The same options are still on the table today and I have to say, sorry Mr. Bush, but I gotta go with the terrorists. It isn't because I don't love my country (I do), or because of nihilistic tendencies. It's because I believe that when a country like ours so blatantly rapes the rest of the world with a dick engorged with power and greed, we deserve to be clobbered by insurgents with RPG's.
It isn't enough that Bush's 2003 statement of "bring 'em on" taunted every anti-American fanatic in the Near East, Asia, and parts of Europe, endangering our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now our embassy in Athens has been attacked. And while the damage was minimal, it's a sign that people from various parts of the globe are going to great lengths to show their contempt for our endless pursuit of capital.
More power to them, I say. It's a tragedy that more innocent people will be shown the entrance to the charnel house where terrorism resides, but Bush asked for this. His childish calling out of individuals who've been fighting the heavy hand of empire for years has doomed whatever diplomatic solutions we had available to us. His recent announcement that he will escalate the number of troops in Iraq has even pit members of his own political party against him. But this is the war Bush wanted, and now he has it. It truly is us against him.
The real problem I see is that terrorists aren't organizing fast enough. What is needed is a series of terrorist attacks against American interests in every corner of the world- maybe on 'President's Day'. That would be an extremely powerful metaphor that no one in the international media could ignore.
Believe me, this is written with a very heavy heart. The thought of more American lives going through a meat grinder is abhorrent to me. However, Bush's madness must be stopped. And if that means more disruptions to Iraqi oil pipelines, more American Embassies ripped apart or more American troops being killed while standing in the way of Shiite and Sunni fighters, then so be it.
Julius Caesar is credited with the line "to the victor the spoils." I think that's just dandy. President Bush is losing the battle for Iraq and the larger war on terrorism for the sake of some contracts for oil producers who can't wait to sink their canines into the oilfields of Kirkuk. My hope is that the advancing terrorist brigades of the Near East can take advantage of their victory, and start picking off oil executives from Exxon/Mobile, BP, and British Shell as soon as the ink on those contracts is dry.
And it might be good that the United States gets humbled by losing another war of choice to people who are sick to death of foreign invaders occupying their countries and sacking their way of life. America operates better as a nation after it has been taken to the woodshed; and the time seems ripe again.
For all those reasons, and just the fact that I hate your smug little admissions of 'mistakes being made', I have to side against you, Mr. President. Don't take it personally. God knows you must be used to it by now.