Bush's Waterloo

Billmon couches a pitch perfect synopsis of the run up to the Iraq War in this tart thought experiment: What if Katrina were a terrorist?

"Time's Matt Cooper notes that Katrina was the anti-9/11 for George W. Bush in more ways than one:

But last week offered no New York bullhorn moment. He can't threaten to get Katrina 'dead or alive.'
"I guess Karl isn't returning Matt's phone calls any more."

He continues:
If you think about it, it's probably just as well that Katrina wasn't a terrorist. Because if she was, she'd probably still be hiding out in the North Atlantic, periodically smuggling out bombastic videotapes ('Death to puny mammals and their infidel cave hives!') and occasionally sending violent thunderstorms to blow down train stations and beach resorts outside the United States.
And then the Cheney administration would have to go find some other tropical storm -- somewhere in the Indian Ocean, probably -- to declare war on. And that would trigger a long, tedious debate about whether the Indian Ocean had anything to do with the flooding of New Orleans, or whether Cyclone Saddam (or whatever) was secretly storing up lighting bolts in the Bay of Bengal for a sneak attack that would electrocute millions of Americans in their sleep.
Then the neocons would have to cook up some phony intelligence reports showing that tornados spawned by Saddam and Katrina met secretly over the Prague Airport and plotted to blow away Biloxi. And Condi Rice would have to go before the UN Security Council and recite a CIA fantasy script about the Indian Ocean's secret thunderbolts of death, and the chemical weapons trailers hidden in the eye of Cyclone Saddam.
[MORE] (Billmon via Same Sun)

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