|Depressing Metaphor of the Day
||[January 25th, 2007|04:38 pm]
|||||grimly considering a Hillary icon||]|
This from a soldier's email to the NRO Corner:
“So a man is in a horrible car accident. He is wheeled in to the OR, and the most elite, prestigious surgeon in the world goes to work. He operates, without rest, for 24 hours straight. All the man's organs are put back where they belong and the internal injuries are fixed. The surgeon collapses, exhausted, and calls for the suture doctor to come in and close the wounds. The problem is, the suture doctor is afraid of blood. He insists he won't come in and sew the guy up until the bleeding has stopped. The surgeon yells that the bleeding won't stop until the sutures are in, and he isn't trained to do it, isn't allowed to do it, and the suture doctor has the keys to the suture cabinet with all the supplies. Meanwhile, the man is dying on the table. Too bad, says the suture doctor, this isn't what I went to med school for, I made it clear when I came to work in this hospital that I don't like blood and only work when there isn't any danger that the patient will die. So now, the hospital is trying to train the exhausted surgeon, who hasn't slept in 36 hours, how to do sutures with different equipment, since the suture doctor doesn't like people touching the stuff in his cabinet. Welcome to Iraq....”
And that aptly summed up a lot of my frustration with the Bush administration. Yes, yes, I still need to write the Big Depressing Post I keep promising. But here's a start. I'd said in a comment elsewhere that it feels like neither side in America is acting like we're in the decades-long war I think we're in. Democrats act like there isn't a war at all, all we need is policemen and lawyers. The Bush administration acts like we're in a short-term fight we can solve with quick fixes.
Well, here's a case in point. If we were really in a decades-long fight, we'd be reorganizing the government along those lines. Instead, the pentagon and maybe the NSA is acting like there's a war on. The State Department, as always, feels like its primary job is to represent (a) foreign countries and (b) the Washington establishment. The CIA has been actively engaged in undermining one government alone, and that's ours. And everyone else just carries on business as usual.
New Gingrich (also quoted in that post) recommends forming a war cabinet. Yeah, maybe. But I think it's more important for Bush to be ruthless with the parts of government which he nominally controls. When the CIA leaks against him, someone should be fired at least, ideally imprisoned. Ditto State. Ditto every damn place else. The President is responsible for the executive branch. He takes the blame if it doesn't do its job. So if part of the executive branch is attacking other parts instead of doing what it's constitutionally-designated commander tells it to do, that's a constitutional crisis, and the President should damned well act that way.
Then he could give orders that might make that soldier's life easier. He could let the army take care of killing people, and let bureaucrats work on putting together a functioning Iraq.
Not that he will, of course. The time for that purge would've been in 2002-03. Now he couldn't even if he wanted to, and it's all too clear he doesn't want to.
I bet Hillary would, though...