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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The ministry of silly comparisons

Signs of Bushian desperation are everywhere these days. With each speech, the war in Iraq ... er ... the war on terror ... er ... Islamofascistnazikhmerrougesovietistic terror becomes bigger, more dramatic, more rhetorically camp. Whether it's Don Rumsfeld comparing 60 percent of the fed up American public with 1930s Hitler appeasers in Great Britain, Dubya remaking his lousy Iraq adventure into the seminal struggle of World War II (the poor dear even thinks he's Winston Churchill...) or the latest box seat ticket to the theater of the absurd: Condi Rice comparing the disastrous Iraq conflict to, of all things, the Civil War... life inside the Bush bubble must seem more and more like a sequal to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Witness Condi's latest bender:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is drawing a parallel between the Iraq war and the Civil War. Both had their critics but both were justified, she says.

In both cases, it was the right decision to fight and see the wars through, Rice, who is black and is from Alabama, said in an interview with Essence Magazine.

Asked if she still thought the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 was right, considering the cost in lives and treasure, Rice said, "Absolutely."

Rice then offered a parallel between critics of the administration's Iraq policies and "people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War (in this country) to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold."

"I'm sure that there were people who said, "why don't we get out of this now, take a peace with the South, but leave the South with slaves."

"Just because things are difficult, it does't mean that they are wrong or that you turn back," Rice told the magazine, which has a large audience among African-Americans.

Rice, a former academic, said she spent the summer reading biographies of the Founding Fathers and said she was certain "there were people who thought the Declaration of Independence was a mistake" as well.
Yes, and surely there are those out there who hate rainbows, puppies, and tow-headed children as well. Damn them all the hell.

Surely, even the grim Ms. Rice cannot possibly believe this stuff. Perhaps she has simply gone insane.

It's certainly too bad we don't have a press corps that might press Ms. Rice about how, exactly, Iraq equates to the U.S. war between the states, the latter having lacked certain Iraqi-war-type elements: like an invasion by a foreign power, a protracted occupation by that formerly supportive power, and sectarian bloodletting based not on a dispute over the right of some states to retain both slavery and a permanent fix on its share of Congress through the creation of new slave states, but rather on an age-old religious schism and a fight over finite, unequally geograhpically distributed oil resources... but then, that doesn't fit as neatly on a bumper sticker as "fight 'em over there so we don't have to fight 'em over here," now does it...?

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