As with everyone else on this message board, I am absolutely stunned by the sheer depravity and incompetence of this administration. This is a fascist propaganda regime in power and they are making the old Soviets look good. I teach International Relations and Foreign Policy and every day in my class, it takes me enormous effort to focus on the course materials and not talk about Iraq and US foreign policy all time. I am on the radio or the Internet pretty much all the time reading and blogging on Iraq. On Wednesday, I organized a forum in our campus to discuss the Iraq conflict and Middle East Policy and three panelists really really struggled to say something meaningful and positive about this administration. I don’t think there is any redeeming value left in this administration and it is entirely unclear as to how we are going get through another 16 months of spinning, stage-managing, mixing metaphors and historical analogies, and the in-your-face mendacity taken to an art form by Karl Rove and the Republicans.
The Iraq invasion is such monumental boondoggle of colossal proportions that it would take 15 to 20 years before the U.S. can meaningfully extricate from this full-blown civil war that is raging in Mess-o-potamia. Every day the drip-drip of violence is simply stunning, revolting and disgusting, little babies being torn to bits, mothers berating their chests and wailing for their husbands, brothers, and fathers, and young men and women coming home every day in body bags, limbs blown, and bodies disfigured. This is bad, very bad for the collective humanity, it destroys everything positive that the United States has achieved in different areas of humanitarian assistance over many decades. I am actually surprised that 26% of the American People actually support this President or is it just a statistical anomaly.