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10 January 2007 @ 01:46 pm
From Bill in Portland Maine on Daily Kos:

A New... [Bonk!] Way... [Bonk!] Forward... [Bonk!]

Tonight President Bush will deliver to the nation "his most important speech ever."

I know it's "his most important speech ever" because every time he gives a televised speech the traditional media mouthpieces always call it "his most important speech ever." Tonight will be no different.

Unfortunately, every "most important speech ever" has, so far, turned out to be an anticlimactic affair, full of factually-challenged rhetoric and platitudes ("go shopping!") that tend to slip into the ether of irrelevance almost before they've had a chance to exit your TV screen.

Tonight President Bush is going to call for an escalation (some call it a "surge," others call it a "punt") of hostilities in Iraq. These hostilities will likely steer clear of Muqtada al Sadr's ruthless goons, thus allowing the Shiites to continue waging civil war against Sunni death squads who are just as ruthless. During his speech the president will lean on the word "sacrifice." But he will not call on young Americans to sacrifice by enlisting because, well, let's not get crazy.

And many of the Very Important People inside the beltway will gaze upon the president and weigh "his most important speech ever" carefully. They will furrow their brows and moisten their lips and set their jaws and clutch their Parker pens. And then they will grant him "six more months, nine tops, but no more than twelve" to have his "one last shot," thus allowing the meat grinder to continue operating at full capacity. And every American soldier who dies (six months = 500 deaths and 8,000 wounded, but who's counting) will be sacrificing his or her life for a mistake. And the deep-thinking pundits will say it's "awful, just awful, but what other choice do we have?"

So Bush will read the poll-tested words on his Teleprompter. And, barring a serious show of spine by the Democratic leadership, he will have his escalation of hostilities. And the Very Important People will continue to tell us why we should be patient for just a little bit longer. And we will shop. And the White House will spin. And the insurgents will adjust their tactics. And our soldiers will keep dying. And the Young Republicans will come up with shiny new excuses for why they can't sign up to fight in the war they've supported with religious fervor since the beginning. And lefty bloggers who have been absolutely correct on everything war-related since before it began will be accused of being shrill. And it will be déjà vu all over again.
Psychedjpsyche on January 10th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)