August 23, 2007 by lonbud
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Have you heard the news ? The tide has turned in Iraq! Fourteen young Americans died there Wednesday, when their Black Hawk helicopter went down in a fireball of molten steel, rotors akimbo — but remember former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew’s prescient admonishment, and let not “nattering nabobs of negativism” bring you down.
Hot on the heels of reports earlier this month from nominally liberal Brookings Institute scholars Michael O’Hanlon and Ken Pollack, who said the “surge” of additional U.S. troops committed to duty in Iraq since January has produced “striking improvement” and “dramatic change” in conditions “on the ground” in that much-abused land — yesterday, Democratic Senator Carl Levin and Republican Senator John Warner pronounced “the military aspects of President Bush’s new strategy in Iraq, as articulated by him on January 10, 2007, appear to have produced some credible and positive results.”
And so, in advance of General David Petraeus’ much-anticipated “report” to Congress on the effects of the “surge,” we are poised to receive the good news that the deaths of yesterday’s 14 U.S. servicemen and tomorrow’s uncounted Iraqi civilians will not have been in vain.
Never mind that Mr. Petraeus’ “report” is actually going to be written by the White House, or that the pronouncements of Mr. O’Hanlon, Mr. Pollack, Senators Levin and Warner, and all the other “official” spokespeople whose opinions are likely to be trotted out in the next several weeks are based upon limited and circumspect observances of the “conditions on the ground” in Iraq — the official judgment is that we are now winning the war on terrorism.
On to Syria. Or is it Iran?
Then, again, does anyone recall exactly what lies beneath our assumption of the duty to rid the world of evil? Surely, given the choice, most every one of us would align with the forces of good in this world, but who among us is actually enough of a superhero to presume the power to destroy evil?
We are on a fool’s errand, a hopeless task born of an unconsidered response to the shock and awe visited upon us by the lucky villains of 9/11.
And yet, in the waning months of a dying administration, even as its largest rats are jumping the ship, President Bush soldiers on, conflating his folly in Iraq with the import of World War II and suggesting that — to the extent his present war bears any resemblance at all to our failed exercise in Imperialism nearly half a century ago in Indochina — our biggest mistake was leaving Vietnam too soon.
Comes now Ari Fleischer, the Bush administration’s original font of mendacity, touting on FOX a new propaganda organization, Freedoms Watch, with a $15million budget committed to deceiving the public about our “success” in Iraq.
Yes, Virginia, the cavalry is coming over the hill and freedom is on the march. Peace is ready to break out all over the Middle East and the flowering of democracy there shall soon have crude oil back under $20 a barrel.
It’s good to be the king!