Counting on Iraqi President Al- Maliki to exhibit the will to succeed- delusional. â€œThey hate us for our freedoms.â€ Nope, sorry, thatâ€™s counterfactual: they hate us for our guns and our bombs and the fact we act like our God hid our oil under their sand. Declaring anybody who disagreed with him is working for the enemy- not right. He was mistaken about Iraq falling into sectarian strife, then denying itâ€™s a civil war and we are actually winning, ooh, buddy, thatâ€™s so, what do you call it, imprecise. The only thing heâ€™s gotten right is being born a Bush and declining to hunt with Cheney.
He was dead wrong when he okayed torture, stupid wrong spying on Americans, and just plain wrong declaring wartime gave him special powers unless heâ€™s been bitten by a radioactive spider and hasnâ€™t exhibited any detectable symptoms yet. He was wrong with â€œstay the courseâ€ and wronger when he argued he was never a big fan of â€œstay the course.â€ He was disingenuous to ignore the November 7th wake up call that could have rolled Pete Townsend right out of bed. And incorrect to reject the suggestions of the Iraq Study Group so completely you wonder if he even read them or had anybody read them to him with his chin under the covers.
But now he speaks to the nation to announce his next plan- The New Way Forward- which involves- sending more troops. Are you kidding me? Thatâ€™s how he gets out of a hole? More shovels? Some therapists maintain the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Describing exactly what we can expect for the next two years living in the Presidentâ€™s wild and wacky not so wonderful world of wrongevity.
Comic, writer, actor, former radio talk show host and bus boy at the Bright Angel Lodge, Will Durst, is pretty darn sure 837 wrongs donâ€™t make a right.
Catch Durst in stand up mode at Sketchfest at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, on January 19th & 20th. Sfketchfest.com for details. And listen to his twice weekly commentaries @audible.com/willdurst.