September 27, 2004

Mutual Assured Distraction

I guess the analogy of "going nuclear" as the ultimate step in the escalation of any competition or conflict needs to be retired from the lexicon:

The Bush administration's failure to shut down al-Qaida and rebuild Iraq have fueled the insurgency and made the United States more vulnerable to a nuclear attack by terrorists, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Sunday.

And next week, when the polls haven't improved, I suppose the naval hero of Chappaquiddick will find it necessary to ratchet the rhetoric up another notch by noting that the Bush administration's failure to will result in, um ..., an asteroid destroying the earth! Yea, that's it!

Posted by Charles Austin at September 27, 2004 02:06 PM

Did you notice that Kennedy kept saying qaugmire?

Rahm Emanuel, on This Week an hour later, had a different word - morass.

See, Vietnam was a quagmire. Iraq is a morass.
And Afghanistan is a sticky, soupy substance that clings to the boots of "our children" with M-16's.

Posted by: Jim Durbin at 02:12 PM

Hmmm, is that anything like more cowbell?

Posted by: charles austin at 04:48 PM