The Airing of Grievances
Friday, September 24, 2004
Traveling Back In Time
Remember early 2001, when, no matter what people thought of George W. Bush, most considered his cabinet choices to be very strong, with words and phrases like "professional", "experienced", and "impressive credentials" used to describe their capabilities?
Words like "incompetent", "out of their element", and "fucking disgrace" would seem to be more appropriate these days.
"Let's say you tried to have an election and you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country. But in some places you couldn't because the violence was too great," Rumsfeld said, hours after the leaders of the United States and Iraq met in Washington.So Rummy, Iraq's a democracy, except for the large swaths of territory that are controlled by insurgents and terrorists? Great, that really works. These guys are so politically afraid of postponing the January elections, that they are willing to sacrifice the very principles central to the only rationale they have left for being in Iraq.
"Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life, so you have an election that's not quite perfect. Is it better than not having an election? You bet," he said.
Between this and his embarassing confusion of Saddam Hussein with Osama Bin Laden , can we all agree that maybe, just maybe, Rumsfeld's getting a little long in the tooth and should start working on his shuffleboard game?