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BREAKING: Bush escalation will cost $6.8 billion. 
10th-Jan-2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I'm up to another session of "Scream at Your TV" tonight as he makes these announcements. He is definitely throwing down the gauntlet to the new Congress with this one.
11th-Jan-2007 12:52 am (UTC)
In my head, I hear this all as a poorly-conceived, grotesquely-timed way for the Republican Party, spearheaded by the Ugliest Lame Ducking to play "chicken" with the new Democratic enhanced Congress. He, after all, can't run again, so with his support numbers in the twenties or teens, why not use his flag pole for one last round of "bugger the Dems?"

Previous "unless you support the troops 100%, you're a PUSSY" tactics have worked very well for the NeoNaziCons, earning them high voter turn out until the Dems did finaly figure out the ploy last fall. Now that we have Non-GOP's who want to appear tough on terrorists but sane in Iraq, it makes sense (in a crazed, unmedicated mind) for Bush to go "all in" since he can't win this game anyway. What ever rational protest will be offered against him will be banked by the leading Repubilcan'ts as fodder for their future election campaigns.

If you think it's insane NOW, wait until the GOP flops out with, "We said to get our children out of IRAQ, but the Dems forestalled the process and hundreds were killed!" I expect this movie to start playing much closer to the '08 election cycle, but high, desperate demand for fake political clout may cause supply to happen much sooner than that.
11th-Jan-2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Reading articles online about it, I found this beaut: In a prime-time address to the nation, Bush pushed back against the Democrats' calls to end the unpopular war. He said that "to step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear that country apart and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale."

Because, you know, that would be DIFFERENT from what's already happened there.
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