The newest tempest in a toilet bowl is the White House taking umbrage at Senator John Kerry’s use of the f-word to describe the way the war in Iraq was handled. In Rolling Stone, Kerry was quoted as saying:
When I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, `I’m against everything?’ Sure. Did I expect George Bush to fuck it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did.
This is a tough one to argue with. The furor over the language is a smoke screen, to deflect the fact that the statement is resoundingly true. Iraq is fucked up, and we fucked it up. We went in based on cooked intelligence and the “if we wait too long New York will be a smoking crater” rhetoric that was total bullshit. I’m not even listening to any of the complaints from the administration whose leader went on microphone to refer to a reporter as a “major league asshole.”. To suggest that Kerry owes Bush an apology is fucked up, and makes Andrew Card look like an asshole.