“A writer must always tell the truth, unless he is a journalist.” Gore Vidal said that — and nearly every newspaper, magazine, blog and television pundit is poised to prove him correct. (Jeb!) Bush will give a major policy speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley tonight — and tomorrow “the press” will dutifully repeat the lie that President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton are responsible for creating the terrorist group ISIL.
(Jeb!)’s big lie depends on another of Vidal’s prophetic insights: we live in the “United States of Amnesia,” where “half of the people have never read a newspaper, (and) half never voted for president.” Gore Vidal knew, and (Jeb!) “hopes it is the same half.” The same people who argued Iraq must be allowed the “freedom” of self-governance, now blame Democrats for Iraq’s failure to keep the peace inside their own border.
That’s because Republican war-mongers, like those doing their level best to tear apart an international arms agreement with Iran, went into Iraq and broke it. And unless they’ve recently fallen and concussed themselves, they should also remember that the Status of Forces Agreement (requiring the permanent withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq) was signed by President George W. Bush in 2008.
If pressed, most any conservative will admit to the truth of that statement — while holding fast to the same notion they’re parroting these days: “President Obama should have gotten a better deal.” True, and people in Hell want ice water, kids. You don’t always get everything you want — especially during a negotiation.
(Jeb!)’s campaign released a transcript of his prepared remarks last night. It’s red meat for a conservative base which believes in American “leadership” via the bully’s mantra: ‘just do as I say, and nobody gets hurt.’
Said a different way: “A winning strategy against the Islamic State, or against any threat to ourselves and our friends, depends ultimately on the military strength that underwrites American influence.” There’s simply no subtext to this — at all. Elect me (Jeb!) — and I’ll take the nation to war again.
When you put events into historical context — (Jeb!)’s speech tonight will point a finger of blame directly at his incompetent brother, George.
Then President “W” said: “two years ago, this day seemed unlikely — but the success of the surge and the courage of the Iraqi people set the conditions for these two agreements to be negotiated and approved by the Iraqi parliament.” (Jeb!) tonight: “That premature withdrawal was the fatal error, creating the void that ISIS moved in to fill.”
“So eager to be the history-makers, THEY failed to be the peacemakers. It was a case of blind haste to get out, and to call the tragic consequences somebody else’s problem. Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger, and the costs have been grievous.”
And by “they,” (Jeb!) means President Obama and Secretary Clinton. Wait, what? Exactly. “Who can seriously argue that America and our friends are safer today than in 2009, when the President and Secretary Clinton — the storied “team of rivals” — took office?” I can — and so could you, (Jeb!), if you’d just be honest with yourself — and the American people.
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and The Netherlands are all engaged in containing and defeating the threat posed by this group of radical Islamic fundamentalists. And yes, once again, it’s American military personnel who have volunteered to lead the fight.
And if (Jeb!) and his war-mongering cabal would stop the saber rattling, they might have heard the New York Times just reported “twenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists — including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers — wrote to President Obama on Saturday to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent.”
Do what you can to shake your friends and neighbors from their self-induced coma. Gore Vidal also said “there is no human problem that could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.” The problem with Republicans, however, is they’re ”so eager to be the history-makers, they [fail] to be the peacemakers.” And that, (Jeb!), is called being hoisted by your own petard.