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First posted as a comment, I thought it was long enough to share as a rant. Thus, here it is, slightly modified but otherwise intact.

Kos recently posted the following at the end of his front-page post Bush is Failing in Iraq:

The current "leadership" has no clue what to do in Iraq except maintain the present, failed, course -- one that is quite clearly doomed to failure.

I agree.

And it's worse than that.  It's much, much worse.

Like the inevitability of a wave reaching crescendo, the Bush Iraq War Chronicle was flawed from the start, and failed the instant that Rummy overrode the troop counts.

And like the tsunami's surging waters as they inevitably overtake the shoreline, the powerful wave of rhetoric and propaganda used to push the GWOT failed the instant that the Pentagon decided not to commit ground troops to Tora Bora.

Just as the breaching of the levee led to the then-unavoidable drowning of New Orleans by the raging waters of Lake Ponchatrain, the failure of the Bush Administration to properly plan, fund and execute any coordinated effort to accomplish any task occurs at the point of failure but manifests later, with disastrous results.

The Bush Administration isn't "failing" anything -- it failed, at everything, a long time ago.  The events of today are the butcher's bill for the follies of yesterday, yet still this inept and clumsy excuse for leadership is supported by mindless puppets and pundits clamoring to "stay the course" for the good of their nation.

This is not a failing enterprise.  It is a failed one.  A spectacular accumulation of failures that should strike shock and awe into the very soul of the nation.

And yet this lumbering behemoth lunges forward, unchecked.

Is there time yet remaining in this game to quell the voices from "on high" that claim we should allow this deadly rampage to continue?

If so, there isn't much.  

Each successive new failure breeds contempt and a delicious arrogance that fosters a sense of immortal invulnerability.  As the consequences of each failure begin to break and wash over us -- and the world -- another failure is initiated, to distract and to further us along this dangerous gauntlet.

We need to derail this sucker, and fast, before we run out of track.

Crossposted at ePluribus Media and Booman Tribune.

Originally posted to GreyHawk on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 10:27 AM PDT.

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  •  Tips, edges, cores and scraps (12+ / 0-)

    I think "failure" is so passe.

    Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
      Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
    Tempest even in reason's seat.

    by GreyHawk on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 10:16:36 AM PDT

  •  Totally agree - with everything! n/t (4+ / 0-)
  •  Eloquent, GreyHawk........... (6+ / 0-)

    I too, am waiting for
    the wave to crash the shore,
    the behmoth to trip,
    and for them to choke on their arrogance.

  •  Bush and Cheney's goal (7+ / 0-)

    has always been to INCREASE TERRORISM.

    There is no Cold War Enemy.

    Therefore, there is nobody to spend Trillions of Defense dollars on instead of spending it on social programs.

    So Cheney and PNAC had to create enemies, if they were going to continue puting money in the hands of rich white ugly men.

    It's very simple. It always was.

    Cheney let 911 happen so that we could go in and create even more enemies.

    He had to prove to America how fearful we should all be. That's all any of this is about.

    So what you call a "failure" is really their success.

    Sorry to say.

    The only thing they failed at was anticipating the power of Internet activism and how it could bring them down 8 years too soon... too soon before they've finished building the bases and stealing the oil... too soon before they've finished solidifying our enemy for a Century.

    We may still be able to keep that from happening. Maybe.

    But to call the Iraq debacle a failure is a bit simplistic. In most ways, the debacle is precisely what they really wanted to happen in my view.

    They wanted to escalate U.S. development of arms, they wanted us to go back to the days of ramping up our nuclear weapons development and pouring money into the bottomless pockets of our nation's elites.

    •  Yes, and no... (2+ / 0-)
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      Joy Busey, Clevertrousers

      ...they didn't think they'd screw up so massively in Iraq; they didn't plan on Katrina; they couldn't militarily plan their way out of a paper bag.

      They're going along with "relative" successes in their minds, thinking the noise around their failures is merely smoke that will dissipate, but they've failed to properly cement their objectives; their "theft" of the oil will be fleeting as Iraq collapses, and the resistance of the generals as well as the resourcefulness of others in the world body and at home have delayed -- almost, and hopefully, derailing -- their Iran and Syria plans.

      Even what they'd wanted to achieve is falling apart, because they're selfish, stupid, arrogant and -- in short -- just a bunch of assholes.  They had a covert agenda that spelled out a bunch of stuff, but it was unrealistic at best.

      And you're right -- the internet ~really~ hit 'em harder than expected.  

      But they are, ultimately, failures from the start.

      Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
        Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
      Tempest even in reason's seat.

      by GreyHawk on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 11:20:48 AM PDT

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      •  I think it's both. (1+ / 0-)
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        GreyHawk

        They wanted chaos and terrorism, so as to prolong the occupation and steal more.

        But they did fail, and it's all gone to hell, much moreseo than they planned.

        I believe I'm correct in saying that they failed on purpose in some areas... in order to increase terrorism.

        But I believe you're correct in saying that they failed even more than they had planned, and therefore:

        Their plans to fail... failed.

        But instead of succeeding, they just failed more.

        The taint of Jr. Bush's lifelong failure was on them, and honestly, the NeoCon agenda is failed policy, even when it's policy that's set up to fail... it even fails in that, by failing catastrophically.

  •  Ah, the train a'rolls a'on ... (2+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, Joy Busey

    Here's some stale but oxygenated commentary from when the year was in swaddling clothes.

    (Will reply to your email tonight.  Patience ... thanks.)

    The Bush Administration has allowed people to be killed under false pretense and for ignoble reasons.  I know no better definition of heinous.

    by Yellow Canary on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 10:57:22 AM PDT

  •  It's just 'Will-to-Power'... (2+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, dus7

    ...and it needs nothing more than power to make it worth pursuit by those who will to have it. They don't care how many die, or who they are. Never have, because it flat doesn't matter. So long as there are SOME to govern, and SOME to oppress, the wealth just keeps on rolling in. They can do whatever they want.

    A little bit of a Constitutional glitch stands in the way of Bush/Cheney, but there are more just like 'em in the wings. They all get way more than their share, and the shadow-walkers keep on going as they always have. It's just a show. American 'ideals', Freedom, Democracy, etc., etc., mean nothing. Never did. It was always just another recruiting slogan.

    Satan himself had a 33% approval rating even as he was booted out of heaven.

    by Joy Busey on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 11:20:53 AM PDT

    •  I disagree...mostly. (1+ / 0-)
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      Joy Busey

      Sure, the recruitment of the masses -- or deception of same -- is important to those in power, but I believe there are those who are ultimately too blinded by greed or inept by nature to succeed wildly; these clowns exemplify that sentiment.

      The result of a successful purge will likely be a real chance of government by the people for the people while the displaced shadow walkers on either side of the spectrum regroup.

      It's a multi-tier chess game, but there are wildcards on the board.  There are always wildcards.

      Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
        Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
      Tempest even in reason's seat.

      by GreyHawk on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 11:28:44 AM PDT

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      •  A very good analysis, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        GreyHawk

        ...the "wild card" this time is us - Kos and the rest of the left-handed blogosphere. Here we are associating and assembling in a place [the toobs] where billy clubs aren't effective in breaking it up. Tom Paine, Tom Jefferson and Sam Adams would'a loved this medium with a passion! So I look for it to be seriously dismantled as soon as our "Cowering Dems" let 'em do so.

        In the meantime, we've all learned that we're not alone. The Jokers in this deck have been energized, and will be showing up in the most unpredictable places from now on. Us deuces through kings must back 'em up, even when we've no longer a nice cyber-pub to congregate in.

        Satan himself had a 33% approval rating even as he was booted out of heaven.

        by Joy Busey on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 11:38:42 AM PDT

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        •  Ah, but...there are known wildcards (2+ / 0-)
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          vbelinsk, Joy Busey

          and there are unknown wildcards...we know about some of the unknown wildcards, but we don't know if we know about all of the unknown wildcards.

          Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
            Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
          Tempest even in reason's seat.

          by GreyHawk on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 11:42:53 AM PDT

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          •  LOL!!! (1+ / 0-)
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            GreyHawk

            Yeah, I catch your drift on "unknowns" GreyHawk. I'm one of 'em! So are you. §;o)

            Satan himself had a 33% approval rating even as he was booted out of heaven.

            by Joy Busey on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 11:47:58 AM PDT

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            •  Ah, you picked up on that one, eh? (1+ / 0-)
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              Joy Busey

              ;)

              btw -- love your sig line.

              Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
                Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
              Tempest even in reason's seat.

              by GreyHawk on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 11:50:04 AM PDT

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              •  Thanks... (1+ / 0-)
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                GreyHawk

                ...by the way, notice that I didn't mention Aces. They're always hidden up the players' sleeves. So long as we don't end up with a full house of Aces and Eights, wild cards can only take us to four of a kind!

                I like your sig too. Though somehow I doubt you're really a virgin. §;o) Sailors never are... §;o)

                Satan himself had a 33% approval rating even as he was booted out of heaven.

                by Joy Busey on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 12:12:12 PM PDT

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