For my part, I'm going to beat home the idea that our President is a complete and total idiot that brings absolutely nothing to the table of a free and democratic society. This is an idea I've been beating like a dead horse for quite some time. I even refer to Bush as the Village Idiot. The quagmire in Iraq is an absolute mockery of what a sound thinking, well intentioned and forward planning person would do in the Village Idiot's place. And while the public was about as fast as a dead horse in grasping this fact, they are coming around. Not only does the vast majority of Americans now agree that going into Iraq was a mistake, but (according to a recent poll that I read about in the paper this morning) 60% now feel our involvement in Iraq actually increases the likelihood of another torrorist attack here at home. And a record low percentage of people actually view Iraq as an actual front in our Global War on Terror (and Islam). These new numbers are only encouraging from the stand point that there is an election in November. Hopefully, a completely immeasurable and unknowable concept like "Moral Values" will not be the 3! deciding factor on who people vote for this time around.
In the mean time, the Idiot himself continues to beat his talking points on Iraq home like a dead horse. But only, he's far more classy in how he does it. He takes the dead horse, props it up and sprays some turtle wax on it, calling it a brand new horse. Forever, his talking point was "It's better to fight them there than here." This week, he unveiled the freshly cleaned dead horse: "If we leave, they're going to follow us home." The beauty of this one is that it further enforces another dead horse talking point that Bush is a lot more subtle in whipping: "Preserve my legacy and leave it for the next guy to figure out." Bush has set up Iraq to be an absolute no-win situation for his successor. If Democracy takes hold (which is unlikely in the long run, but possible in the short), Bush looks like a hero and a genius (of which he is neither). But if we pull out and chaos ensues (which is inevitable regardless of our presences there), he was right all along it's a good thing we stayed. Those are the only 2 options. This is part of the reason why I hate this President so much. We do not live in a black and white world and yet there isn't a single issue that can't be boiled down to one of 2 options for him. We absolute should pull out because we didn't belong there in the first place. There absolute will be chaos because we actively removed the only stabilizing force in the region. But there's a million reasons why each of these things happened. Democracy will not take hold because we removed Sadaam without cause. It will do so because it is what the people want and they fight for it themselves. A democracy absolutely must be earned. And chaos will not ensue because we're not there any more. Chaos will ensue because there are far too many forces at play in the region to simply boil down to bad and good guys: oil, religion, classes, human rights, education, basic services. All of these things impact the region and it's volatility. We are just another snake on the plane, Mother Fuckerer. We just happen to be a big Mother Fucking snake with a big box of band-aids and opposable thumbs.
And the last tie in to the dead horse theme is the fact that our President is about as useful as a dead horse in the middle of a desert. It's like the American People are the rider and they decided to let the dumb horse decide where to go. That horse took us into the desert. And we just said, "Hey this is where the horse wants to go so I'll just let him go. Foolishly, the American people actually thought the horse could get them out of the desert. Trusted that the horse knew where the water was. Figured the horse had a plan for finding food. Even if the horse is the famous Mr. Ed, that's still a dumb horse! Only the people that don't hear the horse talk know the real truth about the talking horse: IT'S STILL A FRIGGIN HORSE!!! The people's only hope for survival in that vast desert now is eating the carcass. I hope everyone gets hungry around November.