Iraq: the Disconnect
The news coming out of Iraq just keeps getting worse and worse. And how does the White House respond? Whenever American soldiers and Iraqi civilians get massacred in another insurgent attack, we’re treated to “See how desperate the enemy is? This means we’re winning!”
As the alignment between Iraqi insurgents and international Islamic terrorists gets even tighter, and the U.S. sinks deeper into the Iraqi quagmire, we hear “Freedom is on the march!”
U.S. forces are being stretched to the breaking point, and recruitment is way down. Apparently millions of pro-war fanatics are having so much fun blathering about “kicking ass and taking names” on the Internet and in letters to the editor, they haven’t had a chance to enlist yet.
Even with the new enlistment age of 39, the Pentagon is expecting to fall way short of their manpower needs. Yet whenever a reporter asks whether the draft might be reinstated, Rumsfeld acts like it’s the wackiest, stupidest, most paranoid question imaginable.
The Disconnect has been firmly in place since before the invasion. Two and a half years ago, among all the frenzy about Weapons of Mass Destruction and Saddam Hussein being linked to the 9/11 attacks, they were predicting a quick end to the war, with throngs of grateful Iraqi citizens showering American soldiers with hugs and flowers.
And don’t forget, “Mission Accomplished” was over two years ago.
Responding to the White House’s steady stream of happy talk, Congressman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio said “I cannot say with any confidence that that is accurate. I think it’s impossible to know how close we are to the insurgency being overcome.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said “The administration has failed to level with the American people. It’s terrible because they refuse to provide a full picture of what is really happening there.”
A former State Department official who quit in frustration in 2003 said “It’s dangerous when U.S. officials start to believe their own propaganda.”
And now, on a brighter note, you can have your own press conference with President Bush. Just type in your question, then click on the next field, and you’ll get Bush’s personalized answer. It’s so realistic, you’d swear the President was right there in the room, having a few brewskis with you.
And thanks to Mags of You Forgot Poland! for providing the link.