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The Emperor's New New Clothes

Friday, Dec. 01, 2006 2:29 PM

Regarding Dennis Prager's outrage about how Rep. Keith Ellison should swear his oath of office upon the Bible and not the Koran?

It's been pointed out that the oath of office does not use any holy book, though members often pose for photos with a Bible.

And a nice solid thwack to the media to start off December.

Instead of reporting that President Bush is a clueless spud who lied about retaining Donald Rumsfeld as SecDef for perceived benefits in the election, the press are now gushing about the 'new' George W. Bush, the clever executive who keeps his counsel private, and that what he says in public doesn't necessarily reflect the reality in the Oval Office.

In other words, he says one thing and does another, the very same accusation that he used to skewer former Vice President Al Gore. A flip-flop.

If there's really some hidden wellspring of intelligence and insight behind closed doors, why are we still listening to renditions of We Won't Leave Before The Mission Is Complete?

And if his public support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki isn't his real sentiment, what are we planning to do in Iraq? (Hmm, kind of makes David Kuo's charge that the White House viewed Evangelical Christians as nuts and loons more believeable.)

Add it up, people. Realize that we have a little boy playing dress up in the Oval Office, not a thoughtful statesman who will suddenly unveil a brilliant strategy to resolve the problems in Iraq.

Getting 2,800+ soldiers killed is not a strategy.

Not only has the Emperor started a fashion trend, the design house has just released their 2006 Fall Collection. Oooooh. Aaaaah.

I have previously remarked that, having overthrown Saddam Hussein's government and imposed an election on the Iraqi people, that we risked the very real and sensible possibility of a Shiite majority choosing to build a theocracy built on Shari'a (Islamic Law).

And I jokingly asked what we would do if the people of Iraq chose that form of government over an American� or British� style democracy � overthrow them again?

It seems that the New York Times' Thomas Friedman thinks that's just what we should do: withdraw or re-invade with more troops, to rebuild Iraq from the ground up.

I feel like I'm watching a rube go for broke on a game of three-card monte.

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