How smart do you have to be to not only work for Kissinger Associates, but also be asked by Dear Leader to don a pith helmet and govern the Great White Warlord’s new acquisitions? Answer: not very. Hell, a Faulknerian Idiot Man-Child could outwit these idiots:

An American colonel and a number of CIA officers had been meeting regularly with Iraqi officers in order to reconstitute the army. They had lists of soldiers, had promised emergency payments. “The former Iraqi military,” according to Garner, “was making more and more overtures, just waiting to come back in some form.” Again, Garner rushed off to see Bremer:

“We have always made plans to bring the army back,” he insisted. This new plan was just coming out of the blue, subverting months of work.

“Well, the plans have changed,” Bremer replied. “The thought is that we don’t want the residuals of the old army. We want a new and fresh army.”

“Jerry, you can get rid of an army in a day, but it takes years to build one.”

Again Bremer tells Garner that he has his orders. The discussion attains a certain unintended comedy when the proconsuls go on to discuss the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior, which Bremer has also announced he will abolish:

“You can’t get rid of the Ministry of the Interior,” Garner said.

“Why not?”

“You just made a speech yesterday and told everybody how important the police force is.”

“It is important.”

“All the police are in the Ministry of the Interior,” Garner said. “If you put this out, they’ll all go home today.”

On hearing this bit of information, we are told, Bremer looked “surprised”[…]


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Hate Encrusted Eyes

This is what happens when a country is run by an ideological party, who do things for ideological reasons.
The American people have figured out that the Republicans are the most ideological political party to have ever governed America.
When will our elite media people clue in? Most likely never.

BTW- I caught Harold Ford taking his pants down and peeing all over the Democratic Party this morning on MSNBC Squawk Box. He went on to lick Joe Lieberman’s ego. I don’t get it. When will he understand that his “i’m more bubba then Strom” routine will never work. He is a man without a constituency except the elite media. I am very curious to look at the statistics from his most recent Senate loss. Did he underperform with registered Democrats? Did the house Dems and State Dems get more registered Dem votes then Harold? Because from where I’m sitting, if I am a Tennessee Democratic Party supporter and I see Harold say what he said on MSNBC, I’m not thinking about ever voting for him again. I am thinking one thing: what a selfish SOB. It was very disrespectful and very self defeating.


When the facts don’t agree with your plan — order up some new facts.

Isn’t that what FACTS machines are for?

Sorry. That was bad.


It’s horrifying that an American official does not really know what a “Ministry of the Interior” is. I knew this in HS, and I was practically raised by wolves. Someone said somewhere-and I know this because I read it- that a sufficient degree of ignorance or incompetence is indistinguishable from evil.





I got nothin’.


But dammit, whatever happened to the concept of accountability for catastrophic failure? This administration has been by far the most incompetent, inept, and with more moral cowardice, and obsequiousness to their wealthy contributors, and obliviousness to the public interest of any administration in modern history, and probably in the entire history of the country!

Tanks, Al!


Cue slide whistle.

Bubba, I was hearing the muted-trombone, “Wah wah wah waaaaaaah,” myself.


I read something very similar over at Shakespeare’s Sister. It came from Mr. Shakes. It was “A sufficient level of incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.”


Are you sure about this exchange? It reads like it was written by Orson Scott Card.

While we’re tossing quotations around:

“Never attribute to conspiracy what can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

I have to remind myself of this one more often in the last few years. Of course, this rule doesn’t negate the possibility of a really stupid conspiracy…


Up next – our excellent plan to privatize Iraq’s water, sewer, and electrical systems!


“On hearing this bit of information, we are told, Bremer looked “surprisedâ€?[…]”

I imagined more of a record scratch.

I imagine the narrator couldn’t hear it over the explosions.


RobW, i agree. This is a stupid conspiracy.


“Huh? Whaddaya mean every government in the world isn’t structured like the US? Here in the US, the Dept. of the Interior is all about forests and indians and shit, right? The police aren’t under interior. Stupid wogs. Can’t even get a simple thing like the Police Department straight.”…



Bubba, I was hearing the muted-trombone, “Wah wah wah waaaaaaah,� myself.

Oh come on.


Cheap hell. It was free! Nobody pays money for this sort of thing, do they?


Waiter: Would monsieur care for another bottle of the Chateau Latour?

Steve: Ah yes – but no more 1966. Let’s splurge! Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you’ve got – this year! No more of this old stuff.

Waiter: Oui monsieur.


I picture him as Frank Drebin, saying “No, I didn’t know that about the Department of The Interior. And don’t call me surely”.


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