April 12, 2003
Is Bush fooling us or himself?
It is absolutely stunning to watch and listen to George Bush in these heady days after the defeat of a third-rate army in Iraq. Facts have never gotten in his way, but how can he ignore the fact that he took our nation to war because of weapons of mass destruction. Remember?
Where are they? And if Iraq had them why would Saddam not use them when American troops surrounded Baghdad? Recall that most of us argued loudly that if he had them he had no capacity to deliver weapons of mass destruction and the U.N. inspectors almost begged for more time to avoid war. But W. had no stomach for diplomacy or fact-finding. He would rely on the always reliable Rummy and the CIA.
It is appalling to watch the destruction of Baghdad. The Bush administration did not plan for victory and total collapse. What did they think would happen? That there would be dancing in the streets and then everyone, including the police, would go back to work? I would imagine that the police were loyal to the fallen government and would likely be killed if they reported to work in uniform.
Dave Barry must be writing Rummy's material. This is what he had to say (and I am not making this up):
"Think about what's happened in our cities in America. When we have had riots and problems of looting. Stuff happens! They're (the Army) doing a terrific job. And it's untidy. And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."
Is someone messing with his meds? His words are of little comfort to civilians in hospitals stripped of medication by looting crowds. Ah, but one building is safe. The New York Times reports that the Ministry of Oil has been protected throughout the chaos.
The tragedy continues. The human cost will be enormous, the time commitment for US troops endless. The cry from the hawks is, "On to Damascus!"
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