Thursday, January 25, 2007

Some things never change

Sure, we've heard what passes for contrition and humility from President Bush about how things have gone in Iraq. You know, the old "where mistakes have been made, I take responsibility," line which really doesn't acknowledge that ANY mistakes have been made.

The idea, evidently, is to lull the rest of the planet who can quite clearly see how bolluxed up this whole process has become into thinking that NOW the administration gets it, there's problems, and we need to re-think a "New Way Forward."

But, as Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend. Behold this exchange between CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Vice President Dick Cheney about how things are going in Iraq.

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"If he [Saddam Hussein] were still there today," Cheney added, "we'd have a terrible situation."

"But there is," Blitzer said.

"No, there is not," Cheney retorted. "There is not. There's problems -- ongoing problems -- but we have in fact accomplished our objectives of getting rid of the old regime, and there is a new regime in place that's been here for less than a year, far too soon for you guys to write them off." He added: "Bottom line is that we've had enormous successes and we will continue to have enormous successes."

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See! What's old is new again. Just like before, Cheney's telling us that things are great in Iraq, it's just that darn news media who isn't reporting all the good news out of there. If only the press would stop being so negative, everything would be great.

A nice, refreshing dose of reality in terms of what to expect from this administration until January 2009. And a sobering reminder of how much of a fight is left to defend the principles - and the very soul - of this nation from them.

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