Back on September 11, 2003, I wrote an essay about the Bush administration comparing them to problem gamblers chasing their losses:
America bet the house on overthrowing Saddam, and lost. Empty promises carried America into the casino. No weapons of mass destruction have been found. The people of Iraq have not rejoiced. The reconstruction is not paying for itself. Acts of terrorism have actually escalated. Iraq is no model for the rest of the Middle East to follow.
It's time for America to admit it.
An article by Michael T. Klare on February 15, 2007 in The Nation makes a similar argument:
Like an inveterate gambler who has lost every previous round and now faces insolvency, Bush seems poised to wager everything on one last throw of the dice.
I read this sentence and my blood ran cold. It struck me with fresh intensity that three and a half years after it was already painfully obvious that the invasion of Iraq was a bad gamble, the US is still in the casino dully, robotically cramming coin after coin into the slot machine, and even seems prepared to start dumping tokens into an adjacent machine called Iran.
It's far past time for an intervention.
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