Politics When was There “Normalcy” in Iraq?
posted by March 28 at 14:11 PMon
So, I don’t get it. Was Bush trying to reclaim President Warren G. Harding’s infamous dunce cap oratory as a slap at us cosmopolitan anti-war elitists when he hauled out the “normalcy” is returning to Iraq quote yesterday.
And when exactly were things normal in Iraq in George Bush’s world view?
When the U.S. had to enforce a no-fly zone and sanctions in the 90s?
When Saddam was stalking us with WMDs? [sic]
When Saddam was working with Al Qaeda? [sic]
When Jay Garner was in control? [sic]
When Halliburton was getting sweetheart deals?
When there was no electricity?
When Paul Bremer was in control? [sic]
When U.S. contractors were burned and hung in Fallujah?
When Ahmed Chalabi was our main ally?
In Abu Ghraib?
When Zarqawi and al Qaeda in Iraq were running suicide bombings in places like Qahtaniya?
When U.S. military freelnacer Blackwater was shooting up civilians?
When the U.S. military killed civilians in Haditha?
When Turkey attacked the Kurds in northern Iraq?
Or is it today’s total blow-up which comes one day after Bush’s pronouncement?
Footnote 1: It’s fitting for Bush to hook up with Harding. From his DOJ scandals to his oil industry giveaways (Teapot Dome), Harding’s string of doofus scandals have unfortunate similarities to Bush’s reign of error.
Footnote 2: After Harding delivered his “normalcy” speech in 1920, critics agreed on a definition: A return to a time that never was.