October 11, 2003
Rummy to Condy to Bush?
As the baseball playoffs continue, one imagines the Bush infield under the new rules. Rummy was "king for a war" but had not thought about peace in so long he didn't know what to do when the "war" ended. (Not even his closest friends will tell him it really wasn't much of a war.) So Condy took the throw from shortstop Rummy and ran home claiming it should have been hers in the first place. And, standing at home is none other than the old nation-builder himself.
I have said it before but must repeat that watching this administration handle post-aggression Iraq is reminiscent of Jimmy Breslin's "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." Rummy is out of power while Karl Rove is "outing" CIA operatives, Condy continues her saccharine calls for unity and Cheney is now almost screaming that they were right all along.
What Cheney does not say, of course, is that the Iraqis do not like being occupied. The Islamic Council has demanded we leave. Cheney ignores the deaths of the nearly 100 American soldiers killed since Bush landed on the Lincoln, and the Pentagon won't even hint at the number of seriously wounded.
The tragedy continues. Bush is sounding more and more like LBJ in 1968. Will the Republicans dump Bush in 2004 as The Dems dumped LBJ in 1968? Stranger things have happened.
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