Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A June Surprise


I got the wrong month, Bush. I was hanging around awaiting an October surprise. Then woke up this June morning and found you in Baghdad with a big grin on your face, shaking hands with the new guy, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Nice photo op. Nice PR coup to touch up that old tarnished image. Nice June surprise. A five-hour stay in Iraq, I heard. Am I right? A bit too sleepy to catch the details, but the picture was clear: courageous Bush, braving all dangers to fight evil where it lives, in the heart of enemy territory. Standing tall. Grinning like the proverbial hyena...

Okay, a cynic might say you were after that bounce in the polls, but I don't want to play the cynic. Not this morning. I do have to play the skeptic, but that's different. I'm feeling generous today. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief for just a bit, and I'm ready to give this one credit as a real effort to build on the momentum created by the new government, the death of Zarqawi, and the appointment (finally!) of those two key ministers.

So I wish you luck. Really. I hope you succeed. I hope the Iraqi security forces prove capable of taking on the responsibility for the safety of that country's citizens, and that we can begin the process of bringing our own people home. I hope the sectarian violence comes to an end. I hope that we can get back to the original task of disempowering those terrorists who hate us, and restoring peace and security to the world. It's past time. And believe me, come November, we have plenty of other issues to confront you on.

Onward, to victory! (For us, I mean, Bush. For all of us.)

1 comment:

David said...

He probably couldn't wait for October. Some smart person on his staff must have figured out that it was easier to bounce back from a 30% approval rating than from zero %. Okay, well maybe not zero, I'm being overly optomistic, but you get the idea.

Welcome back to LA. Did Wayne Newton show up at the conference?