Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Bush Smackdown of the Day, Strategy Edition
"...As for Iraq, it's no news that Bush has no strategy. What did come as news�and, really, a bit of a shocker�is that he doesn't seem to know what "strategy" means.
Asked if it might be time for a new strategy in Iraq, given the unceasing rise in casualties and chaos, Bush replied, "The strategy is to help the Iraqi people achieve their objectives and dreams, which is a democratic society. That's the strategy. � Either you say, 'It's important we stay there and get it done,' or we leave. We're not leaving, so long as I'm the president."
The reporter followed up, "Sir, that's not really the question. The strategy�"
Bush interrupted, "Sounded like the question to me."
First, it's not clear that the Iraqi people want a "democratic society" in the Western sense. Second, and more to the point, "helping Iraqis achieve a democratic society" may be a strategic objective, but it's not a strategy�any more than "ending poverty" or "going to the moon" is a strategy.
...Could it be that he doesn't grasp the distinction between an "objective" and a "strategy," and so doesn't see that there might be alternatives? Might our situation be that grim?
...Nicely administered - and it's probably a lot grimmer than that, considering that foreign policy is just the tip of the Bush iceberg that's about to sink America - consider water, hunger, global warming, energy, poverty, crime, the growing innovation gap or the macropocalypse, for example.
Hey, and, just when you thought things couldn't get any worse - look, it's our old pals from the Taliban back in action again. What a huge surprise.