Clarification of Strib Op-ed
Thanks to all who have written to tell me I've swallowed the kool aid, that I'm Bush's lap dog, or just stupid for thinking that the Surge is Working. Actually, I've had no kool aid, and if I were Bush's lap dog I'd nip his nuts off. (Ewwww) I try to flip the stupid switch to "off" when I write, but sometimes -- you know.
What I am guilty of is sloppy writing.
The piece in the Strib on Thursday was originally around 700 words. (I cobbled together a messy version of that original and posted it here yesterday.) My editor -- who I respect and appreciate -- cut the piece by nearly half, saying that I'd merely recited a lot of old news about the war. He sent me back the version that ran, and although I made a few additions, I signed off.
In truth, I was disappointed, but in a rush and didn't read it carefully. I figured something was better than nothing -- that I couldn't let Clifford May get away with his "why don't you all concede it's working" column of the previous week. And yeah, I hadn't had ink in a while and so that played a part too.
Well, mea culpa. I should have killed it. And then he put a headline on it that really got it wrong. More groveling.
So, to be clear. I don't believe the surge is working for anyone but George Bush, (which was its purpose) by buying him time to get his sorry ass out of office without presiding over the denouement of his tragic and blundered misadventure.
I thought in the original that I was being tongue in cheek -- the surge is working, wink,wink. Obviously, that failed to come across.
So no more letters in the inbox please, I know. But those of you who think I'm an idiot for not understanding how Bush is saving the world with his courageous crusade, keep writing. I need a good laugh.