For those who, like Senators Kerry and Edwards, were cowed by George W. Bush's asinine question "Would you rather Saddam Hussein were still in power?", we give you further evidence (in the form of multiple killings and kidnappings that left at least 67 iraqis dead today in Karbala and Najaf) that only around 51% of the American electorate, and seemingly no one else on the planet, would sincerely answer that question in the negative.
While Saddam's regime was clearly brutal, it was orderly and staunchly opposed to, say, the theocrats of Iran, and hence, useful to us (at one time, of course). By Middle Eastern standards, it was a secular state, women had rights, gas was cheap, and people didn't routinely get blown up while attending funerals.
Well, they do now.
What is ironic, of course, is that replacing the orderly Iraq with chaos, from which, the likeliest winner will be a form of Iran-aligned Shiite theocracy (after a predictably brutal all out civil war, which will be in full swing by the spring, as we redeploy after having declared victory and commencing draw down around Ground Hog Day) does us no good-- no good whatsoever. Obviously, the principal threat to lives and well-beings Americans will face will be from the social collapse that will inevitably follow the economic collapse that our "make the tax cuts and unsusutainable deficits permanent" government is about to bring upon us (while those responsible retreat to the comfort of their gated communities and armed chauffeurs, leaving the rest of us to deal...) The real, though in probability terms comparatively small, existential threat from terrorists with bad-shit-weapons comes not from orderly tyrannies like Iraq (or even Iran or North Korea), but from failed-states/terrorist-vacuums like the former (and future) Afghanistan, seemingly large parts of (nuclear armed) Pakistan, and vast pockets of Africa (everywhere from the Sudan to Burundi to Sierra Leone to Congo), or even a place like narcocratic Colombia.
Hence... Iraq it was... Well, four more years, one more month and one more day... not that I'm counting, or anything...
If TD was a television character, he would be the Penguin from Batman.
Everyday, it's weh weh weh, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, weh weh weh, Rumsfeld, Bush, Kerik, weh weh weh, China owns our ass, weh weh, nucular proliferation, weh weh, the terrorists have won, weh weh weh. No one in Gotham cares anymore. Even Batman is snuggled with Robin for a long winter's nap. Which brings us to Adam West's and Burt Ward's nuptials. And now it's all hitting the fan. TD weh weh has just nullified marriage. We're getting record numbers of comments here at the Penguin's lair. From all over the world. Even the leader of North Korea has offered his babe magnets. And what does TD a/k/a the Penguin offer for the carnage he has wrought: You're a bum, Rocky. You can't win...Huh? Oh, wrong movie. I meant, if you're going to New Paltz, weh weh weh, make sure you wear flowers in your hair. You're a bum, Batman, weh weh, and so is your husband, Robin, weh weh, get away from me, O'Hara, or I'll make your fifteen kids bastards, weh, weh, you can't stop me...........
Posted by They Call Me Mr. Crabcake at December 20, 2004 6:43 PM
Jesus, Crabbie. Wap! Bam! Who threw you into the bat-cage?
Lighten up: where's your Christmas spirit?
Posted by the talking dog at December 20, 2004 10:17 PM
I had to go all Chad Pennington all over your ass.
Biff!!, Blam!!, Pow!!! back at ya.
Posted by They Call Me Mr. Crabcake at December 21, 2004 12:01 PM
19 US soldiers dead, and 60 wounded.
Along with 5 dead Iraqi soldiers..
Safe to say we fooked up.
Posted by Maan at December 21, 2004 11:23 PM
Tin soldiers and Rummy coming.
We're going be fucked again.
This winter I hear the jihad
24 dead in Iraq-o.
Posted by Neil Young Jr. at December 22, 2004 3:31 PM
that wasn't funny.
Posted by no at December 22, 2004 5:54 PM