Monday, June 27, 2005

Tail Gunner Karl

The Moose asks whether Iraq will be more united than the U.S. after eight years of Bush rule?

The latest report from the London papers is that the U.S. is negotiating with some very bad characters in Iraq - terrorists even.

"Rumsfeld and Abizaid were responding to an article in the Sunday Times of London, which reported yesterday that the meetings were held on June 3 and 13 at a summer villa near Balad, 40 miles north of Baghdad. Citing two Iraqi sources, the newspaper said that among the Sunnis in attendance were representatives from the Ansar al-Sunna Army, which killed 22 people in the dining hall of a U.S. base at Mosul, and the Islamic Army in Iraq, which asserted responsibility for the killing of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni."

That Ansar al-Sunna Army crowd sounds suspiciously like a band of terrorists to the Moose! Could old Karl Rove have been merely projecting last week when he accused liberals of coddling terrorists and wanting to employ therapy? Is Rove consulting with MoveOn.org? Will Dr. Phil be drafted by the Bushies to mediate the conflict?

Even some conservatives can't stomach Karl's attempt to play Tail Gunner Joe and question the motives of liberals. In a refreshing display of intellectual honesty, Bill Kristol criticized Rove's comments to the clear dismay of the Political Commissar of Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume. The Moose wonders whether Brit works pro bono for the White House or is he on a deferred salary plan?

All of Washington is speculating over whether Karl intended to provoke the left. Who knows? This rhetoric comes so natural to Bush's Brain it might have merely been a case of Rove throwing red meat to the hard core and it unexpectedly created a firestorm. Or maybe not. Whatever the plan, his comments probably put the final nails in the Bush domestic agenda for a second term.

It will now be next to impossible for the White House to enlist any Democratic support for their program. The Bushies may well be more intent in negotiating/counseling with the good folks at Ansar al-Sunna Army than talking with congressional Democrats. After all Tail Gunner Karl views the liberals as a bunch of hapless traitors. And perhaps the insurgents are interested in investing in the Administrations high risk privatized social security scheme. They clearly must be attracted to the Bushies' permanent elimination of the death tax.

Could America's politics end up as more tribal than Iraq's after eight years of the Bush Clan?
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