Saturday, August 27, 2005

Iraq Clusterfuck: Joe Biden, please shut up! 

Preening Presidential hopeful and Washington General Senator Biden (D-MBNA) just doesn't get it:

However, Biden also expressed doubts that Iraq's unity could hold without genuine consensus on a draft constitution. If it does not, he said, the only choice would be to support the Kurds and Shiites and try to prevent Sunni areas from becoming a terrorist haven.

"At this point, we have to choose between bad options: Leave with chaos in our wake or stay and squander more American lives," Biden said. "Without the Sunnis, this is a losing game."
(via LA Times)

In the words of the old joke, Senator, "What do you mean we?" In case you've forgotten, this is Bush's war of choice. He owns it, 100%, and everyone of the 2000 American bodies needs to get hung around His neck. And your job is to help do that. Because you know what? If the Republicans win again... Well, that wouldn't be good, would it?

Digby has it exactly right:

hy are people so unwilling to admit what they are seeing before their eyes, even today? The Republican party is corrupt, incompetent and drunk with power. And no matter what their intentions, they are incapable of setting things right. We have seen this over and over again.

Yet still I see a flurry of earnest discussion about how we should deal with Iraq and what plans should be implemented --- as if they have real world implications. They do not. As I wrote earlier, I think there is political value in doing this as it pertains to positioning for the next election. But I have no illusions, and never have, that anyone in the Bush administration gives a damn what we think or will follow any policy advice from liberals, hawks or otherwise. They do not operate that way.

[The liberals] are not going to affect Bush administration policy. There is still a chance they could affect politics, however, if they will just stop pretending that the Republicans are operating on a logical basis in which they can find some common ground.

I think this is where we separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls. If, after all you've seen these last five years you still believe that the Bush administration can be given the benefit of the doubt, that they will do the right thing, change course, follow sage advice, reevaluate their strategy, bow to the facts on the ground --- then you have the same disease the Bush administration has. As Ben Franklin said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Actually, that's an A.A. slogan, but let that pass.

Listening, Hillary?

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