01 May 2006

Cap'n Codpiece, to the rescue

Today’s the anniversary of the day three years ago that President George W. Bush, dressed up like a fighter pilot, strutted around the deck of a strategically placed aircraft carrier, a gigantic “Mission Accomplished” banner behind him, and told us that hostilities in Iraq had officially ceased.

Since then, thousands more U.S. troops have died or been maimed. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died, too, and tens of thousands more have also been maimed.

Today, water, sewer and electricity service in Bagdhad remains below pre-war levels. The oil that was supposed to pay for the reconstruction of that ancient city is barely flowing. Billions of dollars meant for its reconstruction have disappeared into thin air, unaccounted for.

And today, according to a headline in the New York Times, “Bush hails ‘turning point’ in Iraq.”

We’ve reached so many turning points in the last three years in Iraq, I think we’re hopelessly lost. It’s long past time, President Bush, to stop and ask for directions.

I ran across this quote from H.L. Mencken the other day:

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
--H.L. Mencken

We’ve reached that “great and glorious day.”

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