For some, this is all a game. All the war, all the terrorism, it's just a game.
For instance, in the comments on my post yesterday about Al-Sadr's house being surrounded:
bq. Oops, like like y'all spoke too soon. your brave boys were driven away by sadr's guys and the Iraqi police. oops.
I imagine that was typed while the commenter was sneering. See, this round of the game goes to him and thus, he gloats. Yes, he gloats that a murderous thug was not
caught. That's someone who has lost sight of what's at stake. That's a person who sees everything negative that happens in the war as a "win" for his side. That's sick.
Then there are those who woke up today crying "August Surprise!" Ah, the cries of the righteous, the call of the wildly partisan.
Quoting Jeff Jarvis:
bq. Can't have it both ways, folks: Can't scream they don't tell us what they know -- and then when they tell us what they know, it's not good enough for you. It's what they know. Can't scream that they're not connecting the dots and when they connect some, you scream because you don't like the picture it draws.
Can you imagine if the Citicorp building was attacked by a suicide bomber and those warnings had never been issued? BUSH KNEW! would be the headline on a hundred blogs. WHY DID THEY KEEP IT SECRET? would be another. The conspiracy theories would tumble out of their pens and keyboards faster than anyone could defend the decision not to make old data new.
I want to say, Bush just can't win, but I won't, because this isn't a game that either side is supposed to be winning or losing. It's a battle we are supposed to be fighting together. The chorus of gotchas and the echoes of laughter I hear this morning are making my head hurt.
And it's not just with terror alerts. Lord knows I've had my share of them as well, to the point where I think, why don't we just put the whole damn country on orange alert from now until some undetermined point in the future and be done with it?
It's the war. It's the derision from certain quarters when things go wrong in Iraq. It's the told ya so
mentality from certain people when soldier die, copters go down, another "insurgent" gets away. It's the so what
attitude from people whenever good news comes out of Iraq. It's the way they will take any kind of good news and twist and turn it until it's inside out and the one negative little bug that was crawling around comes scurrying out and they make it out to be a giant, man-eating bug. It's the way they never, ever want to hear something going good for this administration or good news about the war on terrorism or good news about Iraq and Afghanistan.
They are all Nelson Muntz
, with their snickering laugh and pointing fingers. Even worse, when something is accomplished in the war on terrorism, all they can say is Doh!
It's not a game, people. You haven't won a damn thing. So stop gloating.