Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[politics] The Crocker-Petraeus hearings

I was listening to the Petraeus-Crocker hearings at several points today. Such theater. I'm not sure where the substance lies, but it wasn't in those Senate chambers. One my favorite moments was when Senator Biden asked General Petraeus whether reasonable people could have different opinions about how to prosecute the war. Petraeus told him, "I don't know that I would go that far."

Yep, that's the Bush administration in a nutshell. Nobody else has the answers -- basically, "We're right, you're wrong, fuck off."

I also liked the remark — I did not catch the attribution, but I think it was Ambassador Crocker — that if we withdrew we would endanger our goals in Iraq. It was delivered in a more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone that definitely put us woolly headed liberals in our place.

Speaking as a WHL, I feel compelled to point out that if we're staying in Iraq until our goals are fulfilled, it might be nice if we had a consistent set of goals in the first place.

Best as I can recall, this war was officially about WMDs and the possibility that Saddam might supply them to terrorists. Saddam's long dead, and there were no WMDs.

The war was semi-officially about the connection between 9/11 and Iraq. Well, al-Qaeda is in Iraq now, thanks to us.

The war was unofficially about securing our oil supply and our strategic position in the Middle East. Oil is over $100 a barrel and our strategic position blows chunks.

In these days of Mission Accomplished and troops being killed daily, the war seems to be about stabilizing Iraq. We're the ones who destabilized it.

Next goalpost, please! Good thing they're so movable, if you're a Republican. But what do I know, I'm just a dirty fucking hippie. Wise conservative patriots will doubtless sort this out eventually. They've done so well this far.
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