December 6, 2006

There's a Lot to Loathe in the Baker Report

But this conjoined pair of 'Recommendations' floats right to the top of the Surrender cesspool.

RECOMMENDATION 31: Amnesty. Amnesty proposals must be far-reaching. Any successful effort at national reconciliation must involve those in the government finding ways and means to reconcile with former bitter enemies.

RECOMMENDATION 37: Iraqi amnesty proposals must not be undercut in Washington by either the executive or the legislative branch.

It would seem that to the cardboard cut-outs that fashioned this chunk of crap that the criminals who have been building bombs and shooting our soldiers must, for "the sake of the children," "world peace," or the end of Israel, or some such, be let to just walk away. What's more, Baker expects everyone to agree to this going in. No override from the executive or the legislature.

Let's just suppose we, at some time in the far distant future, really do get out of Iraq. In the process, some group of criminals takes aim at a departing brigade and slaughters them by fair means or foul?

I guess that would be, from Baker's perspective, just dumb luck filed under "Shit happens."

That's the problem with all these pabulum reports and swatches of smarm oozing out of our "corridors of power" these days. There is simply no will to put some power in the proposals. Cardboard souls in empty skulls just wishing and hoping that somehow the party years will return and the American Happy World will roll along. As well it might.

For today. For, maybe, tomorrow.

But we all know, deep down, we're just waiting for the day of the bomb.

Posted by Vanderleun at December 6, 2006 1:06 PM
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"But we all know, deep down, we're just waiting for the day of the bomb."

I fear you're correct, Gerard. Our will to prevail has dwindled to nothing, and our desire to wish away unpleasant realities has surged back to its full height.

Unfortunately, when the Giant Economy Size Perspective Restorer and Rose-Colored Glasses Bleacher arrives, it's my city that it will destroy. I don't know whether to hope that I'll go with it.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at December 6, 2006 4:15 PM

I read and posted at my site yesterday about what I got out of the report. I can sum it up in one statement: Surrender Now.

Posted by: James Biga at December 7, 2006 12:25 PM

"But we all know, deep down, we're just waiting for the day of the bomb."

The day when, if we are very wise and very lucky, we can remake the Republic.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at December 8, 2006 7:27 AM