President Bush seems to have gotten a bit mixed up on his chickenhawk rhetoric:
"If we leave Iraq before the job is done, it will create a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East, a terrorist state much more dangerous than Afghanistan was before we removed the Taliban, a terrorist state with the capacity to fund its activities because of the oil reserves of Iraq," Bush said.
And yet, despite five years since 9/11 and over four years since invading Afghanistan, that country is still a state that produces and harbors terrorists. And the Taliban is back on the rise there. Gee, maybe we should have taken Afghanistan more seriously, instead of running off to invade a country run by a dictator who pretty much hated Islamic terrorists.
What goes better with fried chickenhawk than pie in the sky?
Promising victory in Iraq, Bush said: "The stakes are high. it's very important for the American people to understand that the security of the United States of America, the capacity of our children to grow up in a peaceful world, in large part depends on our willingness to help this young Iraq democracy succeed. And we will succeed."
We will win ... the Iraqi civil war? The obliteration of political moderates in the Middle East?
Oh, yes: King George's own sense of self-importance.
"They are not political speeches," Bush said earlier Wednesday outside a restaurant in Little Rock, Ark., where he made his first campaign stop of the day. "They're speeches about the future of this country and they're speeches to make it clear that if we retreat before the job is done, this nation will become even more in jeopardy.
"These are important times, and I would seriously hope people wouldn't politicize these issues that I'm going to talk about."
Oh, no. We wouldn't want to politicize Bush Administration neo-con militarist adventurism! Nooooo.....