White Rabbit: Well, do something, Dodo!
Dodo: Ehh, perhaps we should try a more energetic remedy.
White Rabbit: Yes, anything, anything. But hurry!
Dodo: Hi ho! Oh, we'll smoke the blighter out. He'll put the beast to rout. Some kindling, a stick or two, all this bit of rubbish ought to do. Oh, we'll roast the blighter's toes, we'll toast the bounder's nose! Just fetch that gate, we'll make it clear that monsters aren't welcome here.
White Rabbit: Not me, you- you- you- you- you barbarian! Help! Monsters! Help! Ah! I'm late! Oh dear, I'm here, I should be there! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!
Dodo: Ah, say, do you have a match?
White Rabbit: Must go. Goodbye. Hello. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!
Dodo: No cooperation, no cooperation at all? We can't have monsters about! Jolly will have to carry on alone! Pf, pf, pf, pf...
--Translated from Disney's film version
Bush and Cheney are late. Democrats are poised to take back control of the House where impeachment originates, and put an end to the contrived power the Executive has wielded with the help of their republican enablers. The White House ascendants are running around the country like Alice and the White Rabbit on the other side of their looking-glass; making it up as they go, contriving monsters out of their own reflections.
Yet, Bush and Cheney can't escape that huge sucking sound from Iraq. Bush's ideological vortex has sucked the life out of over 2700 of our nation's soldiers, up to $10 billion a month out of our hard-earned contributions to our government, and destroyed the goodwill and comity that took generations to build and nurture from of the increasingly defensive world community.
Yesterday, their lies about progress in their manufactured 'terror war' was revealed as military announced the delayed departure of thousands of soldiers from Iraq and the deployment of thousands more. 3,800 soldiers from the Army's 1st Armored Division, based in Germany, that were due to leave Iraq in January are being told they must remain in Iraq for another two months; extending their tour to 13 months, over the deployment limit of 12 months that had been set by their superiors. That would bring the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 140,000 troops.
What possible reason could there be for continuing to escalate the numbers of troops in Iraq as their own military hawks the progress of the police and military forces? What possible reason could there be for continuing to introduce new, materially unprepared and untrained troops into the killing field surrounding the green zone of defense that surrounds the center of Bush's junta? The government in Iraq has fallen. All that remains is the appearance of democracy, much like Saddam's own rule; complete with a paper Parliament, left to squabble over the scraps of their country that haven't been sullied, stepped on, and stolen by their arrogant invading overlords.
Monday, three retired officers blasted Bush and Rumsfeld for pursuing their bungled occupation without necessary supplies, troops, or training. "I believe that Secretary Rumsfeld and others in the administration did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq," retired Maj. Gen. John R. S. Batiste, former aide to deputy Secretary Wolfowitz, told the Senate Democrat Policy Committee.
"We created this insurgency," he said. "We let it grow, we let it blossom."
Americans can see through the worn threads of their imperious cloaks, and watch as they descend even lower in their determination to replace McCarthyism with their own pernicious campaign of fear and smear. A poll released Monday by Bloomberg and the LaTimes reportedly shows that 55% of Americans don't believe Iraq was worth going to war over in the first place. Sixty-three percent of respondents to the poll don't think anything is being won in Iraq.
Yet, Bush and Cheney persist in labeling there respondant's representatives who question their failed occupation in Iraq as 'soft' and 'weak'; as if some sort of strength was to be conferred on these epic losers who routinely ignore the will of the ones who put them in office. As if they should be seen as some sort of conquering heroes and saviors for the 2700 lives they sacrificed for their false cause in Iraq that Americans have long ago lost faith in.
Analogies to the Vietnam war are inevitable and predictable, especially in the face of the continuing deaths of our soldiers, and the escalation of the numbers of troops to Iraq in the face of their obvious failure to earn the trust and consent of those they claim to be liberating in the name of whatever version of democracy they're willing to settle for today. As Saigon became Ho Chi Min City after the U.S. bugged out, Iraq's Baghdad is destined to reflect the designs of those Bush has identified as our 'enemies; more than the captured and occupied city will resemble any of the grand designs that Bush hawked to the American people to get their initial approval to invade.
As the prisons have become more efficient torture chambers to crush the new junta's political opposition they lock up indefinitely without charges or counsel; as the police forces reassume their duty as deadly enforcers with the summary judgement of their U.S. supported violence; as the military devolves into bands of death squad militias, complete with U.S. weapons and paramilitary training: as the government there draws closer to the main spoke of Bush's 'axis of evil; Iraq is set to rival any of our purchased regimes in its brutality and oppression.
There is no one in the world who threatens democracies more than Bush. Yet, he cites 'extremists' as the cause of his concern. The irony of his statements couldn't be more obvious. Maliki's regime, who Bush claims is threatened by anti-democratic forces, has been under seige from resistance forces in Iraq, whose cause has been fostered, inflamed and aggravated by Bush's continued occupation.
As for Iran, the Bush regime has made it clear that they want to overthrow Iran's government' by asking Congress for, and supporting the allocation of $20 million and establishing offices headed by the vice-president's daughter, Elizabeth Cheney to coordinate and oversee Iran regime change efforts.