    And hear me loud and clear: if it happens again, you will be permanently banned from posting comments.

    Consider yourself fortunate that I don’t believe in censorship, or your obnoxious and terribly insulting comment would already have been deleted.

    Another of the beautiful things about this being MY web site is that I get to write about what I want to write about. Your opinion as to what is and is not an appropriate topic for this blog is wholly and entirely irrelevant to me. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

    I trust that I have made myself abundantly clear.

    Eric

  3. Dave Smith
    Thu 11th Jan 2007 at 10:14 am

    Eric,

    Your politics and mine probably couldn’t be more polar opposites (on a general political perspective), but I couldn’t help but feel the same thing all over again – it’s 1965 – 1970 all over again.

    I suspect there are no great presidents any more; certainly no men that can look at a problem, admit a mistake, and move on to a different solution. It’s clear George Bush can’t.

    That said, the reaction of the Democrats in Congress is *exactly* what one would expect upon a change of control, and we’re going to see another two years of the Dems trying to institute their version of American thought on us, and George Bush vetoing it.

    Two more wasted years, and a sad commentary on American politics.

    I’m thinking as a president, Barack Obama looks better and better, if nothing else, as a refreshing change from politics as usual …

  4. Thu 11th Jan 2007 at 10:22 am

    Dave,

    There’s no doubt at all in my mind that Bush is utterly incapable of admitting any mistakes. If you need evidence of that, set aside this whole Iraq thing and look at Katrina. If ever an apology was needed, it was then, but it never came.

    The truth is that there is absolutely no incentive for great men to seek that office any more. Why would anyone want to subject themselves to living uder a microscope and why would anyone want to expose themselves to what is required to hold that office.

    Only the incredibly stupid (Bush) or incredibly ambitious and willing to do anything to get and keep power (Clinton) are willing to step up.

    I guess we get what we deserve, huh?

    Eric

  5. James Epperson
    Thu 11th Jan 2007 at 7:30 pm

    The sad commentary that Dave complains of is (IMO) a direct result of the Republican politics of the last 20 years or so. Lee Atwater’s 1988 campaign
    is a landmark of partisanship over leadership. The problem is that men like
    Gerald Ford (where did he go to school?) are gone.

    JFE

  6. Thu 11th Jan 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Jim,

    No doubt.

    Eric

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