Thursday, August 04, 2005
Rejoice! The "Global Struggle" Is Over!
The United States government just fought the shortest global struggle against violent extremism in our nation's history. G-SAVE, as it was known, just one week ago replaced the war on terror when it apparently became clear to the Bush administration that a war was/is exactly what we seem to be losing. But, can't lose a war if you're not fighting one, right? So let's subtly transition from a war to a global struggle and lower the expectations bar and hope no one notices. G-SAVE was especially drilled into the media by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard B. Myers and others. But it backfired big time among Democrats, Republicans, military personnel, the media and others. Were the Bushies signaling a shift in Iraq policy? Was this a de facto admission of defeat? Was Bush planning to cut and run since we're no longer at war? On the surface, GSAVE is moronic and offensive. That any of us were expected to swallow this crap shows how arrogant the Bushies are and how naive they think we are. Sensing a major PR screw-up, Bush himself, in a speech yesterday in Grapevine, Tx, ended GSAVE and re-ignited the war on terror. Just like that. Goodbye GSAVE, hello war! He emphatically reiterated that we're fighting the same war on terror that we started after September 11, 2001, and that we're fighting the same enemy. "Make no mistake about it, we are at war," he said. Bush must've concluded that with 20 soldiers killed in just the last two days, GSAVE wasn't going too well either so he might as well bring back the war. I guess being on the ranch down in Crawford clears the head of BS. At least his red-state lemmings have a misguided patriotic fondness for the war. They didn't know what to make of GSAVE though. Memo to self: stick with what works. He's even got Rummy using those crazy "war" words again. So, back to war it is. Here's a little secret though: with more soldiers being killed than ever before; with the Jihadists growing in ranks; and with insurgents using bigger, more lethal bombs; none of us really ever bought the GSAVE rhetoric. Shame on Bush for even trying. Andy