Monday, August 09, 2004

Digging Deeper

Did it hurt Dubya when he said "Our enemies…never stop thinking of ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we"? I dunno -- his audience cheered. To be sure, they were handpicked -- Dubya had to read off from a card the question one of them forgot to ask him, and the answer.
You can’t say the opposition was being mean to him. There’s an old saying that if you dig yourself into a hole, the first thing to do is, stop digging. Well last week, our forces dug in by killing more Iraqis than in any week since the war began. They said they did it at the request of our new president, Ahmed Allawi. He replaced our former president, Ahmed Chalabi, who used to be our favorite Iraqi in the whole world, then suddenly became a suspect and is now hiding in Iran from a US and Iraqi warrant for his arrest for murder and sundry other crimes. Hiding with him is his nephew, whom we saw the other day prosecuting Saddam Hussein.

The current president, Allawi, demonstrated our progress toward democracy by closing down a TV news bureau and by listing 80 or 90 grounds for capital punishment, including dangerous talk. Allawi’s an old henchman of Saddam Hussein who has kept up the practice of executions with his own hand. And by the way, recent pictures of torture of prisoners by our Iraqis appeared yesterday in the Portland Oregonian.

All this and then some, in a week of terrible news for Dubya. And the best line Kerry could come up with was a promise to wage "a more sensitive war."

Lord help us.