Saturday, May 15, 2004

Remember This Guy?


The Iraqi Information Minister, Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, was ridiculed when he said:

"The shock has backfired on them. They are shocked because of what they have seen. No one received them with roses. They were received with bombs, shoes and bullets. Now, the game has been exposed. Awe will backfire on them. This is the boa snake. We will extend it further and cut it the appropriate way."

The damndest thing is, he was right after all.  The shock has backfired on us; we are shocked because of what we have seen.  No one received us with roses.  The game has been exposed1.  As a result, Bush and Cheney Halliburton and Bechtel have little chance to win in November 2004.  This is highly unfortunate.  I'm sure we all would like to see the best candidates win, and win on their own merits; no one should loose because of the misguided acts of a small miniority of soldiers, and perhaps a few officers . 

1I don't mean to imply that the entire war and reconstruction was a game; it most certainly was not.  Recent events, though, have tended to trivialize the sincere, productive efforts of most of our personnel in Iraq.