About 300 years ago, when I was trying to guess the outcome of the 2004 election, I figured it all came down to whether or not the American people were tired of being lied to yet. Turns out they weren’t. Maybe they’re tired of the lies by now, but it’s too late to make a difference. And it doesn’t help that while most people now agree that we’re in a horrible tragic mess, we can’t agree on exactly what kind of mess we’re in.
Along those lines, Bill Maher says we should Stop Saying Iraq is Another Vietnam, it’s Another Enron:
Iraq is Enron, and President Bush is Ken Lay. He’s fighting a war with phony accounting tricks. The Bush administration fudged the numbers to get us into Iraq, and cooked the books to keep us there. “The surge” is simply another in a long series of inflated stock quotes. This past weekend Marcel Marceau passed away at age 84. Doctors say he went quietly. Thus proving that evil thrives when good men stay silent. And just like with Enron, the good men and women who are blowing the whistle on Iraq contractor fraud are being vilified, fired, demoted, and those are the lucky ones.
So I guess maybe it isn’t a question of politics, or imperialism, or half-baked domino theories, or exporting (force-feeding) democracy to other countries, or any of that stuff. As usual, it’s about screwing the less-powerful for the benefit of the more-powerful.
Even if nobody is quite sure where a big chunk of the war money is going, you can bet that somebody somewhere is buying a new swimming pool or that third or fourth car with it. At the very least they’re putting in place a solid health care plan for themselves and their families. And so what if there are a few hundred thousand Iraqis who won’t be needing any more health care, because they’re dead.