For what must be the millionth time, our beloved Defense Secretary has rejected the assertion that Iraq has become a quagmire. Personally I’m starting to become more and more confused about this.
Let’s look at the definition:
Now, I would assume that anyone with any familiarity with the Middle East can easily recognize the entire region is a difficult or precarious situation, even before we decided that Iraq was a threat to our national security. And to be as kind as I can be, our actions in Iraq haven’t exactly made the entire place any less complicated in general. If I focus on Iraq specifically, I think it’s obvious to EVERYBODY that this is not just a minor problem we’re dealing with.
So this leads me to one of three conclusions. Either 1) Rumsfeld doesn’t know the definition of the word quagmire, but refuses to look it up and see its obvious application to the situation in Iraq or 2) he’s totally kept out of the loop on the situation, to the point where he doesn’t even turn on FOX News, or 3) he’s got the mental capacity of Terry Schiavo.
Sadly I’m not sure which of those is true. Nor am I entirely certain which one is worse.
Wake up and smell the shit you’re shoveling. It’s a fucking wreck over there, even by the best accounts. The people are better off, and in a few years the country may actually stabilize. But to insist that it’s not a quagmire now is incompetence of the worst sort. It’s an attempt to undermine the will of the people by feeding them bad information and refusing to admit the truth.
Don’t look now, but the emperor is naked.