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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

counterpoint for trumpet and organs

On the same recent day that the President said:

"Iraqis are taking control of their country, building a free nation that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself. And we're helping Iraqis succeed,"

two senior administration officials were telling the Washington Post, on condition of anonymity, what many of us told them in letters before the war started:

"What we expected to achieve was never realistic ... we're ... shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning."


"We set out to establish a democracy, but we're slowly realizing we will have some form of Islamic republic."

Although it's heartening that two years of war experience are gradually bringing our neocon leaders up to the level of worldliness of a rather uninformed astrophysicist, it is depressing that this news has to leak softly out of the White House underbelly while the President obeys his unwavering dictum:

Nothing calls for sacrifice; be upbeat all day long;
And never

say you're wrong.


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