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Monday, March 20, 2006

"If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."

The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld team was out in full force yesterday, doing what they do so well, blaming someone, anyone else for the current status in Iraq. Unfortunately for them, they forgot to share the message of the day with everyone.

"What we've seen is a serious effort by them to foment civil war, but I don't think they've been successful," Cheney said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Deadeye Dick, whose previous predictions have ranged from the three-year-old classic "we will be greeted as liberators" to his assertion 10 months ago that the insurgency was in its "last throes" had a ready explanation for the failures of the facts to match the reality on the ground: the liberal media. As he explained,
"I think it has less to do with the statements we've made, which I think were basically accurate and reflect reality, than it does with the fact that there's a constant sort of perception, if you will, that's created because what's newsworthy is the car bomb in Baghdad."
Memo to TV station owners: don't hire Deadeye Dick as your news director. He doesn't believe that if it bleeds it leads.

Rummie, of course, used the dad-gummed enemy to make his point, writing an op-ed in the Washington Post, following through on the Saddam as Hitler theme and declared leaving Iraq would be the same as "the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis..."

One problem with all this spin: they forgot to tell the team. For example, Ayad Allawi, a hand-picked former prime minister, told the BBC:
"It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day, as an average, 50 to 60 people through the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."
Or Chuck Hagel on ABC's "This Week":
"I think it's important that we stop this talk about we're not going to leave until we achieve victory. Well, what is victory? We achieved victory: Saddam's gone, the Iraqis have a constitution, they had an election, it's now up to them."
But the Bush boys were not content to rest on their tarnished laurels. As a sign of their desperation , Cheney took on the favorite conservative Joe Palooka doll: Ted Kennedy.
"I would not look to Ted Kennedy for guidance and leadership on how we ought to manage national security. . . . I think what Senator Kennedy reflects is sort of the pre-9/11 mentality about how we ought to deal with the world and that part of the world."
I would suggest, Mr. Vice President, that very, very few people in history have less credibility to discuss, much less offer guidance and leadership on a topic like national security than you. The next time you make an accurate statement about this war will be the first. Go back to your undisclosed location and play with your guns. Just don't shoot anyone else.

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