“If time be of all things the most precious,
wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” —Benjamin Franklin
When George Bush admitted he was “playing for time,” we assumed we meant time for the Iraqi government to get their shit together. We didn’t think he meant continuing the stupidity for his fun and amusement. We can win every battle and still lose the war. Polls say the American people believe that the military solution has by far the best chance of fixing the Iraqi situation. Few think Congress can do anything about it and even fewer think Bush will ever have any effect.
Problem is the US Military is responsible to the civilian control of the Congress. And until the military annihilates the entire population and lays waste to the country, there will be no military “victory” without their say so. Unless, somehow or other, something happens which precipitates marshal law and creates a new branch of our government called “President for Life.” (Cheney seems to have been working on this angle already.)
Who has the power to take Nuri Al Maliki and the rest of his democratically elected government to the woodshed and explain the realities of democracy in Iraq?
Answer: No one. They've got to do it themselves. Civil war is not the worst thing that could happen. Hell, we had a pretty good one ourselves and we’re not doing too badly after one helluva bloodbath. When did Killer-George become squeamish?