Cloud Cuckoo Land and the Carville/Rove Brigade

Posted: November 6th, 2006 under journalism. Tags: , ,

This is so wrong, I don’t even know where to start.  I can’t even figure out if I should snark or just throw up.  These are clearly the writings of someone who should be chained to a rotary leash in his own back yard and fed powerful antipsychotics.

Carville and Rove training a secret cadre of “Middle Eastern democrats” ?

OMFG.

And they’d be honing their P.R. and electoral skills. 

Yeah, those’ll come in handy the minute they step off the plane at Baghdad airport, still dizzy from the steep corkscrew in … those PR skills will last until they get the first whiff of cordite and rotting bodies. 

The thing that shouldn’t shock me – but does – is the complete out-of-touchedness of this all.  During the fading days of ’44, the OKW had a phrase for Der Fuhrer’s mental state – where he commanded the advance of divisions on the Eastern Front that had long since been chewed to bloody shreds by the advancing Red Army: “Cloud Cuckoo Land.”

Viz:

  • We neoconservatives have been through a
    startling few years. […] The left had driven us from the Democratic
    Party, stolen the “liberal” label, and successfully affixed to us the
    name “neoconservative.”

  • One area of neoconservative
    thought that needs urgent reconsideration is the revolution in military
    strategy that our neocon hero, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,
    has championed.

  • We need to give more thought to how we
    aid Middle Eastern moderates. […] [W]e should develop and fund
    training programs back at home that allow Middle Eastern democrats to
    come to the United States–free of charge–to hone their electoral,
    organizational, and public relations skills. James Carville and Karl
    Rove should be the titular heads of this program.

  • The
    Bush administration deserves criticism for its failure to repair
    America’s public diplomacy apparatus. No group other than neocons is
    likely to figure out how to do that. We are, after all, a movement
    whose raison d’être was combating anti-Americanism in the United
    States. Who better, then, to combat it abroad?

  • Prepare to Bomb Iran. Make no mistake, President Bush will need to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities before leaving office.
  • Recruit Joe Lieberman for 2008.Twice
    in the last quarter-century we had the good fortune to see presidents
    elected who were sympathetic to our understanding of the world. […]
    As for vice presidential candidates, how about Condoleezza Rice or even
    Joe Lieberman? Lieberman says he’s still a Democrat. But there is no
    place for him in that party. Like every one of us, he is a refugee.
    He’s already endured the rigors of running for the White House. In
    2008, he deserves another chance .

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