An Acknowledgement of Reality

Iraq Study Group co-chairs James A. Baker III, left, and Lee Hamilton, testify during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday, December 7, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Baker said President George W. Bush gave him permission to approach the Iranian government about its willingness to help strengthen Iraq amid sectarian violence. Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News
Iraq Study Group co-chairs James A. Baker III, left, and Lee Hamilton, testify during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News

“You’re asking if that [Iraq Study Report] is a repudiation of policy… no, it’s an acknowledgement of reality.” – Tony Snow, White House Press Secretary

Reality has descended in Washington, DC, or at least something that resembles reality: an analysis of deteriorating conditions that go beyond good and evil, or winning and losing.

As the world closes in around him, as the elders attempt to clean up the mess, Bush is all alone in his bubble, where reality has no currency. The real security threat to America is not terrorism, or insurgents, or “Islamic Fascism”… it is the fatal combination of arrogance and incompetence that threatens to bring down the whole house of cards.