Wednesday, March 19, 2008

HAPPY IRAQ WAR ANNIVERSARY!!!

Permanent things, furthermore, are not possessed exclusively by the democracies; not exclusively even by the Western world. - Joseph Campbell

I was watching the President speak this morning and I was reminded of Joseph Campbell and the concept of myth. Mr. Bush believes that we can win this war, but I wonder, what does that mean? What would victory look like? A friend in Hanoi recently sent me a photo of himself and a Vietnamese gentleman that was wearing an American flag t-shirt. Is that what victory looks like? Does this mean we won the Vietnam war now that they like us? I really can't figure it out. Is victory the entire world buying into the U.S. hero worship myth that Bush is selling?

We are going through a national identity crisis in the U.S. and I think that Bush's tired slogans, such as "We are fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" or "Iraq will be a glorious flower of democracy that will spread its seed throughout the region" are not going to do the trick. How can we win a war when we cannot define victory???

This is Obama's appeal. His brilliance and eloquence is in such stark contrast to Bush's ignorance and bumbling. The Sen. from Illinois is about to speak. More soon...


7 comments:

alzaido alzaido said...

This war was not entered with the traditional sense of victory in mind. Every time Bush and his administration speak, they avoid answering the questions posed by spinning the topic. It goes like this.

“President Bush, do you like hamburgers?”

“I’ll tell you what I like, I like pizza.”

“That’s nice Mr. President, but do you like hamburgers?”

“I love French fries.”

The crazy thing is that it keeps on going on and on and on and on like that. It should be clear to the American public by this point that the Bush administration does not care about winning a war. The one and only thing that they care about is growing their own personal wealth. We are five years into the war, and what we should still be focusing on is how the Bush administration lied about intelligence to rally support to go to war with Iraq in the first place. This goes back to the conversations that we have been having on this discussion board in regards to the close relationships between out politicians and the corporations.

Sal Kilmister said...

Sir,
Best reply in the history if the I.E.

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to take you seriously when you can't spell "crisis".

Anonymous said...

relax Captain Spellcheck.

Sal Kilmister said...

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. ~Mark Twain

Anonymous said...

The Vietnamese are enjoying the economic wealth that now comes from Western tourism particularly the European and American dollar. They're glad to have us back this time because it's so easy to get our cash. But, I don't think that anyone around the world is particularly fascinated by the blunderings of Bush. History won't be kind to him and the rest of the world can't wait until he's out of office. Why can't the majority of Americans get this? I think it has something to do with the corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oil overload that's pumped into our American diet. We're just all too fat and lazy to care about thinking for ourselves anymore. But, I digress, oh, do I digress...or do I?

the seesta said...

The Vietnamese are enjoying the economic wealth that now comes from Western tourism particularly the European and American dollar. They're glad to have us back this time because it's so easy to get our cash. But, I don't think that anyone around the world is particularly fascinated by the blunderings of Bush. History won't be kind to him and the rest of the world can't wait until he's out of office. Why can't the majority of Americans get this? I think it has something to do with the corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oil overload that's pumped into our American diet. We're just all too fat and lazy to care about thinking for ourselves anymore. But, I digress, oh, do I digress...or do I?