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Friday, September 07, 2007

Our Fortune Tellers: Petraeus & bin Laden

Does the word “impotent” ring a bell? While George Bush boasts about “kicking ass” in Iraq during his Australian stay, Americans and their Congress are in a state of suspense awaiting word from one of our own generals and a man who lives in a cave.

Today’s New York Times reflects the waiting-for-Petraeus bind with an anonymously sourced story that relies on “White House officials” and “a senior military officer” to tells us “Petraeus, Seeing Gains in Iraq as Fragile, Is Wary of Cuts” while columnist Paul Krugman predicts:

“Democrats will look at Gen. Petraeus’s uniform and medals and fall into their usual cringe. They won’t ask hard questions out of fear that someone might accuse them of attacking the military. After the testimony, they’ll desperately try to get Republicans to agree to a resolution that politely asks President Bush to maybe, possibly, withdraw some troops, if he feels like it.”

If the Washington spin is not enough to make us feel queasy, there are anonymous sources in the Middle East to promote a 9/11 anniversary TV special that promises a "soon, God willing, video message by the Lion Sheik Osama bin laden, may God protect him."

In the promo, the Lion Sheik appears to have had a makeover, complete with beard dye job, by an Al Qaeda stylist.

When he appears in Washington, Gen. Petraeus will no doubt be his usual trim self and his message more reassuring than bin Laden’s, but the bottom line will be essentially the same: Our safety and peace of mind depend largely on ragged zealots in a part of the world where the richest, most powerful nation in history does not control events.

When Bush gets back from bragging Down Under, maybe he can explain how that happened, but don’t hold your already bated breath.

1 comment:

dave in boca said...

Krugboy is a silly hysterical economist who should stick to his knitting instead of trying to sit at the adult's table.

Paul Krugman is Juan Cole without brains or local knowledge. It’s hard to take the latest Dhimmicrat salvos that “we’re losing, we’re losing and we have the statistics to prove it” as anything more than self-parody. The smart Democrats are discussing strategy while libtards such as Reid and Shumer do their Tweedledumb/dumber pas de deux.

Ralph Peters has a good analysis, as does Michael Gordon, two observers with extensive published analysis and experience on the ground. They both concur that the inside-the-Beltway flimflammery by and among Democrats reflects their own tendency toward suicidal eating of their young.

The liberal memes are so tired that Sen. Durbin has to come back from Iraq and after saying the surge is beginning to work, suddenly “change his mind” and say it isn’t working at all.

Remember poor George Romney in the sixties who confessed that he had been brainwashed? At least GR had a brain to wash, most Democrats are “passionate, vibrant, robust” opponents of Iraq, until they go there. Then they recant for a minute, unless like IL dodette Schakovsky they are retarded imbecilic Marxists. And then, after what gray matter they have has been washed, laundered and folded by their political commissars & media minders, they unrecant.

The Democrats keep alternating between stand-up comics and fall-down slapstick—-both very entertaining if very irrelevant.