August 14, 2005


The Editors refer to Bush's ranch as the "Ranch of Make-Believe."

Come on, Editors, take this the next step to where you so clearly want to go and just refer to the place as Neverland, the Crawford branch. In one Neverland, there's a guy who may or may not think that it's okay to molest a few kids, in the other, there's a guy who thinks it's okay to get thousands of them blown up for lies and obscene profits. One of these guys is a freakish sociopath whose visage frightens children all over the world, while the other is a washed-up pop star.

But either title for Bush's Crawford vacation home seems apt when looking over the quotes Atrios found in a Washington Post article about the reality-slapping they're getting in the Bush White House right now, emphasis mine:

... "What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground," said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion. "We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we're in and 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," said another U.S. official familiar with policymaking from the beginning, who like some others interviewed would speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity. "That process is being repeated all over."

... "The most thoroughly dashed expectation was the ability to build a robust self-sustaining economy. We're nowhere near that. State industries, electricity are all below what they were before we got there," said Wayne White, former head of the State Department's Iraq intelligence team who is now at the Middle East Institute. "The administration says Saddam ran down the country. But most damage was from looting [after the invasion], which took down state industries, large private manufacturing, the national electric" system. ...

No amount of clapping could have kept their Tinkerbell story alive forever.

Posted by natasha at August 14, 2005 03:52 AM | Iraq | Technorati links |