Once again playing this sick 9/11 season for international and national pickup sticks, we this past week have enjoyed
As expected, in this week's Saturday 'radio talk' Bush "recorded before the flight, Bush recounted his Labor Day trip to Iraq's Anbar Province to visit U.S. troops and 'see with my own eyes the remarkable changes they are making possible'."
Ah, yes, with his own eyes -- via the remote, heavily fortified mobile bubble trip Bush made to a remote, heavily fortified non-mobile bubble in part of Iraq. Yes, he of course saw what he wanted/was intended to see, and nothing less or else or more than that.
"The level of violence is down. Local governments are meeting again. Young Sunnis are joining the police and army. And normal life is returning," the president said.
Normal life is returning? Wha -- ??
No electricity, water, or security since 2003. 'Normal life' that makes today's 'normal life' in New Orleans (only plunged into a Third World status since August 2005) seem, uh, more 'normal.' 'Normal life' in which over 1500 Iraqis are killed every month, instead of the over 2000 per month last year at this time, or earlier this spring.
I mean, it's also 'normal' that amid this ongoing horrorshow, the sports metaphors still prevail: U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus are still wielding those comfy homilies (Petraeus: "We are, in short, a long way from the goal line, but we do have the ball and we are driving down the field") -- like we always wanted the mentality of our high school sports coaches handling volatile foreign policies and waging unnecessary wars we cannot "pull out of" (an off-field jock metaphor for in-car sex).
Now, that's American diplomacy at work.
Have a great Sunday...