Whatever hes called, he was an associate of al-Zarqawi who was an associate of Osama bin Laden and all this is horrifying. It doesnt matter that al-Zarqawi is dead. Ive seen the photograph of the blood-stained face. This is the stuff of nightmares. Its Freddy Kruger. Its Nightmare in a Safe House outside the village of Hibbib, 35 miles north of Baghdad, which is eerily ironic (safe house?) and that makes it even worse. Excuse me if I have to say that Im scared shitless over and over but its therapeutic to identify and frame my fear. And speaking of frameI cant help but wonder why that picture of al-Zarqawis dead face was in a decorative frame as if it will be displayed trophy-like in some lovely room. Perhaps it will hang in our Father George and Mother Lauras White House bedroom. Or dining room.
I feel calmer when I listen to President Daddy. While being cautiously optimistic, he feels great satisfaction that al-Zarqawi is dead. He said as much. Daddy understood al-Zarqawi, who seemed obsessed with killing. Daddy, himself, only kills bad people though, and his polls have received a bounce now that this frightening presence has been eliminated. So that has to mean I should feel a little more secure except for the fact that an 18-month long study by the Oxford Research Group says the war on terror is failing that the risks of future terrorist attacks on the scale of New York, Madrid or London are more likely.
But why should we believe this group when we can look to President Daddy for the answers? Oxford Research? Do they think were stupid? If you were offered Oxford Research or Bush Research, which would you believe? Plus, Im trying to ignore those people who do the independent gathering of facts because I really want to trust Daddys presentation of the worlda world hes making safer by spreading Democracy. After all, hes being honest, telling us that while the killing of Zarqawi, a man who didnt value human life, is significant, we still have hard times ahead. I applaud his forthrighteousness. For example, just hours after he returned from Baghdad, Daddy said troop withdrawal would set back counterterrorism efforts. The challenges are serious and they will require more sacrifice and patience. I thought it was especially cute when he said, The answer to electricity is, sooner the better. I mean, its hot over there. Im glad hes not making good on that decision to use more sophisticated language. And Im going to allow him to use the word I just createdforthrighteousness.
Then, I think of al-Zarqawis face with all that blood and hear that his successor is pledging allegiance to bin Laden with an all of us are under your banner. With Gods permission, victory is real, and here we go again. Im scared shitless.
Quite honestly, though, I think Daddys using some psychology. One minute he wants me to feel safe and the next, hes indicating that I should be scared shitless. Its as if he likes holding that fear over my head like a guillotine about to drop. But I know he loves me and if he wants me to be afraid, it has to be for my own good. Its because he cares. Hes compassionate. He looks people in the eye. Remember, he saw Vladimir Putins soul. And hes the compassionate conservative. And a uniter. I know hes concerned with my happiness. And he understands the fright/flight response. Or is it the fright/fight response? What does it matter?