Saturday, July 22, 2006

Status quo

By Creature

Condi Rice:

“I could have gotten on a plane and rushed over and started shuttling and it wouldn’t have been clear what I was shuttling to do,” she said Friday. “I have no interest in diplomacy for the sake of returning Lebanon and Israel to the status quo ante.”

And that's the bottom line for the Bush administration. Any circumstance (civil war), any consequence (unbridled terrorist recruitment), and all deaths (ours, theirs, and all in between) are justified, so long as the "status quo" is shattered. But the irony is that they may have shaken the quo now, wether it be the overthrow of Saddam or their refusal to reign in Israel, it is later, when another U.S. adverse government is entrenched in Iraq and Hezbollah returns bigger and better (mind you, due a fully anticipated recruiting boom), that tomorrow's status quo will look a hell of a lot like today's.

(Cross-posted at State of the Day.)

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