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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

[POLITICS] Sorry about two political posts in a day, but this is eating at me.

Condoleeza Rice is surprised that Hamas won the election. Who could have foreseen that a relatively honest, fanatical Palestinian movement could beat a corrupt, ineffective, old school organization that has failed to deliver either freedom or prosperity. I mean, when was the last time that happened?

I mean, aside from in Iran last year, where a relatively honest, fanatical political party beat a corrupt, ineffective political party that had failed to deliver either freedom or prosperity.

Who could have foreseen that the New Orleans levees would fail in a Category 4 hurricane? I mean, aside from The New York Times, and the Army Corps of Engineers, and just about everybody in New Orleans.

Who could have foreseen that Iraq would collapse into a failed state? I mean, aside from the State Department, and Colin Powell, and George Bush's dad.

Who could have foreseen that we'd need more than 150,000 troops to hold the place down once we occupied it? I mean aside from General Shinseki.

Who would have foreseen that Osama Bin Laden would strike inside the US? Aside from anyone who read the Presidential Daily Brief in August 2001 entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US." And the FBI guy who warned Quantico that summer about Saudis who were learning to fly, but not land, 747s.

How long is the "we didn't see this coming" excuse going to wash?

"Gee, we didn't think Iran was going to actually build a nuclear weapon."

"Gee, we didn't think North Korea would actually sell one of their nuclear weapons to [terrorists / the Syrians]."

"Gee, we didn't ever imagine the corrupt dictatorship in [Saudi Arabia/Pakistan] would collapse, leaving the country in the hands of jihadis."

"Gee, we didn't think there would be a major outbreak of avian influenza."

"Gee, we didn't think [Somalia/Sudan/Chechnya/Congo] would become a breeding ground for international terrorists."

If the CIA can't inform the President of obvious threats, then maybe it should stop listening in on private telephone calls and PICK UP A FRICKIN' NEWSPAPER. Eh?

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