Down the Spider Hole
I’ve been strangely quiet on political topics for about a week or so now. It’s not that I have nothing to say. It’s just that I’ve recently become a bit quagmired in other stuff. Once I get going on some of these things, I’m not sure where I’ll stop. So, let’s just get to the obvious: Saddam Hussein.
I was pretty surprised when I found out yesterday. Then, I was… mixed. On one hand, I’m happy for every American stationed over there. Congrats, guys. It hasn’t been a complete waste of time. That, unfortunately, is about as good as it gets. Don’t get me wrong. He’s a bad person. He should be caught, put on trial, and grilled for his crimes. However, no one is going to remember that we did not capture the terrorific Osama Bin Laden. Did we invade Cuba and capture Castro? How’s tricks in Liberia? I think North Korea could use some democracy these days. What about those guys? No. But, we got a two-bit thug who bullied a two-bit country. He’s not even a Milosevic, for chrissakes. He’s not even a madman. He’s a somewhat loopy, half-wit coward. We found a guy who apparently had nothing really to do with any of the alleged reasons we invaded Iraq. We thought he lied about having WMA; turns out, we were lied to about those lies. Was that on the front page of anyone’s paper today?
No. Instead, it’s a somewhat shiny hood ornament on a car at the bottom of an interstate pile-up. For the short term, at least, no one is going to notice all of the twisted fucked up cars on the top of it all. I don’t know if it’s going to make a real difference in Iraq or not. No one does. What I do know is that nothing on that side of the Gulf has really changed. It’s just a symbol, and symbols are only important during things like election years.
This is where it gets scary. Sort of. Truth is, Hussein’s capture doesn’t mean a hill of shit, when you still have a giant pile of sand with a bunch of people willing to kill any and all for it. But, those opposed to W. can’t call him a complete failure anymore. In Bush’s camp, 99% failure equals 1% success, and that means victory. Just do a compare contrast on Dubya’s college record vs. his driving record, and you’ll see what I mean. This is a faint light at the end of the tunnel, and now the Democrats have to do something that they’re not usually very good at: playing it smart.
The silver lining is that the only people worse than the Dems at playing it smart is the Bush League. This goes back to the old man, who – thanks to a shining moment in Iraq – had a cavernous lead at the start of his campaign, but blew it anyway. Trust me, Dubya caught a lucky fucking break. It was bound to happen sooner than later, if not this, then something else. The good news is that it happened sooner, before the campaign year really started in full earnest. A couple years ago, the Republicans thought they had their money in the bank when they slotted the Convention in NYC, coinciding the anniversary of 9/11. Now, they’re praying that it won’t be a rerun of the Chicago riots. I assure you six months from now that Dubya could walk down Broadway with Hussein’s head on a pike, and it wouldn’t make a difference. People will get over it. He’s going to ride this one to death. He has to. It’s the only thing he’s got. Then, people will realize that we got our man, but we’re still over there, troops are still dying, and we’re still pouring money into a sandy hole. For what?
Not exactly a good reason to hire someone for a job, is it?