Thursday, December 23, 2004

Suicides to Come

Sy Hersh says our brass is afraid to tell their civilian bosses what they don’t want to hear. Remarkable evidence of that came at yesterday’s joint news conference by Donald Rumsfeld and General Myers, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Rummy said the bombing of that mess tent in Mosul reflected the desperation of our enemies in the war on terror. He babbled that THEY could lose an occasional battle and survive, whereas we could not afford to lose one. I defy you to make sense out of that. General Myers then slipped in a revelation -- that was a suicide bomb. Never mind what that tells about our security arrangements -- he said they were first rate --but it blew a large hole in the argument that our foes are just fighting for oil and power. They are mad and evil -- true enough -- but they could hardly have expected to strike oil where they were headed. Nor were they cowardly, like the Bush gang of draft dodgers. As for winning battles, we just drove them out of Fallujah. And three more U.S. marines were killed there yesterday.
These have been uncomfortable days for those who sent them there. Tom Friedman of the Times agonizes over the picture of the murder of three election workers in Baghdad - in broad daylight, in the middle of a main street. The killers did not even bother to wear masks. Freedman somehow found that to be the fault of Rummy and his gang -- for not sending enough troops, and for turning the world against us. But he sounds like them. He’d stay the course -- and send as many more troops for as many more years as it takes -- on a suicide mission.