Saturday, June 18, 2005

"Disconnected From Reality"

You know it's getting bad for Bush when Republicans start sounding so... Liberal:
Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is angry. He's upset about the more than 1,700 U.S. soldiers killed and nearly 13,000 wounded in Iraq. He's also aggravated by the continued string of sunny assessments from the Bush administration, such as Vice President Dick Cheney's recent remark that the insurgency is in its "last throes." "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality," Hagel tells U.S. News. "It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."

At least someone in the Republican party isn't yet succumb to the pod people. So what is Bush's response? A major PR campaign of course:
Still, the Bush administration is planning to hit back, starting this week, with a renewed public-relations push by the president. Bush will host Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari and has scheduled a major speech for June 28, the anniversary of the handover of power to an Iraqi government from U.S. authorities. But Congress's patience could wear very thin going into an election year. "If things don't start to turn around in six months, then it may be too late," says Hagel. "I think it's that serious."

Silly people. We've turned the corner in Iraq. The insurgency is in its final throws. Look at that great Democracy we've brought to Iraq. Now run along and stop paying attention to the increasing death toll and all those nasty Downing Street memos. Don't you know there's evil doers out there? Be afraid. But still go shopping. I hear GM is offering big ass SUVs cheap.