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Bush and Blair, up a tree...


I must admit to a fleeting malign satisfaction any time I hear Tony Blair or George Bush admit that the war in Iraq has been a bit of a botch from square one. Unfortunately, the old "things have gone wrong, but I'd do it all again" song is starting to grate on me now.

Blair is the most recent ally in the "General Waste of Time" to parade through Washington to celebrate how darned well things are going with the formation of a new Iraqi government - another day, another turning point. And another "gosh darn, things haven't gone as well as we'd like them to, but we're on the right track. Now."

I'm not sure if even an abject public apology for starting a voluntary war on lies would make me happy now, alhough it does make me cringe every time I hear one of those two buffoons bloat on about problems and errors, as if any of this was unforseen. Unfortunately, the chances of even a much-too-late apology appear to have been lost to another "turning point", as Tony so nimbly puts it:
I think it's easy to go back over mistakes that we may have made, but the biggest reason why Iraq has been difficult is the determination by our opponents to defeat us
This is of course just another dodge - "going over mistakes is too easy, and we men don't just do the easy thing - hell, no!" And, while we're on the topic, which "mistakes" are you referring to, Tony? Some tricksy little tactical foolishness like saving the Ministry of Oil before lifting a hand to protect a hospital? How about, for once publicly admitting that going to war using thinly-perfumed bullshit for a justification, thus guaranteeing that you would not have international support and would therefore be undermanned and without anyone to bail you out if things got ugly, that maybe Colin Powell was 200% right when he said "you broke it you bought it"? Nah, you're right, Tony, your biggest mistake was underestimating the will of your enemy. Good on you - admitting that you are making the same mistake Winston Churchill claimed Hitler made of England.

Naturally, with Tony in such an apologetic (snicker) mood, George had to get into the spirit of the event, too, admitting that:
saying "bring it on," kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner -- you know, "wanted dead or alive," that kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted, and so I learned from that.
"certain parts of the world" meaning, I suppose, everywhere outside of his own widdle head. It's nice to see that George has had some time to think about mistakes he's made since he couldn't come up with one way back when in the now-famous Tim Russert interview. Unfortunately, all he could muster was some foolish, hopefully-unscripted remarks he'd made that had the effect of inflaming an already disasterous "mistake". What a jerk.

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