This is just so weird to be going down this same road again. From the LA Times…
The Bush administration has postponed plans to offer public details of
its charges of Iranian meddling inside Iraq amid internal divisions
over the strength of the evidence, U.S. officials said.
U.S. officials promised last week to provide evidence of Iranian
activities that led President Bush to announce Jan. 10 that U.S. forces
would begin taking the offensive against Iranian agents who threatened
But some officials in Washington are concerned that some of the
material may be inconclusive and that other data cannot be released
without jeopardizing intelligence sources and methods. They want to
avoid repeating the embarrassment that followed the March 2003 invasion
of Iraq, when it became clear that information the administration cited
to justify the war was incorrect, said the officials, who described the
internal discussions on condition of anonymity
Fool me once…ah…oh fuck it, please tell me this isn’t happening
UPDATE: Well Josh’s “forboding” certainly doesn’t help my nagging sense of forboding doom on this…
I’ve said this before. But perhaps it seems like hyperbole. So I’ll say
it again. The president’s interests are now radically disjoined from
the country’s. We can handle a setback like Iraq. It really is a big
disaster. But America will certainly surive it. President Bush — in
the sense of his legacy and historical record — won’t. It’s all Iraq
for him. And Iraq is all disaster. So, from his perspective (that is to
say, through the prism of his interests rather than the country’s —
which he probably can’t separate) reckless gambits aimed at breaking
out of this ever-tightening box make sense.
Think of it like this. He’s a death row prisoner concocting a
thousand-to-one plan to break out of prison. For him, those are good
odds. The rest of us are doing three months for disorderly conduct. And
he’s trying to rope us into his harebrained scheme. Like I said, his
interests are very different from ours.
Speak up. We’re on the edge of the abyss.