"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Monday, May 02, 2005


I am reminded (via this dairy entry by thirdparty at DKos) that yesterday marked the second anniversary of Chimpy's deeply unfortunate "mission accomplished!" photo-op. A little cocktail-napkin arithmetic reveals that we have lost an average of roughly two American servicemen or -women per day, each and every day, since that cynical and shameful display. Obviously, this is some new definition of the word "accomplished" with which I was not previously acquainted.

Indeed, this weekend has been one of the bloodiest of the war, with another 11 Americans (last time I checked; the number may be higher by now) and dozens of Iraqis killed in an orgy of violence that would have made Uday and NotUday proud as punch. There is little reason to think that the carnage will end anytime soon, but that hasn't stopped CNN and the rest of the Liberal Media from going to "all runaway bride, all the time." It's all about priorities, you see.

It is instructive at this juncture to review some of the details of the Boy King's swaggering speech, as collected by the above-cited diarist:
Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.

With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians. No device of man can remove the tragedy from war. Yet it is a great advance when the guilty have far more to fear from war than the innocent. [Note that over 20,000 Iraqi civilians have died in the conflict since these words were uttered.]

We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We are pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes. We have begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons, and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated.

Americans, following a battle, want nothing more than to return home. And that is your direction tonight. After service in the Afghan and Iraqi theaters of war -- after 100,000 miles, on the longest carrier deployment in recent history -- you are homeward bound.

Meanwhile - just in case anyone still believed that the UN weapons inspections were anything more than an elaborate charade (which is rather like believing in Santa Claus, except less mature) - we have Bush's poodle leaving some smelly droppings on the sidewalk, in the form of a leaked memorandum documenting the lies leading up to Dick & Dubya's Excellent Invasion. Wait - you mean they lied? Wow, who could have seen that coming?

In the long run, of course, it doesn't really matter. In the wake of 9/11, too many Americans were in the mood to kick some ass, and pretty much any brown ass would do. No one cares about the details - no one, that is, except for the friends and families of the 1500 Americans who have died in the service of a mission which, we were assured, had already been accomplished.




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