Monday, June 19, 2006

That Eternal Recurrence Mumbo Jumbo

My Nietzche-inspired nightmare continues - or, more accurately, is re-lived. From Think Progress, we get a little deja vu all over again courtesy of the Veep who has defrosted his infamous "last throes" nonsense from May 2005 and proceeded to reheat as fresh and new. Behold: Last Throes 2.0 [emphasis mine]:

REPORTER: About a year ago, you said that the insurgency in Iraq was in its final throes. Do you still believe this?

CHENEY: I do. What I was referring to was the series of events that took place in 1995 [sic – 2005]. I think the key turning point when we get back 10 years from now, say, and look back on this period of time and with respect to the campaign in Iraq, will be that series of events when the Iraqis increasingly took over responsibility for their own affairs....And that process of course has been completed recently with the appointment by Prime Minister Maliki of ministers to fill those jobs. I think that will have been from a historical turning point, the period that we’ll be able to look at and say, that’s when we turned the corner, that’s when we began to get a handle on the long-term future of Iraq.

So not only was the insurgency in its last throes thirteen months ago, but it still is. Or it is again. Or it will be soon. Next year maybe. And the year after that, and on and on and on....(cue spiraling vortex imagery and eerie Twilight Zone theme music).

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