Monday, March 05, 2007

It’s a messy, dangerous world


Dick Cheney spoke to a conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars today. It was the start of yet another series of speeches to bolster The War Against Terror (TWAT), and it must have annoyed him to be forced by events to have to devote several seconds to the issue of the treatment of wounded soldiers. Later in the day, he himself was treated for a blood clot contracted during long hours of sitting on airplanes in the service of his country. He was put on blood thinners. Or possibly that was a metaphor of some kind.


On reading the speech, I can report that the trend towards slightly greater realism some detected in Bush administration officials’ speeches after the release of the Iraq Study Group report has now completely reversed itself. There is no longer any hint that Iraq might be in a civil war or that there exist such creatures as Sunnis or Shiites. It’s back to terrorists and Al Qaida and “They hate us, they hate our country, they hate the liberties for which we stand. They want to destroy our way of life, so that freedom no longer has a home and defender in the world.” Because freedom is American, dammit. If it shows up in any other country, it’s just visiting. And on those visits, it so often seems to come down with deep venous thrombosis.


Cheney said he hopes that, unlike the vote on the non-binding resolution, when Congress votes on “emergency” funding for the war, sorry, “for the troops,” “I sincerely hope the discussion this time will be about winning in Iraq, not about posturing on Capitol Hill.”

He concluded, “It’s a messy, dangerous world, made better by the active, committed presence of the United States.” Messy and dangerous. He makes it sound like someone left their skates on the stairs again – and we’re looking at you, Iran!

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