Many moons ago (AKA the Fifties), there was a scandal about college basketball players who "shaved"- points. At the time, this columnist was so naïve that he figured as long as they didn't let their team lose, it was OK. Later, as a more mature individual, who could appreciate the dishonesty of messing with the point spread and the impact that could have on the adventurous individuals who had place wagers on the outcome, it became obvious that not winning by the greatest amount possible was just as wrong as deliberately losing the contest.
Can any pundit seriously suggest that President George W. Bush may have been a mole for his family's old business associate Osama bin Laden and "shaved points"- in a way that helped make a victory in the search for WMD's in Iraq impossible? The most fanatical of Bush critics cannot help but note that the quick road to "Mission Accomplished"- was so textbook perfect and efficiently executed that only a "graybeard old loon"- would dare to hint that the Baghdad Peace agreement was not only George W. Bush's finest achievement, but also a direct result of one of the all-time great American military victories.
Didn't Bush supply all the number of troops his generals requested?
Wasn't Bush relentless in his attempts to capture bin Laden in the Tora Bora area?
Didn't Bush go right to the main target? He swooped into the empty WMD store rooms and was just as surprised as anyone else when they found "the cupboard was bare."- Wasn't bin Laden, Hussein's ventriloquist's dummy? Could any serious student of military history suggest that Bush's invasion of Iraq was as foolish and inopportune as when Germany went out of its way to drag Russia into World War II?
One of Osama bin Laden's aims was to cripple the American economy. Didn't George W. Bush predict that Iraq was a piece of cake that could be handled quickly and efficiently and stick to that promise and not (as they say in Hollywood) go over budget?
Wasn't his quick achievement of the Mission Accomplished goal done with blitzkrieg like efficiency so that the United States economy would not be crippled by a long, protracted and costly war? Didn't George W. Bush studiously avoid all the errors made by the German guy precisely because he was haunted by the specter of the post war economy that left the WWII losing country's economy in a shambles? If you've seen the bonuses handed out around Wall Street recently, you wouldn't have to ask about how America's economic health is doing.
To hear George W. Bush's harshest critics, he and his cronies clung to illusions of victory much like the urban legends about remote islands in the Pacific that are still being run by Japanese military units who think they are valiantly holding out for the sake of the emperor.
George W. Bush's goal was to import democracy into the Middle East, which had been a bastion of desert kingdoms and state sponsored theocracy. Today Americans can point with pride to the fact that elections were recently held in Iran and except for a few malcontents (like the Democrats who live in Florida) the triumph of Democracy in Iran is something which will make American hearts swell with pride. Despite what the communist agitators say, the results are (like Bush himself) unimpeachable.
Thanks to George W. Bush, President Obama has inherited a "to do list"- which will afford him plenty of time for "date night"- excursions and triumphant tours of the world where he will have plenty of practice for getting used to world wide adulation as Bush's proxy.
The time has come for pundits to finally admit that George W. Bush didn't lose the war, but, as Stephen Colbert so proudly proclaimed in Newsweek, decisively won the war in Iraq and it's time to turn to more mundane matters.
Since journalists are used to being admitted free to various event in order to provide news coverage of the various events, maybe we should apply for a press pass to cover the upcoming columnists convention in Ventura? If journalists have events they must hand out "press credential"- to folks who want to cover the event, eh?
The recent crash of the Air France flight was a major tragedy, but have any of the pundits pointed out that the number of people killed, 228, brings up the question of why were they using an airbus to do a job that could have just as easily been done by a smaller Boeing?
How many people, who attended the Summer Nats in Canberra on the New Year's weekend, will make it to the L. A. roadster show? Will the So Cal folks dig and be hip to it if you war a "SummerNats"- T-shirt?
L. A. went "uberenthusiastic"- with the Lakers victory. This columnist wishes that he had bought a "West Coast Eagles"- T-shirt when the chance was available because such a garment would confuse the heck out of the football fans in what used to be Rams territory.
Some time back, we wrote a column lamenting the plight of L. A. attorney Richard Fine, who, according to his supporters, is being held political prisoner. Recently Leslie Dutton featured that story on her Full Disclosure TV show.