Tuesday, February 28, 2006

When You Make an Assessment, You Make an Ass Out of What You Meant

It seems the majority of Americans prior to the Iraq War were smarter than the Bush Administration is today. (I know, I could knock you all over with a cyber-feather with a surprise like that!) Today, as if it's big news, the AP reports:

A civil war in Iraq could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East, pitting the region's rival Islamic sects against each other, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said in an unusually frank assessment Tuesday.

I guess having anyone associated with BushCo making a "frank assessment" is out of the ordinary, especially given that the AP article goes on to point out that Pres. Bush asserted in his January State of the Union address, "We are winning." (Perhaps he meant his team's war on quail and 78-year-old men.) But really Negroponte is merely coming around to the intelligence this nation had in October 2002, five months before we let our shock and awe loose. A CBS poll from that time reported the following:

And Americans think a war with Iraq will lead to wider war in the region. Asked if a U.S. - Iraq war could lead to a broader conflict involving other countries in the Middle East, including other Arab nations and Israel, 60% said that it was likely it would.

Yes 60%
No 33

It seems democracy has truly failed us. For if we are supposed to get the government we deserve, most of us are owed one big rain check for the past 6 years. What we owe the Iraqis is immeasurable.


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