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Friday, November 17, 2006


Bush: "Quit Iraq, drop the blockade of Cuba!"

No? What else can you make of this "analysis" of history?
The president said there was much to be learned from the divisive Vietnam War — the longest conflict in U.S. history — as his administration contemplates new strategies for the increasingly difficult war in Iraq, now in its fourth year. "It's just going to take a long period of time for the ideology that is hopeful — and that is an ideology of freedom — to overcome an ideology of hate."
But, obviously, the only way Vietnam got to the point it is today is not because the U.S. kept fighting and killing Vietnamese (and Americans), but because it finally left, leaving Vietnam to develop on is own. So clearly, Bush's lesson of history is that the only way to "save" Iraq is to get the hell out of there (by rooftop helicopters, if at all possible) so they can run their own country.

And as for Cuba, haven't the liberals been saying for years that the only way to overthrow Communism in Cuba is with McDonalds, not with a blockade? Well, since Bush clearly thinks that the "ideology of freedom" (i.e., his and most capitalists' word for "Capitalism") has triumphed in Vietnam thanks to McDonalds et al., surely he must agree that war, even economic war, is not the way to achieve that same goal in Cuba.

Alas, George Bush isn't actually capable of thinking through the consequences of his assertions. So I'm afraid it's more war in Iraq, and continued economic war against Cuba, for the foreseeable future.

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