Friday, September 15, 2006

Bush is a failure

Swiped this picture from uggabugga. Several lefty bloggers (e.g. Digby UPDATE: and Atrios) have noted the following irony: On the one hand, Bush and his minions have been saying that the "War on Terror" (a phrase that deserves quotation marks if there ever was one) is this huge, existential conflict of unparalleled import. On the other hand, they don't seem that interested in capturing Osama bin Laden. If this is World War IV and terrorists are as dangerous as the Nazis, shouldn't Osama bin Laden be Hitler? (Of course it isn't and of course they're not and of course he isn't, but the Bush administration clearly says otherwise.)

I think that capturing Oasama bin Laden is more a point of honor and justice than something that will actually make us safe. But that's because I believe the whole terror threat has been ridiculously over-hyped. If I actually thought "The War on Terror" was as important as Bush has been saying it is, I can't imagine being so flip about not capturing him. As I see things now, it's just one point of national embarrassment among many.

Just as with their actions on Iraq, it's clear to me that the Bush administration doesn't really take "The War on Terror" seriously. What they take seriously is trying to get political mileage out of it.


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