14th June 13:43
Maureen Dowd: 'Bushworld'
Maureen Dowd: 'Bushworld'
Posted on Sunday, April 25 @ 08:53:45 EDT
By Maureen Dowd, New York Times
It's their reality. We just live and die in it.
In Bushworld, our troops go to war and get killed, but you never see the
bodies coming home.
In Bushworld, flag-d****d remains of the fallen are important to revere and
show the nation, but only in political ads hawking the president's
leadership against terror.
In Bushworld, we can create an exciting Iraqi democracy as long as it
doesn't control its own military, pass any laws or have any power.
In Bushworld, we can win over Falluja by bulldozing it.
In Bushworld, it was worth going to war so Iraqis can express their feelings
("Down With America!") without having their tongues cut out, although we
cannot yet allow them to express intemperate feelings in newspapers ("Down
With America!") without shutting them down.
In Bushworld, it's fine to take $700 million that Congress provided for the
war in Afghanistan and 9/11 recovery and divert it to the war in Iraq that
you're insisting you're not planning.
In Bushworld, you don't consult your father, the expert in being president
during a war with Iraq, but you do talk to your Higher Father, who can't
talk back to warn you to get an exit strategy or chide you for using Him for
In Bushworld, it's O.K. to run for re-election as the avenger of 9/11, even
as you make secret deals with the Arab kingdom where most of the 9/11
hijackers came from.
In Bushworld, you get to strut around like a tough military guy and paint
your rival as a chicken hawk, even though he's the one who won medals in
combat and was praised by his superior officers for fulfilling all his
In Bushworld, it makes sense to press for transparency in Mr. and Mrs. Rival
while cultivating your own opacity.
In Bushworld, you can reign as the antiterror president even after hearing
an intelligence report about Al Qaeda's plans to attack America and then
stepping outside to clear brush.
In Bushworld, those who dissemble about the troops and money it will take to
get Iraq on its feet are patriots, while those who are honest are
In Bushworld, they struggle to keep church and state separate in Iraq, even
as they increasingly merge the two in America.
In Bushworld, you can claim to be the environmental president on Earth Day
while being the industry president every other day.
In Bushworld, you brag about how well Afghanistan is going, even though
soldiers like Pat Tillman are still dying and the Taliban are running freely
around the border areas, hiding Osama and delaying elections.
In Bushworld, imperfect intelligence is good enough to knock over Iraq. But
even better evidence that North Korea is building the weapons that Saddam
could only dream about is hidden away.
In Bushworld, the C.I.A. says it can't find out whether there are W.M.D. in
Iraq unless we invade on the grounds that there are W.M.D.
In Bushworld, there's no irony that so many who did so much to avoid the
Vietnam draft have now strained the military so much that lawmakers are
talking about bringing back the draft.
In Bushworld, we're making progress in the war on terror by fighting a war
that creates terrorists.
In Bushworld, you don't need to bother asking your vice president and top
Defense Department officials whether you should go to war in Iraq, because
they've already maneuvered you into going to war.
In Bushworld, it's perfectly natural for the president and vice president to
appear before the 9/11 commission like the Olsen twins.
In Bushworld, you expound on remaking the Middle East and spreading
pro-American sentiments even as you expand anti-American sentiments by
ineptly occupying Iraq and unstintingly backing Ariel Sharon on West Bank
In Bushworld, we went to war to give Iraq a democratic process, yet we
disdain the democratic process that causes allies to pull out troops.
In Bushworld, you pride yourself on the fact that your administration does
not leak to the press, while you flood the best-known journalist in
Washington with inside information.
In Bushworld, you list Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack" as recommended
reading on your campaign Web site, even though it makes you seem divorced
from reality. That is, unless you live in Bushworld.
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