Wednesday, November 29, 2006


DIGGING DEEPER , By Ivan G. Goldman

Personnel inside the White House marketing division twist their words into knots to avoid calling the anarchic bloodshed in Iraq a civil war. “Sectarian violence,” they call it. They apparently believe if they tweak the terminology just right, no one will blame the boss for his hideous blunders. After six years of misrule and lies they’re confused, dangerous dolts, hypnotized by their own fictional devices and no longer able to distinguish slogans from reality.

Is their commander even aware of the meaning of the phrase “sectarian violence?” It means, of course, violence among sects – religious warfare. He and his handlers decided religious warfare doesn’t sound quite as bad as civil war, particularly if they call it by a name their base can’t define. In this regard the Bush-o-ramusses are actually partially correct, because as I pointed out in a previous column, trading murders back and forth – torturing and murdering random civilians -- hardly constitutes civil war. But sectarian violence doesn’t exactly define these events either, because some of the groups involved have motives divorced even from their own understanding of religion – the Ba’athists and the bandits, for instance.

Now we wait for a U.S. advisory panel to tell us what to do. An advisory panel made up of experts is actually not a bad idea. Too bad it comes four years too late. In the meantime, Bush tells us his policy is to remain there until we “win.” If he means it, panel members wasted their time. But then this is the guy who told us Rummy wasn't going anywhere a couple days after interviewing his successor. It’s going to be fun to see how the advisory panel, when it releases its report – or at least parts of it – defines the situation. It's walking on eggshells, because if you get too close to the truth it offends Prince George and his White House marketing stooges and they stop listening. Remember how he snapped at Senator-Elect James Webb, the father of a Marine in Iraq –for daring to mention that he wants him and the other U.S. troops home? Bush showed all the compassion of a Gila monster.

That little exchange with Webb also answers the question of whether Bush loses sleep over the hundreds of thousands dead, the million or so maimed, the refugees, and all the other horrors he thought might be a nice hobby for him.

Whatever this panel tells our tinpot commander, you can bet he won’t withdraw. The Smirkster drilled too many dry holes in Texas to just walk away from miles and miles of sweet pools of crude. Evidently no one told him that his chief contractor in the oilfields -- naturally that would be Cheney's dear old Haliburton -- is incapable of managing them properly and that there's less petroleum being pulled out now than there was before the invasion.

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