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Mark My Words: The President’s Speech on Iraq and More

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Dateline: Bali, Who Cares About The Date

So it's come down to this.  One lonely man, sitting amidst the historical splendor of 400 years of the greatest democracy ever to muscle its way around the world. A man of quiet dignity, perhaps? A man close to his God… or so he hopes. A family man. A really rich business bungler. And now, a president — George "I was only kidding" Bush.

It's easy to throw off platypuses immediately after a presidential speech to the nation. No one's really listening, and if they are, they won't remember who said what twenty minutes later. That is why your intrepid reporter has waited to inhale the fumes from the presidential after-burner, to hear the voices of average Americans crying out for their trans fats, to see what really has happened since that night, so long ago, when Bush spoke to us.

Of course, there’s the matter of the speech itself that I didn’t hear because I was involved in serious medical research, and didn’t read because the dog ain’t my paper. However, given the response I’ve seen, Bush was pretty pooh-bah bad. 

This opportunity, of course, was perhaps Bush’s last at forging some kind of bipartisan alliance to do something other than lose the war in Iraq and then Afghanistan. According to sources as diverse as foot soldiers to former important people, Bush did not do his family proud. 

I mean, let’s face it boys and girls, do we need some grunt over in Iraq telling us what any multicellular animal would figure out? Said one officer, who figured it was safer to remain unanimous, "We… were not fighting a military campaign, but a political campaign… Fighting terrorists was only something we did when needed, because it interfered with our political objectives. If we could ignore the terrorists, we were winning. If we had to stop our economic and political activities in order to fight terrorists, they were winning." But, but, but, what about the worldwide war on terrorism?  

What’s the response in Congress? Well, Sec’y of State Rice and DefSec Gates had to run the gauntlet between Democrats who whacked their asses with sand bags while laughing themselves silly and Republicans, many of whom put rocks in the sandbags and were crying. Just as interesting in its own way, in Baghdad, the Iraqi government, such as it is, “responded tepidly” to the idea of getting 20,000 more troops.   

One hates to bring up sore subjects, but why is the Dow climbing to an all-time high for the second day? Do you think war is good for big companies? Do you think maybe they don’t even know there’s a war on, given how long it takes to count their multi-sourced compensation? 

One challenge the administration might have is what appears to be a strategic difference with the Iraqi government. Prime Minister Nourish al-Maliki’s office claims that they’ve been living with broken promises and unfilled expectations for ages. In addition, any peace initiative that relies on Sunnis and Shiites shaking hands and hugging seems to build on, pardon the pun, loose sand.    

Your intrepid reporter often sits and wonders why people in Washington, mostly in the government, seem dumber than a bucket of hair. Didn’t they know Iraq was a made up country run by a dictator keeping the two clans (Sunni and Shia) quiet? Does anyone remember Yugoslavia (not the car, you idiot)? Usually when you want to do something complex, you start with a measurable objective with timelines, which in Iraq is… who knows anymore.  Then you develop a strategic analysis to ensure that you understand how things really are and how badly you can get into trouble. Then things like strategies which give clear direction to people running the operation. I hear that Congress didn’t boo when the prez left. They should have. As far I can tell, I was having more fun as a medical experiment.  

Other Stuff

Excuse My Yawning:  Mike Tyson was indicted on drug charges and driving while blotto. 

And he never shares.

Excuse My Mouth Agape:  Matthew Bandy, a teenage kid, has been living through hell charged with having kiddie porn on his computer – that he supposedly downloaded when he was 14. What he was after was real porn and there’s no explanation for how the wrong stuff got on that little hard drive. The kid passed two polygraphs, and, more interesting, computer experts found 200 infected files on his machine — backdoors for hackers. And the kid is facing 90 years in jail. 

Excuse me, but are cops now drinking the stupid-water that’s infested D.C.?  Anything for a conviction. The problem with this kid is that he’s a goody two shoes, whatever that means. Everybody likes him, shrinks say he’s normal, but why do any real police work when you can gin up a case against a 14-year-old?  

There are times it’s tough to be an American. That’s why I say I’m from Lithuania where everyone knows… 

In Jameson Veritas

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About Mark Schannon

Retired crisis & risk manager/communications expert; extensive public relations experience in most areas over 30 years. Still available for extraordinary opportunities of mind-numbing complexity. Life-long liberal agnostic...or is that agnostic liberal.
  • On the breaking front –

    Padilla trial on hold. Remember this guy? An American citizen , held for 3 years with NO trial or habeus corpus rights, now in front of a Florida judge. This should be a real test of the legal assumptions made by the Administration, as well as just how far Rights in the U.S. have been eroded.

    Then there’s throwing Rice at the Middle East.

    And, finally What’s up with the Greeks?

    Bad craziness all over.

  • And one in the “blast from the past” category – Time to ride the Scooter (Libby).

  • Bliffle

    If 20,000 more US troops standup then 20,000 Iraqi troops can standdown. Maliki should be happy, since standing down seems to be what his army does best.

  • Oh yeah, Scooter Libby. That communist backstabbing Destructo Man hiding out as mild-mannered Clark (The pointer) Kent. And I’d spill the beans about the Greeks, but I’m scared of them.

    I think Bliffle has the best idea. Make it sound profound. It’s better to sound good than to say good. And now, (it being late 8:30 p.m), it’s off to sleep, but of course not after…

    In Jameson Veritas

  • Bliffle

    I was just asserting metrical transitivity. Or something. I think.

  • Here’s another scathing story about the Bandy case, published January 25.

    Doubting Thomas By Sarah Fenske County prosecutors charged a teenager with looking at kiddy porn. Turns out they hadn’t done their homework


    The Bandy Team