Tuesday, August 08, 2006

It's Not A Civil War Until I Say So!

Yesterday, President Bush said “You know, I hear people say, Well, civil war this, civil war that. The Iraqi people decided against civil war when they went to the ballot box.”

Well let’s just ignore what “people say” and listen to the “experts”.

Gen. George Casey (highest-ranking military commander in Iraq): “[civil war in Iraq] “certainly is possible.”

CentCom Commander Abizaid: “I believe that the sectarian violence is probably is as bad as I’ve seen it in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war”.

Donald Rumsfeld, on the day he was suddenly available to report to Congress on Iraq was asked: “And the question, Mr. Secretary, after your most recent visit and this spike in violence, do you believe that Iraq is closer than ever to the brink of civil war?”

"Clearly, there's sectarian violence. People are being killed. Sunnis are killing Shia; Shia are killing Sunnis. Kurds seem not to be involved… There undoubtedly are some people who are leaving the country and going to safer places because of the violence. Does that constitute a civil war? … And we can all go to the dictionary and decide what you want to call something. But it seems to me that it is not a classic civil war at this stage".

Apparently it’s not yet a civil war; so what is it? Let’s take Rumsfeld’s advice and consult “the dictionary” to decide for ourselves, shall we?

Cambridge Online Dictionary; a civil war “is a war fought by different groups of people living in the same country”.
Merriam-Webster: “a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country”.

Gosh, it’s all so complicated!


Carl said...

Gee....didn't people vote for Lincoln before they seceded here?

What a doosh...civil war happens when you follow the process and nothing good happens.

Like having an election stolen from you...that's a good way to cause a civil war.

5th Estate said...

This administration and the army have for the past year refused and continue to refuse to acknowledge that there is a civil war--surely for the simple fact that they laid it's foundations. Oops!.
And hand in hand with our delusional government, the MSM has also refused to declare Iraq in a state of civil war and continues to look to the administration for permission and approval to write their headlines and stories.
This may all seem like mere semantics, but it's helpful to properly identify a problem, even in the simplest terms BEFORE you try to solve it, or even just mitigate it.

What is it our parents used to say when we were young? "If you want' to know the meaning of a word, look it up in the dictionary".

Apparently this is beyond all the adults who claim they know better than the rest of us vast unwashed.

sumo said...

What is it our parents used to say when we were young? "If you want' to know the meaning of a word, look it up in the dictionary".

Where have I heard this before? That's right...my mother! I looked it up too. I don't think Ma Babs made him do much of anything...except for himself.

Kvatch said...

And even more unfortunately, as soon as the Deciderer decides that it's a "Civil War," he's gonna use it as an excuse to draw down our forces. Cowardly and incoherent to the end.

betmo said...

now, now- you know that these folks don't let facts stand in the way of their beliefs. they don't believe it is a civil war- and there you go.

Carl said...


So basically, they pray the problem goes away.