Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Blame Game

Iraq is the unstable, discombobulated mess it is today because of former dictator Saddam Hussein, President Bush said this afternoon in his third speech this month to muster public support for the war.

He reasoned, "The enemies of a free Iraq are employing the same tactics Saddam used, killing and terrorizing the Iraqi people in an effort to foment sectarian division."

Neither a hint nor a whisper escaped the president's mouth that the imbroglio seen by Americans every night on their televisions could have been prevented by thought-out planning, a proper understanding of cultural intricacies or an unambiguous plan for knowing when the war is over. Neglecting even to acknowledge these set-backs does a great disservice to the American people. We're left dumb-founded and overwhelmed at the violence still plaguing Iraq, unsure if it will ever end or when it will be safe to exit. The lack of any sort of guide to success in Iraq makes a sparse twenty-nine percent of Americans see the war, err -- liberation -- going swimmingly well.

Instead of owning up to mistakes, the Bush adminstration prefers to white-wash the past and to repeat failed offenses in the future. A quick glance at the posturing of the War Party toward Iran belies any belief they've learned their lesson.