Sunday, 22 June 2008

As promised

What is most disturbing about the Democratic collapse on FISA [see below] is the strong hint that the political class has learned nothing in Bush’s disastrous years and will lie supine if the outgoing nutjobs decide to expand their highly successful war in Iraq with an attack on Iran. We can’t say we weren’t warned.

Just as the Senate was releasing its long-overdue report on the phony ‘intelligence’ used to bamboozle us into the Iraq conquest, the Israelis were in town announcing that everything is all set for the bombardment of the new bad guys in Teheran. Do I exaggerate?

Here’s Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert emerging from his June 4 powwow at the White House with W:

‘We reached agreement on the need to take care of the Iranian threat. I left with a lot less question marks [than] I had entered with regarding the means, the timetable restrictions, and American resoluteness to deal with the problem.’

Would we be talking about the end of the Bush presidency by any chance? Olmert cleared that right up for us:

‘George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian threat and the need to vanquish it, and intends to act on that matter before the end of his term in the White House.’

You are forgiven for not noticing this event as it drew virtually no news coverage. In a normal world one could expect reporters to jump at the virtual announcement of a new war.

Nor did reporters take any delight in reviewing their own shoddy performance as outlined in the Rockefeller Committee report on the failure of the press and broadcasters to see through Bush and Cheney’s lies.

They were too busy fawning over the corpse of Tim Russert and, by extension, themselves.

1 comment:

Tom said...

'Twas ever thus, as Mr. Natural is famous for saying (if you're old enough to remember him).

It's the "inside the beltway" mindset. Once they get into the House or Senate, "There's not a dime's worth of difference." (George Wallace said that.)

They can't remember that emulating the Repuglicans in order to woo the "center" they lost Congress in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004.

Plus, both parties suck up to the Israel lobby on every issue, even those in which the majority of Israelis themselves disagree.

They can't remember.