Thursday, June 19, 2003

The Rabbit Hole. 

Anyone scanning the articles on Iraq the last few days must have experienced an acute case of cognitive dissonance. Today, we are in a guerrilla war, from FinancialTimes.com:

US forces are facing a "guerrilla war" in Iraq but the American public is prepared to accept the growing death toll, Pentagon officials said yesterday.

Yesterday, we were fighting the "dying remnants" of the past regime, according to the U.S. military :

Deadly attacks on Americans in Iraq - the latest killing a soldier on Wednesday - are carried out by regional groups with no national network, an Iraqi police official said. The U.S. military insisted the resistance is the "last dying breath" of enemy forces.

Today, Rumsfeld is comparing the murder rate of Baghdad to that of Washington D.C., in an effort to downplay the violence in Iraq:

You've got to remember that if Washington, D.C., were the size of Baghdad, we would be having something like 215 murders a month," Rumsfeld said. "There's going to be violence in a big city."

If I were the parents, wives, sons and daughters of the soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq, I'd be hopping mad at that ludicrous comment. If I were the mayor of D.C., I'd ask for military assistance to stem the violence.