Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, August 24, 2007

Another Gutless Wonder

I read through the publicly- released portion of he National Intelligence Estimate (see my earlier post). Most of it is bureaucratic gobbledegook about what a NIE is and what words like "unlikely" mean (obviously it was written for Der Monkey Fuhrer).

The four pages of the actual report can be summed up as follows: "We are so screwed."

The major press reports have it right: What security gains are being made by the increased troop presence are not being capitalized upon by the Iraqi government. Even as the Sunnis in al-Anbar Province are turning against al-Qaeda, the central government is not supporting them and is not turning the Sunnis resentment towards al-Qaeda into support for the central government. The Maliki government is little more than a tool of the the Shiite militias so that at the end of the day, the US will have armed all of the parties in the sectarian struggle.

And then there is Sen. John Warner (R-VA), who has spoken out against the Bush strategy, is calling for the troops to start coming back but is unwilling to lift a finger towards that end.

Guess what, Senator? I'm also against the Bush strategy, but unlike me, you are in a position to do more than just speak your mind. It is time for you to stand up and fucking do something other than run your mouth.

"I'm against this but I won't buck the President."

Now there is a profile in non-courage.

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