Of the many outrageous elements of the Beloved Leader’s interview with Jim Lehrer last evening — both the outrageous things GWB said and the outrageous way Lehrer deferred to him, even murmuring “exactly” again and again as President recited some ridiculous lie — let me pick out one on which I perhaps have some comparative advantage as a commenter.
Mr. Bush cited the war against the FARC in Colombia as an example of a country where an insurgency had been substantially defeated, even though violence has not entirely stopped, and suggested that Iraq might tread a similar path to stability. But of course the defeat of the FARC has been accompanied by the rise to political dominance of the paramilitary militias, which are now running most of the cocaine and heroin exports to the U.S. So what the President was offering as a model of “victory” was equivalent to having the various Shi’a militias take over Iraq.
“Such another victory and we are lost.”
Footnote Was the President fibbing about Colombia, and deceiving Lehrer? Or did Lehrer know that the President was fibbing and decide not to challenge him? Or was the President as ignorant of the facts on the ground as the journalist was? Truly, a post-modern Hall of Mirrors.