Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Who is the flip flopping pancake now?

This is from Thomas Ricks' article in today's Washington Post

"When President Bush goes before the American people tonight to outline his new strategy for Iraq, he will be doing something he has avoided since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003: ordering his top military brass to take action they initially resisted and advised against."

Huh? Splain, Lucy splain, as Ricky Ricardo used to say. At what point did Bush ever NOT order the military leaders to do the bidding of Rumsfeld and Cheney against their wishes?

Every time a General spoke up either in private or behind closed doors he was promptly shown the door. One of the oldest examples being General Shinseki and the two newest being Casey and Abiziad.

The crux of the issue is this: When told the invasion force needed to win not just the war but to win the peace and secure Iraq would be 200,000 troops at least, Bush said no.

Now Bush says that he wants to send in more troops, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are saying no, its too late for that, and Bush is saying, F-You, I'm sending them anyway because we need more troops to win the peace and secure Iraq. Its Bushworld and we're just living in it.

ALERT: January 18, Stephen Colbert (hero) and Bill O'Reilly (anti-Christ) will be trading guest appearances on each others shows.


Last night I attended my first meeting of a movie club here in Manhattan. I had never been a part of such a group and was wary of the idea. The film we were all to watch in advance was "Reversal of Fortune" the 1990 film starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons telling the story of Claus and Sunny Von Bulow.

The film is amazing, but even more amazing was what a great evening the movie club was.

Fifteen really smart, accomplished, culturally aware and opinionated New Yorkers (this probably sounds like a gathering of the Knights of Evil to some other Americans)gathered for some great food, drink and discussion and yet another great way to network as well. I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait for next month.