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Rums­feld: Don’t call it an ‘insur­gency’

My first thought on read­ing this is a quote I saw the oth­er day.

You can’t make up any­thing any­more. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is record­ing it.” — Art Buch­wald

My sec­ond thought? GW, Lau­ra Bush, and Rums­feld all made the news today, all high­light­ing Iraq, all with pre­cise and rosy lan­guage. This is real­ly the PR equiv­a­lent of a blitzkrieg. Where­as Clin­ton stayed on the strate­gic defen­sive at many times, the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion seems to favor a more heavy-hand­ed approach; swamp the media with a car­bon-copy mes­sage and flood out the com­pe­ti­tion. It’s bril­liant, real­ly, and it has worked remark­ably well for remark­ably long. They have been able to put an excel­lent pub­lic face on quite a few seri­ous and seri­ous­ly impo­lite issues; tor­ture, intel­li­gence skew­ing and out­right fail­ures, the UN ambas­sador (Who seems to have been made impo­tent by the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing his appoint­ment), the mount­ing num­ber of casu­al­ties, the lack of a clear plan in Iraq, the fail­ure to catch bin Laden (who has killed many many more Amer­i­cans then Sad­dam did both times we invad­ed HIS coun­try), the injus­tice treat­ment of the Guan­tanamo pris­on­ers, et cetera.

We for­get that eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty and and a demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed leader are not shoe-ins for the moral high ground. His­to­ry is full of cor­rupt lead­ers put in place by a will­ing vot­ing pop­u­la­tion who pros­pered under the new régime, Hitler fore­most among them. The ‘right’ line is a thin line, and many before have failed it, but a leader must rec­og­nize that might often makes wrong.

Need­less to say, the real losers in this sto­ry are the Iraqi peo­ple. What can these press releas­es read like to them? It must be a sick joke for many and a cru­el dream for the rest. Six­ty-two per­cent of the Amer­i­can pub­lic now dis­ap­prove of the Bush admin­is­tra­tion’s han­dling of Iraq and I can only imag­ine that the num­bers in Iraq are high­er (I’m sure they mind being killed much more then we mind killing them.) Make no mis­take, I am no revi­sion­ist; Sad­dam was ter­ri­ble. But what have we done to show we’re bet­ter? I agree with the ‘You break it, you bought it’ sen­ti­ment.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the ‘you’ is US.

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