Sunday, August 14, 2005

Welcome to the Reality-Based Community

From today’s Washington Post:

“What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground,” said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion [of Iraq]. “We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we’re in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning.”

Absorb this: 1,800 American and countless Iraqis dead. Terrorism is on the rise and the Muslim world distrusts the West even more than they did in 2001, which we didn’t think was possible. Our lives are dictated by fear, not hope, and our leaders can’t even decide what to call this global war on objects of prepositional phrases.

It’s ironic that the biggest movies of the summer are all remakes — and they all suck out loud. This remake of a previous dose of reality is even worse.