In Texas, the Middle Finger Means “Hi!”

September 23rd, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

Slate’s Fred Kaplan says

“Bush’s message can be summarized as follows: The U.S.-led occupation authority is doing good work in Iraq; you should come help us; if you don’t, you’re on the side of the terrorists.”

If his speech was received as poorly as Kaplan characterizes, (and a canned Google News search indicates it went over about that well), what’s left besides waiting for next November?

Bush is playing it as if the UN’s failure to cooperate with his blurry roadmap is the end of the matter. But what about Chalabi and the Iraqi Governing Council, who are apparently in the process of slipping their leash well ahead of the “when we’re damn good and ready” timeline Bush & Co. prefer? Does that body and its apparent eagerness to actually hold and use power represent something the UN might latch onto as grounds for demands that the US wrap things up and move on ahead of its current un-schedule? Will it matter?

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