Joe Lieberman finally and totally jumped the shark on Face the Nation today, calling for war on Iran.
Any such catastrophically idiotic attack would of course constitute an unlawful act of war. But by now the dimmest among us must know Bush’s opinion of the law, which is that he is it.
And plainly appeals to decency, let alone to common sense, won’t get you far either — not with specimens like the president from Greenwich and the oleaginous senator from Likud. Still, let’s give it a shot.
Bush and Lieberman as well as great many other Republicans and too many Democrats are able to maintain a straight face as they maunder mindlessly on about Iran’s more or less clandestine support of the resistance fighters in neighboring Iraq.
Or “freedom fighters,” as Reagan used to call his murderous Contras when they were carrying out pretty much the same function in Nicaragua as today’s “insurgents” do in Iraq. But those sons of bitches, as Roosevelt once said, were our sons of bitches.
Just for the hell of it, though, imagine that Venezuelan forces were to invade and occupy the United States, Hugo Chávez having noticed that our army was busy elsewhere. Canada, sensing a threat to the Alberta oil sands, sends aid to the American resistance. Joe Lieberman is what? Outraged?
Very likely you can imagine such a scenario, but Bush and his warhogs cannot. This is because anything they do, even if it appears to be evil, is actually good. Or they wouldn’t be doing it, okay? Evil, as only a blind man could see, is when somebody else does it.
Consequently we cannot expect Lieberman, slavering at the prospect of a wider war, to draw any parallels between Iran’s support of roadside bombers in Iraq and our own bombardment of Iraq, which has been going on for well over a decade. (Remember the No-fly zone? Few do.)
Ken Bode, following an earlier (2005) washing of Lieberman’s brain in Iraq, wrote this:
[Eugene] McCarthy won no popularity contests among modern politicians, and with penetrating wit he returned their affection. Garrison Keillor wrote a warm eulogy to his fellow Minnesotan, including this McCarthy observation: “One thing about a pig. He thinks he’s warm if his nose is warm. I saw a bunch of pigs one time that had frozen together in a rosette, each one’s nose tucked under the rump of the one in front. We have a lot of pigs in politics.”
The senator with the warmest nose in Washington today is Joe Lieberman.
A wonderful image, isn’t it? We have suffered through till January of 2009 and there they are out in the cold at last, that whole wonderful gang that brought you war in our time.
All of them, Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Gonzales, Yoo, Tenet, Libby, Rice, Ashcroft, Rove, Lieberman, and thousands of other warhogs, snouts frozen to rectums in one gigantic rosette stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.
“He’s smiling,” a small boy suddenly cries. “Look! Old Abe is smiling.”