Thursday, September 14, 2006

Un-Sullied by reality

Political Sybil Andrew Sullivan has been more good witch than bad witch lately. But even when he is arguing in favor of a reality-based position, elements of magical thinking seem to poke through. To wit:

Andrew Sullivan | The Daily Dish: Fire. Rumsfeld. Now.

The reason I am and have been so angry at this administration is because I believe we had an astonishing chance to turn around the Arab-Muslim world with a serious effort to transform Iraq, and Bush didn't trust the American people enough to do it. I regard that as a betrayal of his 9/11 promise.

Thus Sully is firmly in the "I was right but betrayed" camp. Never mind that never in a gazillion years would Americans have agreed to sacrifice nearly 3000 dead, tens of thousands severely wounded, and and $300 billion to "transform Iraq." Never mind that there is little evidence that anyone in the Bush Administration had a clue about what might be involved in such a Quixotic undertaking. The plan Sully embraced was perfect; the fly in the ointment was Rummy's execution.

Sully clings to this binky as a way of avoiding the pain of confronting his own eagerness to believe the objectively absurd: that we could somehow instigate a democracy at gunpoint and create a chimera -- a government at once compliantly pro-Western and representative of a populace that is not.


Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

Maybe Kerry should run again - it was the wrong war at the wrong time after all. Not that I'd vote for him after what he did to us by doing nothing.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remind me again which century this is: the 21st or the 12th. Posted today on BBC news:
Iraq's interior ministry has announced plans to increase security in Baghdad by digging trenches around the city, and surrounding it with checkpoints.

The plan was unveiled amid continuing violence in the capital. At least 49 bodies have been recovered from the city's streets in the past 24 hours.

A spokesman said the security plan was designed to prevent insurgents from getting into and out of Baghdad.

But correspondents say it could take months to dig trenches round the city.

The Iraqi capital has a circumference of around 80km (50 miles).

Brigadier Abdul Karim of the interior ministry told the BBC that hundreds of minor roads would be sealed off under the plan, so that the city could only be accessed via 28 checkpoints.

He said equipment to detect weapons and explosives would be installed at key locations.

The plan, he said, would start coming into effect in less than three weeks.
They forgot to mention pouring oil in the trench, stocking it with crocodiles and setting the whole thing alight when someone inside gets nervous. By the way, do you know how long it takes to dig a 50 mile trench by hand? Try one to two years. Logistics is everything.


4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now it makes sense. The chimp has been reading the illustrated military manuals from the 12th century.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

esoder...thank you for that. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who absolutely cringes at the thought of another Kerry run. He had his chance and blew it massively by not standing up to the Swift Boat liers. I suppose his advisors told him to take the 'high' road, but christ. they turned someone who went to 'Nam and came back with medals into a fraud and the actual fraud into a hero. High roads are fine but at least stay on the ground and not in the sky. Good bye Kerry. We need someone who is willing to get a little dirty because digging this Country out of the crater Bushco has us in isn't going to be pretty.

4:52 AM  

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