A Piece of Good News from Iraq (Credit Where Credit Is Due Dept)

Despite many expectations to the contrary expressed from this side of the fence, the Bush Admin has NOT (–yet) planted WMD’s in Iraq for Kay to find, and it’s unlikely that they’ll do so at this point. They may have lied to get us into this imperial entanglement, but they haven’t been willing to go so far as to commit fraud. I find that, in an odd way, comforting. It might mean that even they have lines they will not cross.

Of course, to be honest I have to admit that I never really expected them to bogus up a find. Not because they’re above that sort of thing–they’ve proved over and over again that they’re not–but because I’ve been saying all along that they wholeheartedly believed what they’ve been saying all these months.

***They believed that the UN was a toothless debating society, that their inspectors were gullible patsies, and that Saddam was successfully jerking their chains in order to prevent their discovery of his WMD cache(s).

***They believed that Ahmad Chalabi was an Iraqi patriot who would never lie to them and that if he said the Iraqi people would strew flowers in the path of invading American troops, then that’s what they’d do. Probably daisies.

***They believed that the post-war period would last a few weeks at most, that the reconstruction would be paid for by Iraqi oil despite their own experts trying to tell them otherwise, and that once American troops overthrew Saddam there would be no significant backlash, no guerilla fighting, and very few American deaths.

They believed all this because they wanted to believe it. Because they believed it, they didn’t need to plant false evidence–they fully expected that real evidence would exist and be found and that they would be vindicated when everyone else in the world was proved to be wrong.

Unfortunately, the fact that they didn’t plant any evidence when no WMD turned up in the first few weeks tends to strengthen their contention that they weren’t lying: in their minds, they were telling the truth–a truth nobody else happened to know yet, that’s all. They were in full corporate-style happy-talk denial, optimism2. It was going to be OK because they believed it was going to be OK.

You gotta remember, these are people who have never had to struggle all that much. Things were given to them and they assumed they’d earned them; they got bailed out of any trouble they got into and they assumed that they deserved it. They’ve gotten pretty much everything they’ve ever wanted without working up enough of a sweat to put a small stain on one of their $1000 suits. When people told them that what they wanted to do couldn’t be done or shouldn’t be done or would have unintended consequences, they did it anyway, usually by turning a blind eye to the damage they were doing (after all, it didn’t affect them) and insulating themselves from the consequences of their acts–other people paid those prices. These are people whom denial has served well; why would they think that govt would be any different? Ignore the Cassandras and plough right on ahead.

Of course, now it’s different. Reality is smacking them upside the head and no matter how tight they close their eyes, this time nobody’s running to their rescue. Their denial is breaking down in the face of what is, and they’re not going to be able to keep it up forever. Desperation is setting in, and desperation is a hell of a motivator. They’re under seige from all sides, Junior–as predicted–doesn’t have a clue and isn’t running the ship, the crew is breaking into sections and engaging in some deadly tribal warfare, and their continued hold on power is looking very shaky indeed as the passengers begin to realize that the ship is wandering aimlessly in waters filled with icebergs and mines.

When people who think they are chosen by God, who believe thay are the only possible hope of mankind in the face of mortal dangers threatening the very existence of the human race, when such people begin to feel power slipping away from them, then all bets are off and you better save yourself a seat in one of the sturdier lifeboats.

Plant WMD’s? We should be so lucky if that’s all it is. Find another enemy to sell would be more like it. Harder this time, but not impossible. All they need is a little help. Another attack on the Homeland would do the trick. Of course, Osama may not be so obliging, and anyway, the timing has to be just right and you can’t trust terrorists for that. They got lucky the first time; the second time they’ll need to be careful and a little more hands-on.

I don’t think, despite some tantalizing indications, that the Bushies arranged 9/11. If they knew and didn’t do anything about it (which they did and didn’t), it was more likely because they were already in denial and couldn’t believe it would happen here. But if it happens again….

Well, suspicion better raise its ugly little head because it will have A LOT to look at.


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