Sunday, August 24, 2003

Everything going to plan

Shrubya is found of decrying those who engage in “revisionist history.” Of course, that is only because he views that task as being in his administration’s exclusive domain. Straining their credulity to a point that would be comical if the stakes weren’t so high, the Shrubites now claim to espouse a “flypaper” approach to terrorism. Violence and instability in Iraq? All part of the master plan. We’re drawing the bastards in where we can focus our military might on them. Most importantly, we’re keeping it ALL “over there.” Ingenius!

From Newsweek:

PAUL BREMER, THE U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, adopted a tone of “we’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em.” Bremer said: “Better to fight it here than to fight it somewhere else, like the United States.” At a White House briefing, a senior administration official echoed, “I would rather fight them in Baghdad than in New York.” If Al Qaeda has popped up in Baghdad, the Bushies defiantly proclaimed, it only goes to show that the administration was right all along to label Iraq as a terrorist haven. “Those who said there was no link between Iraq and the war on terror were dead wrong,” said the White House official. (Writing in The New York Times, Harvard lecturer and former Clinton national-security official Jessica Stern caustically observed, “America has taken a country that was not a terrorist threat and turned it into one.”)

My favorite passage from the story:

There is no clear Plan B, and there was barely a Plan A.

Remember the Republican complaints about “no exit strategy” during any conflict during the Clinton years? Just imagine their response if Clinton, or any Democrat, were pursuing this war.

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