Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Inmates In Charge of the Asylum

Paul Kagan, the neo-conservative military strategist who wants to send a big new 'surge' of troops into Iraq, has apparently won over Bush. McCain is pushing for upping the troop levels too. My guess is Bush's 'new strategy' will involve more troops and more firepower, even though most of the military folks seem to doubt the long term effectiveness of that approach.

McCain is a relatively sane guy, so I won't dismiss his ideas out of hand.

As for Kagan and the neo-cons, though, why is anybody still listening to these people? They were right that the Middle East would be better off with democracy, though it's hard to imagine a more obvious insight. Beyond that original thought, they've been wrong about virtually everything else at the cost of around 150,000 lives with 30-40,000 more dying each year as this drags on.

Great article by Paul Campos on the Alice in Wonderland fact that these jokers still have influence and that none of them paid a significant price for their deadly lack of humility. I especially liked the way he describes "an incompetence so grotesque that it is as a practical matter difficult to distinguish from treason...."

Democrats are loving every minute of this. I'm starting to wonder if Bush and some of the conservatives are more than inflexible and rigid. Maybe marytdom has its fans on both sides of the war on terror.


Blogger Samer Farhat said...

"To say that something that's supported by 12 percent of the public is a fringe position is an understatement (you could probably get 12 percent of the public to favor an invasion of Jupiter)."

He's right. We must free the Jupiterians from their oppressive regime. We'll have to get to that once we're done in Iraq. By then we will probably have the means to get to Jupiter.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

Ha! A hundred year war? :^)

2:42 PM  

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