Here we are, nearly two weeks after the mid-term elections that were supposed to turn things around for this country and make us all feel better.
And what do we have? Chaos would be a good word. Utter chaos would be two, better words.
The bloodbath in Iraq is escalating (and “bloodbath” is the word even the ultra-cautious Associated Press used in its headline today), Democrats continue to snipe at each other, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger calls the Iraq war unwinnable and Bush foreign policy disastrous and the Pentagon has a new plan for the war.
At least another 112 have died in Iraq today as sectarian violence increases and the country plunges headlong into an uncontrollable civil war.
Back here in the US of A, Democrats try to contain their own civil war in the aftermath of incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s humiliating defeat at the hands of colleagues who rejected her choice for majority leader.
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who trounced Pelosi’s choice, the ethics-challenged Pennsylvania war critic John Murtha, for the job, admits he is worried about retaliation from the catty Pelosi.
“We’re going to talk about that,” Hoyer admitted when asked if he feared reprisal from the new Speaker. But he added that retaliation would be a mistake for Pelosi because his supporters would retaliate against her.
“One of the reasons it’s going to not happen is that there are a lot of them,” Hoyer said of his supporters. “It’s one thing … if you have a margin of one or two or five or even 10, but when you have a margin as decisively as the caucus made a decision, then it’s time to move on.”
Where I come from, those are called fighting words.
Speaking of fighting words, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says all the fighting in the world won’t won the Iraq war.
“If you mean by ‘military victory’ an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don’t believe that is possible,” Kissinger told the British Broadcasting Corporation in an interview aired Sunday.
This is a diplomat’s long-winded way of saying “we’re screwed.”
Over at the Pentagon, however, they say they have a new three-option plan.
It’s called: “Go Home, Go Big or Go Longer.”
Basically, the Pentagon’s big plan goes like this:
- We can go home: Which means we admit defeat and lose.
- We can send in more troops: Which means more Americans die before we eventually lose.
- We can use fewer troops but keep them there longer: Which means more Americans die before we eventually lose.
Another name for this might be the “three strike policy.” Either way, we’re out.
I’m going back to bed.