Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Apologies for the outbreak of blog ennui over the last few days. Sometimes it's hard to avoid the "same shit, different day" syndrome.

That syndrome is, of course, what the government relies on to keep on getting away with all their shit. I remain determined not to the the bastards grind me down so I'll be clearing out the tumbleweed and getting back to normal shortly.

In the meantime, here's a classic ss,dd moment from Des "no mark" Browne:
"The Taleban's tenacity in the face of massive losses has been a surprise, absorbing more of our effort than we predicted it would and consequently slowing progress on reconstruction."
Yes, the government has been surprised by the "tenacity" of extremist religious fanatics. Extraordinary.

Compare and constrast that with this from Blair in May:
"It's easy to go back over mistakes that we may have made. But the biggest reason why Iraq has been difficult is the determination by our opponents to defeat us. And I don't think we should be surprised by that."
No, they bloody well shouldn't have been surprised. Which begs the obvious question. Twice. In two different countries.

To make such a monumentally lethal misjudgement once is unforgivable. (Hindsight lovers should remember that there were plenty of knowledgable people warning about what'd happen after the invasion of Iraq before it had even started.)

To make that same mistake twice is gross negligence of the highest order. It surely confirms beyond all doubt that this government is not fit to command our Armed Forces or set British foreign policy.

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