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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Gambling.

After watching President Bush's speech to the nation this evening I have very little to say. For those who missed it, you can read it here, but the gist is simple: in a last, desperate move the President has decided to deploy more than twenty thousand additional troops to Iraq. Much as a doctor might make one last desperate attempt to defeat an invasive disease by flooding a patient with antibiotics, so too are we preparing to make a last desperate attempt to cleanse Iraq of... what? Terrorists? Certainly, they are there, but the problems go deeper than Mr. Bush's terrorist/non-terrorist dichotomy. There is no analysis I might supply about this folly except to point you to that already provided by Tom on his blog.

In comments after the speech, Tim Russert observed, "I said last year that Mr. Bush was gambling his presidency on the war in Iraq, and now he's made it double or nothing."

Perhaps so. Unfortunately, however, if Mr. Bush loses his gamble he will simply face ignomity in the future. The soldiers that he casts into the pot, however, may not have any future at all.

We have a name for somone who gambles with another person's money,* but what do we call someone who makes foolish gambles with other people's lives?

Right now, we call him "President."


* i.e. "stock broker."

4 Comments:

Anonymous alienacean said...

my own highly sophisticated political analysis from my lj today:

"...and now, apparently we're escalating the iraq war with 20,000 more troops - a surge. didn't we just carry the elections on the idea that americans are sick of the war and want out? did i hallucinate that whole episode? what was i on, and where can i get some more??? is jon stewart right, that Bush now thinks of himself as a one-man zombie army, marching towards some putrefied vision of valor, secure in the knowledge that he's already politically dead and so can lumber on inexorably towards armageddon despite the shotgun blasts to his stomach that would surely drop a live politician? ...STOP THE INSANITY! CUT OFF THE ZOMBIE'S HEAD, DESTROY THE BRAIN FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY!"

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 7:57:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

Dear "president" - Insted of gambling on you soldiers' lifes, try to gamble at online casinos as 888 casino, Golden Palace etc. Maybe there you would finally make a good decision...

Monday, January 29, 2007 5:38:00 AM  
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Thursday, February 08, 2007 5:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush even managed to get his hands on the gambling industry by passing the very controversial UIGEA law back in Oct 2006. So full of holes and caused good online casinos to leave the US market - just backwards.

Sunday, June 27, 2010 12:58:00 PM  

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