Has a Plan - Really
By Kismet Oz
So Bush has a "war aftermath plan." He only waited until
more than a year after "major combat" was supposedly over
to fill in Americans about his plan. Could it be because his
approval rating is fast approaching single digits?
During Monday's speech Bush was reading a teleprompter and
looked like he was speaking words he didn't believe. He also
struggled with pronunciation of about 20 words. He choked
on Abu Ghraib twice.
He mentioned that Iraq has become the center of the "war
on terror." Not a giant mental leap to figure out why that
may be the case now.
He talked about giving Iraqis total sovereignty. Does he
mean the US will accept who the majority of Iraqis choose?
Not in a Texas minute.
For his speech Bush chose a site much like those of his
other unchallenged love fests - the Army War College in PA
where he was guaranteed applause.
He mentioned US torture of Iraqi "detainees" and attributed
it to a few bad soldiers. What's he going to say when the
guilt path leads to Rumsfeld? It's already led to the evangelical
General he appointed months ago. How much further up the chain
can Rumsfeld be?
Bush told the American people that a brand spanking new
prison will be built to replace that nasty Abu Ghraib prison.
Halliburton has lots of experience building prisons - take
Guantanamo for instance. Any guesses on who's going to get
the contract? There are over 100,000 people waiting in line
for Halliburton jobs and to be sent overseas. Betcha out of
work Iraqis don't get those construction jobs.
Bush failed to mention who gets control of Iraqi oil after
the US is "gone." Is that because the US maintains control
of Iraqi oil after June 30? Can you say "yep" with a Texas
He mentioned that the US will maintain its 138,000 strong
force in Iraq for the foreseeable future. He did not mention
the largest private military force in the history of America
which is picking up the "slack" over there. There are highly
paid mercenaries swarming all over Iraq... and they are accountable
to no one. They are working for US taxpayer-funded contractors
selected by the Pentagon.
Bush invoked the name of the U.N. as if he can just command
them to forgive the US for usurping international law and
get into Iraq to clean up the mess the US made.
He also laid out a bunch of lofty unachievable goals. Why?
It is because he wants to be able to say - "I have a plan."
He has a whole buffet of fall guys when his plan fails, but
at least he can say he had a plan. God forbid anyone should
say he didn't have a plan.
Meanwhile, a wedding party was blown to bits by the U.S.
More prison abuse photos surface weekly. The person who blew
the whistle on the prison abuse is in big trouble. The abusers
get one year in prison with restrictions about as solid as
Bush's hold on a bicycle.
In Bush's world all is well and that sounds good enough
for him. If he's not re-elected, he'll be off the hook and
it'll be Kerry's mess. If he is re-elected, he'll only have
four more years and no re-election to worry about. With his
simple mind, he can probably imagine it going either way.
The author has a BA in Political Science and is a graduate
student. She is a freelance writer & publicist based in the
Chicago area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org