People think he’s a funny guy, and he is. But he’s not just a funny guy and in this case he speaks for me.
Below the fold enjoy the meat without the 400+ mojo whoring comments (not that there’s anything wrong with mojo whoring, it’s a survival skill).
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
“What do we want?” “Patience!”
“When do we want it?” “Now!”
A lot of Very Important People keep telling me that I have to continue being patient with the Iraq war. People like the President of the United States:
March: Bush Pleads for Patience in Iraq War
May: Bush Urges Patience on Iraq
June: Bush urges patience on Iraq
July: War In Year 5; Bush Requests Patience
August: Bush pleads for more patience for Iraq war efforts
September: Iraqi civilian deaths up, Bush urges patience
Contrary to what the frequently-wrong media pundits say, I (and, I’m willing to bet, you) do understand the gravity of the situation in Iraq. It’s the mother of all messes. The worst blunder our country has ever made. It’s just a big ball of bad and there’s no way to get around it. If we stay it’s bad and if we leave it’s bad. The word of the day, the week, the month, the year and the decade is: “Bad.”
And here we are, four and a half bad years after we strolled into Baghdad with our picnic baskets and Starbucks franchise leases, being asked to be patient just a little while longer because we’re this close to going from “baddest” to “badder” on the scale of bad. Fine. I’m a reasonable man and perfectly capable of being patient. I’ve even heard it’s a virtue.
But I want something in return. I want the nincompoops who orchestrated this farce in a massive rush of non-patience to excuse themselves from the public stage. That includes the president, the vice president and the secretary of state. They need to resign, find a nice rocking chair far away from D.C., and never be heard from again.
It includes the neocons and their think-tank buddies who continue to flap their gums about how awesome the Iraq war is going and wouldn’t it be swell to bring the same kind of awesomeness to Iran NOW NOW NOW!!!
It includes the journalists who helped beat the drums of war by “catapulting the propaganda” and advancing the official White House narrative. And it includes the members of the House and Senate who believe that buying “five rugs for five bucks” at an Iraqi marketplace surrounded by armed guards and attack helicopters is all the proof I should need that things are going swell, so sit down, shut up and be patient.
This, of course, will never happen. Despite all the unnecessary blood under the bridge (1.3 gallons per human x 3,800 U.S. soldiers killed = 4,940 gallons, but who’s counting), the architects of the Iraq war either a) still have jobs and are just as powerful and wrong as ever, or b) are living comfortably as consultant$ and/or lecturer$ and/or author$ and/or lobbyist$, and/or pundit$. They will always be quoted and covered by very serious journalists as if the result of their maniacal judgment on Iraq was the equivilent of spilling a glass of milk.
To all of you lunatics, I say: I’ll be patient about the Iraq war. I just won’t be patient about the Iraq war for you.