Month: May 2007

Mobius Bush


Today is the fourth anniversary of “Mission Accomplished.” We have been in Iraq longer than we fought in World War II, yet Bush thinks victory is at hand.

They say that a sign of insanity is to continue to do the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. Bush and his ever shrinking followers are like the ants on a mobius strip. They keep “staying the course,” and “surging,” without realizing that they are, at best, back where they started.

I have a friend, a professor of Literature, who argues that we are in the midst of a tragedy. When he says tragedy, he means it in the original Greek sense of the word where the “main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.”

I have a problem in applying the term “tragedy” in that Classic sense to the colossal blunder in Iraq. Mobius Bush is not Oedipus. I rather doubt that he will put out his own eyes in remorse for what he has done. When his term in office is finally over, he will return to Crawford still delusional and unrepentant.