In today’s column, I read the beginning of Thomas Friedman’s column and thought I’d found something I really agree with:
Watching this Iraq story unfold, all I can say is this: If this were not about my own country, my own kids and my own planet, I’d pop some popcorn, pull up a chair and pay good money just to see how this drama unfolds. Because what you are about to see is the greatest shake of the dice any president has voluntarily engaged in since Harry Truman dropped the bomb on Japan.
Unfortunately, Friedman is talking about the Bush administration’s plan to tump over the Arab world and see if democracy and civil rights fall out, and the thing I’m morbidly interested in seeing is just how much credibility the Bush administration can piss away by the time this Iraq thing is over. Between giving Turkey carte blanche to destroy Kurdish democracy so that we can bring democracy to Iraq, spying on half of the UN Security Council (and getting caught), and pretending that we care about anything other than kicking out Saddam Hussein to try to get people to buy into our war, just how far are we going to descend?
The real question that I’m looking for the answer to is what’s going on in Tony Blair’s mind right now. Support for the war here in the greatest country in the world is fading, and in the UK it seems to be all but gone. Tony Blair has been talking up disarmament, and morality, and all that stuff, and the Bush administration has, in the past few days, treated Blair’s self-justification like a hurricane treats a sand bar. I wonder if he’s beginning to have abandonment issues.