I can’t be the only one who’s tired of hearing the Bush administration talk about Iraq without really ever saying anything. But the bullshit has reached colossal heights recently, and I need some help understanding just what the hell is going on. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Bush agreed last week to a “general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals.”
Now, here comes the big question: WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?
A time horizon? Now, pardon me for sounding foolish, but is that at all related to an event horizon? General relativity tells us that an event horizon is the boundary around a black hole within which nothing can be seen by an outside observer. So, they’ve agreed to a timeline for withdrawal that’s invisible to everyone in the known universe, including, logically, themselves? Correct me if I’m wrong, please, but that’s all I’m getting from that little phrase. And don’t even get me started about how the time horizon has been qualified as “general,” unless you can explain to me how it differs from a specific time horizon.
Furthermore, I would like someone to pin down for me what an “aspirational goal” is. Roughly substituting hope(ful) for aspirational leaves me unfulfilled, as it means these are goals that we simply hope to achieve, not goals that we demand or expect to achieve. It’s like when you tell a friend you hope you’ll be able to make an engagement with them — you don’t really expect to, nor will you be heartbroken if you end up unable to. Is that really the kind of message we want to be sending about our efforts in Iraq, that we’re only “hopeful” about the goals we’ve set? With that level of dedication, it’s no wonder we’ve been stalled for months and months.
Thank the good lord that we’ll soon be, under the leadership of a visionary President Obama, withdrawing our men and women from a pointless war effort that no longer shares the support of the leadership of the country that’s been invaded.