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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Gaffe of the Week Club

One thing you have to love about the Bush administration is its consistency: they never, ever make a mistake, no matter how big it is. Let's just look at recent history, say the last two weeks.

The cynic says the Dubai port flap was just a way to get Deadeye Dick off the front page. Well, it worked. The monumental political tone deafness of that soon-to-be rolled back decision was up there with the pathetic response to Cheneyquiddick.

Whether the Coast Guard or Customs runs port security is irrelevant to the unbelievable arrogance of the administration in first ignoring port security, then criticizing anyone who raised the security issue as hateful anti-Arabs.

But the ultimate in tone deafness is now being played out in Iraq. It is quite clear that the Sunni insurgents attack on a revered Shiite shrine in the city of Samarra is going to be a turning point in the U.S. tenure in Iraq. Civil war is much closer than it ever has been (if indeed it hasn't already been long-running) and U.S. troops are going to be in the middle of that civil war.

Bush's offer to rebuild the mosque is the ultimate in tone deafness. "Consternation and concern" will not work as this religious war heats up, a war predicated on the desire of the Sunni insurgents to hit at the heart of the Shias who are benefiting the most from the U.S. presence.

Watch out, this is going to get very ugly. Let's hope this is not next week's gaffe.


Anonymous Cyn said...

Love your blog!! Don't know how I stumbled on it, but am ever so glad I did. I wish more people were aware it existed. Your writing is wonderful!! I, too, am a Massachusetts (outraged) liberal, but not nearly as articulate!! I just sent your url to another favorite of mine (maybe you should get together!!), Kate at ciderpresshill.com. She is as thoughtful and articulate as you and shares pretty much the same ideals!! I shall be back--often!!

February 25, 2006 10:32 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thanks. By all means, tell your friends!

February 25, 2006 11:31 AM  

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