Is it just a coincidence? This week, which saw what could be a definitive turnaround in US public opinion against Bush, is also likely to be a week when the whole sorry facade of US-imposed Iraq "democracy" became an incontrovertible shambles.
In the USA, there is an almost palpable sense of change. Joseph L. Galloway recalls the spirit of the 60's and the old song, "There's something happening here..."
Those of us who are old enough have seen this movie before were reminded of other presidents, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon, who were haunted by another war and dogged by war protesters and a nation that lost confidence in their leadership and wound up divided against itself.In Iraq, the change this week is definitively for the worse, or so it would seem as Constitution deadlines demanded by the USA prove impossible to meet and violence flares anew. Juan Cole has a new Salon piece looking at the debacle.
Will history remember this week as the tipping point for George W. Bush and the Republicans who control Congress? Can they stay the course as they head into mid-term elections next year?
One more question: Will our children and grandchildren and their children harvest a bitter crop of budget deficits, higher oil prices, Islamic militancy and a broken Army and Marine Corps that was seeded in Iraq by this president, his vice president and his secretary of defense?
Will that bitter harvest, not a cakewalk, a mission accomplished and a Mesopotamian march of democracy, be Bush's legacy?
PS: Even my good friends at Iraq The Model are covering the latest violence: I assume that means there is no "good news" left?