There are some days when the thought of writing yet another long, researched and carefully thought out post on the ability of the Bush administration and its 26%er loyalists to lie and mislead about Bush's war of choice in Iraq just appalls.
No matter how many times they get their noses rubbed in the facts, it never makes a difference. They just keep on trotting out the same old crap, weasel-wording their propaganda for maximum spin-value or simply shifting the goalposts yet further. I'm certain its a deliberate attempt to channel Goebbels - if you repeat the lie often enough, people will believe it - and to induce Lying Bastard Fatigue in the sane segment of the populace.
The one that's pissing me off most right now is the "premature withdrawal" spin. It's designed to make anti-occupation critics seem wimpy girlie-men in contrast to Commander Codpiece and Man-Slut Fred! but it never answers the obvious begged question. What exactly will "mature" withdrawal look like? If it looks exactly like the "premature" idea then its a waste of lives. If it has a good chance of looking like the "premature" kind then its probably a waste of lives. Does anyone except the cheerleaders honestly believe that a continued U.S. presence in Iraq is doing anything except delaying what's going to happen eventually anyway - whatever that happens to be? I would suggest that "premature" is actually mature after all, and "staying the course" is just "stand and bleed".
Not to mention that Iraq is still a distraction from the real enemy, who are getting ever stronger - something the Busheviks are now reduced to deliberately muddling in an effort to not be seen as the greatest criminal imbeciles of recent American history.
The latest gambit in bolstering the sexual metaphor that "premature" = "wimp" is to cite "progress" towards benchmarks which is,bluntly, like trying to put lipstick on a pig. The truth is none of 18 benchmarks have been attained or even remotely near it. No, I really mean not one.
The truth is that the US military is still failing hopelessly at counterinsurgency "hearts and minds" operations and US soldiers are brutalized by their experiences.
The truth is that Iraqis can't even trust their Ministries to guard the banks, that Iraqis are surviving without basic amenities while surrounded by death. Hell, they can't even eat fish.
And Bush has the nerve to pretend he believes that "war fatigue" is affecting his critics' psychology? (That's simply a roundabout way of saying it's Bush Derangement Syndrome folks.)
No. It's just Lying Bastard Fatigue, pure and simple. Bush and his warmongering sociopathic sycophants both inside and outside the administration are lying bastards and ever growing numbers are heartfelt tired of them.
(The exception seems to be Senate Dems, who are so scared of being called wimpy premature ejaculators that they've decided to swallow yet again.)
Update At least the House Dems aren't feert of the big bad Codpiece In Chief and the nasty things he might say about their sexual prowess:
The Iraqi government is achieving only spotty military and political progress, the Bush administration conceded Thursday in an assessment that war critics quickly seized on as confirmation of their dire warnings. Within hours, the House voted to withdraw U.S. troops by spring."Mature" withdrawal means withdrawal NOW.
The House measure passed 223-201 in the Democratic-controlled chamber despite a veto threat from President Bush, who has ruled out any change in war policy before September.
...A few hours after Bush's remarks, Democratic leaders engineered passage of legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops to begin within 120 days, and to be completed by April 1, 2008. The measure envisions a limited residual force to train Iraqis, protect U.S. assets and fight al-Qaida and other terrorists.
The vote generally followed party lines: 219 Democrats and four Republicans in favor, and 191 Republicans and 10 Democrats opposed.