Michael O’Hanlon’s Escalation to Hell

This semantics bullshit is really getting on my nerves. The mouthpieces of the Bush regime (including a sycophantic U.S. media) continue to describe the regime’™s plans to escalate the conflict in Iraq as ‘œsurge’.

No.

You don’™t ‘œsurge’ a conflict. You don’™t ‘œsurge’ a commitment of manpower and money. Plain and [...]

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This semantics bullshit is really getting on my nerves. The mouthpieces of the Bush regime (including a sycophantic U.S. media) continue to describe the regime’™s plans to escalate the conflict in Iraq as ‘œsurge’.

No.

You don’™t ‘œsurge’ a conflict. You don’™t ‘œsurge’ a commitment of manpower and money. Plain and simple, it’™s ratcheting up the stakes; it’™s an escalation of the conflict and an escalation of U.S. commitment to the occupation.

On a day when another 5 GI’™s were killed in Iraq (‘œsurging’ the death toll for December to over 100), George Bush is meeting with the architects of his failed Iraq enterprise to plan the escalation of hostilities in Iraq. How can they continue to get away with this stuff, and not a single media talking head is more than mildly critical? How can the media continue to ignore the escalation of mayhem in Iraq and by extension the escalation of the expenditure of American lives and treasury?

How can reasonable and educated foreign policy experts like Michael O’™Hanlon of the Brookings Institute continue to publicly waffle and make excuses for (and expect a different outcome of) the miserable failure that Iraq’™s become ‘” especially when the planners are the EXACT SAME PACK OF ASSHATS that got us into this shit in the first place?

How can someone like O’™Hanlon spout drivel that’™s as patently vapid as ‘œwe never had enough troops in Iraq’, yet continue to support the regime’™s plans to escalate the conflict near four years after it started?? His response to that question is a classic:

‘œWe have no choice but to support him. He’™s the only Commander-in-Chief we’™ve got.’

Fuck.

To steal a thought from Atrios, analysts like Michael O’™Hanlon seem to define the left flank of acceptable opinion on Iraq in the media. And because of thoughtful people like O’™Hanlon, who can not call a spade a spade no matter how bad things might be (and who, oh by the way, looks to be well within the acceptable demographic for military enlistment in support of the escalation)’¦

We are so screwed.

Thursday, December 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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