Thursday, October 19, 2006

An idle thought.

It occurred to me, as I sat on the subway tonight trying to avoid the homeless guy playing with himself, that we really shouldn't be that surprised at Bush's agreement with the assessment that the situation in Iraq is like Vietnam. There is a bizarre disconnect in the ball bearing that passes for his brain, as it rolls haphazardly around in his skull.

Read what he said:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Tom Friedman wrote in the New York Times this morning that what we might be seeing now is the Iraqi equivalent of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968. Tony Snow this morning said, “He may be right.” Do you agree?

BUSH: He could be right. There’s certainly a stepped up level of violence, and we’re heading into an election.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But what’s your gut tell you?

BUSH: George, my gut tells me that they have all along been trying to inflict enough damage that we’d leave. And the leaders of al Qaeda have made that very clear. Look, here’s how I view it. First of all, al Qaeda is still very active in Iraq. They are dangerous. They are lethal. They are trying to not only kill American troops, but they’re trying to foment sectarian violence. They believe that if they can create enough chaos, the American people will grow sick and tired of the Iraqi effort and will cause government to withdraw.

Notice the way he responds to the question about Vietnam; his answer is based on a false assumption, and it is merely a means to get to his regurgitation of the one-dimensional talking points from the past three years. Beside the fact that it was a pretty much a coincidence that the Offensive was launched prior to a U.S. Presidential election (but then again, it's always about you, isn't it George?), it's as if Bush refuses to see the snowballing disaster headed right toward him. Such callous detachment from the situation borders on pathological. There is no cause and effect; no correlation between his decision-making (or lack thereof) and the degeneration into civil war in Iraq. No thoughtful pauses, no contemplation.

Of course, it could also signify that he doesn't have the first fucking clue about the Tet Offensive. Occam's Razor, I guess.