Thursday, July 19, 2007

The new National Intelligence Estimate is out, with a parsimonious 7 pages of generalized pabulum, called a summary, available to the public--I got mine through the Washington Post. The news stories and analyses are continuing to appear every 10 minutes or so, and since I see no reason to provide links to material that changes as soon as it appears, I won't. Besides, the NIE is all one needs to see that the Bushies' War on Terriors is a total fiasco, a bust. Iraq is a disaster, which never had a place in the WoT, Afghanistan is Taliban, and the Osama has regrouped in the Pakistan's tribal regions with the the blessing of Musharraf and at least insofar as it supports him, the U.S. I write that knowing that Musharraf has spent the last few days bombarding the tribal areas as punishment for the slaughter at the Red Mosque last week and as a way to ingratiate himself with the Bushies, who need to look momentarily tough in order to deflect attention from the damning NIE. Damning NIE, indeed, as if one more document exposing the moral, intellectual, and tactical bankruptcy of the Bushies will have any impact at all. No one knows who the enemy is or why we are fighting in Iraq, for that matter. Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash lays out the depressing truth in today's Los Angeles Times, concluding with this lament: "Looking back over a quarter of a century of chronicling current affairs, I cannot recall a more comprehensive and avoidable man-made disaster." The only way to climb from this cesspool is by simultaneously impeaching the Emperor Boy George and his Vice Dick. Later, they can be put in orange jumpsuits, hooded, duct-taped and hauled to the Hague for trial on war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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