Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Swearing in and swearing to truth

On the eve of the Inaugural, Condi Rice is passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with only 2 negative votes. Her testimony has been nothing but a repetition of the usual US administration wholesale denial of the realities of Iraq, before, during and after the disastrous war and occupation. The news today increases apprehension that the elections will spin into a wider horror. Clearly the insurgents know what they are doing, and are making strong headway. Yet the inaugural festivities tomorrow, as the confirmation hearing of Dr Rice, are a frightening and very blatant refusal to face the Iraqi mess that is consuming lives at an unbearable level. Where is the debate? The argument? Are we all cowed into compliance?