A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Adapt and Win vs. Stay the Course 

George W. Bush and others have repeatedly used the phrase "stay the course" for our occupation of the once-sovereign nation of Iraq. They have tried to portray anyone who questions their actions as a "cut and run," unpatriotic, treasonous, white flag waving, terrorist sympathizer.

Now, the new phrase coming from the mealy-mouth of Ken Mehlman is "adapt and win." For sure, the GOP and their media Wurlitzer press the point that it's important that we achieve victory in Iraq, whatever form such a victory may take. They insist the it's vital for our national interests; vital to the ulitmate goal of a peaceful middle east, vital to the perception of any who would conspire against us that we have the resolve, means and motivation to fight for our country.

However, I believe there is another reason victory is so important, or at least the perception of victory is so important to these warmongering chickenhawks which can best be expressed by Prescott Bush's pecuniary beneficiary.

I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war, no matter whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterwards whether he told the truth or not. When starting and waging war, it is not right that matters, but victory. Adolf Hitler.

Victory is important because victors get to write the history of the events. In this case, victory may keep those nagging questions about cherry-picked intelligence, prevarications and outright fabrications from being used as evidence in a war crimes trial.

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