I think the record will one day show that McBone was hardly a shill for Obama.
Fine, but do allow me this one point in his favor.
It's difficult to imagine consecutive administrations more rabidly detested by the opposition than those of Bush and Obama. However! Lest there be any mistake about which presidency will prove more catastrophic in the eyes of future generations, let us always remember that the man pictured to the left today announced an end to the combat operations that the man on the right needlessly began in 2003.
Like it or not, this is the fulfillment of a campaign promise, and not a small one. As someone who has ceaselessly criticized the Iraq war, I admit to breathing a small sigh of relief when I read this headline. Then I started thinking about the 4,400 dead Americans and the 100,000 dead Iraqis and I got so hopping mad that only one thing could possibly douse the fury within.
I totally hated this part of Obama's address, by the way: It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security. This ever so diplomatic distancing is just a little too gushing for my taste. I know it's not politically savvy to blame the failings of others, especially when your own ratings are sagging, but let's he honest: the dude deserves all the fingers pointing at him.
Anyway, America screwed this thing up so royally that we basically owe the Iraqis a country. As a gesture of solidarity, I propose we offer them a consolation prize.
This vast chunk of the American southwest offers many advantages to beleaguered Mesopotamians. Here is just a handful:
-Plenty of oil
-100,000 square miles of extra space
You wanna set things right, Obama? Don't rebuild, relocate. It's worked for us before. Surely it can work again.