Time lines for us timekeepers are a way of cleaning house with out doing the dusting. They serve our purpose of looking at the past by lining up all the big stuff so that we can see where we have been and not necessarily bore us with the details. Not a bad idea; but the beauty of life does lie in the details doesn’t it? You Boomers can see the pitfall of a timeline real quick, by asking your kids about Vietnam. No, I won’t go as far as to compare Iraq &
Vietnam to each other, but when you look at today’s history books you got to ask, where did that war go? Since it is pretty much known by all of us what a miserable failure that war was, you can only expect this one will disappear just asVietnam has done. Ho Chi Minn who?
We have come to expect in this day and age of spin doctor’s, that details are going to get lost in sound bites and quasi fair reporting don’t we. There was a time when you picked up the newspaper or heard a news story that you had a certain confidence the story actually had been researched and both sides (and there are always two sides to every story) were being reported. So if any of us thought the embedding of all those reporters in the Iraqi war was going to bring the realities of that war to us in a clear and un sculpted manner, I guess we were just a bit naive.
Thus the startling headlines this weekend that we don’t know but-kus about what is going on over there this week are not surprising headlines. So many thousands have been killed we can’t even begin to imagine what really has been going on. CNN says, “more than 54,000 and could be much higher; some unofficial estimates range into the hundreds of thousands. The U.N. Assistance Mission forIraq reports more than 34,000 deaths in 2006 alone.” The civil war rages on, so you got to wonder who and when someone will let us know what in the course of freedom we have done? No wonder the current administration is trying to set up timelines when they describe the war effort and what we have accomplished so far.
Oddly enough, Dems are crying to set up a timeline for getting the troops out and quite frankly a lot will fall through the cracks when we do that as well. I still remember the furor which arose when the PRES made the statement that Iraq war one day will just be a blip on the screen leading to their freedom. It all boils down to that. “Bowling alone,” notion I mention several posts ago. The greater your isolation the easier it is to keep you in the dark; anyone got a candle?