Thursday, October 05, 2006

What's worse; a comma or a fruit bowl?

I read in the WaPo today that the lefty-sphere is up in arms about W. 's "just a comma" comment in a recent speech. W. said, refering to the Iraqi elections last December, "Admittedly, it seems like a decade ago. I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma. . . "

Peter Baker writes that some folks in the blogosphere are reading all kinds of things into this phrase. Perhaps he's sending secret messages to his right-wing Chrisitian base? I doubt it, to me this notion sounds a little whacky. I mean, he just comes right out and says outragous things, he doesn't care.

Like, for instance, what about the "third awakening" speech he made last month? He told a Christian group that the WOT was "a confrontation between good and evil." [WaPo] He's called his war a "crusade" and he has Pat Robertson over to the homestead on occasion, so what's he got to hide? He's going to get raptured and you're not

Although it's pretty bad that he considers the 584 U.S. troops that have died since the Iraqi elections in Dec. '05 to be "just a comma;" Rummy is way farther out in left field. He told Bob Woodward that the recent leap in violent attacks on US troops in Iraq was the result of the DoD "categorizing more things as attacks." He says, "A random round can be an attack all the way up to killing 50 people somewhere. So you've got a whole fruit bowl of different things - a banana and an apple and an orange." [Newsweek]

So, what's worse a comma or a fruit bowl? And when is the guy with the butterfly net going round these people up?


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