President Bush is succeeding in making the same mistakes "dad" did back in 1992 when he appeared embarrassingly out of touch with Americans over the economy. This time, Junior's not only showing economic delusions--as in bragging about a near $300 billion deficit this week--he's also shockingly out of touch on the war. While Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rice, Rumsfeld, Gen. Pace and others like to cite "progress and success" in Iraq at every possible turn, the country is hemorrhaging with sectarian violence and is out of control. Anyone who doubts that a civil war is underway is either in serious denial or is lying through their big Republican teeth.
But while the Busheviks stick their heads in the sand and regurgitate the "progress and success" rhetoric, the events on the ground spell disaster. A series of suicide and car bombings, random shootings and mortar attacks in the last several days have left over 100 Iraqis dead. Fifty people alone were killed Tuesday. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, cited Sunday's killing of over 40 Sunni Arabs by Shiite militia "in broad daylight" in Baghdad, "a city that has 60,000 Iraqi security forces" and "is in tatters. If you don't call that a nascent civil war, I don't know what it is," said Biden, who had made his seventh visit to the violencence-torn country."
From a political perspective, Iraq will likely also spell disaster for Republican incumbents this November. Caught between Iraq and a hard place, the Repugs must decide between toeing the party line and continue supporting the president's "stay the course" policy and face angry voters back home, or break rank and seek an end to this quagmire. Polls show that an increasing majority of Americans do not support the war and want an imminent withdrawal of troops.