Charade Over (Mission Accomplished)

Just 70 days (same number as the virgins…) after achieving the purpose of the Iraq adventure (that would be the successful reelecton of the Imperium), the American government very quietly announced the termination of the mission of the Iraq Survey Group.
Simply put: the great snipe hunt for Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist is now ignominiously over. Impressively, the former paper of record that continues to employ Judith “Warmonger” Miller, principal journalistic (so to speak) legitimizer of the “Saddam is really bad and no matter how many Midwestern rubes we kill in the process of removing him is fully justified no matter how tenuous the claim he has WMDs actually is…” now gives us this “quiet” story of the end of the Iraq Survey Group’s work, fully backing up Charles Dalfour’s report from last fall that Saddam had nuttin’. Despite the Dalfour report coming out before the election, the American people expressed their preference: preventing dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of gay couples from marrying was far more important than expressing outrage at a government whose incompetence had killed over a thousand of their countrymen on a fool’s errand.
Knowing that the mission has been accomplished, the ball has been spiked, and the end zone party commences in just eight days time (unsportsmanlike conduct penalty be damned!), even White House spokesman and compulsive confabulator Scotty McClellan confirmed that Saddam had nothin’– not secret caches deep underground, not moved to Syria… just nothin’. Doesn’t mean the whole war wasn’t justified (the Imperium WAS reelected, was it not?)
Well, most of the American people can go back to sleep. They know that the self-interestedness of GOP Congressmen and Senators who don’t want to run against accusations that they destroyed social security or medicare, will probably keep those systems much as they are. And they can aspire to be rich enough to get into a lower tax bracket. And they can be glad that “moral values” such as cruelty to the poor, old and infirm will be safely preserved by the Government they went out of their way to restore to power.
Nancy Pelosi reacted precisely incorrectly to this (as I fully expected her to). To knee-jerk criticize the President for being wrong serves no purpose; after all, I have pointed out that the majority of Democratic senators voted to give Bush political cover for the war, even though Dems were then in the majority and could very well have prevented a vote entirely– unless the President made a case for war. But political cowardice prevailed; Tom Daschle was deservedly unseated for it, and while John Kerry and John Edwards were deservedly punished for voting for the war in the first place, the American people voted not to punish the even more guilty Bush Administration.
IMHO, the appropriate response is to note that the war is not justified, and funding for the war should be terminated immediately and the boys and girls and moms and dads brought home as fast as they can be extracted from Iraq. The only relevant criteria should now be the safety of the extraction effort: trying to stabilize Iraq is a fool’s errand. I suspect that the Bush Administration will begin a big draw down in just 18 days’ time (same number as our voting age, not that any 18 year olds vote here!) right after the “election” (which will not be delayed, even if no one can vote in it). Sniping isn’t good enough: we need action. And action is cutting off the bleeding of blood and treasure. We have already (thanks to the incompetence and hubris of our government… and the apathy of the American people that prefers government by the knee-jerk decisions of someone who never successfully achieved anything that wasn’t handed to him by his Dad in his life) hopelessly destablized Iraq. We’d be pouring good blood and treasure after bad at this point: we blew it. Time to get out. Life will go on.
No, Democrats: now is the time to take a stand (join genuine coward Howard Dean in this) and call for a pullout– NOW. BEFORE THE IRAQ ELECTION, when we’ll do it anyway. NOW. TODAY. THIS EVENT IS THE JUSTIFICATION: WE NEEDN’T WORRY ABOUT IRAQI WMDS THAT DON’T EXIST.
Just sayin’…