Remember that scene in Animal House where Kevin Bacon is trying to convince the panicked, rioting crowd that "all is well"? Welcome to damage control under the Bush administration.
First up is the disturbing story that the Justice Department Inspector General assures us that while there has been abuses of personal information gathering of Americans from National Security Letters in the past (to the tune of, oh about 6,400), all is well now. Really.
And then there is more proof of that the occupation in Iraq can not be resolved militarily when the Commander of the 25th Infantry division recalled a recent battle in the Sadr City portion of Baghdad, where an Iraqi militia, charged with holding back the Mahdi Army, abandoned their position.
"It bugs the hell out of me," said Sergeant George Lewis, the platoon sergeant for Company B's Third Platoon. "We don't see any progress being made at all. We hear these guys in firefights. We know if we are not up there helping these guys out we are making very little progress."
Well, here’s a suggestion, Madam Secretary, your term is expiring in no more than nine months and four days, why don’t you show your devotion to the country and that department you’ve headed and show those who made those “offensive” remarks what you’re made of?Why don’t you ask the next administration to let you continue to serve at State in one of those great jobs in Iraq?