Hint: they’re not jihadis. They never are.
That’s the second time he’s used that collage device. The first was the morning after the 2004 election when, in a fit of spite, he posted an image of Bush. It’s outrageously unfair, nakedly emotional, and not 100% clear in its message, which is to say it’s a perfect encapsulation of his style. (See especially “Bowling for Columbine.”) He went ahead and fleshed it out a bit in a new letter to his “friends”. Behold, at long last, the root causes:
Is this utter failure the fault of our troops? Hardly. That’s because no amount of troops or choppers or democracy shot out of the barrel of a gun is ever going to “win” the war in Iraq. It is a lost war, lost because it never had a right to be won, lost because it was started by men who have never been to war, men who hide behind others sent to fight and die.
The one way [to liberate a country] that DOESN’T work is to invade a country and tell the people, “We are here to liberate you!” — when they have done NOTHING to liberate themselves. Where were all the suicide bombers when Saddam was oppressing them? Where were the insurgents planting bombs along the roadside as the evildoer Saddam’s convoy passed them by? I guess ol’ Saddam was a cruel despot — but not cruel enough for thousands to risk their necks.
And finally, the message behind the collage. Cut the funding or else:
The responsibility to end this war now falls upon the Democrats. Congress controls the purse strings and the Constitution says only Congress can declare war. Mr. Reid and Ms. Pelosi now hold the power to put an end to this madness. Failure to do so will bring the wrath of the voters. We aren’t kidding around, Democrats, and if you don’t believe us, just go ahead and continue this war another month. We will fight you harder than we did the Republicans. The opening page of my website has a photo of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, each made up by a collage of photos of the American soldiers who have died in Bush’s War. But it is now about to become the Bush/Democratic Party War unless swift action is taken.
This is what we demand:
1. Bring the troops home now. Not six months from now. NOW. Quit looking for a way to win. We can’t win. We’ve lost. Sometimes you lose. This is one of those times. Be brave and admit it.
Alas for the portly propagandist, it looks like the troops will be there until 2008 at the earliest. But he can take heart in this: Bush is worried that in buddying up to the Sunnis to get them to join the government he’s alienated the Shiites, so he’s going to ease off and let the Iraqi politicians work things out for themselves. Except that they won’t work things out for themselves because each side is afraid of being deemed a traitor by its own militias if it makes nice with the enemy. The only way to break that impasse is to neutralize the militias, but that would require a lot more troops than we’re willing to send. So we’re going to muddle through for another year or two and just hope things work out, and in all likelihood, it’ll end up as the disaster Chubs thinks it will. So he gets the last laugh. Ha.