Victory in Iraq!!! Is that like victory over cancer? When you're done, you go back to living a normal life.
What does Bush mean by victory in Iraq? I have some ideas on what a "Bush Victory" is, and it's worse than a Pyrrhic victory.
But Now I will digress-- I want to talk about scum levels. You will see them rising more in the next few days than you have ever, EVER in your life.
Listen to Rush Limbaugh and he will lie, distort and dissemble at a much higher frequency than usual.
Watch TV and you will see TV ads from the RNC that lie, that slime, that are so disgustingly, obviously dishonest... you know Ken Melman, the RNC's king of sleaze was involved.
This weekend, the Republican desperation is going to start to reek. When I was in my twenties, working in a psychiatric hospital intensive care unit, with the most floridly, ravingly psychotic, literally screaming, crawlling the walls, seeing things, hearing voices, maniacs, there was a smell-- the smell of insanity. Researchers say it's explainable biochemically-- that it's something in the sweat of schizophrenics. Well, this weekend, we're certainly going to smell the scent of fear and very likely, some of the most desperate right wingNUTS will really go nuts, raving and screaming insane claims and remarks.
I expect some of our local boys, here in PA, already really creepy, Rick Santorum and Curt Weldon, to start, metaphorically, running around like desperate stuck pigs. They'll make the most outrageous, most desperate remarks ever. Rick will go way beyond his man on dog historical remark. Weldon will reach new levels of paranoia. He has his wife begging for leniency for him. He'll probably put his cat on next, meowing for some extra licks of tolerance.
Now, back to Bush. He wants to know how the Dems will produce a victory in Iraq. I wonder what, today, he means by victory. Because he changes his explanations for why we're in Iraq often enough. It's reasonable to expect that he changes his ideas of what victory are-- if he has any ideas.
Of course, with his vetted, screened crowds, guaranteed not to challenge him or ask questions, he doesn't have to worry about anyone asking him about what would be a victory.
Of course, with his lapdog media doing stenographic reporting, it is unlikely that they will ask him, or his surrogate liar, Tony Snow.
Me, I don't think about victory in Iraq. It's a red herring. We need to treat it more like cancer. Worst, we have to think about it systemically-- from the Iraqi point of view and the USA's point of view. The Iraqis must see the US as a cancer upon their country-- or maybe a cross between a massive heart attack, with all the destruction, at the beginning, and a cancer, a lingering, weakening, festering disease that causes pain, inflammation and death. The majority of Iraqis want the US out-- excised, removed from their midst. Perhaps, when it leaves, the other afflictions of Iraq, the insurgents, will disappear, like secondary and tertiary infections disappear when a primary health issue is resolved.
Then we can look at it from the USA's point of view. The Iraqi situation is a plague upon us, a parasitic disorder that is wiping out our young, destroying our resources at a massive level. It is an addictive disorder that, like George Bush's cocaine problem, is being faced with denial, lies excuses and deteriorating mental functioning and performance. We need to find a collection of solutions that enable us to get back to normal-- to health. If you call regaining health, victory, then that's what we want. But I don't know anyone who talks about beating drug addiction, cancer, or plague as victory. It's pushing the metaphor a bit too far.
But Bush is, after all, a cheerleader. When a person succumbs to so much stress and pressure, his higher mental functioning loses adequate blood flow. The lower brain functions-- the reptilian and mammalian brains take over-- and reflexes reign supreme. Bush drops back to cheerleader mode. Worse, his main base are white men between 25 and 60-- the biggest sports nuts. They love the macho metaphor of victory. It just tickles their viagra receptors.
So, in these last days, the dems should start laughing at Bush-- Victory? Yeah, right? Like you have an ounce of leg to stand on, George. Let's talk about New Orleans and Katrina and victory there, or Afghanistan.
Back when George Herbert Walker Bush walked away from Baghdad, when he conquered Iraq, I thought how he'd created a new kind of victory, not a a Pyrrhic victory-- but an incompleted one. Back then, I wanted him to finish things. But he was right to follow Colin Powell's advice. Now, a Pyrrhic victory is based on the story of Pyrrhus, who won a great battle and then lost the war, because he'd used up so many resources to win the battle-- victory with devastating, massively destructive loss.
Wikipedia's description includes:
The phrase is a reference to King Pyrrhus of Epirus, who during the Pyrrhic War defeated the Romans at Heraclea and Asculum in 279 BC, but suffered severe and irreplaceable casualties in the process. After the battle of Asculum, Plutarch relates a report by Dionysius that:"The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one other such would utterly undo him. For he had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and almost all his particular friends and principal commanders; there were no others there to make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy backward. On the other hand, as from a fountain continually flowing out of the city, the Roman camp was quickly and plentifully filled up with fresh men, not at all abating in courage for the loss they sustained, but even from their very anger gaining new force and resolution to go on with the war."The phrase is more often reported as "Another such victory over the Romans and we are undone". While it is most closely associated with a military battle, the term is used by analogy in fields such as business, politics, law, or sport to describe any similar struggle which is ruinous for the victor.
I'd say that Bush's disaster-- a quick win followed by a slow, tortorous, distastrous, massively incompetent failure-- is a variant on a Pirrhic victory. A Bush Victory is a stupid, easy victory, a victory that was really not the challenge of the situation-- when the real challenge is ignored and not dealt with, and in which the victory is worthless and comes at so high a price after the cheap win, that it is no win at all. Call it a Bush victory. And the solution to a Bush victory is to get out of the mess as quickly as possible, trying to minimize further damage, but knowing that it is the nature of a Bush victory to keep on failing and digging a deeper and deeper hole.
Like the old saying goes, when you are in a hole, you don't keep digging, we have to take the shovel away from Bushmoron. Forget about his idiotic Bush victory. We need recovery and healing-- an end to his blind, denial driven, lie and distortion enabled addiction to this crazy occupation of Iraq.